Fans might know Ratchet and Clank from previous installments in the series, but they’ll enjoy meeting many of the game’s new characters, like Rivet. Chris Tapsell commented in his Eurogamer review that “the Insomniac delivery, the story … is a simple, mushy delight.” Tapsell noted that while certain plot points can seem predictable, Insomniac has perfected a certain style of narrative that makes players feel invested in characters and story. Gamers want to see the characters succeed.
Tapsell even called Rivet “a smidge more likeable” than Ratchet, and explained that her animated expressions and interesting origin story make her an engaging new addition to the already fantastic cast. Rivet seems to fit right in, despite “Rift Apart” being her first appearance in a “Ratchet & Clank” title.
The reviews for “Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart” have been overwhelmingly positive, aside from a few criticisms. For example, John Walker at Kotaku commented that the “Ratchet & Clank” series hasn’t wholly progressed much throughout the years. Walker noted that even though “Rift Apart” is fun, it doesn’t do anything to truly reinvent the genre.
Of course, reinvention doesn’t always equal fun, and many gamers will likely be happy with the smooth, fast-paced world of “Rift Apart.”