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Spyro Reignited Trilogy Review

Spyro Reignited Trilogy Review – Written by Jose Vega

Purchased product for review.

Back in 2016, Activision released the Crash N. Sane Trilogy, remaking the first 3 games starring Crash. To say that it was a success is an understatement. It was a massive hit and a year later, the game would then be ported over to the Switch, Xbox One and PC. People wonder if Spyro would join suit and the good news is that they didn’t need to wait long. In April of last year, Activision announced that the original Spyro trilogy would be remastered with help from Toys for Bob. It would take a few months and a few delays for it to come, as the Spyro Reignited Trilogy. Does this trilogy deliver justice and give new life to the Spyro the Dragon franchise?

Like the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, the Spyro Reignited Trilogy consists of the first three Spyro games: Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage and Spyro: Year of the Dragon. They had their work cut out for them remaking the Spyro trilogy, despite having the game delayed twice. You got to at least commend them for trying. Presentation-wise, all three games are awesome and consistent. You can tell that Toys for Bob put a lot of heart and soul when remaking the Spyro games and it shows. It’s fantastic. Even the voice acting is good. Tom Kenny reprises his role as Spyro and he does a fantastic job portraying him. Even the music and sound is improved. Everything has improved and like the N. Sane Trilogy, it’s done with the intent of providing a proper experience for players new to the series and for those who grew up with the old school PS1 games. Fun fact: the original 3 Spyro the Dragon games were developed by Insomniac, who would go on to make the Ratchet & Clank games for PS2.

What about the gameplay? Thankfully the game not only looks good but plays good too. If you’ve played the original PS1 Spyro games, you will feel right at home here. Movement is done either with the D-Pad or Analog Stick and all of Spyro’s basic moves such as gliding, breathing fire and charging with your head are there too. Depending on each games, Spyro will also obtain additional abilities that help in terms of exploration and battle. Speaking of which, all 3 games specialize in being collect-a-thon kind of games, having players travel to many areas collecting gems, relics, dragons and in some cases freeing dragons. Not only that but the game has free-flying sections where Spyro flies about. It also became a time-attack mode where you need to hit 4 objects or enemies for a total of 8 times. Some of these also have additional missions as well. For completionists that want to find and unlock everything, there are also skill point challenges. Completing them unlock access to a collection of concept art so it’s a nice bonus. You are getting a lot for a $40 game and like the Crash N. Sane Trilogy, it’s one heck of an experience.

As for length, each of these are long in their own right taking 10-15 hours but those who not only want to complete everything, get all the trophies and acquire all skill points, expect to add a few hours more to each. Again, it’s a lot for a $40 game and you got to commend these guys for putting the effort. Not only that but they also include the option to allow a map for players to see where they are. It’s a nifty feature but people most likely won’t need it. Now based on my experience, the compilation is well done. There were some bits that prove to be challenging, especially in the first Spyro game but at least it has the right amount of difficulty when it comes to the rest. And if you plan on buying the game physically, expect to wait a while. The physical disc only contains Spyro 1, not all 3. Yes. People were expecting to have all 3 Spyro games in one disc but Toys for Bob and Activision were unable to make it possible because of how big the games are. At least they tried and they should be commended for what they could. Oh and all three games are complete games too.

Activision and Toys for Bob did justice to the Spyro franchise with this compilation. Three Spyro games, rebuilt from the ground up with a strong presentation, familiar gameplay and a fair amount of challenge is something anyone should obtain. It’s enjoyable for those who have played the Spyro games but it’s also a welcome introduction for those who are new to it. If you never got to experience Spyro back during the PlayStation era, there’s no excuse now. The Reignited Trilogy is what does the trilogy justice and then some. Don’t take my word for it. Get it and play for yourself.

I give the Spyro Reignited Trilogy an 8.5 out of 10.

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life Review

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It’s always never easy to end a story and it’s the same way when it comes to video games. Last year, SEGA celebrated Yakuza’s 10th anniversary with the release of a prequel called Yakuza 0, a remake of the first game as Yakuza Kiwami and the announcement of an all-new Yakuza game. Come 2018 and the new Yakuza game arrives, serving as a final chapter to Kiryu’s story called Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. Its theme is of family and how far one would go for family. Does this game serve as a farewell to a recognizable hero or come down as a fall from grace?

