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Gravity Rush Review

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Posted: 6 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer.

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.

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

Rating:

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

Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

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

Developer: @SonyJapanStudio

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: 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.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

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.

ESRB TEEN for Blood, Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes, Partial Nudity and Use of Alcohol. Players mostly punch and kick enemies while flying through the air; some enemies use machine guns or knives to attack civilians or other warriors. One cutscene depicts a man stabbing another in the back; a credit sequence shows images of a man impaled on a spike with blood on his clothes and mouth. In a handful of scenes, a fantastical character is depicted partially nude (no nipples or genitalia) atop buildings. One side mission requires players to take pictures of beautiful women for an older man (e.g., “If you find a real looker, get her to strike a pose before taking the picture”; “She's smoking hot, isn't she?”). Another side mission involves a boy asking for the player's help with curbing his father's drinking (e.g., “Pop's mind is scattered lately, probably from all the drinkin'”; “You smell like booze nowadays”); characters are sometimes depicted holding bottles, drinking alcohol and swaying/staggering around.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping)... read more about system accessibility settings.


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