owned this game i can say it deserves at least 7.5 the combat isn't that boring because it has great graphics and unique system. flaws i think is that it's flexibility is really limited can't enter to homes, no unique features like GTA.
Harnessing the power of gravity is exhilarating, but dull combat keeps Gravity Rush from being the soaring success it could have been.
- Manipulating gravity is a joy
- Unusual and beautiful setting
- Lovely comic-book cutscenes.
- Spends too much time being bogged down in tedious combat.
Day in and day out, gravity keeps our feet firmly planted on the ground. Ceilings call down from above to be walked upon; sides of skyscrapers scream to be scaled; but gravity never sets us free to indulge these yearnings. Gravity Rush on the Vita strips you of your gravitational binds, unleashing you in an enticing open world to toy with gravity as much as your heart desires, falling up to the top of any building or safely speeding through the air. This freedom is as fantastic as you could hope for. Unfortunately, this joy is weighted down by an emphasis on mundane combat, preventing Gravity Rush from being the unfettered adventure it had the potential to be.
You play as a young woman named Kat, who wakes up in a city in the sky with no recollection of her past. She has a companion she names Dusty, a creature who takes the shape of a cat but who is clearly no ordinary feline. With Dusty by her side, Kat finds that she can manipulate gravity, falling any which way she pleases, and she uses this power to aid the citizens of Hekseville, though her reward is often being treated like an outcast for her strange abilities. Gravity Rush raises a number of compelling questions about Kat and about the nature of Hekseville over the course of the game. But the game peters out before answering most of the questions it raises, saving up its mysteries for potential sequels and making the conclusion to this adventure deeply unsatisfying.
That's especially frustrating because of how promising it all seems in the beginning. When you first take control of Kat, her ability to manipulate gravity is a slightly disorienting delight. It's exhilarating to fall up through the air, or run up the side of a building. Traversing Hekseville with your abilities is easy; you simply move the camera around and tap a button to make Kat's personal gravity field pull her in that direction. It quickly begins to feel natural, and soon, you're nimbly soaring around the city, adjusting your angle on the fly to smoothly fall toward your destination. You can collect gems scattered throughout Hekseville to increase Kat's health, her attacks, and other abilities, and because manipulating gravity is so enjoyable, it's a pleasure to soar out of your way to snag these goodies.
It helps, too, that the varied sections of Hekseville are so beautiful. Bustling with people and buzzing with activity in the forms of TV screens, trains, and floating transports, Hekseville is an ornate city that seems at once old-fashioned and advanced. Beneath the orange skies of Auldnoir, fountains flow and children and dogs frolic in the streets. In the pleasure district of Pleajeune, a magnificent Ferris wheel spins, and neon signs glow against the purple night. And at times, you venture to metaphysical realms that look nothing like any part of Hekseville, places where towering mushrooms loom or where the only geographical features are pristine white cubes.
As different as the areas are, there's a consistent comic-book sensibility to the art, which carries over into the gorgeous cutscenes. These panels employ multiple layers of 2D art occasionally interspersed with 3D elements, and by tilting the Vita, you can slightly shift your perspective, creating the sense that you're looking through a window into another world.
Unfortunately, Gravity Rush soon becomes saddled with an emphasis on lackluster combat, putting a real damper on the unencumbered joy of gravity manipulation. Hekseville is plagued by a mysterious threat called the nevi, an assortment of inky black creatures of varying shapes and sizes with glowing, vulnerable cores. Gravity manipulation leads to the occasional moment of surprise in combat. You might need to take out enemies crawling on the surface of a round tower, for instance, and use your powers to let you run up the wall. But in the heat of battle, it's easy to forget that if you take one step too far around the tower's circumference, the gravity that was sticking you to the tower will start to pull you away from it. The need to stay aware of just which direction the gravity is currently pulling you in gives you something to think about as you fight off the nevi.
But that's just about the only thing there is to think about in combat. Defeating nevi is a simple matter of attacking their cores. With nevi on the ground, you can simply run up to them and dish out a few kicks. With flying nevi, you can perform an airborne gravity kick. There's no lock-on, so if a nevi moves while you're flying in for a strike, you need to realign yourself and try it again, which only makes the already dull combat more tedious. It starts out basic and never evolves into anything more involving.
You sometimes need to dispatch large numbers of nevi, but they're rarely a threat, thanks to a special attack you acquire early on in the game. Pressing a button triggers Kat's spiraling claw, a move that sends her whirling through the air, homing in on nevi cores and destroying them. If you're in a situation where you're fighting nevi and your health is running low, it's easy enough to perform a spiraling claw, move to a safe distance until the move recharges, and then do it again, repeating this process until all the enemies are dealt with. Even a massive soaring serpentine creature and other fearsome-looking bosses are susceptible to this rudimentary approach.
Gravity Rush doesn't always bog you down in combat. Early on in the game, you spend more time exploring and discovering than fighting. Hekseville is unlike anywhere else, and the sensation of taking a running leap off the edge of it and then controlling gravity to weave your way into its subterranean depths is gleefully empowering. The strange, dreamlike realms you visit sometimes work enjoyable wrinkles into Kat's abilities. You may be able to manipulate gravity for only a short time, and need to make efficient use of your powers to travel from platform to platform. Or you may find that your power is gone entirely, and you have to navigate a puzzling assortment of gravity-shifting portals to get to your destination.
