Clank (voiced by actor David Kaye) and Ratchet (voiced by actor James Arnold Taylor) are a pair of intergalactic mechanics, who have been joined together as a team in the upcoming video game, Ratchet & Clank: The Movie. After the shocking ending of the 2017 video game, they are put in a starring role in the upcoming animated feature, Ratchet & Clank: The Movie. With the release of the game, the film quickly needs to be put in place to complete the story. To do this, the film is being directed by Kevin Munroe.
The first Ratchet & Clank was a PlayStation 2 game, which introduced us to the world of Ratchet, his sidekick Clank, and the Lombaxes, who live in a single floating city in the sky. Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time was even better, introducing two new characters, Clank and Sasha, as well as the amazing Ratzonia, which was a major planet.
This is the first Ratchet & Clank film since the 2011 reboot. I kind of liked that movie, and thought it was a fun romp about a pair of Space Rangers fighting evil robots, but it was not among the best of the series. This time around, the film is a prequel in which we learn about the origins of the main characters, and how they came to work together.Milan Records has released Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (original soundtrack) with music by Mark Mathersbo and Wataru Hokoyama. Available now, the album features music written by Mathersbo and Hokoyama for the latest installment in the PlayStation® video game series, due out on the 11th. It is scheduled for release in June 2021.
Here’s what composer Mark Mothersbaugh has to say about the soundtrack:
These days it takes an entire army to make a video game soundtrack, and many writers, arrangers, orchestrators, gamers and synthesizer programmers have been involved in the process. With games in general, you need to know that sometimes a particular level and the music in it will last a long time, so the themes and melodies need to be iconic. The video game genre is very satisfying because of the craftsmanship and attention to detail. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is probably the best game score I’ve ever worked on.
Composer Wataru Hokoyama talks about the soundtrack:
It was a lot of fun working on an epic game like Ratchet & Clank: Rift apart. The depth of the worlds the game takes place in allowed us to write in very different styles. The collaboration with the teams at Insomniac Games and Sony Interactive Entertainment has been fantastic. They are full of wonderful people who love and appreciate what they do, and throughout the project they welcomed us as members of their extended family. The feeling of having fun together and creating a Ratchet & Clanks world was so special, and it became one of the most memorable video game projects for me. It is important for me to mention that it was Mark Mothersbaugh who recruited me to work on this game project. Mark has been like a father to me in my musical career. We have played in several blockbusters together and I am honored to have my name attached to a DEVO legend. I look forward to our future collaboration.
Ratchet & Clank, developed from the ground up for the PS5™ console by renowned studio Insomniac Games: Rift Apart is a brand new inter-dimensional adventure. Travel the dimensions with Ratchet and Clank and help them stop the robot emperors who want to conquer the interdimensional worlds, with your own universe in their sights. Jump between action-packed worlds and beyond at breathtaking speeds – with stunning graphics and an insane arsenal, as intergalactic adventurers take the PS5™ console by storm. Meet familiar faces and new allies, including Rivet, the mysterious new resistance fighter from Lombax, who is just as determined to destroy the robots.
After listening to this soundtrack, I think I owe an apology to the Ratchet & Clank video game series. To be honest, I don’t know what the sound of the previous games was like, but I do know that I wasn’t expecting anything as epic and majestic as what I heard in Ratchet & Clank: Rift apart. Mathersbo and Hokoyama have created a very special music that immediately grabs your attention and pulls you into the story. And the story must be pretty good, because this music is really epic, maybe not to the same extent as, say, God of War or Horizon Zero Dawn, but it definitely tries to push the boundaries of the story.
One thing I really like about the music in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is musical continuity. There is a distinctive main theme that is repeated throughout the soundtrack and ties the whole thing together. For example, the music in this game sounds almost like a symphony in places, as the main theme opens the soundtrack, pops up throughout the game, and returns in the climax at the end. For these reasons, I have to name Rift Apart and Culmination at Corson V as two of my favorite songs of the entire soundtrack. Both games have a clear main theme, and it’s very pleasant to listen to (I can only imagine what it would be like to hear this music in a game, since the game is a PS5 exclusive, and I only have a PS4).
But this score isn’t just grandiose and epic, and that’s another detail I like. For example, Cascading Enropic Fissure has a musical moment that sounds very retro, in fact it sounds like the composers are quoting music from an old Ratchet & Clank game (which they may be). I like that this particular issue highlights the past. It’s a nice change from the rest of the soundtrack.
And of course I have to highlight Join Me At the Top, the last song on this soundtrack. I don’t know who is involved in this story, but it sounds like a musical number performed by the villain of the piece, and it is absolutely delightful. It really sounds like something out of a Broadway musical. I don’t know why this song is part of the soundtrack or how it fits into the game, but after hearing it, I honestly could have listened to an entire album of songs like this. What a great way to end a soundtrack album.
I highly recommend you to discover the soundtrack of the game Ratchet & Clank: Rift apart. It’s beautiful and one of the best video game soundtracks I’ve heard this year.
RATCHET AND CLANK: RIFT APART (SOUNDTRACK)
- Separate gorge
- Festival of Heroes
- The meanest city
- Nice house in the Sargasso.
- Journey through the universe
- Ode to Nefarius
- Meet me at Zurka’s.
- Urfdah Mesa Major
- Blizar Prime’d and Loan
- Molonot means paradise.
- Entropic cascade failure
- The story of the two Cordelions
- System failure
- Delayed arrival
- The battle for the Sargasso
- Urfdah Mesa Minor
- Zordum and gloom
- The most important fact in the Corson V case
- Accompany me to the top
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