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  • Summary: Gravity Rush has players manipulate gravity to save your world from destruction. Gain a new perspective as you assume the role of Kat, a head-string girl looking for a way to protect her future in a world that's crumbling under her feet. Tilt and move the Vita, taking gravity into your own hands to deliver devastating attacks, uncover the secrets to your past and explore a mysterious world. Expand
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  1. Positive: 62 out of 73
  2. Negative: 0 out of 73
  1. May 29, 2012
    100
    Gravity Rush is one of the most impressive titles to land on the Vita to date. It's rare to see a project with such lofty ambitions executed so well. The bold new mechanics are complemented by an engaging story, striking visuals and atmospheric soundtrack. If you were looking for an excuse to purchase the Sony handheld, look no further than this must-have gem.
  2. Apr 9, 2012
    93
    Perfectly balances free-roaming exploration, focused story missions and RPG-style leveling, with sublime handheld controls in Vita's first killer app. [May 2012, p.112]
  3. May 30, 2012
    90
    Swiping, tilting and touching your way through this gorgeous world (the story scenes in particular showcase physical awareness and interactivity) is pleasurable and deep in a way that will easily draw you away from your main home console(s).
  4. May 29, 2012
    86
    If you like Japanese fairy tales combined with a unique twist around gravity manipulation that's the game you should buy – finally also available outside of Japan!
  5. Aug 3, 2012
    80
    A beautiful art style and an interesting take on gravity. Though the world and the lead character aren't very interesting.
  6. May 24, 2012
    80
    Finally PlayStation Vita has a great (but not flawless) game, tailored to its features, with great gameplay and gorgeous visuals.
  7. Jun 11, 2012
    60
    The gravity-shifting gameplay offered might be complete enough for game-starved Vita owners on the hunt for something to do with their device. But do manage your expectations, lest you be disappointed by how hollow Gravity Rush is underneath its breathtaking shell. This is a game that does one thing very well. If you need more than that, then Gravity Rush isn't for you.

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  1. Negative: 12 out of 155
  1. Jun 12, 2012
    10
    Gravity Rush is a very creative and original game from Sony. This was one of my most anticipated games for 2012. The graphics are amazing, they're on par with its big brother PS3. If you need an excuse to buy a PS VITA, then this is the one. This is not only the best Vita game out there, but one of the best handheld games Ive ever played! Expand
  2. Jun 19, 2012
    10
    Excelente juego, totalmente artístico y adictivo, una COMPRA OBLIGADA para todo fan de los juegos de aventuras y poseedores de un VITA. 100/100 Graficas, musica, historia, personajes, toda una experiencia UNICA e INIGUALABLE en la palma de nuestras manos. Expand
  3. Jun 13, 2012
    10
    Amazing game. Exploring the world is fun, and unlike most things I've seen in games. Combat is interesting, and has more to it then meets the eye at first. The story is interesting, yet has a lot of components to keep up with, and ends in a way that all but guarantees a sequel. The level up and story progression system were also extremely well done as it gives you a good amount of freedom. Great game, best Vita game out there. Expand
  4. Jul 16, 2012
    9
    A great mix of open world exploration, RPG, and unique combat mechanics makes this a must-have for any Vita owners. It has amazing visuals and intriguing environments that are fun to explore as you level up and your gravity travel and combat powers increase. At first, exploration can be a bit of an exercise in risk vs reward, but once you gather enough gems to level up a few times it becomes a breeze to zoom around (over, under and in-between) the various floating parts of the city to find even more gems and other intriguing side quests and dialogue trees. The story is mostly nonsensical, but serves adequately as a thin and mostly unassuming anime-ish means to hit on all the fun possibilities for main character Kat to explore and improve her powers.

    The combat and the side challenges you unlock, once you get your legs under you with your kick and slide and other attack powers in the highly vertical environments, is quick-paced, meaty and fun. Just be warned a lot of the challenges and a few of the boss battles are not easy to master until you level up Kat's powers a decent amount.
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  5. Jun 13, 2012
    9
    Gravity Rush is the first real gem I've played that was exclusively made for the Vita. It showcases beautiful graphics, a fun and smooth physics engine, adorable story telling that is able to get a bit dark at times, and most importantly, a fresh idea. The ability to shift gravity to your will works FLAWLESSLY and it is accompanied by an upgrade system that really makes you feel like each time you invest your gems into an upgrade, the payoff really shows. The gameplay takes place in a nice sized open world, that expands as the story goes on. The character's are likeable, and the story, while not revolutionary by any means, does enough to keep you interested and smiling. The real focus here as far as the gameplay goes comes with the many challenges throughout the world. Players can choose to help restore parts of the world they find themselves in, and in doing so are rewarded with new challenges that utilize Kat's (the main character) skill set. These challenges are range from decent to incredibly fun, and while they are not too difficult to beat and get a bronze medal in, you are going to have to do a bit of extra work if you want to get the gold. The main story has you take on a variety of quests, ranging from talking to citizens and helping find missing people, to fighting off massive Nevi (the antagonists) monsters who are trying to take over.