But this variety and creativity dissipate too soon, and as the game approaches its conclusion, it leans increasingly heavily on its dull combat. Even Kat seems to get tired of it after a while. On one mission, you help a scientist place a sensor; nevi attack; you place another sensor, more nevi attack; the scientist tells you he forgot to turn on a sensor; you go turn it on, more nevi attack. Kat's frustration at being treated like an errand girl here will likely mirror your own.
The thrilling joys and intriguing mysteries of Gravity Rush's early hours may propel you through to its conclusion, but looking back on the adventure as a whole, it's a sense of unrealized potential that dominates. The optional checkpoint time trials and nevi battles that you can participate in outside of the main story don't provide much reason to linger in the beautiful city of Hekseville. Although the gravity manipulation mechanic is extraordinary, Gravity Rush fails to create a game around it that's worthy of its promise.
Deserves a 7.5 at least. Its a really unique game, something you don't see nowadays with all of those generic shooters coming from nowhere
The game has flaws, but I must say I liked it better than Petit. I'm more aligned with Metacritic on this one.
And Carolyn Petit botches another review! Congratulations. When I saw the score here opposed to the Metacritic score I thought another game had been Mc'Shea'ed but it looks like Petit is learning from him. Not a good sign.
Just finished the game, it was a bumpy ride, but a ride worth taking, 6.5 is definitely the wrong score. The problems with the review is, she punishes the game because of the little things it does wrong, but complete fails to reward were the game tries to innovate. No wonder game companies don't take risks these days, it's always the same crap. Halo, CoD and Battlefield, God of War, Gears over and over and over.
i think this game is 8.0 and this game is free when you bought ps vita 3g so it's very worth it I can say to buy 3g with gravity rush + unit 13 with it. GOOD GAME go for user score not the metacritic score
I admit the game has its faults but a 6.5 is, like everyone is saying, a joke! I'd give it a solid 8.0, maybe I'd even settle for a 7.5 due to lack of replay value imo.
I love this game come on Gamespot i`m starting to think you only like simple dumb FPS games. Games thet really are good and original are not getting the scores they deserve.
IF YOU CAN NOT SEE META SCORE :
Gravity Rush Mtacritic score is 84 with 70 reviews!!!! (Amazing!!!!) TODAY
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@trollhunter2 Dude.,what's your mean from "Imfao" ?!
@Desmondhum awesome awesome !!!! JA JA JA
it's impossible.......888 comments!
i'm sure the review is a joke like everyones siad.......
@trollhunter2 oh dude ....really me too.becasuse this review(6.5!!) is some kind of joke or something ridiculous....
I'll never forget it........
Please... only 6.5? This is a bad joke. Gravity Rush is great! New IP with a great style! I'm enjoying it!
@MarucinDesu OMG tell me about it!!! its an amazing game!!! I am on Episode 13 so far and loving every minute of it!!!
i just platinum'd and 100% all the DLC.
I'd give it an 8.0 as a score for it's faults. but damn if i didn't enjoy the hell out of this game.
So hoping for a sequel with further improvements.
@SaudiFury Ditto, I really enjoyed the lore, even if it didn't make sense at points and characters seemed to come and go.
I loved Gravity Rush XD, the game was great and should get a much higher review, the only thing it lagged in was that it felt like it ended to soon and lots of things were left unexplained.
Finally got around to playing this, and so far, the only thing that's fantastic about it is the free falling and the visual style. The rest of the game is rather ho-hum. But I can easily see why so many people are so quick to ignore/forget all the problems of the game. It's not bad at all, just not "OMG GAMESPOT IS SH IT FOR GIVING THIS GAME A 6.5" great.
Ok so I ignored Gamespot's review and purchased the game. Man!! what a great game, its so different than others!! two thumbs up for me!! great game!
This makes me wish Rodea the Sky Soldier was published already! The games are barely similar, but Yuji Naka´s game has a take on flying that seems fun.
Just finished it. Gravity Rush is a fabulous game, especially considering its on a portable system. Originally I thought each section of the city was its own separate little open world, joined together by warp points to given the illusion of a larger open world, until I realized (once my gravity powers were levelled up enough to carry me that far) that I could literally fly from one side of this massive city all the way to the other.
@hadlee73 yup that's cool...actually felt like getting the dlc as soon as i finished but might get mgs collection ! :)
Finished the whole game in 2 days , which is what I do when I love a game.. gamespot I used to argue with my buddies over which site is better..but I finally see it now..ign ,though liberal with their ratings, is a far more reliable site !
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Having played this game for a bit now, I have to say that the score on this review is garbage - in my honest opinion. Its a very fun game, with great controls and fun combat. Its an unusual game and takes a bit of time to get used to, but once you start to upgrade your powers it becomes a lot of fun. Try it out. Definitely worth an 8.5.
14 Chapters in and I have to say that I agree with the content of the review. Maybe not the final score, but I haven't finished the game, yet. This could change. Go by the review and not the score and this article is pretty informative.
This is a wonderful game and I'm playing it more and more. For anyone just tuning in - this review is just.... wrong. It's just wrong.
Now - if GameSpot was serious about their integrity, reputation, and place in the video game hobby - they should do a new article on the reaction this bad review has gotten and have another reviewer also rate it.
They need a broader range of reviewers that are better able to speak to differnt game genres.