Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is arguably the biggest game of the summer, at least until we know what surprises E3 has in store for us. If you're waiting to read some reviews for the PS5 exclusive, here's when you can expect the world's first Ratchet and Clank reviews to come online.
The review embargo for Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart lifts on June 8 at 7 AM PT / 10 AM ET. As soon as it's lifted, we expect several dozens of reviews to appear on OpenCritic and begin to reveal the game's critical reception. It's worth noting that several outlets got previews with the game a few weeks back and seemingly everyone loved what they played so far. Here are some highlights:
The Washington Post's Gene Park called Rift Apart "Insomniac's attempt at a timeless game."
The new dimensional rift mechanic seems to [function as a a reintroduction], as well as representing an evolution of Insomniac’s design philosophy. Ratchet games are always about fun weapons and gadgets, and in “Rift Apart,” players can use the “Dimensionator” to jump between alternate realities. From what we’ve seen of the gameplay, this kind of works like Spider-Man’s web-swinging, except instead of moving between buildings, Ratchet is moving between universes. For [creative director Marcus] Smith, it’s important that players enjoy every second and moment while moving.
Andrew Reiner of Game Informer called it "The Best Looking Next-Gen Game Yet."
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is exactly what it needs to be: a direct continuation of the beloved series doubling as a showpiece of new-generation technology. I recently saw roughly an hour of Rift Apart in action, and almost every second of play screams of nostalgia while also dazzling with a scale and speed that hasn’t been attainable for the series until PlayStation 5.
Stacey Henley of TheGamer said, after playing an hour of the game, "The New Generation Has Arrived."
There hasn’t really been a game so far that has sold the idea that this generation will be a huge leap forward. We’ve seen quicker load times, better graphics, and some fancy controller integration, but for the most part, everything just feels like a souped-up PS4 game. After witnessing almost an hour of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart and speaking to several people at Insomniac across the writing, art, animation, tech, and sound departments, it feels like this generation might finally arrive for real on June 11 with this PS5 exclusive.
Outlet after outlet, critics have praised the game's impressive tech, its gorgeous world, and its fluid gameplay. This one has all the makings of an OpenCritic "Mighty" score (84+), and we invite you to join us on embargo day, June 8, to unravel (unratchet? unrivet?) the chorus of reviews as they pour in at 7 AM PT / 10 AM ET.
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart arrives on PS5 exclusively on June 11.