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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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.
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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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
- Platforms: PlayStation Vita
- Subjects: Science: gravity, physics
- Skills: Communication: asking questions
Self-Direction: goal-setting, work to achieve goals
Thinking & Reasoning: logic, strategy
- 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
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