Back in the old days when the Vita was still a thing, Gravity Rush had a huge impact on the system. With its unique art style and exceptional gameplay, some fans even considered the game as the system seller over Uncharted: Golden Abyss. Due to the recent announcement of Gravity Rush 2, Sony wants to tie up loose ends and bring new players up to date with a remastered version for PlayStation 4.
Head over heels
Gravity Rush’ premise is simple, yet it introduces you to a completely new gameplay approach. Protagonist Kat has the ability to change gravity at will, providing you with a broad skill set of different moves usable in combat and motion. While the Vita version had to rely on its gyroscope, the PlayStation 4 remaster uses either the motion controls of the DualShock 4 controller, or an optional standard control scheme. Even though I really liked how the game played on Vita, the PlayStation 4 controls are even more on-spot and feel more natural than the clunky handheld tilting.
Gravity Rush was an early PlayStation Vita game, leaving enough room for a lot of improvements. Since the game features 1080p resolution paired with fluent 60fps gameplay, exploring makes so much more fun than once on the portable console. Instead of being a chore, collecting orbs to upgrade your abilities feels like a enjoyable pastime, almost comparable to the joy of driving along a gorgeous track in a good racing game. The remastered version also includes all DLC, which was definitely the best and most challenging part of my 2012 experience. Its additional missions tend to be merciless but really rewarding after all and expand the game by a few hours.
Get screwed, Newton
For a four-year-old handheld game, Gravity Rush Remastered feels remarkably fresh and appealing. Its charm and uniqueness make up for potential repetitive tasks, while the new hardware allows the game to shine in all aspects. Even if you’ve already experienced this game on handheld, you shouldn’t skip the superior console version before diving into the the anticipated successor.
What we liked:
- Unique gameplay mechanics
- Tremendous graphical improvement
- Revised gameplay
- Challenging DLC missions
What we didn’t like:
- Bland mission design
This review was written by using a PlayStation 4 review copy provided by Sony PlayStation. Have you played the original game on PlayStation Vita? How do you like the remastered version of Gravity Rush? Tell us in the comments, on Facebook, or on Twitter!