It would seem there is a theme with games that come from the minds of our friends in Japan. They typically seem to be pretty weird. Gravity Rush, is no exception. This is a game that I’d been wanting to try out since I got a PS4, unfortunately I had been unable to find a physical copy, but assumption was that it was a good game, and people wanted to keep it on their shelves. Even on Amazon, where you can find anything, it was perpetually out of stock, so I had to play the waiting game: wait for it to show up at a GameStop or to find it on sale in digital form. The latter was the first to occur, and so I began my journey of weirdness and gravity.
Gravity Rush is a mysterious game that follows a mysterious protagonist, who we know nothing about; but neither does she, so it’s okay. Later on in the game she is declared “Kat” because of her dark, mysterious feline friend, who is apparently the source of her power, named Dusty. We are thrust into a strange world named Hekseville, where we must defeat a mysterious foe coined the Nevi, which vary in size and power.
Hekseville is actually a very impressive city… thing. It’s a floating city, split up into four districts. Of the four, three have sections missing, which you must return back to their rightful place. Now, although Hekseville floats mysteriously in the middle of nowhere, it also floats mysteriously, around a mysterious random-ass pillar. That goes up and down as far as the eye can see. There is actually a section in the game, where you traverse down and down and down the pillar, for hundreds of miles, and still don’t reach it.
The city is actually incredibly expansive, and very detailed for a game that first came out on PSVita. As impressive and detailed the city is, there’s not much to do in the city other than running around collecting crystals to either fix part of the city, or boost your own abilities. I found myself lost frequently, and frankly half the time I would just fly around manipulating gravity to get to my destination. Still though, the art style and the depth of the city made it feel awesome really.
The storyline of this game is also very mysterious, since Kat does not know who she is, she uses her power for good, and does what she can to help the citizens of Hekseville, which she does, and gets the name of Gravity Queen. Without going into too much detail, the mystery of the game is what pulls you along, because somehow even though you keep asking new questions without getting old ones answered, it’s not too much. Strangely it just works, and that’s what kept me going.
Gameplay is also very unique, as one could imagine since you are able to manipulate gravity for Kat. Combat is fairly simple, and once you get used to the gravity, it also is quite intuitive, but was sometimes a little frustrating as you could imagine. Flying by a Nevi and missing your target, but overall, it didn’t make me not want to play the game.
Overall, this is a very enjoyable game, though very weird, and very mysterious, it all pulls it off well and becomes a very memorable experience. If you’re a fan of Japanese, anime type games, I’d definitely suggest adding this one to your collection.