ESRB rating: Teen
Review rating: 4.0 stars
Despite the release of two new handheld consoles in the last couple of years, developers prefer to make games for cellphones and iPads. As a result, top-notch PS Vita games are few and far between, and worthwhile 3DS games are almost nonexistent! Don't give up hope, though, because sometimes an excellent game like "Gravity Rush" seems to fall from the sky!
I knew that I would enjoy this game right away, as it starts with a falling apple video that is an obvious homage to Sir Isaac Newton. Players soon take on the role of Kat, a spirited young woman with a case of amnesia who awakens in a strange city. After she meets a cute kitty cat that turns out to be a magical being, Kat quickly discovers that she can manipulate gravity! Now she must investigate her background while also saving the city from the deadly Navi beings!
With the press of a button, Kat can float around in the air. Simply aim at a surface, be it vertical or horizontal, and Kat rushes toward it and lands. She can walk on walls and even attack enemies on any surface with nimble sliding attacks, roundhouse kicks, projectiles, and counter attacks. In addition, Kat can unleash devastating gravity kicks while floating in the air! It's also possible to upgrade abilities and increase in power.
In addition to fun game play, this cool title is overflowing with style. It seems like I'm playing a highly detailed anime rather than a game, thanks to the gorgeous cel-shaded visuals. I also love how the story is told through unusually thoughtful storyboards and cut-scenes. It's funny to see Kat tumbling through the air when she floats, and it's hilarious to see innocent bystanders get accidentally caught up in gravity manipulation!
Gravity may be the weakest of the five fundamental forces, but just like the universe, "Gravity Rush" couldn't exist without it.