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Video GameGravity Rush Review
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Posted: 19 months ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Gravity Rush is a running, jumping and exploration adventure game. You play as Kat, an amnesiac with the power to manipulate gravity. She uses this ability to help her community and uncover the mystery of her past.

This gravity manipulation grants a unique way to explore the open world of Hekseville, complete missions for townsfolk and defeat the creepy Nevi enemy. You can run around, jump and all the usual stuff. But as well as this you can tilt the controller, aim at any surface and then "fall" in that direction. It's a novel way to get around, but also creates a disjointed, fractured feeling that matches Kat's amnesiac struggles.

The game world opens up as you progress. What starts as a superhero tale soon strays into more interesting and substantial territory. The world around you is an increasingly militaristic police state. Your powers fight to overwhelm you. Your community is unappreciative of your help and steadily ostracises you.

Gravity Rush is a game that invites you to the joy of flying. Or rather, the rush of falling. Each time you jump, switch gravity, and land on a new axis is as thrilling as the first. Anyone looking for an overlooked adventure with a twist, it's a hidden gem.

Gravity Rush 2 extends this experience on PlayStation 4 to use the space and exploration with a more political story. You explore different locations separated not only by height but by social class. Because this game is designed for PlayStation 4 (rather than ported from the PlayStation Vita) it can do more with the movement and visuals. But it is the narrative and social commentary that makes this really stand out.

For those wanting more of this after completing the first game, Gravity Rush 2 (Gravity Daze 2 in Japan). This expands the gravity-controlling mechanics and expands the universe with a new city and more lively and colourful inhabitants.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 09/02/2012, updated in 2017

Price: Free

Platforms: PS Vita and PS4

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Platform and Simulation

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Sony Japan Studio (@SonyJapanStudio)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 11 hours and 13 hours to complete. Gravity Rush 2 is substantially longer due to its increase scope and map size.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for non-realistic looking violence towards human-like and animal-like characters, humans and animals such as dogs and cats populate the towns and cities, as the player you are able to use your gravity abilities to propel into them knocking them over, the characters lay on the floor motionless for a short time before standing up and either running away or continuing on with their daily activities.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Parental Guidance (PG) for Mild Violence.

Skill Rating

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need general exploration and traversal skills. There is some navigation required to get to where you need to go and the ability to cope with a space where the rules of gravity don't always aplpy as you are used to.

CostsCosts

Gravity Rush usually costs £0 to £34.99. 

Gravity Rush 2

Gravity Rush 2: The Ark Of Time: Raven's Choice

PlayStation Store PS4 Free

Gravity Rush Remastered

PlayStation Store PS4 £24.99
This game is free to play. Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Gravity Rush Accessibility Report documents 13 accessibility features:
Accessibility is documented for Gravity Rush 2 that provides more features than the original game. Subtitle text is provided for dialogue. When this is in a speech bubble in a cut scene it's clear, but in game this appears over the gameplay and is harder to read.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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