As you can tell from my last post, like many of my fellow Americans I had something of a meltdown for a few days last week inside my brain. The new reality is so unbelievable to me and to about 100 to 150 million other people here that massive protests and/or riots depending on who you ask and where you look broke out starting on Wednesday last week. I still think President-elect Trump is at least 50 percent likely to be an absolute disaster, both in terms of social and economic policy, and I’m starting to get ready for the second recession just in case he really steps on the gas pedal of extreme deregulation – the kind of dumb bullshit that very much was a part of the cause of the first recession starting in 2008. Even if that doesn’t happen, it’s obvious to everyone now that my country is more divided than it has been for over a hundred years. That would have been obvious no matter who had won.
But fuck me – I can’t do anything to change the future on a large scale. I can, however, buy a PS4 and copies of a few new games including the new Atelier game and Gravity Rush Remastered, which is an HD port of the Vita original. Playing the redone Gravity Rush was how I coped with things last week. There’s perhaps no better game to escape reality with than this one in which you play a young woman who has the ability to shift gravity in any direction, allowing her to fly through the air and run around on walls and ceilings. The heroine of the game, Kat, has to use her powers to defend the city she lives in from strange monsters called Nevi who seem to have the power to drag people, and even whole pieces of the city, into a different dimension.
I’m not going to get too deep into analyzing this game. It’s been out for four years now, and the remastered version for close to a year, and I just now bought it because I recently had the money to buy a PS4. What I will say is that this version is even better than the original on the Vita and that it’s well worth playing. It’s amazing playing Gravity Rush on a far larger screen in HD. Moreover, all the DLC side stories that you had to buy in addition to the original game are included in Remastered. They’re also fun, and they open up new costumes for Kat that have no extra functionality at all, aside from getting to see Kat in a maid outfit or a tight catsuit with cat ears and a tail. Yeah, it’s fanservice. If you don’t like it, you can avoid those side stories. They don’t add anything to the central game anyway.
I don’t want to give away anything else about the game, so my review is this: buy it. And don’t listen to the naysayers. While this game generally got good reviews, a few people complain about the “cheap controls”. This is one game to which that old gripe doesn’t apply. None of the fights in this game are especially cheap if you’ve learned the controls and the different moves well. And honestly, if every single attack in this game were to connect with enemies easily, it would be far too easy. People also complain about the plot, but they’re wrong too. Gravity Rush isn’t a masterpiece of storytelling, but it has enough of a story to drive the action. And it’s fun. What more do you want?
There’s another reason I’m writing this piece now – Gravity Rush 2 is coming out on January 20 for the PS4. I’ve got it preordered and I’m really looking forward to it. If it simply maintains the quality of the first title, it will be an A-level game.