The Game That Makes Me Glad to Own a PS5

Credit: Insomniac Games

Had it not been for receiving a PlayStation 5 as a gift for my birthday this year, I may have still been without the system even up to this point. Big thanks to my older brother for bestowing such a great present to me back in May. Since then, my PlayStation experience is now home to the PS5. The process of transferring my PS4 games and saves was very easy. It’s great to see the PS4 games load faster and look better in some cases without any upgrades. I’m extremely thrilled with the PS5. Recently, I finished the game that almost made me purchase a PS5 in the first place: Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart.

The latest game in the popular series by Insomniac Games was one I perceived would be a fantastic title just from watching a few minutes of gameplay when it was first released. What I saw was colorful, vibrant, and just looked like a good time. I almost felt a childlike wonder as I viewed the gameplay footage. That experience alone nearly led me to attempt tracking down a PS5. Of all the games that were released around the PS5’s launch, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart was the only one that truly caught my attention. So when I received my PS5, that game was one of the first PS5 titles added to my library.

Credit: Insomniac Games
The introduction of Rivet was one of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart’s many highlights.

I don’t tend to complete games quickly but I completed Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart in less than two months. It was a great ride from start to finish. Along with the usual Ratchet & Clank duo, Rift Apart also introduced two new main characters, Rivet and KT-7461 (Kit). They both are from a different dimension and are, in a sense, cast as the female counterparts of the original main characters. The story is still about stopping the series’ main villain, Dr. Nefarious, who in another dimension has become the emperor of the galaxy. Rifts are popping up throughout the galaxy providing the ability for people, creatures, and objects to traverse dimensions. Ratchet and Rivet have to work together to set things right and repair dimensional anomalies that are affecting their dimensions.

While the story is just right for a game of this type, Rift Apart truly shines in the gameplay department. Insomniac has a knack for developing games that are just outright a blast to play. Marvel’s Spider-Man is another great example of this as web-swinging throughout New York and beating up baddies felt amazing. The action-packed, adrenaline-inducing Microsoft exclusive, Sunset Overdrive, represents another great entry from the developer. Rift Apart was so enjoyable that even with my proclivity for switching between games very often, I wanted to keep coming back to the latest Ratchet & Clank entry. The detailed aesthetics of the different planets, variety of weaponry and abilities, along with super responsive controls made playing this game a treat. The DualSense feature of the PS5 controller enhanced the experience by making me feel the action. I didn’t take to it initially, but I was glad to have the DualSense feature as I progressed further in the game.

I didn’t find every secret in the game but I did complete most of the game’s side content. Had I played this game in 2021, it would have been my personal choice for Game of the Year over Tales of Arise. Rift Apart is currently the best game I’ve played in 2022. The game’s length was perfect as it struck the right balance in offering just the right amount of content without overstaying its welcome. It checked all of the boxes I look for when playing an action game of this type. From a production standpoint, Rift Apart is a fantastic game that shows off the potential of the PS5. The graphics are sharp, defined, and gorgeous. Everything about the game was a pleasure to my visual sense. The audio from the impactful sound effects and music to the incredible voice acting was a delight. Rift Apart is a terrific package of a video game and one that does the PS5 proud.

Rift Apart is the game that almost led me to purchase a PS5 and now is the game that makes me happy to own one. I highly recommend it even if you’ve never played any of the other entries in the Ratchet & Clank series. It’s an outstanding adventure that represents the best of the PS5. I would not mind seeing Rivet and Kit in future Ratchet & Clank games as well. They were solid additions to Rift Apart. If you’ve had a chance to play Rift Apart, please let me know how you liked/disliked the game in the comments below. Thanks for reading.

-LandoRigs
admin@videogamersadvocate.com

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