Yakuza, or Ryu Ga Gotoku, has always been known for it’s story, characters and gameplay and this game is no exception. The story takes place 4 years after the events of Yakuza 5. Kiryu returns to Kamurocho after serving time in prison but something seems off. Haruka is nowhere to be found and the only clue that he can find of his whereabouts is a young baby boy named Haruto. If that isn’t enough, Kiryu becomes the target of a rival clan. It’s up to Kiryu to find Haruka, protect the boy Haruto and find out what’s really happening. But what he’ll discover will lead him to a secret that may bring Japan to ruin.

From my own personal experience, the story is great. I was hooked to see how it would play out and how they would handle Kiryu’s final tale. There are some twists and turns that do surprise me at times and the ending is one it’s best you see for yourself. You will be in tears by the time it’s over. I am a bit bummed that some characters aren’t in this game but it’s mostly for the sake of the game’s plot. Not much anyone can do.

If you played any of the games in the Yakuza series, you will feel right at home with this game. Kiryu is the only playable character in this game and don’t worry, he’s just as good as you remember, if not better. Yakuza 6 is an action RPG game where you go through the story, complete side quests and take part in activities that can offer plenty to do. Yes. Yakuza games always deliver in terms of content. As for Kiryu, he kicks butt just as you’d expect and this time he’s packing new tricks up his sleeve. Instead of multiple styles, he has only one style that offers a mix giving him offense and defense. Not only that but he has access to a heat gauge that fills up as you deal damage to enemies. When it’s full, Kiryu can go into a powered-up state called Extreme Heat Mode that gives him access to stronger attacks. The heat gauge can also be used for Kiryu to pull off flashy attacks. It offers him versatility and how it goes depend on the player.

Since it’s an action RPG, players need to level Kiryu up and they do so in a variety of ways. Kiryu can obtain experience points that are split into 5 categories: Strength, Agility, Spirit, Technique and Charm. You get experience by completing various activities whether it is the main story missions, sub missions, eating or even awards. The experience you acquire go towards four categories: Stats, Battle Skils, Heat Actions & Other Skills and depending on the player can have Kiryu be upgraded however they wish. It offers a lot of versatility for players and in some ways, a necessity in order to go through the game itself.

There is a lot to do in Yakuza 6. In addition to the city of Kamurocho, Kiryu also has access to the small town of Onomichi. Each of the areas offers many activities and missions to take part in. Kamurocho has access to places like arcades, hostess clubs, a gym, karaoke, online chat rooms, etc. It has a lot and it shows and Onomichi is no slouch either with its fair share of mini games like spear fishing and baseball. Yakuza 6 also gives us Clan Creator, a tower-defense like mini game that has you using a group of units to take down enemy groups. They are short but is very useful if you want to grind for yen, the game’s currency. There are also sub missions that show the daily life of both areas including some that are familiar but also surprising. One example being a quest where you must unite a bunch of people together to form a baseball team. For length, beating the main story will take you around 15-20 hours to complete, as it’s 12 chapters long but the side content extends the length to a lot more. Premium Adventure returns, letting players complete anything they missed out on and New Game+ with its Very Hard difficulty extends it further while testing players. You are getting a lot for your money’s worth and it shows.

The game plays great and it also looks great too. SEGA decided to incorporate a new engine for the game, the Dragon Engine. This allows Yakuza 6 to run seamlessly at 1080p with a stunning 60 fps. Not only that but battles also is seamless too. Compared to games like Yakuza 0 and Kiwami where battles start as enemies meet you, here once enemies spot you and race to you, it happens immediately and they end the same way as well. It’s well done. Voice acting is what you come to expect for a Yakuza game and it’s great. There is no English dub sadly but it shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the game. Music is awesome too with many great tracks, especially some that contend with boss battles. There are bosses in the game and they are without a doubt challenging. Plus it makes it all the more satisfying when you beat them too.

