Having first been released back in 2012 for the PlayStation Vita, Gravity Rush has now been remastered for the PlayStation 4 bringing with it heroine Kat and her trusty companion Dusty. The action/adventure game has you take on the role of Kat as she finds herself thrust in an unknown land with a curious black cat lurking in the shadows who grants her newfound powers that allow her to manipulate gravity.
Being introduced to the game for the first time through PlayStation 4, it’s surprising to think that such a game was originally made for the PlayStation Vita. It’s easy to commend developers Sony Japan and Bluepoint Games for taking the opportunity to introduce new players to a game that many may not have even had the opportunity to try because they didn’t own a PlayStation Vita.
The city of Hekseville is as intriguing and abundant to visit for the first time as it is for Kat who somehow can’t even seem to remember who she is and what has happened to her. With no back-story or fancy, action packed opening sequences, you find yourself merely having fallen from the sky and onto the cobbled streets of Hekseville as an apple rolls to tap Kat’s head and wake her up.
In spite of Kat’s immediate unbeknownst attitude towards her powers, she is soon volunteering her services to help the people around her. As if by instinct Kat is flying through the sky, tossing and turning as she tries to manipulate gravity (or maybe that was just me behind the controls). The controls seemed fairly straight forward. In order to manipulate gravity you can either go through the appropriate button sequences or you can use the PlayStation 4’s capability with the Dualshock 4 wireless controller. Of course, I wanted to try out the motion sensor capabilities. Unfortunately though, it was incredibly easy to lose control of Kat and literally not be able to find your bearings. After numerous attempts I finally made my way through the chapter and decided that, for future reference, hitting the buttons was probably my best bet to navigate. Once this decision had been made I was flying from place to place and getting a laugh whenever I forgot that Kat’s manipulation of gravity had a small range that could often hit passer-bys.
Combat with gravity is certainly a fun way to approach a game. When Kat’s on the ground she does the simple kick and punch while you hit a square button but gravity can allow for some fun escape routes and combat sequences.
In general, Kat’s manipulation of gravity involves a degree of freewill as the player loosely goes wherever they want. Handily in combat, if Kat is in the air you can hit R2 to automatically pinpoint your target and come at them from any direction. The Nevi monsters are generally what you encounter the most that require you to jump into combat mode. Saying this, when Kat’s not getting rid of the Nevi monsters for the city of Hekseville she can usually be found doing quests and tasks for others who never seem to appreciate anything that she does. I have to admit that, at times, the storytelling and dialogue did feel a tad cheesy and apparent but the game is rated PG which means a child could play it and boundaries have to be set.
The tutorial/opening chapter has Kat rescue a young boy and be reunited with his Father. Instead of a thank you, both the Father and the Son shout at Kat for destroying their house in the process, putting aside the fact that she just saved the boy’s life. On the other hand, when Kat’s not having Fathers and Sons yell at her, she can be found navigating around police officers in order not to be detected for example. This particular quest involved sneaking around in ways you may never have encountered in a game. Because, even though its walls may tower over an enormous cliff you can always alter gravity and make it a rocky hill to walk along. Just make sure the metre doesn’t run out or you may find Kat plummeting down.
What makes Gravity Rush Remastered what it is, is not doubt thanks to its setting and graphic design that provides both an engaging and wondrous look into the world of Hekseville. The game opts for a comic book and storyboard-like style that is complimented by a beautiful soundtrack that seems like it was pulled straight from a film.
Whether you’re revisiting the world of Gravity Rush or trying it for the first time, Gravity Rush Remastered succeeded in making the jump from handheld to console that I’m not sure many other games could do.
- Manipulating gravity game play
- The jump from PSV to PS4
- Engaging and fascinating world
- Frustrating motion sensor controls
- Unrewarding side quests
- Cheesy dialogue