If you’re readying up to play Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart for the first time, you might be wondering which difficulty level you should choose.
Like previous Ratchet & Clank games, Rift Apart has many difficulty levels for you to choose from. It has five, in fact, and each one affects enemy aggressiveness, damage and health. Needless to say, no matter your skill level, there’s a setting for you.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart‘s easiest difficulty is Rookie Explorer. Play on Rookie Explorer and you’ll find that enemy aggressiveness, damage and health are reduced, giving you an easier time defeating your foes. Even more important to consider, however, is that you can’t die during combat on Rookie Explorer. Basically, then, it’s a difficulty level for children, or those who just want to follow the story without any challenge at all.
Next up from Rookie Explorer is Rookie Recruit, and on this difficulty enemy aggressiveness, damage and health remains the same. The only difference is that you’re no longer invincible during combat. If you’re new to action games, or want to experience the game’s story and also be challenged a little, this is the difficulty for you.
Rebel Agent is Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart‘s standard difficulty level, with enemy aggressiveness, damage and health all set to medium. It can be challenging in parts, especially during the most hectic battles and boss fights, but overall it’s not very hard at all. This is the difficulty setting that most players should opt for the first time around.
If you do want Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart to be tough from the outset, however, then you might to choose Resistance Leader as your difficulty. Enemy aggressiveness, damage and health is increased on this difficulty, meaning you have to be much more cautious in combat. You’ll have to work hard to not get surrounded by enemies, and use abilities like dodge effectively to avoid getting hit by their attacks.
Lastly, Renegade Legend difficulty is for those who truly like to be tested. Enemy aggressiveness, damage and health are at their highest values here, resulting in combat that can be brutal. Be prepared to die, die and die again unless you’re extremely skilled. Needless to say, we wouldn’t recommend this difficulty for your first playthrough.
There are some other things to consider when choosing your difficulty, too. There are, for example, no difficulty related trophies in the game, so you won’t lose out by playing on an easier setting. Also, you can change the difficulty at any time by going into the game’s settings. Keep that in mind if you opt for a harder difficulty and find yourself getting stuck. And lastly, upon completing Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart on any difficulty setting you unlock Challenge mode, allowing you to start from the beginning of the game again while carrying over your weapons. That can make some of the harder difficulties that bit more manageable.