    The world is a beautiful one, and it really shows off the power of the Vita. A game like this, where the core premise is gravity manipulation, means that the designers really had to build not only a horizontally beautiful world, but also take into consideration all the verticallity that comes with that. You are able to scale walls, run or slide across rooftops, and or jump on to massive blimps that are floating around the world and THIS is one of the things that makes Gravity Rush a truly unique experience. The world starts out relatively small and expands to something much larger by the end of the game, and it does so at what feels like just the right pace.

    I really hope this review doesn't get lost among all the nonsense that seems to be getting posted on metacritic about this game. It's debatable whether or not Gravity Rush alone is a good reason to purchase a Vita, but if you have the Vita already there's almost NO reason for you to not at least check out the demo (although in my opinion the demo doesn't do the final product justice). This is a great game, and it has me, along with many other Vita owners, excited about the future of this system.
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  6. Jan 3, 2014
    9
    A heart warming uniquely game with spectacular illustrated cutscenes and free flowing gameplay and combat mechanics, A must own game on the vita handheld, and it's FREE on ps plus atm! Expand
  7. Gaz
    Jul 20, 2012
    0
    Alright people, let's get down to business. Is Gravity Rush worth your money? The answer is yes. Gravity Rush has been watched closely for a while by gamers and critics alike, and while they all agree that Gravity Rush looks interesting, how's the time to put it to the test. And I'm happy to report that Gravity Rush is a superb entry in the Vita's library and one that every Vita owner should own. The first thing you'll notice are the game's stellar visuals. The developers really pulled out all the stops making this game look awesome. The characters are anime-inspired, and the story has a similar style. Light glistens, colors pop, and the cityscape looks great as you explore every bit of it. Some critics complain about how the visual scaling decreases the amount of depth to the world. I, however, thought that it enhanced the experience. As you get farther away from distant parts of the city, it turns into a dark, amber silhouette. One could complain that this detracts from the visual art style of the game, but it still looks beautiful. But visuals don't mean a thing if the gameplay and story isn't solid, and thankfully, most of it is. You play as young heroine, Kat. You wake up in the slums of a giant floating city with no memories and a mysterious starry cat next to you. This cat (whom Kat affectionately names Dusty) gives her gravity shifting powers that quickly make her a person of interest between everyone in the city, both good and bad. It's a pretty solid narrative, mostly told though comic book panel cutscenes (the town is named Hekseville, and since they never say it, I have no idea how to pronounce it) but it's a nice, new touch on how to tell a video game story.  Kat herself is a very cute a protagonist and is the likable "I'll do whatever I can to save the world" kind of hero. Unfortunately if you're not into the silly, emotional, anime kind of story, it'll probably just go right over your head.  Luckily, though, the gameplay has plenty enough ambiance to keep you coming back. You'll press R to float and then target a location and press it again to make the targeted surface the new gravity focus for Kat. Aim towards the air, and you can soar around the city. In combat, gravity kicks can be performed and inanimate objects can be hurled at opponents. There are also gems that are scattered around the city, which can fix broken locations and objects, as well as upgrade Kat's powers. The game has a decent length and you'll want to explore every inch of Hekseville's open-world environment. With all the good that Gravity Rush offers, it's impossible not to point out a few of it's flaws. As great as the main story is, I wish there were some side missions. You can get a few real, genuine "story driven" side missions and some new costumes, either as a pre-order bonus, or but various DLC.  However, most of the so-called side missions are rack-em-up score challenges like, "beat as many enemies as you can in 5 minutes", or " hit all the checkpoints around the city for a race" kind of a thing. These might be good enough for some people, but I found myself wanting more. Also, the combat can be frustrating at some points, mainly during fights with aerial enemies, due to the fact that it's hard to get a fix on their position and they seem to like moving out of the way. This, is by far not a deal-breaker, though, and if it is for you, you probably just weren't trying hard enough. Overall, Gravity Rush proves itself to be an amazing entry into the Vita's library and something that almost every gamer will enjoy. Expand

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