If I had any nitpicks, it’s that the game really does emphasize grinding. If you plan to max out Kiryu, it’s essential and thankfully there are plenty of opportunities to do so but players won’t be able to max out Kiryu completely unless they spend a lot of time on the game. Also Kiryu is the only playable character and it’s sad that we don’t get to play with anyone else. Characters like Shun Akiyama and Goro Majima are mostly relegated for the sake of the plot. But it’s Kiryu’s last tale so basically all the focus is on him and him alone.

Yakuza 6 serves as the final tale for Kazuma Kiryu and it holds up really well. The game not only looks amazing but plays amazing too, offering something new while feeling familiar. It’ll challenge you don’t get me wrong but by the time you are finished, you can’t help but feel good and wanting more. With SEGA announcing a spin-off entitled Judgment, it will not be the end of the Yakuza series. Far from it, to be honest. This is Kiryu’s last tale and it’s one you do not want to miss out on.

I give Yakuza 6 a solid 9 out of 10. It earns my personal seal of approval. A must-buy.

Marvel’s Spider-Man Review

Marvel’s Spider-Man Review – Written by Jose Vega

Purchased game for the review.

Spider-Man has had his fair share of video games over the years. Some were good, others not so much. After the disappointment of Amazing Spider-Man 2, Activision decided to call it quits leaving Marvel to find a company who could give the webhead justice. E3 2016 revealed a new Spider-Man game but it wouldn’t be under Activision’s helm. It would be Insomniac, a company responsible for the Ratchet & Clank series. After 2 years and a lot of waiting and anticipation, Insomniac’s Spider-Man arrives as a PS4 console exclusive. Did Insomniac do him justice where Activision could not?

Let’s start with the gameplay. Why gameplay? Because the instant you start playing, you know that Insomniac nails being Spider-Man to a T. Getting around is outright fun though it can take a while to get used to it. Once you do, it becomes second nature and it makes being Spider-Man so awesome. It can get addicting and it’s proven a fact. In fact, it’s so good that it surpasses how Spidey goes about in Spider-Man 2 back in 2004. Not only that but the combat is great and simply seamless. Sure it has some similarities to the Arkham series but that is where it ends. The difference is that Spidey has access to a variety of moves at his disposal. He still has punches and kicks but Spidey also has gadgets that can help against tough enemies. They can range from simple web shooting to using gadgets such as Web Bombs, Electric Webs and even the Suspension Matrix. Spidey also has access to different suits that unlock various focus power-ups. By clicking L3 & R3, he can use a power that can help turn the tide. Plus he can have up to 3 suit mods that can provide unique advantages. Spidey isn’t invincible however so constantly moving takes priority. Perfect dodges can help avoid attacks while stunning enemies and focus attacks can help deliver the smackdown.

As mentioned earlier, he has access to a variety of gear such as suits, gadgets and suit mods. Many of these are obtained by exchanging tokens and you get tokens by completing side activities throughout New York. They can range from shutting down enemy bases to stopping crimes that happen in the city, finding backpacks scattered around the city and even taking part in challenges that test your mettle and skill. There is a lot to do in this game that it can take you a very long time. Not only that but there’s an experience system in play where you gain experience. You get it by completing either challenges or missions throughout the game. Leveling up will give you skill points that you can use to acquire skills for Spidey and they come in 3 categories: Innovator, Defender, and Webslinger. Not to mention a boost in health and melee damage. In turn, it makes Spidey stronger and it’s all the more worth it in the long run.

As for length, the game is split into three acts. Overall it takes you about 15 or so hours to complete but for those who wish to 100% the entire game, it’s extended by 10 hours. Is it worth it? Absolutely! The game has a good amount of length with a lot to do. But you aren’t just limited to being as Spider-Man. There are sections of the game where you get to play as other characters such as Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson. Their sections are a bit different like Peter going to meet with other characters or Mary Jane having stealth. Though there are a few of them, they can sometimes slow the game down, especially on the stealth sections where it’s all trial and error. The AI can be exploited if you are skilled enough but I wish those sections can be improved upon. It’s my only negative that I have with the game thus far.

