By Paul Hunter
With the PS Vita launch now firmly behind us, it's time to start looking at the next wave of games to hit Sony's new portable device. Recently released Gravity Rush by Sony's SCE Japan Studio, with its unique gravity-controlling mechanic, may have dropped into retail at just the right time.
Out of the gate, PS Vita had some impressive titles (Uncharted: Golden Abyss and WipEout 2048 come to mind) and to keep the momentum going, along comes Gravity Rush from veteran game designer Keiichiro Toyama, best known for his work on the Siren series and the original Silent Hill.
In Gravity Rush, players assume the role of blonde protagonist Kat who has fallen from the sky and awoken with no memory, and the ability to manipulate gravity thanks to the aid of her mystical cat companion named Dusty. Together, the two set out to protect their strange new home world from evil blob-like creatures called "Nevi" that emerge from dimensional Gravity Storms.
To demonstrate Kat's newly acquired gravity control ability in a real world situation, Sony produced this interesting live action game trailer:
Gravity Rush makes use of many of the PS Vita features including the motion sensor to manipulate gravity, the front touchscreen to perform aerial attacks and dodges, and the dual analog sticks for precision control. The vibrant cel-shaded graphics look fantastic on the PS Vita's OLED screen, and the superhero origin story really comes to life during the game's comic book-panel cutscenes. To see these features in action, check out the gameplay trailer below:
The reception for Gravity Rush has been quite positive, with the game receiving an 84% industry average from critics on the review aggregation website Metacritic. The game has been lauded for its originality, slick graphics, and innovative gameplay, and is considered by many as a showcase title for the PS Vita. If you're looking for a new title for your PS Vita, or thinking about jumping into PS Vita for the very first time, you may want to put Gravity Rush on your consideration list.
Gravity Rush is available now exclusively for PS Vita. The game was developed by SCE Japan Studio and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. The game is rated T for Teen (Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol).
[This article originally appeared on the Future Shop Tech Blog]