is a game for the Play Station Vita
Set in a city known as Hekseville, the player takes control of Kat, a young woman suffering from amnesia, who gains the ability to control the gravity around her from a mysterious cat. The gravity-controlling mechanic can be used to fly through the air, walk on walls, and thrust devastating kick attacks towards enemies. Gravity Rush also boasts some role-playing game elements, such as powers and abilities to level up, side quests to undertake, optional villains to fight, and large worlds to explore.
It has been met with critical acclaim since its release. It was released in Japan on February 9, 2012 and then in North America on June 12, 2012 and in Europe on June 13, 2012.
On November 14, 2012, Kat was confirmed to be one of the first two DLC
fighters, packed alongside her rival, Emmett Graves
, in Playstation All Stars Battle Royale
.Gravity Rush 2
was teased at the Tokyo Game Show 2013
This game provides examples of:
- Amnesiac Hero: Unlike most amnesiac protagonists, Kat moves on and is optimistic about living and protecting Hekseville, rather than looking moody and trying to piece together clues. You might forget about this cliche and it's essentially a super hero origin story.
- And I Must Scream: Kat's fate after being tricked and frozen in the last episode. Thankfully, Syd and Cyanea free her.
- And Your Reward Is Clothes: Reversing the usual way things go, the extra outfits for the DLC missions are given to you at the start, rather than at the end, for the purposes of the story.
- Animal Motifs: Crosses over with Meaningful Name; Kat gets her gravity shifting powers from a cat, while Raven gets hers from a crow.
- Ankle Drag: Done to Kat by Nushi right after she defeats it.
- Automatic New Game: Starting up Gravity Rush for the first time automatically starts up the opening.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: The Chaotic Evil master criminal Alias displays a unique fashion sense, as he combines a tailored pinstripe suit with headgear that looks like it was modeled after that of a Tusken Raider.
- Bait-and-Switch Boss: You thought a Nevi was gonna be the boss of episode 8, but Raven worfed it and fights Kat instead.
- Braids of Action: Once Kat switches over to her military uniform, she uses these.
- Bonus Boss: The rare Nevi hiding in each of the Rift Planes. Each one is significantly tougher than the other Nevi, deals more damage and is inexplicably immune to your special attacks.
- Canned Orders Over Loudspeaker: Once Kat returns from the bottom of the World Pillar, D'nelica has become mayor, and enjoys blaring uplifting military propaganda over the city PA system, especially in Vendecentre.
- The Cape: Kat, personality wise. She will always save others above anything else, even if it means disobeying another order.
- Cel Shading
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Being the good-natured girl Kat is, she can't say no. It is to the point where Adreaux takes advantage of her in episode 18.
- Color Wash: Each section of Hekseville has its own color wash; Auldnoir is reddish-brown, Vendecentre is light green, etc.
- Coup de Grāce Cutscene: When you whittle down a boss's health bar, you're told to "finish them" by tapping a crosshair that appears on their weak point, causing a cutscene where Kat attacks them with what appears to be a powered up version of the Spiraling Claw. This is subverted in your first battle with Raven; she does the same move to counter it and sends Kat flying back.
- Creepy Doll: When Kat goes to Aki the fortune teller, Aki tells her fortune through a somewhat damaged, perpetually grinning ventriloquist's doll named Pandora. Kat is considerably unnerved by the entire encounter and is relieved when Aki conducts subsequent readings without the doll.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: A literal example in the cutscene with Kat's first face-to-face encounter with Raven, who knocks Kat around and then steps on her head hard enough to cause a concussion. Luckily, by that part of the game, it had been well established that Kat can take quite a lot of punishment without getting seriously hurt.
- Cute Clumsy Girl : Behold, the most well-coordinated superhero of all time.
- Cyborg: Although the game never states it outright, "Sea Wasp" Yunica apparently is partly machine. She sports a multifunctional arm cannon, she initiates a self-repair protocol when she is injured, and she has legs that are mechanical in appearance and that terminate in impossibly tiny stilettos.
- Degraded Boss: Some of the bosses in the game appear as regular enemies in later episodes and challenges.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: When fighting the boss Nevi's first form in Episode 7, its "head" looks like the wrong kind of head. It's even more disturbing due to the fact that Echo is partially trapped inside of it.
- The spear and shark type Nevis also have their cores in highly suggestive places (respectively on the rear and on the crotch. It doesn't help that the former has unnecessarily shapely legs and rear, and the latter is dealt with by kicking it in the core while it's lying on the ground.)
- Downloadable Content: Extra missions and unlockable costumes in the form of Spy Catsuit, Meido, and military outfits.
- Dub Name Change: In Japan, the game is called Gravity Daze, while the heroine is named "Kitten". Raven was originally "Crow".
- Eccentric Mentor: Gade appears to be an elderly, homeless man who is regarded to be crazy since he claims to be the creator of the world. However, he provides Kat with the means to access the Rift Planes and to restore the missing parts of the city and all of the people who were trapped there.
- Eldritch Location: Hekseville, a floating Steampunk city built around a titanic stone pillar and plagued by gravity storms, probably qualifies. The World Pillar itself and the Rift Planes definitely qualify.
- Familiar: Kat's cat and Raven's raven, who are integral to Kat and Raven's gravity-shifting abilities.
- The most likely reason as to why Kat wears such cute costumes and feels the need to lounge and stretch out on her bed whenever you return home. It's also shown numerous times throughout the game that she sleeps in the nude, and there's a few times where she's wearing nothing but a Modesty Towel...which falls off in one scene, giving Syd a nice view.
