Platforms: PS4, PS Vita -Original release
Reviewed On: PS4
Developer: SCE Japan Studios, Bluepoint Games
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Release Date: 5 February 2016
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Gravity Rush was originally released back on the PS Vita in 2012. It was a superb game, although certain aspects felt that they needed work, especially the controls.
Gravity Rush Remastered brings the experience to the PS4 for the first time, with brand new visuals enhancements, all DLC, and a revamped control system that brings out the best of the game, in anticipation for the sequel Gravity Rush 2 in 2016.
Gravity Rush: Remastered is set in a fantasy world where you play as Kat, a “shifter” that has the ability to control gravity. The world has been torn apart and you now awake from a dream with no memory of your past endeavours, and get roped into helping the town and fight off the strange creatures called Navi.
Most of the time you really have no idea what is going on in Gravity Rush. Saying that the game has so much to do and it is controlled so well on the PS4 that you really could not care less about he story, as long as you can fly around collecting power shards, you are happy. The story focuses on Kat as she tries to hunt down a face-changing villain called Alias, and his gang of equally odd, but evil friends.
Kat can control gravity around her, which means she can fly up into the air and shoot herself across the sky with ease. She can pick up boxes and barrels and toss them at unsuspecting townsfolk, and she can use all her awesome powers to whip Navi butt. It is a combination between great movement and combat mechanics that makes Gravity Rush so rewarding. The ability to fly into an enemy with a sky kick and blow them apart, or swoop down from the sky and land right next to the mission objective. It all makes for a unique and surprising adventure no matter what you are doing.
The combat is not as refined as Bayonetta and games like Ninja Gaiden. There are very little combos to pull off, and just a handful of abilities to use, but it never feels like it is missing anything. Kicking and then dodging out of the way before an enemy can slam will feel right at home with fans of Platinum Games’ titles, but it never overcomplicates.
Using your gravity abilities are half the fun as you can slide around the town on your feet at a lightning-fast speed and make your way through the air collecting shards along the way. When you are not running around trying to piece the world back together, or fighting of Navi, you complete challenges scattered around the areas to gather power shards, which are used to level up. These challenges are somewhat tough at times, and at times you will complete them with your eyes closed. Killing a set amount of Navi while using gravity force, or getting from point A to point B by only using a gravity slide. They are tough at times, but so rewarding in the end.
Every piece of Power Shard you gather gets counted towards your total amount. It is kind of like a currency which is used to repair broken town features like a bridge or fountain, which then unlocks new challenges to complete.
Gravity Rush Remastered has been improved on every front. Controls have been polished to make use of the DualShock 4. Visuals have also been upped as the game runs at 1080p 6fps, and looks stunning. It is the most underrated game for the PS Vita, made for the PS4, and you should pay attention to it this time.