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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (2021) is a running, jumping and shooting game that lets the heroic duo jump between parallel worlds. Play is similar to other Ratchet & Clank games, retaining the dodging, gunplay, bold collection and upgrading weapons. Here though, the action spans the multiverse and is matched by ever more imaginative weapons for you to use.

It's an action-adventure romp through diverse stages where you shoot enemies and solve some simple puzzles to open doors and access lifts. There is a range of wonderfully eclectic weapons and gadgets to help you traverse obstacles to get to mission objectives. This combines with your new ability to switch between different areas, planets and worlds to offer a fresh take on the usual heroic action.

Along the way, you meet your equivalent characters in another reality: Rivet and her robot sidekick, Kit. This not only expands the playable roster but takes the game into more emotional territory in a storyline about Kit's anger that stems from her anxiety and shyness. Over the course of the game, we help Kit let other people in (and find less destructive ways of expressing her emotions).

The game makes novel use of the PlayStation 5 Dualsense controller. Firing guns has a tactile feel as the controller triggers change in tension as you fire. You can also feel different notches as you pull them to decide between different types of attack.

The result is a bombastic blockbuster movie of a game. It not only offers children and parents a great game to play together but an exciting experience that is the perfect alternative to older rated adventures.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Adventure game with Collecting, Fighting, Narrative, Platform, Shooting and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 13 hours and 15 hours to complete. There are many more hours of gameplay if you are looking to find every item and defeat every enemy.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for mild violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury and pictures or sounds likely to be scary to young children. This game features mild violence, mainly aimed at non-human fantasy characters. When enemy characters are hit, they flinch or are knocked backwards. There is never any visible hurt or injury. When defeated, characters fall down or fly backwards in an exaggerated manner before disappearing. Robotic characters may explode and alien creatures may turn into liquid. Violence is often accompanied by comical sound effects. If the player's character is hit, their health bar diminishes and they may be knocked down. Nonetheless, they quickly get up again. When their health bar is exhausted, the screen fades to black. Some of the enemy characters can be sinister and may be frightening to younger children, including skeletons and a dinosaur skeleton with glowing eyes. There is use of the terms 'heck', 'jerk' and 'we're screwed'.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

CostsCosts

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart usually costs £49.99.
 

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Steam Store PC £49.99
PlayStation Store PS5 -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 11/06/2021, updated in 2023

Out Now: PC and PS5

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Adventure (Collecting, Fighting, Narrative, Platform, Shooting and Traversal)

Accessibility: 25 features

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: Insomniac Games (@InsomniacGames)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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