Gravity Rush Remastered

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David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Gravity-defying classic gets visual upgrades, extra content.

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Positive Messages

Basic "good vs. evil" formula, though Kat makes a point of not only fighting where needed but also protecting others wherever possible. Despite memory loss, Kat's first instinct is to help those in need, putting their safety above her own desires.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Kat is a young, selfless, independent woman using her powers to help others in need. She's determined to defeat evil invading her world, protect as many people as possible while uncovering truth behind her lost memories.

Ease of Play

Core mechanic is ability to alter gravity. This can take a while to get hang of.

Violence

One of main elements is fighting against unusual blob-like creatures, battling them with hand-to-hand combat, throwing items, and so on. When defeated, creatures fall apart, melt away; no gore.

Sex

Many female characters shown in revealing outfits, with high skirts, low cleavage. Gallery also features concept art, images showing characters in poses that highlight their sexuality. Some inferred sexual references, but nothing explicitly stated.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some interactions involve lengthy conversation, interaction with a drunk character.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Gravity Rush Remastered is an action/adventure game for the PlayStation 4. The game is a re-release of the PS Vita game, complete with upgraded presentation and gameplay, as well as all the original game's downloadable content. Players control a female hero with the ability to manipulate how gravity affects her, requiring strategic thinking for both navigating the world and fighting enemies. Combat is a core part of the game, though there's no blood or gore. Though the game doesn't feature any overtly sexual content, there's some occasional innuendo, and many female characters are portrayed in revealing outfits.

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What's it about?

GRAVITY RUSH REMASTERED is a PlayStation 4 port of the original game released on the PlayStation Vita. The new version includes enhanced graphics and sound, as well as all the extra downloadable content available with the original. Players take control of Kat, a young amnesiac girl with the power to change the way gravity affects her and her immediate surroundings. With no clue of her identity, her past, or how she lost her memories, Kat seeks out answers while trying to save her city from a mysterious invading force.

Is it any good?

When up is down and down is up, it's usually a sign that things have gone crazy and out of control. But in Gravity Rush Remastered, it's exactly how things are supposed to be, and it's literally under your control. Admittedly, there's a little bit of a learning curve in using Kat's special powers. When shifting gravity around, the camera tries to keep up but doesn't always succeed. And since the game supports the PS4's Sixaxis motion controls for aiming, any accidental tilting of the controller can add to the disorientation. After a bit of adjustment and some good old-fashioned practice, though, you'll soon be falling up and flying down with ease.

The original Gravity Rush was one of the PS Vita's "must have" titles, and for good reason. Its story was engaging, its gameplay was unique, and it was one of the most visually stunning games to ever hit the portable console. With Remastered, the game gets a pretty substantial upgrade in the visuals and sound, more than worthy of a full-size, current-generation release. There are a few rough spots, mainly in some animations and movements, where the game still shows its handheld roots.  Even so, Gravity Rush Remastered, with its improvements, extra content, and PS4 controller support, is the best way to play with this physics-defying classic.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in gaming. How does the style of the game and formless shape of the enemies affect the violence in the game? Does it make it easier when enemies lack detail and fade away after their defeat?

  • Talk about female role models. What are some good role models from gaming, television, and film, and what are some of the traits they share that make them good role models?

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