Gravity Rush Remastered Review
Written by Jose Vega
NOTE: I imported my copy from Play-Asia.
In 2012, Gravity Rush was released for the PlayStation Vita. Back then it was well received for its presentation, gameplay aesthetics and taking full advantage of the handheld’s capabilities. While it did attract a following, it didn’t sell well enough due to Sony’s lack of support for the handheld. Four years have passed and fans were asking to see if there would be a sequel. They got their wish last year with the announcement of Gravity Rush 2 as well as an updated version of the first one, titled Gravity Rush Remastered. Now on a more powerful console, does this game hold itself well or has its weight come crashing down?
If you are familiar with Gravity Rush then the plot is straightforward. The game takes place in the floating city of Heskeville. You play the role of Kat, a young girl with amnesia. She then meets a strange cat that gives her the power to control gravity. Kat uses these powers to protect the city and its people from many threats ranging from the gravity storm to a strange band of monsters called the Nevi who plague the city. At the same time, Kat learns more about her home, her powers and ultimately her origins.
For a story, it’s pretty simple. I have no complaints with it and it’s told between cutscenes, text between characters and pictures. The pictures are done similar to a comic book, moving in many directions and giving it a unique style. I like it. It’s pretty good and the music also adds atmosphere. It has some moments that can shock you, surprise you and makes you want more.
Now if you’re looking for something complex, it isn’t here. The game is a mix between action adventure, open world and platforming. Of course it isn’t a game unless you have ways to defend yourself. This game has plenty and there are many ways how to do it. They can range from physical combat to even using gravity to lob objects at foes from a distance. But it’s not just limited to the ground. You can take the fight anywhere, as enemies will attack you from all sides. This is where the gravity aspect kicks in. Kat is a Shifter, someone who can shift and use gravity. Her powers allow her to move anywhere depending on where you want her to go. It’s also used to attack airborne enemies and most can go down fast. Heck with gravity, she can slide adding a means of fast movement you can use to travel around. She also can stick to walls and ceilings with no problem, adding not only a layer of depth to combat but to exploration as well. Bear in mind however that all of this comes with a price, her gravity gauge. Using all of her gravity skills take up energy and if you run out, she has no choice but to fall down. It refills over time so make sure you use your powers with care.
Of course the game gives you the option to strengthen Kat and you do it with Precious Gems. They are the currency for the game and carry various uses, ranging from restoring Heskeville’s many areas to leveling up your character. Yes. This game has RPG elements. You use Precious Gems to level up your character in four different categories: Gravity Powers, Combat Powers, Core Powers and Special Attacks. Gravity Powers relate to moves involving gravity use, Combat Powers involve how strong your attacks can be, Core Powers relate to stuff such as increasing health, recovery time and shifting speed and Special Powers determine how strong your special attacks are. You start off with not much to use but the game’s end, you’ll see just how powerful Kat can be. I like that since you can be able to make Kat however you like but do bear in mind, if you want to survive, you have to get stronger.
All I’ve told you will be needed if you want to tackle this 10-12 hour campaign. In addition, this game also includes all the DLC that was released for the PlayStation Vita and they total an additional 2 hours. In short you’re getting more for your money’s worth. I say this because the game costs around $30. To me, that’s well worth it and I feel that anyone who buys that is going to get his or her money’s worth.
One of the most notable features that Gravity Rush Remastered has is that most of the stuff you can do on the Vita can now be done with a simple controller. Sure you can still move the DualShock 4 about while you gravity slide but personally it’s a good thing. Helps make things easier for people that didn’t like the controls on the Vita.
I will say that the game looks absolutely amazing on the PlayStation 4. Sure, for its time on the PlayStation Vita, the graphics look well done. But when it’s brought onto the PS4, the graphics underwent a massive upgrade. It looks phenomenal. Absolutely phenomenal! Made even better when the game is run at 60 FPS (frames per second). It truly Is something. There isn’t much in terms of flaws but I feel that the game is perfect. There is some voice acting but its better to watch what happens than having to hear it.
Not much to say since it’s basically a remastered port of a Vita game but hey, the guys behind it delivered and they should be praised.
It’s a rare thing where an updated version of a game does a lot better than the original port. Gravity Rush Remastered is proof of that. Amazing updated graphics, refined gameplay and improved controls help make the experience satisfying. That and at a $30 price tag is even more rewarding. Gravity Rush 2 is on the horizon so if anyone wants to prep up for when it comes out, this game is it. Gravity Rush Remastered is a must buy. You will be coming out happy.
I give Gravity Rush Remastered a 9 out of 10. It’s a must own.
This review is long overdue as I was busy with other priorities. Fortunately I want to get them all out of the way so I can focus on what’s happening right now especially with the games that I hope to play and cover.