Summary: Of all the titles showcased ahead of the PlayStation Vita's launch, Gravity Rush (or Gravity Daze as it's known in Japan) turned the most heads. One of the more unique action games to be released on any system, complete with a stylish cel-shaded visual approach, what was once planned as a PS3 title looks like a natural fit on Sony's fresh-faced handheld. Gravity Rush is certainly full of good ideas, and the charm drips from it like pink maple syrup.
Excerpt: For each and every gaming platform available, there are a few game titles console owners must have in their games inventory. For example, MGS and Final Fantasy games for the PS3 and Halo titles for the Xbox360. But what about for PS Vita owners? While there might disputes in game titles when it comes any gaming console you can think of, there is a clear and obvious inclusion for owners of Sony's latest portable gaming device and it is none other than SCE Japan Studio's...
Excerpt: Gravity Rush's core mechanic is in the name itself - the manipulation of gravity. Set in a fictitious town of Hekesville, we play Kat, a spry young girl who has lost her memory. In the beginning of the game she learns that she can manipulate gravity when she meets a black cat she affectionately names "Dusty." A superhero in her own right, the entire game appears to be a coming-of-age story that presents questions and mysteries at every turn.
Excerpt: The relatively massive amount of hype behind Gravity Rush made me do something I don’t often do – avoid the demo at all costs. So much had been written about the gravity-altering gameplay that I didn’t want the demo to cloud my judgment of the full game. I wanted to come into that with as fresh a perspective as possible and I’m glad I did. The organic flow of the game from story to gameplay works really well, as does the logical progression of everything.
Quirky and fun gravity-shifting game has strong heroine.
Common Sense Media
25 August 2012
Summary: Parents need to know that Gravity Rush is a third-person action game with light fantasy violence and mild sexual themes. Players control a girlish but powerful teen who protects a fantastical city and its inhabitants from strange creatures by using changes in gravity to hurl objects and deliver powerful kicks. There is no blood or gore, and enemies simply disappear when destroyed.
Excerpt: Author's Note: Since Gravity Rush was released in June, three packs of DLC have been made available: The Military Pack, The Spy Pack and The Maid Pack. This review has been updated to include all three.
Conclusion: So the original question remains: Is Gravity Rush the game that finally pushes you to get a Vita? Well, it is a great game, and one that all Vita users must try. It offers a type of gameplay experience very rarely seen before, but it also has problems that stop it reaching its maximum potential.
Conclusion: Gravity Rush is a nice experiment and a game full of wonderful ideas. The execution of these ideas is disappointing for a game that could have potentially been a system seller. It has a wonderful steampunk aesthetic and Kat is a quite lovable and memorable protagonist. As a game, Gravity Rush is fun and offers something different for players.
Conclusion: This is the Vita’s killer-app. It’s an odd thing to say, given its niche aesthetic appeal and unproven gameplay formula, but it acquits itself well by ensuring that players grow into the same skills as its refreshingly winsome heroine. It’s a different kind of power-fantasy, encouraging players to become practiced in something unique instead of just accruing might, and it feels like it could only be done on on this hardware.