- Raven is dressed in a typical superheroine-type costume that covers up strategic areas while still managing to expose quite a lot of skin.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Alias, who gets crushed to death in an industrial-size garbage compactor.
- Foreshadowing: One of the first things you do is collect furniture for Kat to use, one of which being a chair which she doesn't use at all... instead Cyanea uses it once she meets Kat in Hekseville.
- Genre-Busting: Not quite a platformer, not quite an RPG, not quite a straight-up action game...
- Gravity Master: The basis of the game's mechanics. Kat (and other gravity shifters) can hover and alter the direction "down" is for themselves; by pausing and adjusting, this shifters can basically fly. Kat can also use her power to carry items in a stasis field and chuck them at enemies.
- Hero Antagonist: Raven attacks you because D'nelica promised that he will send a search team down to rescue the children down in Boutoume if she kept the missing cities apart, and Kat was in the way. But he really just wanted to make the current Mayor look bad.
- Heel-Face Turn:
- Raven becomes allies with Kat when she sees that Kat is trying to rescue the Lost Tribe from Nushi. That's also the point at which Raven realizes that D'nelica is not as trustworthy as he had seemed to be.
- As soon as the Sea Anemone takes out the military command ship, Yunica rationalizes that she can now make her own orders and chooses to side with Kat to destroy the shared menace.
- Homing Projectile: Kat can actually turn into one of these using the Gravity Kick.
- Just Following Orders: Yunica's rationale for trying to arrest Kat even though Kat had done nothing to deserve it. Yunica later neatly sidesteps this trope when the Sea Anemone goes berserk and incapacitates the military command, leaving no one in a position to give Yunica orders anymore.
- Kick Chick: Kat's default attacks all involve kicking in some way. Or stomping from on high.
- Left Hanging: There's a climactic final battle with a nearly-unstoppable monster, and afterwards the apparent Big Bad gets injured and impeached, and all the monsters stop showing up, but there's no definitive explanation for anything.
- Lethal Lava Land: The aptly named Inferno Rift Plane level. Kat even has to be careful not to run into lava on the ceiling.
- Level Up Fill Up: Upgrading your health also completely restores it. It can come in handy in a pinch.
- Little Miss Snarker: She mostly keeps it to herself. Her sarcastic side is shown in her thoughts in dialogue, but she occasionally opens up, and get shots at Syd for example.
- Living Weapon: The Anemone. It was an attempt to harness the Nevi's power as well as a replacement for Kat. It didn't end well.
- Made of Iron: Kat can fall from extremely great heights without taking any damage at all; and it takes multiple hits from Nevi opponents to cut into her health meter significantly. She can even walk on lava as long as she doesn't do it for too long.
- Name's the Same: While in Pleajeune, Kat is asked to look for a schoolgirl named Echo who had gone missing due to nasty rumours about her. It turns out these rumors were about an older woman named Echo, an escort.
- Not Quite Flight: You don't really fly so much as control the direction you fall in.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Adreaux.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Happens multiple times because Kat has built a reputation as the Gravity Queen. She lampshades this by questioning the purpose of her Spy Catsuit.
- Reality Warper: Gade the Creator and Cyanea. They have the ability to transport others to different realms and alter elements or the world as needed.
- Scenery Porn: A given, since this is one of the major selling points of the Play Station Vita.
- Sequel Hook: The ending outright says the fight is just beginning, and several dangling elements remain, like the slumbering children and the mysterious figure D'nelica speaks with, that beg for a sequel.
- Slide Attack: Kat can hover across the ground with her Gravity Slide, and enemies she comes into contact with are automatically hit with her Slide Kick.
- Speaking Simlish: What little voiced dialogue is in the game really sounds like French combined with Japanese, but is actually gibberish influenced by French.
- Stalker with a Crush: Kat's "#1 fan". She has no idea who he is. He goes so far as to impersonate Alias and set up fake bombs around the city in order to get her attention.
- Teenage Wasteland: Boutoume is inhabited by a tribe of children led by young Zaza. They were all stranded there when their bus fell off the edge of the world; and only Zaza has realized that the adults are probably no longer looking for them.
- Ungrateful Bastard:
- At the start of the game, Aujean gets Kat to save his son Eugie from a gravity storm, but then he holds a grudge against Kat when she couldn't also save his house. He gets over it by the end.
- Same goes for the woman that asks Kat to receive the letter she lost from her dead lover. By the time she gets back, the woman had moved on and tells her to throw it away.
- Video Game Cruelty Potential: Kat's powers tend to pick up whatever is in her immediate vicinity when she shifts gravity, including people and stray dogs. It is also entirely possible to use Stasis Field to pick up random civilians and hurl them into the void. There is no penalty for this whatsoever.
- Wolverine Publicity: Kat is often played up as the face of the Vita, and Sony makes sure to let her appear in plenty of Vita titles. Along with the aforementioned playable appearance in Playstation All Stars Battle Royale, she can be seen here playable in Ragnarok Odyssey Ace along with Alias (and the Sorcerer from Soul Sacrifice). Following in the footsteps of Sweet Tooth, Ratchet, and Kratos, she was made a playable golfer in Hot Shots Golf 6/World Invitation as well as a Sack costume in LittleBigPlanet (in line with other mascots like the Pipo Monkeys, the Patapon, and the Loco Roco). Kat, Raven, and Yunica were added as summonable spirits in the free-to-play Vita game Destiny of Spirits, and finally, Kat along with Yunica, Gade, Alias, and Raven are playable Cocoroids in the Japan-only dungeon brawler Picotto Knights (a game whose servers have since been shut down).
- Year Inside, Hour Outside: Boutoume. Kat only spends a few days there, though when she returns to Auldnoir, an entire year passes.