Gravity Rush 2

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Gravity Rush 2
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Developer(s) SIE Japan Studio (Team Gravity)[a]
Publisher(s) Sony Interactive Entertainment
Director(s) Keiichiro Toyama
Producer(s) Makato Isomine
Designer(s) Junya Okura
Programmer(s) Atsushi Nakamura
Toshitake Tsuchikura
Artist(s) Shunsuke Saito
Takeshi Oga
Writer(s) Keiichiro Toyama
Naoko Sato
Composer(s) Kohei Tanaka
Platform(s) PlayStation 4
Release
  • AU: January 18, 2017
  • EU: January 18, 2017
  • JP: January 19, 2017
  • NA: January 20, 2017
  • UK: January 20, 2017
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

Gravity Rush 2, known in Japan as Gravity Daze 2,[b] is an action-adventure video game. The sequel to Gravity Rush, it is developed by SIE Japan Studio's Team Gravity division, and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 4.[2] Directed by Keiichiro Toyama, the core mechanic of the game is the player's ability to manipulate gravity, allowing unique movements and navigation.

Gameplay[edit]

The gravity-controlling mechanics introduced in Gravity Rush are expanded in Gravity Rush 2. Players are able to choose among three gravity styles: the original style from the first game, Lunar and Jupiter. Lunar will be light and increase Kat's speed and her ability to jump higher. Jupiter will make Kat feel heavy, giving her attacks more impact.[3] Players can change between gravity styles using the touch pad.[2]

Director Keiichiro Toyama stresses immersion with Gravity Rush 2. Toyama says the key to this is expanding the universe and making Kat and her surroundings feel more alive. The new city in the game, for example, is more lively and colorful, and Kat will be able to chat with the city's inhabitants, throw gang signs, and people will react organically. Environments will be destructible.[3]

The Nevi return in Gravity Rush 2, along with other enemies, such as human soldiers, some of whom operate combat mechs. Fellow Gravity Shifter Raven, who appeared as an antagonist for most of the first game, will be an AI-controlled ally who can fight with Kat during certain battles.[3]

As Gravity Rush 2 has three times the amount of missions than its predecessor, the game is between 20–40 hours long. The game map is 2.5 times larger than the one from the original.[3]

Plot[edit]

The game takes place directly after the events of Gravity Rush, and a prequel anime called Gravity Rush: The Animation ~ Overture ~.[4] In the city of Hekseville, reconstruction is progressing after the incident caused by the former mayor, D’nelica. After a gravitational disturbance is reported in the floating district of Neu Hiraleon, Kat travels there with her gravity shifting partner Raven, and Syd, a police officer, to investigate. Following a fight with mysterious androids, the three are sucked into a gravitational vortex and transported to a different world, along with the entire district.

The events of the game begin when Kat and Syd arrive in the impoverished Banga Village. They befriend a girl named Cecie, who also arrived in mysterious circumstances, and work to mine Gravity Ore, traveling into Rift Planes to harvest it to sell to unscrupulous trader Vogo Sun. After preventing his attempt to shortchange the village, they travel to the floating city of Jirga Para Lhao for supplies. There, they realize that the city's rich are oppressing its poor through military force, and the use of Raven, who has been brainwashed to believe she is called Night Gale. Kat battles Raven, freeing her and sparking an uprising against the Council, the city's usurping rulers. The insurrection succeeds, restoring the people of Banga to their rightful rule of Jirga Para Lhao.

However, Neu Hiraleon appears, having become a giant Nevi after landing in a Rift Plane, and kills the Council. Kat and Raven defeat it and rescue Cecie, who it was using as a power source. In doing so, Kat is again sucked back into Hekseville. There, she meets Kali Angel, a mysterious Shifter who replaced her as the city's hero, and Dr. Brahman, a brilliant scientist who designed a city-wide, robotic, Nevi defense system. Brahman becomes mayor despite an attack by rebels, but it is soon revealed that the rebels are right, and Brahman is a madman who plans to use the crystal-induced powers of his kidnapped "daughters", Kali and Cecie, also known as Durga Angel, to stop time itself. Kat and Raven, who arrived back in Hekseville along with Cecie, defeat Brahman and his daughters, killing both him and Kali, and saving the city, with the help of the city of Jirga Para Lhao, which came through a tear in space.

