Title: Impressive but Unpolished: Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart PC Port Receives Mixed Reviews
Digital Foundry has recently published their first impressions of the highly-anticipated PC port of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. Overall, the port is described as impressive, yet it lacks some necessary polish. This news comes in light of previous Sony PC ports, such as The Last of Us Part 1, facing criticism for being released in a poor state.
The Last of Us, an acclaimed game, received predominantly negative reviews on Steam due to performance issues and frequent crashes. Its rocky launch has raised concerns among PC gamers about the quality of Sony’s PC ports. This has led to heightened anticipation and scrutiny for the PC version of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart.
Digital Foundry’s analysis delves into the game’s ability to run on slower machines without a solid-state drive (SSD), which is contrary to Insomniac’s previous claims. In a video posted by Digital Foundry’s John Linneman, the game running on the lowest settings revealed significant issues. However, James Stevenson from Insomniac Games responded to the video, acknowledging the need to optimize the game for different PC configurations.
Despite these challenges, Digital Foundry highlights that the game generally works well on more modern hard disk drives (HDDs), adding a glimmer of hope for players without high-end hardware. It is a relief to know that the game is accessible to a wider range of PC gamers, even if some compromises must be made.
Originally released exclusively for the PlayStation 5 (PS5), Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart received high praise for fully utilizing the console’s capabilities. VGC’s review of the game highlighted it as a sumptuous showcase of the PS5’s power and showcased the potential for the PC port to offer a similar experience.
As PC gamers eagerly await the release of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, the feedback from Digital Foundry raises some concerns about the game’s optimization. However, Insomniac Games’ acknowledgement of the need to scale the game for different PC configurations suggests that efforts are being made to address these issues.
As more reviews and player experiences emerge, it remains to be seen whether Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart on PC will truly capture the magic of its PS5 counterpart. Nonetheless, it is an exciting development for PC gamers to have the opportunity to explore the fantastic world of Ratchet and Clank’s latest adventure.