Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart sees the return of the series’ staple villain, Dr. Nefarious, a robotic mad scientist determined to rule the galaxy. He’s also an incompetent, silly dope, and Ratchet and Clank have foiled his plans numerous times since he first appeared in Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal. But Rift Apart teaches us something new and unexpected about the villain: apparently, he’s a pretty good employer.

If you’re a Ratchet & Clank fan and you’ve been paying attention to the trailers and screenshots of Nefarious in Rift Apart, you may have already asked yourself, “Where’s Lawrence?” For the uninitiated, Lawrence is Dr. Nefarious’ robotic butler and assistant. He’s extra intelligent than his boss, however he doesn’t actually have the identical evil intentions. For years, he’s attended to Dr. Nefarious, largely content material to look at his boss fail, clear up after the mess, and kit as much as strive one thing new. But Lawrence doesn’t make an look in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, and the in-game cause supplied is each hilarious and heartwarming.

[Spoiler Warning: This post contains miniscule spoilers for two jokes in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart.]

Rift Apart opens with a parade in Ratchet and Clank’s honor. Clank items Ratchet the Dimensionator, a gadget that may open portals to totally different dimensions, in order that the 2 of them can discover different members of Ratchet’s species. It’s a young second that Dr. Nefarious immediately ruins by stealing the Dimensionator for his personal evil musings.

But this is a solo enterprise for the mad scientist, as his right-hand-robot is nowhere to be seen. Minutes later, as he’s dropping the sport’s first boss combat, Dr. Nefarious shouts, “This is what I get for giving my assistant paid paternity leave!”

Dr. Nefarious addressing the camera in Up Your Arsenal

Lawrence accompanies one in all Dr. Nefarious’ first Up Your Arsenal cutscenes with signal language
Image: Insomniac Games

Now, this is humorous for a couple of causes, least of which being that Lawrence is a robotic. But the factor that makes me snigger each time I take into consideration this is that Dr. Nefarious — an evil mastermind hellbent on overtaking the galaxy in not solely his dimension however all dimensions — affords his “employees” advantages. And not simply customary advantages like medical insurance or PTO, however good ones. The United States authorities doesn’t offer guaranteed paid parental leave, however Dr. Nefarious does.

This joke is simply missed, however Insomniac finally pushes it a bit of additional. After the ultimate boss of Rift Apart, a brief model of the credit roll, full with cute vignettes of what varied characters stand up to after the sport. One picture exhibits Lawrence introducing his boss to his new youngster. Dr. Nefarious stands there along with his mouth agape, hearts swirling round his head.

The entire bit right here is goofy, but it surely additionally provides us a greater look into who Dr. Nefarious is. He’s foolish, he’s evil, but in addition he cares. Sure, possibly he solely cares about Lawrence and that new child, but it surely’s good to see that he has robust emotions for issues exterior of his work. People usually get so consumed by what they do for a residing (comparable to world domination) that they neglect to understand the attractive issues in life.

I don’t condone most of Dr. Nefarious’ actions in Rift Apart. He’s a problematic fave to say the least. But at the very least he cares sufficient about his assistant’s well-being that he gave him some paid day off to turn into a father. For this cause — and solely this cause, actually — we must always have fun Dr. Nefarious as a boss and humanitarian.