Story-wise, the game focuses on an older Peter Parker. No origin story this time as it has been seven years since he donned the garb. He’s a college student working for Otto Octavius as an intern though his relationship with Mary Jane ended pretty bad. After defeating Kingpin, Spidey has to contend with a new threat in the form of the Demons. But the Demons are just one of many threats that will push Spidey to his limits & it eventually leads into a battle to save New York from someone who desires nothing more than revenge.

This game’s story is well done and it gets you hooked to boot. Since it’s not a movie-licensed game, Insomniac Games decide to make a story that lets the game stand on its own. It works. It really does as it has many twists and turns that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat. Not only that but the voice acting is top notch. Yuri Lowenthal is great as Peter Parker and Spider-Man. He captured it well and you can feel his emotion in his performance. In fact, all the voice actors did a good job capturing the feel for many of the characters. It’s top notch.

As for the game’s presentation, it is stellar. Insomniac Games did a phenomenal job capturing the feel of Spider-Man all while making it stand out from previous games. It looks great and plays great but if you were expecting it to run at 60fps, prepare to be disappointed. The game looks great at 1080p but it’s locked at 30fps on both PS4 and PS4 Pro. Insomniac did state their reasons why but even so, it shouldn’t stop anyone from playing and enjoying the game. Music is great and really captures the feel of Spider-Man. Insomniac has high production values with the game and it only wonders how they’ll top it in the possible sequel. The game will have upcoming DLC in the form of additional stories and challenges. Thankfully they are better than most other DLC that has already been seen in other games.

For all the positives this game has, there are a few faults. Stuff like the faulty AI in the stealth sections have been mentioned but there are others. The side stuff such as combat and challenges can get repetitive. Sure completing them are needed to make Spidey better but having to do them repeatedly can be a bit of a slog. The game also has a fair share of glitches. They aren’t bad and have since been patched out but from what I’ve seen, they can be quite scary to look at. Fortunately, it shouldn’t dissuade you from enjoying this game. No way.

Insomniac took a gamble to make a Spider-Man game that can stand out. It paid off in major spades. A great story with solid voice acting, addicting gameplay with tons of content, high production values and a presentation that puts previous Spidey games such as Activision’s games to shame. A few negatives here and there shouldn’t dissuade the experience and the best thing about it is that Insomniac is the one behind this. Marvel made the right decision and this game is definitely a game of the year material. Spider-Man is worth your money and if you have a PS4 but you haven’t bought this game, what are you waiting for?! Get it! Now! You won’t regret it!

I give Marvel’s Spider-Man for PS4 a solid 9 out of 10. It earns my personal seal of approval and it’s worth your money.

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix Review

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix Review – Written by Jose Vega

Purchased product for the purpose of reviewing.

What do you get when you take the charm of Disney with the role-playing fortitude that is Square-Enix? You get a series like this. Since 2002, the Kingdom Hearts series has attracted fans far and wide with its story, characters, and gameplay. It evolved into a franchise that spanned numerous prequels, sequels, and spin-offs. In 2013, Square-Enix announced that Kingdom Hearts III would finally be in development and the wait for it began. During that time, they would release compilation games onto Sony’s PS3 in the form of HD 1.5 Remix in 2013 and HD 2.5 Remix a year later to get people busy. Three years later, we would get them both in the form of a super compilation on PS4 called Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix. Containing final mix versions of 3 KH games, two movies and an updated GBA to PS2 game, is this THE definitive Kingdom Hearts compilation to recommend to new fans?

This game is pretty much that, a compilation of several Kingdom Hearts games that were pretty much given the HD treatment. You get a total of six games: Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, RE: Chain of Memories, 358/2 Days, Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, Birth By Sleep Final Mix & RE: Coded. Six in one disc, that’s a lot. All six are similar to how they are on the PlayStation 3. The only difference is that Square decides to upscale the games at 1080p at 60 fps. That’s impressive. The fact that they’re able to pull this off is astounding. Not to mention with the PS4 hardware, the load times are a lot shorter making them seamless. Still, an impressive feat has given that they were able to pull this off well with Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue.

