A Blockbuster PlayStation 5 Exclusive Will Soon Be Available For Free

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart will be a free game on PlayStation Plus beginning May 16.

By Jason Collins | Updated

Sony just announced free PlayStation Plus games for May, among which is the acclaimed 2021’s Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, scheduled to become free along with the previously mentioned Humanity. This is just the latest among PlayStation’s free gaming offerings; just like Epic Games and Amazon Prime, PlayStation also offers free high-profile gaming titles from time to time.

According to IGN, Sony added 2021’s Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, 2020’s Watch Dogs Legion, and 2023’s Humanity to its PlayStation catalog for May. Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is a PlayStation 5 exclusive that headlines May’s offering of 23 gaming titles and showcases the full power of Sony’s latest powerhouse console. It’s a third-person shooter platform game developed by Insomniac Games—the same studio in charge of the upcoming Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 game—and the ninth installment in the popular Ratchet and Clank franchise.

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart launched to favorable reviews, with many praising the game’s visual style that reached the standards set by animated movies, such as those produced by Pixar. Visual style aside, the game’s combat also receive praise, as well as the variety of enemies used in different combinations to different effect. The usage of rifts was, ironically, criticized, with many stating that they were underutilized for the larger portion of the game.

It’s an overall impressive game that fully exploits the powerful hardware of the PlayStation 5.

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Watch Dogs Legion, which is also a part of this month’s offering, has an entirely different tone from Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, as it takes players to the streets of London where they fight off corrupt corporations through hacking and use of weaponry. It’s a rather interesting open-world game with roguelike mechanics and a very good rating among gamers.

Unfortunately for PlayStation 4 owners, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart isn’t playable on their console, but Sony offers both Dishonored 2 and Dishonored: Death of the Outsider games, both of which are impressive stealth gaming releases from Arkane—the same studio that disappointingly delivered Redfall. Both games are very highly rated among gamers; in Dishonored 2, players can play as Corvo, the protagonist of the first game, or Emily, his protégé. Death of the Outsider, as a standalone expansion following Dishonored 2, has its own protagonist and a separate narrative.

PlayStation Plus also added a whole Tomb Raider reboot trilogy for the PlayStation 4 only, comprised of Tomb Raider Definitive Edition—including all DLCs—the Rise of the Tomb Raider along with Blood Ties and Shadow of the Tomb Raider. All three gaming releases have done well among the audiences; they focus on different mythologies and dogmatic learning, have plenty of fantastic DLCs, and getting them for free is basically a steal deal—but then again, so is getting Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart for free on PlayStation 5.

It would seem that PlayStation Plus, despite failing to beat Xbox GamePass, is still making some good offerings, such as Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, to its fanbase. It’s particularly great that the company still offers free games for the previous generation of consoles, which could end in the foreseeable future now that PlayStation 5 shortage has come to an end.