In the game's final chapter, Kat encounters a glowing girl, who tells her that the "dark ocean" under the city will destroy Hekseville and the world. On the advice of Alias, Kat and Raven travel to the top of the World Pillar, finding the frozen city of Eto. King Cai informs her that she is the former queen, and cloisters her in the castle due to an "illness", but Kat realizes she was brainwashed and that he is holding Raven prisoner. After fighting off Cai's Nevi minions, Kat is rescued by Creator Bit, and forced to remember her past. She realizes that Syd is Alias, and one of her former retainers, and that they were betrayed by her other retainer, Xicero, for wanting to save the people below from the dark ocean. However, the Creators decided to save them, as they were swayed by Kat's altruism.

King Cai releases the glowing girl from a crystal, revealing her to be Elektricitie, the personification of electrical energy, and expressing an intent to hasten the world's demise. The people of Hekseville are unable to stop her, but are able to stall until Kat arrives and defeats her, albeit through the sacrifice of the other Creators. King Cai is enraged, and merges with his Guardian, Wolp, into a giant monster that is the manifestation of the black hole below the city. This dark being offers Kat a deal to make her survive the end and eventual rebirth of the world, but she chooses to defeat him with the help of the populace, and seal the black hole by sacrificing herself. However, a year later, Kat seems to make a return, much to Raven's shock, while Cai mysteriously escapes from police custody.

Development[edit]

Work on Gravity Rush 2 started when the development of Gravity Rush was finished. It was announced on September 20, 2013 at the Tokyo Game Show and was originally known as 'Team Gravity Project'. During their Tokyo Game Show 2015 presentation, Sony unveiled the game as Gravity Rush 2.[5] Originally scheduled to be released on December 2, 2016, the game was delayed to January 2017 by Sony in order to ensure that the game would not compete with other triple-A titles set to be released during the Christmas period.[6]

On December 3, 2016, it was announced that the free DLC that Sony were offering to make up for the delay will be "Raven's Choice", allowing players to play as the secondary main character Raven, Another Story The Ark of Time – Raven’s Choice will see Raven battling to save the Lost Children trapped inside the Ark at the end of the first Gravity Rush.[7] On March 23, 2017 "Free Raven" DLC was released.[8]

Kohei Tanaka, who worked on the music for Gravity Rush, returned to compose the music for Gravity Rush 2.[9] An anime, titled Gravity Rush: The Animation ~ Overture ~, was released on December 26, 2016. Made by Studio Khara, it serves as a bridge to fill the narrative gap between Gravity Rush and Gravity Rush 2.[6][4]

On November 11, 2016, Gravity Rush 2 went gold.[10] Sony announced 2B's outfit from Nier: Automata to be released in North America for free on May 5, 2017.[11][12]

Gravity Rush 2's servers shut down on July 19, 2018.[13][14] It was previously announced that the shutdown would occur on January. However, it was extended, due to fans' reaction of the announcement.[15][16]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic80/100[17]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Destructoid9.5/10[18]
EGM9/10[19]
Game Informer7.5/10[20]
Game Revolution4/5 stars[21]
GameSpot9/10[22]
GamesRadar+3/5 stars[23]
IGN8.4/10[24]
Polygon7.5/10[25]
USGamer9/10[26]

Gravity Rush 2 received "generally favorable" reviews, according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[17]

