A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Promotes friendship, exploration, conflict resolution.
Positive Role Models
A strong female lead, Kat, is a gravity-defying adventurer. While she wears suggestive (anime-style) clothing, she's strong, smart, courageous, seems like a good person. She also has positive relationships with other female characters, men, animals (including her trusty cat).
Ease of Play
Flying takes getting used to, as Kat can defy gravity, soar in different directions. Controls become easier after an hour of play or so; game does give you pointers whenever a new skill is introduced.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent melee-based battles against enemies, punching, kicking on ground or while soaring through air. In some scenes, enemies could harm civilians, player may witness a stabbing, someone being impaled. There's some blood, but not often.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Many women dressed suggestively, including tight clothes that show ample cleavage, short-shorts, crop tops, more. In some scenes, a fantastical female character is shown mostly nude atop buildings, but nothing clearly defined. An optional mission is taking pictures of "smokin' hot girls."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some references to alcohol. In one mission, a boy asks Kat's help to stop his father's drinking. Some characters seen drinking alcohol from bottles, staggering around.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Gravity Rush 2 is an action-adventure game for the PlayStation 4. It stars a strong heroine that sometimes dresses suggestively, as do other female characters in this anime-like tale. In one instance, a fantastical female character is partially nude (but nipples and genitalia cannot be seen). There's some violence, too, mostly punching and kicking by the protagonist, but some cut scenes show blood and light gore (presumed impalement). There are also images of and references to excessive alcohol consumption.
Is It Any Good?
Wacky, attractive, and fun are the first three words that come to mind after loading this game that lets you jump, fly, and soar around fantastic worlds. Controlling gravity to propel Kat around makes up much of the gameplay -- especially as you're limited in energy while in the air -- plus there are many dozens of missions to take on (about 20 main objections and 40-odd side quests), various enemies to fight in the air or on the ground, and an interesting story to unravel (highlighted by memorable characters, but you can't skip through many dial sequences). But really, mastering the flying mechanic is what Gravity Rush 2 is all about, and it's a rush indeed. New to this sequel are additional gravity styles to master. Along with the original, there's also Lunar, which lets Kat jump higher and increase her speed, while Jupiter style weighs down Kat, which adds some extra power to her attacks. This is a welcomed addition for gameplay, along with more mission types, ranging from stealthy detective work and treasure hunts to helping friends complete tasks and big boss battles.
Visually, the game is stunning. From its manga-inspired characters and watercolors to huge set pieces, the game is a real looker. Kudos to the art department for bringing this fantasy game to life. While an A-quality game, there are a few issues; they include a steep learning curve while you're mastering controlled flight and some less-than-forgiving camera angles you might struggle with (especially in tighter spaces). The game is in Japanese with English subtitles, which not everyone will like, and as previously mentioned, you can't skip through sometimes painful dialogue screens. But overall, Gravity Rush 2 is a blast. It's a no-brainer for fans of the original, while any action fan on PS4 should get a kick out of this high-flying adventure.
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