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Best of 2021: Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, and Tom’s other GOTY picks

I sat and thought about my favourite game of the year, cycling through games like an old fashioned slideshow in my mind – maybe I’d played too much of the Alan Wake remaster. In truth a lot of the slides were blank or at best out of focus; games I played for a bit but bounced off or just didn’t find the time to explore properly. That is all the slides except for Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (and a couple of others, but that doesn’t make this intro as interesting)..

I’ve finished Rift Apart three times and also watched my son finish it. It’s fair to say that I enjoyed it a lot. A lot of this is no doubt down to the fact that Insomniac’s game was one of the first proper PS5 games. It wasn’t also built for PS4. It was a PS5 game. And it shows.

There have been plenty of great looking games released in 2021, but I don’t think any of them can match Ratchet’s PS5 debut in terms of delivering that coveted animated movie-like experience. It’s such a wonderful game to look at, its environments as colorful as they are diverse, and the explosion-filled combat takes things up another notch. Gorgeous.

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