If it weren’t for the phrase “remastered” in its title, you would not assume that Gravity Rush Remastered is an up to date, excessive definition model of the 2012 open-world PS Vita action-adventure sport as the 2 video games look worlds aside. The unique launch of on Sony’s second handheld was lovely in its personal proper, restricted by the platform’s limitations. On the PlayStation four nevertheless, it seems ok to be mistaken for a sport natively developed for it.
Gravity Rush has you within the function of Kat, who’s a “gravity shifter”. Because the title implies, Kat specialises in turning Newtonian legal guidelines the wrong way up. It is an intriguing idea, so we had been slightly upset that the sport used the nicely worn amnesiac hero trope; Kat has misplaced her reminiscence, and would not understand how she ended up within the floating metropolis of Heskeville.
Over the course of the sport, you’ll re-discover who you’re, whereas slaying monsters and foiling a grand conspiracy. Though the premise is slightly drained, there’s sufficient occurring to maintain you invested until the very finish. The missions are damaged into chapters and are bookended by comedian guide panels, which provide a satisfying change from the same old in-game cut-scenes.
The comedian panels go nicely with the remainder of the sport, which is steeped in anime-art stylings that translate nicely onto the larger display. Gravity Rush Remastered seems like one thing out of a wacky Japanese anime and sports activities pastel-laced environs which might be a deal with for the eyes. It won’t have the visible complexity of video games comparable to The Witcher three, that are replete with non-playable characters going about their workaday lives, however the visible constancy and pleasing gameplay greater than makes up for it.
Traversal in Gravity Rush entails traipsing by ranges with wanton disregard for the legal guidelines of physics. Ever so typically you may end up strolling on constructing partitions, floating in the direction of roof tops or sliding throughout huge expanses of air.
On the Vita, executing these strikes had been painful at instances as a result of management scheme forcing you to make use of each enter possibility obtainable on the Vita. It did not assist issues that sliding, a relatively essential transfer as the sport progresses, required you to utilize the Vita’s accelerometer. With Gravity Rush Remastered, a press of the triggers on the Twin Shock four controller will suffice, and makes for a way more partaking expertise.
Sliding is not the one transfer that is made simpler with this remaster. Dodging, which demanded you swipe your Vita’s display, is mapped to the controller trackpad, or just tapping R2 and flicking the analog stick within the route of your selection. Due to a standard management scheme, Gravity Rush Remastered controls much more precisely now than it did the primary time round.
Fight advantages from this as nicely. From split-second dodges to express gravity-powered kicks, there’s little or no you may’t accomplish. There is not any greater proof of this than the numerous challenges and situations you face as the sport progresses. Ranges that required seemingly infinite tries on the Vita had been straightforward to beat on the PS4. Any potential frustration was negated by the sheer responsiveness of the controls. On the identical time, in case you’re curious to understand how the sport managed on the Vita, you may make use of the Twin Shock four’s gyroscope for movement controls. We would suggest sticking with the brand new PS4 controls as a result of the Vita model controls can get fairly irritating.
Other than this, the sport maintains a strong 60 frames per second even in its busiest sections, and the loading instances are blisteringly quick, which is a a lot smoother expertise than the unique launch. You additionally get all of Gravity Rush’s downloadable content material within the type of challenges, missions, and costumes in addition to a gallery that permits you to view all of its comedian illustrations, all bundled along with Gravity Rush Remastered.
All of this works to amplify what was already, regardless of some points, a strong sport. Traversal by no means will get previous due to Kat’s talents – one thing we’re stunned that different video games have not copied but. And fight, whereas easy, is definitely an entire lot extra enjoyable this time round.
Our solely grouse is the dearth of a photograph mode – a characteristic that permits you to pause the sport and take photographs of its breathtaking environments. It has been a staple of Sony remasters together with God of Struggle III, The Final of Us, and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Assortment all having it.
Nonetheless, Gravity Rush Remastered is an endearing piece of digital goodness that warrants your consideration. You may need to spend as a lot time as attainable in Heskeville lengthy after you are achieved with the primary plot line. Sony might need laid it on slightly thick with remasters to prop up a seemingly threadbare lineup of exclusives, however Gravity Rush on the PS4 is exemplary. There merely isn’t any cause so that you can miss out on it this time round.
- Appears to be like improbable
- Responsive controls
- Entertaining gameplay
- May have a couple of extra further options
Score (out of 10): 9