Excerpt: Kat is a girl with problems. Amnesia is one of them, and trouble gaining the trust of those around her is another. A lot of that mistrust has to do with her ability to manipulate gravity, which is seemingly related to a mysterious cat that follows her around. It's a fun, mostly familiar superhero setup. Kat and her supporting cast are all designed well and great fun to watch.
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.
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.
Gravity Rush’s beautiful open-world soars the Vita to dizzying, dazzling heights (review)
25 August 2012
Conclusion: Gravity Rush is one of the best open-world games available, portable or otherwise. The atmospheric world, likable cast, and clever, entertaining mechanics make it a title that you can easily sink many joyous hours into, even if you spend a lot of them just flying around the city and hunting for gems.
Pros: The main selling point of Gravity Rush is obviously the ability to control and play with, you know, gravity. A push of a button makes you float off the ground, and another press sends you flying in the direction you aim. Since you can stop mid-air and readjust your course, you basically have the gift of flight. Landing on a surface will readjust gravity, so the side of a building becomes as easy to walk across as the ground below. Yes, the mechanic is as much fun as i...
Cons: The plot does a good job of progressing the action and allowing the characters to grow and interact with each other, but you’ll still have a lot of unanswered questions after the credits roll. I guess these were left vague for a potential sequel or maybe downloadable content, but major conflicts introduced in the very beginning of the story and confusing concepts about the origin of the game’s world are never explained. In fact, if the title didn’t tell you when it wa...
Excerpt: I’m not really sure how I feel about Gravity Rush . It’s really quite complicated. The one thing I can really pin down is that I enjoy it. I like the way it looks, the heroes and heroines and even the villains are interesting. The ambiance is lovely as well, with a fantastic soundtrack and detailed city. I want to say I love it and that it’s my favorite Vita game. At the same time, I can’t help but feel so frustrated with it.
Pros: Touch, motion and standard controls are used well. Players decide how to level up Kat. Kat’s reputation can improve based on actions. Lots of side challenges to earn extra gems. It has a unique look and good music. The story is well written. Each main mission proceeds in a different manner so you aren’t always doing the same thing. You can change Kat’s outfit. You can talk to citizens to hear rumors that help flesh out the story or foreshadow future events.
Cons: Battle controls can get frustrating when you face an enemy with a weak spot that can only be hit by gravity kicks/thrown objects/special attacks. There’s a bit of a cliffhanger and a few of the game’s mysteries are left unsolved.