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Video Game: Gravity Rush

Gravity Rush is a game for the PlayStation 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:

  • Absolute Cleavage: Kat's Spy costume features this, which is lampshaded shortly after it's acquired.
    #1 Fan: Wait 'til I tell my friends I saw the Gravity Queen, and so much of the Gravity Queen!
  • A-Cup Angst: Kat tends to wince at offhand remarks about her less than impressive bust.
  • All Bikers Are Hell's Angels: The Snakerabbits from the Spy DLC missions. They're a group of rowdy drag racers who fly customized air boats recklessly. Though they get better once they made Kat their boss after she saved them from Nevi. They stop being thugs and move on with their lives, but reunite to help Kat stop the bombs set by Kat's crazy fanboy.
  • All Just a Dream: According to Cyanea's "Dream Guardian," everything and everyone in the world of Hekseville are figments of Cyanea's dream. Before the finale, the Dream Guardian saves Kat from suspended animation only because that was the only way to keep the dream going.
  • 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, 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.
  • Cel Shading
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Being the good-natured girl Kat is, she can't say no. It is to the point were 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Downloadable Content: Extra Missions and Unlockable Costumes in the form of Spy Catsuit and Meido 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.
  • Fanservice:
    • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Schedule Slip: Originally intended to be a launch title, it came out near the end of June 2012 in both North America and Europe.
  • Scenery Porn: A given, since this is one of the major selling points of the PlayStation Vita.
  • Sequel Hook: Considering the ending tells us pretty much nothing one can only hope for a future game or DLC to clear a few things up.
  • 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.

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