Gravity Rush

Trick the very basic rules of the universe by having a good friend in a cat that looks like it contains a whole universe, by changing gravity and experience a great story – in the palm of your hands.

A tumbling experience

The intro sequence introduces you to a girl who’s fallen from the sky, and slowly you discover that she is this game’s protagonist. As you try to wander around and getting the hold of how to move around and move the camera a bit, a cat appears – and your character is just as surprised as you to meet this cat. Without too much hesitation, she decides to follow this cat and they quickly bond just like old friends meeting after some time apart.

You’ll meet some different people, some more important than others – the weirder, the more important they are. The city you’re in is called Hekseville, and after a while of talking to people, getting a few pieces of the story together, you realise that you are the only one with the powers available to save the people and the city. You gather missing parts of the city to make it whole again – and as side quests; repair and ignite otherwise extinguished very useful things such as elevators, weaponry for defense, and transportation.

The city is threatened by some kind of dark matter that manifests into some weird looking blobs, trying to kill and destroy whatever they can. The people of Hekseville have named them Nevi, and with your powers you can withstand their weapons and even fight back, so it’s quickly decided, not only on Kats but also the inhabitants part, that Kat is the one to fight the Nevi. Later on in the story you will encounter weird and unexpected plot twists so be ready for a rollercoaster ride.

I don’t think you understand the gravity of the situation

The game have a great learning curve, slowly but surely demonstrating how to play the game and limiting different choices and weapons avoids any confusion and keeps refreshing the game when introducing a new weapon or way of fighting your enemies.

The game follows the typical template with random encounters with smaller enemies and planned ones with bigger boss fights that plays part of the story. You’ll want to make use of your ability to change the gravity and have plenty of space to dropkick your enemies – the more run, the more power to take out whatever you’re fighting. As you progress through the game, more options for taking out your enemies unlocks – you’ll start with the most simple one going by the name gravity kick, and as you progress in the game, way more impressive and powerful abilities such as a gravity spin attack which is marvelous to finish off your enemy will unlock.

The game also includes role playing elements such as levelling up your character and make her stronger, ready for the bigger fights later in the game, giving the player the feeling of progress and evolution, not only in the story, but also in the playable character. The player can choose which abilities to upgrade, which many players will find useful – RPG players more so than for example me that play games for the action and storytelling – I just upgraded the abilities equally.

Closing comments

The most annoying part; Kats side comments in dialogues. Often they are unwarranted as they are very obvious, and they aren’t even funny. Since this game is translated from japanese there might have been a lot of funny remarks that didn’t carry over.

While Kat seem like a really strong character, ready for a fight at all times, especially for the greater good and to protect other people, all while trying to not harm her enemy, she still talks a few times about her search for a good looking guy to hook up with, which is in this case, rather unnecessary for the game.

The game is extremely beautiful, especially for a handheld, and you’ll have to look hard to find flaws in the look of the game, and apart from that aiming can be troubling in intense fights, there’s nothing wrong with handling and controlling the game either. This is one of the most anticipated games for the playstation PlayStation VITA, and as far as I’m concerned, it lives up to all the expectations. The screenshots in this review aren’t justifying the game.

I simply love this game wholeheartedly, and i usually don’t give that many 10s to a game, even Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Uncharted 3 didn’t impress me that much, but this game has the whole package – if just they had some sort of easy accessible multiplayer and more side missions, it might have gotten straight 10s throughout.

If you’re in for saving a lively city with a lot of weird inhabitants, this game would be a good choice.

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Getting sucked into games by Super Mario as a kid, gaming got on hold during her teens. Lured into gaming with the 7th generation by GTA IV, and a few years later intrigued by reviewing games, and now she's running gamingirl since 2009.
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