All of the games play well and if you’ve played any on the PlayStation 3, you will do fine here on the PlayStation 4. There are however several differences between the two. One difference is that since it’s on the PS4, there’s a lack of a Start & Select button. It’s substituted for the touchpad and option button on the controller. Pretty good. In addition, all of the changes and improvements from the PS3 version are in the PS4 version. It makes them all streamlined but depending on what game you choose to play can differ. There’s also trophy support like in the PS3 version. Unlike the PS3 version, however, they fixed it so that you only have to beat it once at the hardest setting to get most of the trophies. A major reprieve since truthfully, nobody wants to go through all that hassle.

Length-wise, each of these games will take you hours to beat, longer if you plan on trying to complete them at 100%. Since most of these games are Final Mix versions, more content is included such as new bosses, keyblades, challenges, etc. Not only that but KH2FM also included additional voice acting for the added scenes. That’s a lot. As for 358/2 Days and Re: Coded, they are pretty much full movies clocking at 3 hours each. They simply summarize the events that go on in those respective games. Square did take the liberty of updating Days by adding more scenes and in a way it does help. Though it makes you wish they were playable to see how much it has improved graphically.

The presentation on all six games is well done. Being that they upscaled all six games to 1080p at 60 fps helps a lot. They all look great and play great too. Voice acting is still solid with a robust cast that nails their lines well. Even the likes of Mark Hamill, the late Sir Christopher Lee and the late Leonard Nimoy help add a lot of weight to the series. Music is similar to the PS3 versions with KH1 and 2 Final Mix having their soundtracks completely redone to add more oomph to the games themselves. They are all good but I wish there was an option to allow players to have the original PS2 soundtrack and to switch between them. It would have made this a definitive package and a recommendation.

As for any negatives, there isn’t much. Almost all of the playable games are the Final Mix versions meaning that they are more challenging than the originals. Not to mention that games like Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Mix & BBS Final Mix had problems where the game would have a tendency to crash. It hurts even worse if players forgot to save, causing them to lose a lot of progress. They have since been fixed with updates but it was a big issue at the time. Also, some games had some censored changes when they come overseas. It was done to prevent controversy but it shouldn’t hinder anyone one bit.

So in conclusion, this compilation offers so much content on one disc that it isn’t funny. Upscaled graphics and frame rate, familiar controls and the fact that this takes 1.5 and 2.5 HD Remix and put them together in one package. The best part about it is that it wasn’t a full price game. In fact, you can get it now at around $30 so it’s a steal. With Kingdom Hearts 3 coming in a matter of months, if you want to get into the series and don’t know where to begin, this compilation is it. Be ready because a series like this isn’t an easy journey for sure.

I give Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix an 8.5 out of 10.

Yakuza Kiwami Review

Yakuza Kiwami Review – Written by Jose Vega

Purchased product for the purpose of reviewing this game.

Back in 2005-2006, SEGA released a game called Yakuza or Ryu Ga Gotoku (Like a Dragon) to the world. It would go on to be a big success for SEGA and would spawn a franchise. Many sequels and spin-offs would soon follow from its success. A decade later, the franchise would celebrate its 10th anniversary by releasing two games in the Yakuza series. One was a prequel called Yakuza 0 and the other would be a remake of the original. The remake, Yakuza Kiwami is a retelling of the original Yakuza. Does this remake do the original and the series justice?

Being that it’s a remake of a PS2 game, its story is largely unchanged. The plot centers on Kazuma Kiryu, a Yakuza lieutenant who takes the fall for a crime his friend Akira Nishikiyama committed in 1995. Ten years later, he is free on parole to find that his home of Kamurocho has changed. 10 billion yen ($90 million USD) has gone missing from the Tojo Clan, causing an all-out war between various factions and the only one that has any answers is a young girl named Haruka. Kiryu now makes it his goal to not only find his childhood friend Yumi, the missing 10 billion yen but also to protect Haruka from anyone and everyone that’s after her, including his old friend Nishiki who has become his sworn enemy.

