I must admit that I was getting a
little scared that the PS Vita would become another PlayStation
Portable, however with releases like Gravity Rush, it's these
type of games that this new portable console really needs. Given
that the PS Vita is the best portable console ever made.. so
far.. the general public needs to make a leap of faith in order
to keep this console alive and well.
This my friends is where Gravity
Rush comes into play who features protagonist Kat, a young women
in the distant future who must use gravity to her advantage as
she manipulates the world around here to save her own world.
Imagine an anime cartoon come to life and that would be Gravity
Created by Keiichiro Toyama (Silent
Hill), Gravity Rush is a far cry from this survival horror game
but it still features his trademark strangeness that creates
this inspiring world and more importantly, a relatable
character. Unfortunately for "Kat", she suffers from amnesia and
she awakes in a strange world.
By feeling as lost as Kat, you
actually feel more drawn into the world of Gravity Rush as you
need to stop an alien invasion that has invaded her world. To
make things even more complicated, gravity is no longer up and
down as this world is plague by gravity shifts which causes
additional problems. Fortunately for Kat, she has learned to
manipulate gravity and force it in any direction to her advatage.
By manipulating gravity, this
allows you to reach precarious locations that were once
unreachable. In turn you can fly and even walk on walls. Kat is
also joined by a "real" cat which serves as an almost
witch/familiar type relationship and helps the story. Gravity
manipulation is not just used for moving about the environment
as aliens are your next problem.
At its core, Gravity Rush is a
combination of arcade/action meets RPG as you explore and
interact with the various inhabitants of the story, engaging in
small quests and using your hand to hand combat to defeat the
enemies. Boss battles are probably the most challenging aspect
of the game but like most games, once their weakness is found,
exploiting it becomes an easy task.
There are parallels to Crackdown
and Prototype as you explore this strange world which is a real
blast on the PS Vita. It's fun using gravity to create
superkicks against your enemies in this almost superhero type
fashion. Crystals are also used to "level up" Kat's powers that
in turn unlocks additional abilities and more powerful attacks
for our hero.
While the story may not win any
ideas for originality, the gameplay behind Gravity Rush is a
totally different matter which features some of the most unique
gameplay in years.
By using the PlayStation Vita gyro
sensors, this allows you to manipulate gravity and give you a
different perspective on your current dilemma, whether you are
facing enemies or a puzzle. For example, you need to retrieve
parts of the city of Hekseville and even rescue its denizens as
gravity forces this world apart or as a side quest, take on a
criminal organisation. There's lots to do in this game which
makes it so addictive, fun and more importantly quite playable
on the PS Vita.
Graphically, Gravity Rush is pure
eye candy on the PS Vita that contains an interactive and
colourful world that is filled with wonder, intrigue and danger.
The developers have done a great job at making the environment
come alive and to compliment the story, Gravity Rush features
some of the best use of cell shading that we have seen in awhile
which almost jumps out at you.
For me, Gravity Rush is like
comicbook come to life with its vibrant colours and stylised
animation techniques. The musical score is a treat as are all
the sound effects that with the graphics creates this amazing
world of wonder. Whether it's the graphics or the gameplay, load
times were an issue with the title that were longer than most.
Nonetheless it was a worthy gaming experience.
In the end, Gravity Rush is one of the most original games on
the PS Vita that really challenges the player but be warned, the
learning curve is a little steep initially but once mastered,
you will become a Jedi of gravity manipulation. Imagine being
trapped in a world created by a madman and then thrown into a
blender because at times, you don't know what's going but that's
the magic of this game which will definitely keep you coming
back for me.