Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart – Zero Punctuation

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This week on Zero Punctuation, Yahtzee reviews Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart.

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You may recall my first and only experience with Ratchet and Clank was playing that one on the PS4 that was tying in with the movie, and which made me go “Hm, is that the smell of distended rectum, or has this franchise gone completely up itself?” Always an occupational hazard when a series goes on too long, runs out of new territory to explore and instead decides to settle down and curl up inside its own bum. But what an excellent setting of tone for the latest one, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart. Incidentally, speaking of bums, whatever happened to the tradition of Ratchet and Clank games having slightly risque subtitles like Going Commando or Up Your Arsenal in the grand Dreamworks movies Grabbed by the Ghoulies stealth joke for the mums and dads tradition? Suppose we’re above that kind of cheeky fun these days, aren’t we, Sony. Probably got nixed by someone in marketing whose only experience with comedy is having had it patiently explained to them at a mandatory seminar. I’m trying to think of ways the title “Rift Apart” could apply to bums but all the possibilities make me feel uncomfortable.

CORRECTION: (ahem) While rewatching this video prior to final upload, it occurred to me that “rift apart” might be intended as a sort of pseudo-spoonerism for “ripped a fart.” Which would be a bum joke and if that was intentional I hereby retract the preceding complaint about the subtitle not being a bum joke. I repeat, Ratchet and Clank’s issues may not presently be for want of bum jokes. We now resume your snarky internet video.

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Yahtzee Croshaw
Yahtzee is the Escapist’s longest standing talent, having been writing and producing its award winning flagship series, Zero Punctuation, since 2007. Before that he had a smattering of writing credits on various sites and print magazines, and has almost two decades of experience in game journalism as well as a lifelong interest in video games as an artistic medium, especially narrative-focused. He also has a foot in solo game development - he was a big figure in the indie adventure game scene in the early 2000s - and writes novels. He has six novels published at time of writing with a seventh on the way, all in the genres of comedic sci-fi and urban fantasy. He was born in the UK, emigrated to Australia in 2003, and emigrated again to California in 2016, where he lives with his wife and daughters. His hobbies include walking the dog and emigrating to places.