Peter Brown of GameSpot praised how the game built improved upon its predecessor by calling it "more than just a simple follow-up, Gravity Rush 2 exceeds expectations". Brown noted the variety and scope of the world and felt that the story was much improved by being more consistent and engaging.[22] Jaz Rignall of USGamer was also positive regarding the story, considering the character development, light and fun approach and stylized delivery to be the Gravity Rush 2's stronger element, even favorably comparing them to Studio Ghibli productions.[26] Reviewing for Polygon, Whitney Reynolds noted the protagonist Kat's fun characterization and enthusiasm as reasons to play through the optional side quests. Reynolds also praised the overall larger cast of female characters.[25] Chris Carter of Destructoid considered the visuals to be enhanced by having been developed for the PS4 first, unlike the first Gravity Rush while still retaining well received elements from before, including the hand drawn art and comic book-styled story transitions, calling the overall looks "gorgeous".[18]

Miranda Sanchez of IGN was positive to the gravity altering gameplay and the new additions to Kat's abilities, progression and their use in the game's many activities and combat, the latter of which made "more interesting by offering creativity options with Kat’s movements". However Sanchez did critique certain instances of "unfortunately long missions in smaller spaces that made the otherwise cooperative camera a pain".[24] David Roberts of GamesRadar also praised the gravity-based movement throughout the open-world environment yet was critical of the camera controls, particularity in small spaces calling it "ill-equipped to keep up". In addition Roberts was negative towards to "ground based" missions that contrasted with other sections of the game.[23]

As of February 15, 2017, Gravity Rush 2 has sold 102,630 copies in Japan.[27]

Accolades[edit]

Polygon ranked the game 19th on their list of the 50 best games of 2017.[28] The game was nominated for "Best PS4 Game" in Destructoid's Game of the Year Awards 2017;[29] and for "Best PlayStation 4 Game", "Best Action-Adventure Game", and "Best Original Music" in IGN's Best of 2017 Awards.[30][31][32]

Year Award Category Result Ref
2017 The Independent Game Developers' Association Awards Visual Design Nominated [33]
2018 National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers Awards Camera Direction in a Game Engine Nominated [34][35]
Control Design, 3D Nominated
Costume Design Nominated
Direction in a Game Cinema Nominated
Game Engineering Nominated

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Additional work by Media.Vision and Racjin.
  2. ^ ''Gravity Daze 2 (GRAVITY DAZE 2/重力的眩暈完結編:上層への帰還の果て,彼女の内宇宙に収斂した選択, Guraviti Deizu/Jūryoku-teki Memai kanketsu-hen: Jōsō e no Kikan no Hate, Kanojo no Uchi Uchū ni Shūren Shita Sentaku, lit. "Gravity Daze 2/Gravitational Dizziness Final Chapter: The End of the Repatriation of the Upper Stratum, Choices That Converged Her Inner Space"[1])
Footnotes
  1. ^ http://www.cgmagonline.com/2017/02/08/why-gravity-rush-2-is-unpopular-in-west/
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  3. ^ a b c d Groth-Andersen, Magnus (November 2, 2015). "Gravity Rush 2". Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Gach, Ethan. "The Anime Prequel To Gravity Rush 2 Is Now Available In Full". Kotaku. Retrieved 2017-04-26.
  5. ^ VanDervoort, Oliver (November 16, 2015). "Gravity Rush 2 Wiki – Everything you need to know about the game". Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Hussain, Tamoor (October 6, 2016). "Gravity Rush 2 Delayed, But Sony Offering Free DLC to Make Up for It". GameSpot. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  7. ^ "Gravity Rush 2 Raven's Choice DLC will be a free add-on".
  8. ^ "You can grab Gravity Rush 2's free Raven DLC now". Destructoid. Retrieved 2017-04-26.
  9. ^ Romano, Sal (December 9, 2015). "11 minutes of Gravity Rush 2 gameplay, details". Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  10. ^ Dunning, Jason (November 11, 2016). "Gravity Rush 2 Has Gone Gold". Retrieved November 28, 2016.
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  31. ^ "Best of 2017 Awards: Best Action-Adventure Game". IGN. December 20, 2017. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  32. ^ "Best of 2017 Awards: Best Original Music". IGN. December 20, 2017. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  33. ^ "2017 Winners". The Independent Game Developers' Association. November 2, 2017. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  34. ^ "Nominee List for 2017". National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers. February 9, 2018. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
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