Ratchet and Clank Rift aside: challenge mode explained

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What is Challenge Mode in Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart? Many gamers wonder if the game has some sort of New Game Plus option, and Challenge Mode serves that purpose. This mode has already been featured in several Ratchet and Clank games, and Rift Apart continues the long tradition of making it available after players first beat the game. Some things are kept, but not everything will be available when you start your second run. Here's everything you need to know about Challenge Mode in Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart.



What is Challenge Mode in Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart?

Challenge Mode is essentially New Game Plus. After completing the game for the first time, you will be able to create a new Challenge Mode save file. In this mode, all of your weapons, unlocks, collectibles, and bolts will be retained, and you will be returned to the start of the game with all of your existing gear. To start playing Challenge Mode, return to the main menu after completing the game and press the Square button while hovering over your completed save file. This will create a second Challenge Mode save file, indicated by a star icon.

Challenge Mode includes a bolt multiplier that increases if you don't get hit, incentivizing skillful play and giving you more opportunities to earn bolts so you can upgrade your weapons to the max level. While weapons were capped at level 5 when you first played, Challenge Mode allows you to purchase Omega versions of your weapons from Ms. Zurkon's shop, which can be upgraded up to level 10. If you don't own not the deluxe edition of the game, you can also purchase the bouncer and pixelizer once you reach challenge mode. Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is a great game, so it's understandable that fans want to play the game more than once. Thankfully, Insonmiac has made this iteration of Challenge Mode incredibly rewarding.



Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is now available on PlayStation 5.


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