The author of the article mentions that he is not a typical New Game Plus person, enjoying trying games more than once, but generally in the way the ‘developer’ originally intended, without all the fancy updates. He also mentions that he plays Ratchet & Clank games with a mission to update his entire arsenal – and he won’t be able to do that entirely without New Game Plus.
And this, to point out that part of what makes Ratchet & Clank’s New Game Plus work is that it’s augmented, and he’s always liked the stories in the series, but the exploration and shooting are what really draws him. Your mission to update all the tools is one of discovery. Not only do you want to see how each crazy weapon transforms after you use it, and you want to have it in your back pocket for the next time your back is against the wall.
The best part of New Game Plus in Ratchet & Clank is that it lets you use these super powerful weapons. Because you see each enemy as a potential experience, and put a weapon aside the moment you maximize and transform it. Outside of a boss fight or running out of ammo on unupgraded weapons, you can barely use these awesome tools of destruction at level 5, and upgrade and switch to the next project.
Since Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando – the sequel to the original PlayStation 2 game – many will have played every game in the series with one goal: to upgrade all weapons. It’s a noble and fun goal, but it’s hard to get started in a single move. That’s where New Game Plus comes in.
Ratchet & Clank did not invent New Game Plus, but it is the first time the article’s author remembers seeing this language as a child. It was a chance not only to play a game you liked for the second time and complete the mission, but to progress even further and unlock new things as well. Ratchet & Clank’s new Game Plus modes have always been the best, and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart continues the tradition.
At its heart, Ratchet & Clank is a series about weapons. And since Going Commando, players have been able to upgrade Ratchet’s arsenal and use those weapons against enemies. At first, weapons had only a single level, and then they would morph into something different and more powerful. For example, the Blitz Gun is a shotgun in Going Commando, and with a lot of use it will evolve, like a Pokémon, into the Blitz Cannon.
Over the years, this system has expanded. In Rift Apart, players can upgrade each weapon five times during their first playthrough. In the fifth update, it transforms into something new. The first weapon Ratchet picks up in his 2021 adventure is the Burst pistol; players can pull the trigger halfway to fire slowly for more accuracy or pull the trigger all the way for fully automatic fire.
At level 5, the Burst Pistol transforms, and gains three barrels. Rift Apart also continues the age-old tradition of adding Omega versions of these weapons in New Game Plus. In playthroughs, players earn a bolt multiplier (Ratchet & Clank’s currency) for every enemy they defeat without getting hit. Players can take their pile of cash to the store to buy super expensive versions of weapons they’ve fully upgraded – Omega weapons.
Once players have their new Omega weapons in hand, the quest for the upgrade begins again. In Rift Apart, the Omega version of the Burst pistol can go from level 5 to level 10. And even though there isn’t a major weapon transformation at the end, it still gives players something to do in round two besides simply experiencing the story again.
So, and in conclusion, the author of the article states that reintroducing weapons with Omega variants not only motivates him, allowing him to upgrade his tools even further, but also allows him to play with the powerful weapons. These Omega weapons are starting to be upgraded, and now you’ll just be trying to increase their effectiveness by leveling them up even more.
Eventually, you will finish purchasing and level up all of your Omega weapons as well. And while it could simply unplug and plug in and a job well done, it says it will keep playing until the end of the game, so you can enjoy the glory of a fully updated arsenal until it’s done. It’s the perfect reward after two consecutive plays of the same game.