The story is great. Everything about it is just well done but at the same time, you can’t help but wonder what happens next for all the characters involved. It has enough twists and turns that make your head spin. Being that it’s a remake, SEGA has taken the opportunity to add more to the game. An additional 25 minutes of cutscenes were added focusing on Nishiki and how what happened in the beginning shaped him to be what would end up at the end. It’s well done and you can’t help but feel bad for him. It adds more to his character than just having him be like a traditional bad guy in the original. It was what the original lacked.

As for gameplay, Yakuza Kiwami is an action-adventure game with elements of the open world, RPG and a bit of beat-em-up on the side. The game follows a chapter format where within each chapter of the game, you can do many things. Doing the story is one option but there’s a plethora of activities and mini-games for players to do. Kamurocho is a town that offers various doings such as bowling, pool, darts, karaoke, mahjong and so forth. Players can go to Hostess Clubs and woo beautiful women that work there. If they’re lucky and do well, they can take them out to dates. It’s as if SEGA took a piece of Japan’s heart and soul and integrates it into the game.

Not only that but players will encounter trouble in the form of punks. Things shift into a beat-em-up. Kiryu has access to three different fighting styles: Brawler, Rush, and Beast. Brawler is balanced, Rush specializes on speed and quick punches and Beast is all about brute force. You use these three styles to take down anyone that gets in your way. Taking down foes give you experience and you use the experience to unlock new moves and techniques for your three styles. There is an additional fourth style: Dragon and that is unlocked with a new feature that’s exclusive to Yakuza Kiwami: Majima Everywhere.

Majima Everywhere is pretty much a mini-game where you must encounter and battle Majima in order to fully max out the Dragon style. It can range from a variety of activities but they all have one simple goal: building up the fourth style. Being that it is an open-world game, players will have to prepare themselves for survival. The city offers plenty of places to stock up on supplies for the trials ahead. The yen is the game’s currency and you get it by completing sub-stories and selling stuff. Not only that but the game also has various sub-stories that detail life within Kamurocho and it’s people. Completing them offers plenty of rewards like goods and experience. But overall the game really gives you a lot to do.

All of this is enough to drive players to spend hours on completing the game. If you focus on story alone, the game will take about 20-30 hours but to 100% the game, it extends to the hundreds. Beating the game also adds more replay value with the Premium Adventure and Legend difficulty. As far as presentation goes, the game is a step up from both the PS2 and PS3 versions. It’s seamless and fluid with no load times to get in the way. The game also is amazing at 1080p running at 60fps. The character models are good and show a variety of expressions to boot. As for the voice acting, SEGA decided to give it an overhaul dropping the English dub in favor of a Japanese one. It’s very good. Fortunately, there are English subtitles but for those that would want to see the 2005 dub come to this game, expect to be disappointed. The music has some remixed tunes that were in the original but it’s a bit mixed. Some are really good while others are a bit of a miss. It shouldn’t stop players from enjoying the game.

Though there is a lot of good with Yakuza Kiwami, the game has some faults. The combat can get hectic at times when there are a lot of enemies. Fortunately, the game fixes some of the issues and lets you automatically attack the nearest enemy. It still doesn’t excuse the fact that at times, enemies can pack heavy artillery and you’d be really screwed. Also, the Majima Everywhere can be a repetitive grind, all for the sake of maxing out the fourth style, Dragon.

Yakuza Kiwami is a Yakuza game redone for the modern generation of gaming. With a stepped-up presentation, solid gameplay and plenty of content, what more needs to be said? Plus it has a story that gets you invested in the characters. SEGA put a lot of love towards the franchise and it shows with Kiwami. With SEGA announcing remasters of the other Yakuza games, now is a good time to get into the series. Want a starting point, go with either 0 or Kiwami but Kiwami is a good choice to see where the series began.

I give Yakuza Kiwami a 9 out of 10. It is a must buy game and earns my personal seal of approval.

Gravity Rush 2 Review

Gravity Rush 2 Review – Written by Jose Vega

Purchased product for the sake of this review.

In 2016, Sony announced that Gravity Rush would be given a remastered on the PlayStation 4. It was a huge hit with fans finally getting the opportunity to experience a game that was once one of the Vita’s best titles. In addition, they announced that a sequel would come to the PlayStation 4. That would be known as Gravity Rush 2. Released one year after the remastered Gravity Rush, does the sequel deliver the same amazing experience as the original?

