Gravity Rush 2 Review
Gravity Rush 2 Cover Art
System: PS4
Dev: SIE Japan Studio, Project Siren
Pub: SIE
Release: January 18, 2017
Players: 1 Player
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood, Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes, Partial Nudity, Use of Alcohol

There are the downsides you might expect, like a bunch of tedious fetch quests and scavenger hunts, but those aren't Gravity Rush 2's biggest sins. The truly aggravating thing is the number of side activities that de-power Kat or require her to use stealth, for which she's entirely unsuited. Kat is built for speed and explosive power, not lurking about hiding from guard patrols. She's not much fun to play at all when she can't shift or has to move slowly, requiring you to fight the controls in order to keep her from lurching forward full-tilt. She has no stealth abilities and there are no stealth-assisting UI displays, so it's very easy to be accidentally spotted, which can lead to an automatic reset of all your progress. It's frustrating, especially if your goal happens to be something like fetching 40 crates.

It's very tempting to skip these side quests, but because there are so many activities available in the world, Kat's character progression has become much more grindy. You have to find an awful lot of gravity gems in order to upgrade her combat moves, and all three gravity styles have their own upgrade trees. It's very difficult to stick to the critical path while also giving Kat the tools she needs to face her greatest challenges. Skipping side quests also deprives you of a lot of story details, which is a shame considering how well the characters are written.

Gravity Rush 2 Screenshot

More fun are the light online activities like treasure hunts and challenges. If you find an apple-shaped treasure chest, you can send a treasure hunt into the world after taking a picture with the in-game camera as a hint. You'll gain Dusty Points for finding treasures or guiding others to chests via your hints. You can also get points for taking pictures that other players rate highly or for beating challenges that they've sent out. Dusty Points reward cosmetic goodies, so you can ignore these activities if you like, but I found them to be a more entertaining diversion than some of the more drawn-out single-player activities.

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Despite its open-world growing pains, Gravity Rush 2 is a charming game that's well worth playing, both for its story and its quality action moments. I just feel that it would have been a stronger overall title if it were more streamlined and leaned more on its best qualities rather than shoehorning in activities that don't match with its action-packed, gravity-shifting theme. Still, with a bit of patience for its foibles, I think you'll find that Kat's adventures in this weird world are quite worthwhile.

By
Becky Cunningham
Site Editor
Date: January 10, 2016

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.5
Graphics
The dreamy graphical style introduced in the original Gravity Rush only looks better with more vibrant colors.
3.8
Control
Controls work excellently in core gameplay scenarios, but are not well-suited to stealth sequences.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Nicely composed background pieces and Team Ico-style gibberish voiceovers contribute to the world's unique feel.
3.5
Play Value
Sometimes bigger isn't better. Too many tedious and frustrating side activities weigh down an otherwise thrilling and tightly designed experience.
3.8
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Gravity-Based Action - The franchise's famous gravity-based action mechanics have evolved with two additional styles, the lighter Lunar Style and heavier Jupiter Style, each with their own unique attacks. Switch seamlessly between the three distinct gravity styles, and partner with Raven to execute devastating tag-team attacks.
  • Vast Open World - Enter a bright and bustling floating city, bursting with life. Manipulate gravity with the motion sensors of the Dualshock 4 wireless controller to soar and traverse a vast and detailed open world, 2.5 times larger than the original, packed with an abundance of missions to keep Kat busy.
  • Signature Art Style - French "bande dessinée" comic book aesthetic is artfully blended with Japanese manga and anime influences to create a unique and beautiful atmosphere, with cityscapes and characters and brought to life in stunning detail on PlayStation 4.

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