Review: Gravity Rush – a reason to own a PS Vita?

June 14, 2012

Review: Gravity Rush – a reason to own a PS Vita?While PlayStation Vita owners may be facing a drought currently, there is one game that released recently that may change all of that. With the release of the long awaited PS Vita title Gravity Rush, many will wonder if this is the title to make you own one.

Story

The premise around Gravity Rush is actually quite interesting as you follow a girl named Kat, who suffers from amnesia but finds herself in a floating steam-punk town called Hekseville. She soon encounters a black cat that helps recall her mysterious power to control gravity. Later on Kat finds out she is what is called a Shifter due to her magical abilities.

Without knowing her origin, Kat sets out to discover they mystery behind the threat of the invading monsters called Nevi and the gravity storm brewing that could wipe out the world as she knows it.

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You will immediately fall in love with Kat as she seems like an unlikely heroine, with a cheerful yet flirty demeanor that can also change instantly to a scowling, brooding teenager. Despite the fate of the world resting on her shoulders, Kat seems rather free spirited going off on tangents in conversations with NPCs in the world about all sorts of odd topics.

The story is told in cutscenes and at times in a cool comic book style that moves in 3D as you tilt the screen, which shows off things around the corner.  The story is charming and keeps you engaged, as by the end of the game you will find yourself invested in Kat and the interesting town of Hekseville whether you want to or not.

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Gameplay/Design

Gravity Rush is an open world sandbox game that offers exploration and aerial combat that is completely unique and original. The game feels like it was destined for the PS Vita as it takes full advantage of the gyro sensors and the touch screen.

The game definitely earns points for implementing a free flying control scheme that works smoothly, as you propel Kat from one corner of the city to the next. The feeling of flying is indescribable as it almost feels like Kat is always falling, but towards an undefined ground as the walls or ceiling can instantly become the ground.

Once you master Kat’s gravity rush, gliding across the town will give you an exhilarating rush you may never have felt in any other game before. The aerial combat is probably the weakest link in  Gravity Rush as attacking the floating Nevi monsters require flying towards the enemy with a kick after doing a soft lock on it.

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If the enemy moves out of the way, you will have to reorientate to launch for another flying kick or attack. However, once you master this combat mechanic, it can actually be somewhat rewarding yet challenging as you orientate yourself to launch an attack to hit the monster’s weak point while predicting its movement pattern.

Attacking the Nevi monsters on the ground require a series of brawling combo attacks, with the ability to dodge by quickly swiping on the screen, which takes some getting used to.

Kat even earns a little cute house that can be spruced up as well as store various costumes that can be unlocked.

Improving your reputation in Hekseville is quite important as it will go a long way to leveling up. Kat can also talk to some of the NPCs in town to learn more about Hekseville and its origin. You will find several districts in the town such as Endestria, Vendecentre and several more locations that can be explored.

Over time, parts of the town have been torn away by the Nevi, and you can take on side quests by warping to another dimension called the rift plains to recover parts of the town. Restoring and upgrade parts of the town will boost your reputation as well.

Exploration is key as you will discover hidden gems all over the city that will go towards unlocking new abilities leading to some super powerful attacks. There are certain missions involving collecting gems in a guarded area that forces you to think outside the box by using the gravity rush ability. In one area I found myself running upside down under the belly of the floating city to come up on the other side of the gems. 

Wrap-Up

Gravity Rush is a beautiful game with an awesome soundtrack that will keep pulling you back into the mysterious world of Hekseville. The setting is absolutely fantastical with both haunting and charming locations. The boss battles that don’t involve the standard Nevi bloobs are great as you encounter villains with various abilities that differ from yours.

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Its rare to find a game that makes you want to spend time in its world even if its for the sake of just flying around finding gems in it freely. If you are a PlayStation Vita owner, Gravity Rush is a must have game and if you don’t own one, then the game is definitely one of the reasons you should get one.

Score

5/5

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22 Responses to “Review: Gravity Rush – a reason to own a PS Vita?”

  1. ncaissie:

    When is it out? I may choose this over resistance.

  2. Roca.:

    it came out two days ago.