Gravity Rush 2 takes place sometime after the events of the original game. Kat along with Syd end up in an impoverished Banga Village. They end up meeting a girl named Cecie and work to mine Gravity Ore from various Rift Planes. Things then pick up in the floating city of Jirga Para Lhao where Kat must find a way to bring order back to the people while contending with a dark force. All of this and many others culminate in a showdown to save the world and a revelation involving Kat and her origins.

Whereas the first game delved on Kat and her journey to save Heskeville from the Nevi and D’nelica, the second decides to go deeper, taking Kat and Syd to a new location and with it, a new situation. Sure players do return to Heskeville at a certain point but the main focus is all about Kat who not only must save the world but also discover her true memories. This game had a prequel anime called Gravity Rush: The Animation ~ Overture ~ that served as a set up to the second game. All of this makes it feel like a three-act play with this game serving as the conclusion to the tale of Gravity Rush.

Gravity Rush 2 plays just like the first one and it feels great. Kat still has all of her gravity-based abilities but they are now expanded on. One of the most unique things about this sequel is the use of Gravity Styles. She starts off with her default style but as you progress further, she will gain access to two additional styles: Lunar and Jupiter. Lunar lets her be as light as a feather and gives her an increase in speed and jumping height. Jupiter, on the other hand, is the opposite, making her heavy as a brick and giving her attacks a lot more power and strength. The good news is that you can change styles by using the touchpad. It’s seamless and quick, making things like battling and exploring easier. You will be controlling Kat for most of if not, all of the entire game but in some instances, you will play as Raven, another Gravity Shifter who plays similar to Kat but has her own style to set her apart.

This game has a lot for players to do and explore. Story missions help progress the game along while Side Missions give Kat various quests for her to do and rewards to obtain. Some rewards range from Gravity Ore aka the game’s currency to medallions that offer advantages for Kat. There are also challenges where players complete objectives in a set time limit to get rewards. Those times can be shared on leaderboards online. The game also has a treasure hunt like mode that lets players post treasure on certain locations requiring other players to look for treasure to get rewards. It’s an okay mode for players that want to put the time on it. Like in the previous game, Kat uses gravity ore to level up her abilities and for anyone that wants to completely max her out, expect to put a lot of time towards the Rift Planes. Rift Planes are a place where Kat can go to get more ore while contending with Nevi.

Gravity Rush 2 is much longer than the original and will take players 25-30 hours to complete. It’s split into four chapters with a total of 26 episodes. Not only that but the game also has DLC. Raven’s Tale is a 6-hour side story that centers on Raven and her origins. Originally being paid DLC, the developers decided to make it free for players to make up for the game’s delay. A good decision! There’s also free DLC in the form of costumes for Kat to wear. It’s fashionable and good to see Kat dress up and to those who have a save file from the original Gravity Rush Remastered can get access to the maid, black Kat, and special forces costumes at no cost.

Being that it’s a sequel, the game’s presentation is a big improvement. The game also runs at 1080p at 60 frames per second, giving it a flawless consistent feel. Not only that but the controls are easy to get into. It isn’t as complicated as other games but at least once players get the hang of it, it’s second nature. There isn’t any voice acting though there is some in a kind of jumbled foreign language. It’s nothing to complain about though. The music is magnificent and at times addicting. There are many memorable tracks and even music from the previous games has been given an improvement to reflect the change. Truly something.

As far as negatives are concerned, there is only one and the fact that in order to max out Kat, players will have to put a lot of time towards grinding for ore. It can get boring pretty quickly. Sure you can go back to playing previous chapters but unless there’s a way to get more ore faster, it can be a slog.

Despite the negative, Gravity Rush 2 is a big step up from the original. It offers a lot more to explore, new Gravity Styles, challenges, and even free DLC make the game feel complete. If you never had a chance to play Gravity Rush, you should start with the first. But for anyone that’s in need of a satisfying single-player adventure, this is it. This is Kat’s swan song and it’s one that delivers on all accounts.

I give Gravity Rush 2 a 9 out of 10. Better than the original and worth your time and money.