Tuesday 6 December 2016

Gravity Rush Remastered review: Falling in love again

Gravity Rush Remastered (PS4) rating: 9/10; Age: 12+

Published 05/02/2016 | 15:35

Gravity Rush Remastered: A sassy lead in heroine Kat
Gravity Rush Remastered: A sassy lead in heroine Kat

THE PS Vita's brief moment in the sun is effectively over, with no chance of a repeat. It came undone thanks to the rise of smartphones and the relative lack of killer titles that took advantage of its unique set of controls.

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You could count on one hand the number of native games for which Vita will be fondly remembered. Gravity Rush can count itself among that small, exclusive club.

Gravity Rush Remastered: Flying is the best way to travel
Gravity Rush Remastered: Flying is the best way to travel

An overlooked gem from 2012, GR is a head-spinning action-adventure with a likeable lead and a barmy story. Sassy heroine Kat gains the power to control gravity in an otherworldly city overrun by alien creatures. Not everyone in town is convinced of Kat’s good intentions, not least because of the black cat that follows her everywhere. But mostly it’s her uncommon knack for being able to fly, walk on walls and dance on ceilings.

Kat need only look to a point in the air and she will “fall” up there by changing the local gravity. Only she and anyone close by is affected by the switch. This superpower sets up a flighty yarn where Kat traverses the city’s buildings while battling the invaders Bayonetta-style.

Gravity Rush Remastered: Battling on the ground isn't half as much as in the air
Gravity Rush Remastered: Battling on the ground isn't half as much as in the air

The Vita’s gyroscopic controls are replicated here via the DualShock pad but the thumbsticks deliver more precision by my reckoning.

Kat doesn’t get a free ride when switching gravity – the effect has a limited duration and she must occasionally pause the right way up on a solid object or plummet back to earth. But it quickly recharges and can be topped with magic crystals found floating in the air.

The combat doesn’t reach the frenetic heights of the bewitching Bayonetta but the air-based attacks feel more satisfying compared to the rather ordinary ground brawls

With Gravity Rush 2 in development for release on PS4 later this year, GR Remastered is the perfect taster for Kat’s airborne adventures.

It includes a host of DLC from the original. It's fun, fast and fabulously original. It’s the ideal memento from the PS Vita era.

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