  3. Roca.:

    Nice to see Blorge reviewing a game close to its release date.

    I’m going to pick up this game later today.

    I’m going to NY/NJ for the weekend so I’ll be playing this during the flight

  4. ncaissie:

    Have fun on your trip.

  5. Roca.:

    Thanks ncaissie

    btw, there is a new Escape Plan DLC “Asylum” for just $0.25…

    Gotta love Sony 8)
    Microsoft and Activision would’ve charged you $50 for it

  6. ncaissie:

    Nice. But I have to put $5 in my account lmao. I think I may have $.25 in there.

  7. twilight:

    Enjoy yourself and have a safe on your trip Roca.

  8. Spideydog:

    Hmmm, just may pick this one up actually. Will give the demo a good go over and see how it goes ;)

  9. Ivan_PSP:

    Everyone is loving this game and at first i didn’t care for it but i guess ima have to buy it next month after my trip to the Caribbean island of Dominican lol paradise.

  10. Philistine:

    I traded in Dungeon hunter, and got Uncharted, as a main game and mod nation racer and everybody golf as time fillers.

    I’ve not been well enough to play them much, but they look ok.

    Looking forward to some new stuff on the Vita

  11. Kushy:

    “Caribbean island of Dominican lol paradise.”

    Actually it’s the island of Hispaniola in which the Dominican and Haiti sits. There is no island of Dominican! Should you not know better, could have sworn you said you are from there? Also it is hardly paradise, I have been to once and never again! Highly over-rated! Full of crime, garbage, disease, poverty and corruption! Also has the higest rate of HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not hating on the people! However outside of the resorts, it’s hardly paradise!

  12. Ivan_PSP:

    Yes I’m 100% Dominican but raised in NYC. And fuck your HISTORY. Again you a lying troll yes there’s crime like here in NY. Poverty and corruption is everywhere you poor. And is a great Island that’s most celebs love to visit.

  13. Kushy:

    I’m a lying troll? Everything I said is true. You want links to prove it? Outside of Africa, Hispaniola has the second highest HIV/AIDS rate in the world and highest in Caribbean. Celebs love to visit private and secure resorts, they don’t go out and mingle with the locals, at least not thae vast majority of them!

    40% of the 10 million people in the Dominican are living in poverty! Not lies, and not what I call paradise! Sure the island is beauitful, the situtaion too many people are in is not!

  14. Kushy:

    You’re a stupid and ignorant noob Ivan! Fuck my HISTORY? Lol, at least I know my history! You’re just an ignorant piece of trash with no culture! 100% Dominican my ass! You don’t have a 1/4 the class the most Dominican people have! :P

  15. CarlB:

    There is beauty to be found everywhere, for those who know how to look. Be at peace with yourselves and each other, for ugliness can also be found everywhere, if one wishes to find it… best not to add to it.

  16. Ivan_PSP:

    Lol nice carlb

  17. Roca.:

    Dominican Republic – http://goo.gl/CP5QO

    not far from a Paradise

  18. CarlB:

    Tack on “slums” instead of “resorts” to that search and you can see the other end of the scale. But I’ve been to places like that (Dhaka, Bangladesh is one) and there is still great beauty to be found even in the midst of poverty. Not everyone is a criminal, for one, and often times I found a greater nobility and kindness there than farther up economic food chain.

  19. Roca.:

    @Carl
    Most of us are not going there to visit or live in the “slums”. We go there to visit the best places the country has to offer (as tourists, right?)

    DR is a beautiful place to visit and imo has some of the best beaches in the world.

    You should visit one day

    Mexico is another example.
    Great to visit, not so great to live there.

  20. CarlB:

    I realize “most” won’t venture anywhere outside the resorts or sanitized tourist spots, I’m just saying it can be worthwhile to. Not that there isn’t risk, you simply need to know how to take care of yourself and minimize it.

  21. CarlB:

    My favorite spots in the world so far have been Kos and Kathmandu. But I probably won’t travel again for a while. After about 20 countries or so it tends to get boring and somewhat tedious, with only occasional exceptions, and those spaced between several trips.

  22. gunstar:

    thanks for the great review, Mike F

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