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Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart’s coolest gun weaponizes PlayStation cameos


In the very first Ratchet & Clank game, players are able to get their hands on the RYNO, which stands for “Rip You a New One” — you must understand, it was the early 2000s. The RYNO is the ultimate weapon, and costs an exorbitant amount of Bolts, the games’ currency, to acquire. As the series went on, developer Insomniac Games added new RYNOs with new effects.

The RYNOs of games past have always been big guns that pack a serious punch, but the RYNO 8 in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is something else entirely.

[Spoiler warning: This post includes spoilers for the RYNO 8, Rift Apart’s ultimate weapon. There are light image spoilers for Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart’s story.]

Players can’t pick up the RYNO 8 until late in the game’s story, and will get it for free after collecting all the Spybot collectibles scattered around the world.

The RYNO 8 summons items from other dimensions, slams them into the ground, and creates a purple shockwave that destroys anything nearby. Some of these objects are from Rift Apart’s world, like a big dinosaur or a space ship. But other objects come from different dimensions — dimensions that Sony fans might be familiar with.

When you summon an item, it starts in the air and crashes down to the ground. Most items explode on impact, but Easter egg items tend to linger for a moment. Some items will last only a second, and can be very difficult to see.

After upgrading our RYNO 8 a bit, we spent about 45 minutes shooting the portal at the ground. There are small items and big items, depending on the arena you’re in. Here’s the list of references we found with the RYNO 8.

Ratchet & Clank (2016)

The Blargian Snagglebeast in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

The Blargian Snagglebeast beats its chest like a gorilla once you summon it
Image: Insomniac Games/PlayStation Studios via Polygon

Ratchet & Clank’s 2016 remake is more of a retelling of the original game than anything else, built to tie into the duo’s movie. The Blargian Snagglebeast — a classic boss from the original Ratchet & Clank — makes an updated appearance in the 2016 version. And the RYNO 8 can summon the shiny, new Blargian Snagglebeast to crush your enemies.

Horizon Zero Dawn

The Ravager machine in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

The Ravager makes a motion like it’s growling
Image: Insomniac Games/PlayStation Studios via Polygon

There are two creatures from Horizon Zero Dawn that can pop out of the RYNO 8.

Above, you can see the Ravager, a smaller combat machine with catlike claws.

The Thunderjaw machine in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

The Thunderjaw stomps its feet after it lands
Image: Insomniac Games/PlayStation Studios via Polygon

The Thunderjaw is a much larger combat machine from Horizon Zero Dawn. It’s the series’ T-Rex equivalent.

Jak and Daxter

Jak in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Jak looks very confused when he first lands
Image: Insomniac Games/PlayStation Studios via Polygon

The RYNO 8 can summon Jak from Jak and Daxter (albeit the adult version from Jak 2 and Jak 3). He crashes into the ground and stands around a bit before returning to his dimension. Daxter, Jak’s orange loudmouthed companion, doesn’t make an appearance.

Sly Cooper

Sly Cooper in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Sly looks from side to side after he lands
Image: Insomniac Games/PlayStation Studios via Polygon

Sucker Punch’s Sly Cooper series gets quite a few RYNO 8 Easter eggs. The first is Sly himself, who pops out of the portal and hangs out for a bit before leaving.

The Sly Cooper van in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart




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