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International Women's Day: Gravity Rush Review

To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8 and to show that when it comes to gaming there is no gender dominance, we reached out to some of our customers to ask if they could provide us with a guest review of their favourite games.  

Gravity Rush Review

Have you ever just woken up in a strange world not knowing who you are or where your from? If so then this could possibly be a game about you….but i seriously doubt it.

This is Kat. She awakes in Hekseville, a floating town, without memory of the person she used to be. She comes across a mysterious cat, who she nicknames Dusty. Dusty gives her the magical power to change gravity around her. With these new found powers she decides to use them for good and help the citizens of Hekseville in destroying the gravity storm under the town along with fighting the alien like enemies called Nevi and getting the city back up and running, in order of hoping she may find someone who can help her gain the knowledge of who she used to be.

This once PS Vita platform has made it’s way to the PS4 and I’m glad it has. The hard and annoying controls of the Vita work seamlessly on the PS4 controller, though it does take some time to master the skills of zero-gravity motion/fighting. The only pointless feature of the control’s was the dodge. Unlike the Vita version of the game, where you swipe on the back of the console which feels natural, on the PS4 you have to swipe on the game pad which takes your hand off the controller. It made far more sense to press the buttons on the controller, and it felt like the developers where just trying to find a use for the touch pad.

Gameplay is split into chapters described by comic strips. At important parts of the game cut scenes take over to tell the story. One great feature of this game is the free roam ability. Don’t want to carry on with the main mission? No problem, there are many challenges to unlock throughout the game that can keep you entertained, from time trials that see you sliding around the city to kicking the crap out of enemies.

While some games have missions that drag on and bosses that just don't want to die, missions in Gravity Rush are short and sweet, enemies are more then happy to die and let you move on your merry way. Boss fights are enough to challenge you, but not too hard to make you rage quit and throw your controller across the room. I really found it a pleasure to play.

The game also features three DLC packs (Maid pack, Military pack and Spy pack) which adds side stories to the game along with extra challenges and a few new outfit changes for Kat.

On the Vita the cell shaded graphics were blurry, but on the PS4 they are crystal clear (as you might expect from moving between these platforms). Characters can be seen in more detail along with Kat’s fabulous outfits, which appear more defined. Environments are clear as far as the eye can see, not to mention the perfect shadowing within the game (compared to the haze of the Vita gameplay). Cut scenes look just like gameplay.

Gravity Rush also features an original soundtrack that helps builds suspense in the tightest of battles. During the comic strip scenes where the story is told the music is matched perfectly to the mood, and during the free roaming sections more peaceful and relaxed pieces lighten the atmosphere. The game makes good use out of the speaker in the controller to indicate when you collect gem’s, and to indicate where to go on the map.

Whether you’re a fan of the original Vita game, or a first time player, I think you will love Gravity Rush Remastered. Fan’s will fall in love with this game again and new comers will not fail to find enjoyment in it. Overall there has not been a bad moment to this game, the fun feature of it’s comic book style and it’s entrancing score has left me feeling light and happy. It’s has been a complete lovely and happy walk in the park and I'm looking forward to Gravity Rush two. I do hope this review persuades some of you to check it out.

About International women’s day 

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

International Women's Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900's - a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialised world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. Find out more here


Edited On 08 Mar, 2016

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