Gravity Rush (Vita) review
"Gravity manipulation is one of the coolest superpowers I've seen in a game."
Kat is a girl with problems. Amnesia is one of them, and trouble gaining the trust of those around her is another. A lot of that mistrust has to do with her ability to manipulate gravity, which is seemingly related to a mysterious cat that follows her around. It's a fun, mostly familiar superhero setup. Kat and her supporting cast are all designed well and great fun to watch.
Gravity Rush drops Kat into a fantastical city that is filled with bizarre flying machines and impossible, floating architecture. The player is free to explore that environment using Kat's gravity power, and it is here that the game is truly brilliant. The player taps a button to float, or turn off gravity in the area around Kat, and then taps the button again to fall in the direction she is facing. A fall can be canceled at any time, leaving Kat floating at the desired point in space. Effectively, this mechanic grants the player a flight ability, limited only by an ever growing power bar that recharges rapidly. The player can also allow Kat to fall all the way into, say, the side of a building, and proceed to run on the shifted plane as if it were the ground. It's all less disorienting than it sounds, even when combating multiple enemies, and is in practice one of the coolest superpowers I've seen in a game.
Staff review by Jeremy Davis (February 05, 2015)
Jeremy plays video games, sometimes.
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