What is Gravity Rush 2?
Gravity Rush 2 is an action adventure game that sees you playing as Kat - a young woman with an unusual talent. Thanks to her faithful feline companion, Kat has the ability to manipulate gravity, letting her decide on the fly which way she wants to be down, tumbling through the skies as the world tilts around her. This isn't flying - it's falling with style. Following some strange goings on in the airborne city of Hekesville, Kat finds herself sucked through a portal and spat out in a remote village. As she makes her way back home, she uncovers the secret of a deadly race of monsters who are threatening the peace once more - and as a gravity-wielding super hero of sorts, it falls to her to save the day.
How do you play Gravity Rush 2?
An action-packed adventure game, Gravity Rush 2 is divided into a number of hub worlds, where you can choose to help the townsfolk out and battle shadowy Nevi monsters, before taking on key story missions, extra side quests and challenges when you see fit. While the main story focuses on Kat and her band of misfits fighting back against a race of shadowy beings and political corruption, the rest of the game focuses on the more 'mundane' everyday goings on in the floating cities - whether it's taking a young boy on a flying tour of the town, chasing after a seagull that stole your lunch, or delivering the world's stinkiest package, there's plenty to keep you busy.
As you may expect, Kat's unique gravity powers play into everything you do, from taking out scores of Nevi enemies to delivering newspapers - and it's also the defacto way to get around town. At any point in the game, you can make Kat float into the air at the touch of a button, and by simply pointing her in the direction you want to go, you can zoom across the skies at high speed. As Kat can manipulate gravity, you can even run along walls or ceilings, as you make your way through the floating cities. Combined with Kat's formidable, yet mostly basic button-mashing hand to hand combat skills, as well as her ability to gather up nearby items and hurl them at enemies with her gravity power, you're able to pull off some pretty flashy moves against the shadowy Nevi enemies with relative ease, as you save the world once more.
How easy is Gravity Rush 2 to pick up and play?
In terms of accessibility, Gravity Rush 2 is reasonably easy to pick up and play. There's a choice of easy, medium and hard difficulty levels, giving you plenty of room to find a level you're comfortable with, while combat has a fair amount of auto-targetting attacks too - perfect if you're messing around with gravity and aren't really sure which way is up any more.
However, it's the gravity manipulation that also provides the game's biggest challenge. When you're floating and flying through the air, walls can become floors and ceilings become walls, which can be a bit disorientating to begin with. As you'll often find yourself having to quickly switch direction in mid-air in pursuit of, say, a pigeon, without having time to touch down for a breather, things can get a tad hectic to say the least. It's easy to get a little bit confused and end up zooming into the abyss below if you're not careful.
However, once you get the movement sussed, Gravity Rush isn't too difficult a game. It is worth noting, though, that cutscenes and story segments are relatively plentiful, with characters talking to each other in a made-up (but vaguely French) language, subtitled into English. As such, understanding the story, as well as the various mission objectives along the way, requires a fairly decent reading ability.
- "That finishes off my chores, better report in to Lisa."
- "Our troubles started with the incident at Neu Hiraleon. We were pulled into a horrific gravity storm and drifted through the rift planes…
- "Deliver the Message to Misai."
In terms of mature content, Gravity Rush 2 sits somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. Players will punch and kick various enemies (sometimes shadowy cyclops creatures, sometimes human) whilst flying through the air, accompanied by impact sounds - although during the combat itself, there's no gore. One cutscene depicts a man stabbing another in the back, while a credit sequence shows a man impaled on a spike with blood on his clothes and mouth.
As for sexual content, the game has a variety of revealing outfits you can dress the main character in, with some being substantially more revealing than others. One side quest tasks you with taking pictures of 'smokin' hot girls' for an older guy, accompanied by comments such as "If you find a real looker, get her to strike a pose before taking the picture." and "She's smoking hot, isn't she?". No bad language is heard throughout.