Gravity Rush is a video game released for the PlayStation Vita in 2012. It was developed by Project Siren and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. Under the codename "Gravite", it was originally going to be a PS3 title, but development eventually shifted to the PS Vita, after the developers decided the game would be better suited for the console.
Kat, a girl with amnesia finds a magic cat that grants her the power to control gravity. With this power, she protects the floating city of Hekseville from a gravity storm and the monsters that spawn from it, known as the Nevi.
Why It Rocks
- Kat's powers allow her to float in the air along with other things, walk on walls, walk upside down and fly at incredible speeds.
- RPG elements allow Kat to upgrade her stats and abilities, allowing for more health, speed up the recovery of her powers, stronger attacks and new attacks, slow down the rate at which her powers deplete, etc.
- Her ability cap can be increased further as she completes missions and challenges reactivates parts of the city.
- Numerous NPCs and quests.
- Bringing power to the city allows for mini-games, which will help Kat obtain more gems for her upgrades.
- Large massive world to explore.
- Comic book style cutscenes. The illustrations used look great, blending Japanese manga with French comics, giving it a rather distinct look. The game uses cel-shaded graphics to make the game stand out from more gritty and realistic aesthetic found on both PS Vita and (later) PS4.
- Great monster designs that are both weird and wonderful.
- The Vita's gyroscope allows for tilted movement while sliding, and make micro-adjustments with the camera in the air.
- Features a sizeable cast, the vast majority of which are likeable.
- The main protagonist, Kat is a lovable character who is selfless, adorable, kind, and optimistic. She uses her powers to help the citizens of Hekseville instead of moping and trying to discover who she is, completely negating the "Amnesiac Hero(ine)" cliché.
- On PS4, the game runs in 1080p resolution at a steady 60 frames per second. The loading times are also greatly reduced. Slide controls are mapped to buttons, and the pause menu more intuitive. The remaster also has an Art Gallery, which includes promotional images, early sketches and concept art.
- Superb soundtrack, special mention going to "Bloody Claws" which is Raven's character theme.
- The loading times are quite lengthy on the Vita. (Though this is a problem with Vita games in general).
- The camera has a tendency to get caught on the geometry at times.
- Outside of including the DLC on the disc, the remaster doesn't add any new content.
Gravity Rush is considered one of the PlayStation Vita's best games, has a rating of 4.12 on GameFAQs, and has an 83/100 on Metacritic. It spawned a two episode OVA called Gravity Rush: The Animation - Overture, (found on the Playstation Youtube channel) which bridges the story between this game and its sequel.
Kat has also become a prominent figure for the Playstation Vita, starring in other games for the system. She makes an appearance as a guest fighter in Playstation All Stars: Battle Royale as DLC, a playable character in Ragnarok Odyssey, a golfer in the Vita version of Everybody's Golf/Hot Shots Golf: World Invitation, and along with Raven and Yunica, as a costume for Sackboy in the Vita version of LittleBigPlanet as part of the Gravity Rush pack.
- If one has completed Gravity Rush Remastered on PS4, Kat's DLC costumes (Maid, Spy, & Military) become available in Gravity Rush 2 upon starting the Jirga Para Lhao chapter.
- Tapping the centre of the screen (PS Vita) or the DualShock 4 touch pad (PS4) causes Kat to react uncomfortably and feel uneasy.
- The game's director, Keiichiro Toyama, was also the director of Silent Hill.
- Gravity Rush's evolution-styled gameplay was influenced by Crackdown.
- Kat's voice actress, Sanae Kobayashi, has previously voiced Alexis Rhodes in Yu-Gi-Oh!, Chris Thorndyke in Sonic X, and many other characters in anime and films.