Gravity Rush

Common Sense Media says

Quirky and fun gravity-shifting game has strong heroine.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The narrative tinkers with issues of discrimination and exclusion. In the beginning, few people in the game like Kat, though they willingly exploit her powers when needed. The story suggests that the way to overcome discrimination is not to fight back, but instead to act honorably, winning trust and affection through selfless and courageous actions.

Positive role models

The game's hero uses her superpowers to do good, reuniting families with lost members and protecting citizens from strange fantasy creatures. She's generally a strong and independent female, though she occasionally dips into stereotypical teen-girl-blinded-by-romance behavior when with boys.

Ease of play

It takes a while to figure out and become comfortable with the idea of being able to switch the direction in which gravity pulls the player's avatar, and frequent shifts can leave one deeply discombobulated. Luckily, most of the story missions are pretty easy and forgiving. However, the side challenges are extremely difficult.

Violence

Players fight oddly shaped fantasy beings (and the occasional human), kicking them to make them disappear. They can perform especially powerful kicks and throw objects at enemies by altering the direction of gravity’s pull. Players can also (often accidentally) use their gravity shifting ability to hurl innocent civilians, who seem frightened and confused.

Sex

The game's hero is a teen girl partial to wearing revealing costumes and short skirts. She talks about dating and wanting to be viewed as cute by boys. Players also encounter what appears to be a buxom brothel owner, though the game only hints at the nature of the establishment.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One character admits that he is drunk and slurs his words.

Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Gravity Rush is a third-person action game with light fantasy violence and mild sexual themes. Players control a girlish but powerful teen who protects a fantastical city and its inhabitants from strange creatures by using changes in gravity to hurl objects and deliver powerful kicks. There is no blood or gore, and enemies simply disappear when destroyed. The game's heroine is a powerful female character, but also a bit boy-crazy and prone to wearing lightly revealing clothing.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • gravity
  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • strategy

Self-Direction

  • goal-setting
  • work to achieve goals

Communication

  • asking questions

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

A decidedly Japanese vibe may limit the game's appeal among Western audiences, and the gravity-altering mechanic is both unusual and challenging to master. But those who get it could end up having a great time.

Learning Approach

The concept of gravity is front and center, but Gravity Rush doesn't teach players any real facts about this specific force. Still, it could lead kids to develop an interest in the physical laws that govern all objects.

Support

Tutorials pop up whenever new abilities are introduced, giving players time to learn them. There's no other official support. Kids having trouble may want to search for user-made tip videos online.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • gravity
  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • strategy

Self-Direction

  • goal-setting
  • work to achieve goals

Communication

  • asking questions

Kids can learn a little about the concept of gravity in this fantasy action/adventure game, which allows players to shift gravity's pull to any object in the game. The notion of altering gravitational force for individual characters and to specific objects without adjusting their mass is clearly unrealistic, but it may allow players to better perceive the effects of gravity, as well as the importance of its immutable constancy in the real world. Gravity Rush doesn't teach players any facts about gravity, but it could lead kids to develop an interest in the physical properties that govern it.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chad Sapieha

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What's it about?

GRAVITY RUSH is like an imaginative anime presented in interactive form. Players take control of Kat, a teen girl who has no memory but possesses the ability to bend gravity to her will. She uses this power to help the citizens of a strange, floating fantasy city and fight off the bizarre creatures that occasionally appear in the streets and sky. The town is open for players to explore. They can search for side challenges, chat with non-player characters, seek out energy gems used to enhance their powers, or simply head straight from one story mission to the next.

Is it any good?

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Gravity Rush's decidedly Japanese vibe may limit its appeal among Western audiences. Its gravity-altering mechanic is both unusual and challenging to master, but those who invest themselves in Gravity Rush will be rewarded by a deep, lengthy, and innovative gaming experience.

Once you get the hang of things, shifting gravity to fly through the sky and string together a dozen or more attacks before landing can be highly satisfying. Plus, there's no shortage of things to do and see in the game's surprisingly large, lushly detailed, and open world. Expect 15 hours of fresh, original play time, perhaps more if you endeavor to master all of the side challenges. It's definitely worth investigating for those who have a PlayStation Vita and are looking for something a little different.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the way female characters are presented in games. Do you think Gravity Rush's Kat is a good role model for girls? What makes her a strong character?

  • Families can also discuss violence in media. How do you feel if your avatar accidentally hurts innocent civilians while carrying out his or her missions?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation Vita
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sony Computer Entertainment
Release date:June 11, 2012
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Magic and fantasy
ESRB rating:T for Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol (PlayStation Vita)

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Kid, 9 years old June 18, 2012
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4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

GRAVITY RUSH

I Have played gravity rush from having my uncle Buying the game prior to the realease date. i think that it is very educational about gravity and has barely ANY violence exept for fighting but Has NO BLOOD. I recommend This game to ages 4 And up
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 17 years old Written byPlime March 20, 2014
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LEARNING

Simple and Fun Game

This game is not very violent at all, in fact the main character just fights glorified goo! Some scenes might scare younger gamers (the sludge-monsters can be a bit intimidating) but other than that, I don't see why this is rated teen. Sure, Kat has some skimpy clothing, but other than that there is little to worry about with sexual themes. Additionally, the game is relatively easy to play, though the combat system can get a bit repetitive over time. This is a great open-world game about someone discovering who they are and also doing their best to help a city overcome a mysterious invasion of slightly-intimidating looking beasts. Kat is a very likeable character, and she actually provides some good messages to the audience about helping others.
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