Review Ratchet & Clank (PS5): “slideshow” teaches children life lessons disguised as blockbuster games with Ray Tracing

“Do you equate success with happiness, and when you achieve success, life suddenly becomes meaningless?”, Professor Nefarious, failure, villain of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart teaches life his successful body lives in another dimension.

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is rated as an all-ages rated game, but the level of gaming satisfaction decreases with the age of the player. Having to summon the boy sleeping deep inside of me, I was able to ignore the lack of depth, low challenge combat to immerse myself in the game’s vibrant interplanetary, multi-dimensional world.

Rift Apart was released exclusively on PS5 and is the 16th installment in the series, but it is a continuation of Ratchet & Clank 2016 – the old R&C remake released in 2002. The Ratchet & Clank animated film was released this year. 2016 also inspired and inspired Insomniacs to develop the game of the same name.  

Review Ratchet & Clank (PS5): "slideshow" teaches children life lessons disguised as blockbuster games with Ray Tracing

In Rift Apart, gamers continue to play the role of Ratchet – a creature of the Lombax species (extinct) and Clank, a robot still said to be the “brain” of the two-member hero squad. In addition, because of the events of the “multi-universe, multi-dimensional” scale, gamers will also get to know many more characters.

First, evaluate “paint” before looking at “wooden water”.

Hardware backed software

The great strength of Ratchet & Clank lies in bright, eye-catching graphics and sparkling explosion effects. Powered by PS5 processing power, Ratchet & Clank shows more detail than many of its predecessors. The game also supports Ray Tracing realistic lighting technology, an element that many blockbuster games on the PC platform do not yet have, and most computers that PC gamers currently have cannot download.

The world in Ratchet & Clank is large, diverse and full of details that make you happy to explore every corner, and also happy to know that PS5’s processing power can “carry” games that require heavy graphics. disaster.Current Time0:00/Duration3:10Auto

The opening segment of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart both guides gamers to play the game, while showing off the power of PS5.

Developer Insomniacs makes full use of the “adaptive trigger” on the PS5 controller. Many weapons have two attack modes but only need to be activated on a trigger button: depending on the player pressing lightly and strongly, the gun and bullet will behave differently. This is one of the new elements appearing on the PS5 hand, which is for the game team to customize the button to “one button to do two things”.

Innovative weapons – spice that salts the repeat gameplay

In the new R&C, protagonist Ratchet is more flexible than before. He was able to glide through the air – the main way for the player to dodge attacks, and was able to glide very quickly thanks to his rocket boots. However, the Rift Apart version omits the air combat element; Ratchet had lost his jetpack that allowed him to fly.

Character movements are much smoother: this time, Ratchet can now glide through the air, a new (and should have) point compared to Ratchet & Clank 2016.Current Time0:00/Duration0:16Auto

Jet shoes allow the character to glide quickly.

Creative weapons have always been a strong point of the Ratchet & Clank series. The 2016 version features a machine that transforms enemies into exploding sheep, and a ” disco ball ” that causes any creature within its range, whether ally, enemy or even boss, to dance for joy.

Rift Apart no longer have these fun machines, weapons in the new version are more practical. For example, there is an interesting weapon that you will definitely use throughout the game, which is an automatic watering sprinkler, which creates a whirlpool of water and stuns any enemies with water. The enemy when “stuned” will be covered with a thick layer of vegetation, which looks extremely cool.

The sprinkler can “vegetative” enemies.

The Pixelizer gun can turn enemies into … a pile of pixels.

The “run and shoot” activity takes up most of your interaction with the game, but gamers looking for a sense of challenge can soon get bored. Even in the minigames that alternate between running and shooting tables, there are still minigames that only have a single-god run and shoot gameplay.

Interspersed with action are tables that require players to use Clank robots to solve puzzles; The game still has a break for gamers to brainstorm between simple levels. Otherwise, the enemies that stand in the way of players are not diverse and the final boss of each level is not special, which will drag the playing experience down a bit.

Forgotten enemies, but memorable characters

When not holding a gun to shoot enemies, you will see cutscenes, see how the character “holding” speech interacts with the world in Ratchet & Clank. In the Rift Apart version, the player also plays the role of Rivet, another self of Ratchet that exists in a parallel dimension. They met when the game’s villain, Dr. Nefarious, stole a portal generator (built by Clank’s robot) in the hope of at least a taste of victory.javascript:if(typeof(admSspPageRg)!=’undefined’){admSspPageRg.draw(2017038);}else{parent.admSspPageRg.draw(2017038);}

Dr. Nefarious steals the device that opens the portal, causing the multiverse to fall apart.

Ratchet and Rivet are two characters from the same species of Lombax – intelligent race that is said to be extinct; In their dimension, Ratchet and Rivet are the only surviving creatures of the Lombax species, they have been lonely since childhood. The gameplay and purchased guns of both characters are similar, the biggest difference between Ratchet and Rivet is their past.

Ratchet soon has Clank in his company, learning what it feels like to win and what it’s like to be a hero. And Rivet alone fought for many years under the yoke of evil. Around her, there are many kind supporting characters, but Rivet does not have a companion for herself, a character worth placing absolute trust in.

Between the 4 main characters, Ratchet and the robot Clank and the two beings of another dimension, Rivet and the robot Kit, there exists a complementary relationship.

Throughout the previous games, Ratchet and Clank were always together, while Rivet and Kit had just emerged from Rift Apart and were both used to being alone. Experiencing the same events, the group learned the value of friendship, of mutual trust, and made every effort to overcome personal obsessions to affirm their self-worth.

Review Ratchet & Clank (PS5): "slideshow" teaches children life lessons disguised as blockbuster games with Ray Tracing

In the parallel dimension, Clank robot adventure with Rivet…

Review Ratchet & Clank (PS5): "slideshow" teaches children life lessons disguised as blockbuster games with Ray Tracing

and Ratchet is in line with the robot KT-7461.

Review Ratchet & Clank (PS5): "slideshow" teaches children life lessons disguised as blockbuster games with Ray Tracing

When close enough, Ratchet gave the KT-7461 the affectionate name “Kit”.

Together, they overcome the final boss – Professor Nefarious, the main antagonist of most of the Ratchet & Clank games. After 20 years of being inferior to the main character, Prof. Nefarious opened the dimensional portal, to the dimension he had always won, and rocked the worlds of Rivet and Kit.

Ratchet and Clank get lost when entering the new world, have to pair up with new characters – the robot Clank meets Rivet and Ratchet meets Kit – and become “psychotherapists” for each other. Each character has their own hidden corners, their own doubts, and needs a friend to share and untangle.

As it turns out, the power of friendship eats away at the advanced weapons the characters can buy at the store.00:00:23

Presentation on success by losers. Since these two “villains” do not get along and work together to find a way to bring down the main character, they will fail.


The character motif “brings joy and strengthens the confidence of friends” is more suitable for children than for old people. The game is rated as “For all ages”, but from personal experience, I find that the older I get, the less likely I am to be interested in the plot.

In terms of a product for young gamers, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart does exactly what a “children’s” product should have: witty dialogue but hidden lessons, bright colors , the world has a variety of characters – many types of good and bad people, the gameplay is mixed between fighting with cartoon characters and a couple of puzzles that need a little brain.

If you’re a fan of the Ratchet & Clank series, you’ll get what you expect.

If you are interested in a game with simple run/shoot gameplay, a nature to explore and unlock items, a passion for gorgeous graphics, and want to take advantage of the PS5 power, you can consider the latest version in many years old series.

I will not hesitate to buy this game for my children to play, once I have all the necessary components: wife, children and PS5.

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