Charming characters, the feeling of soaring through the air,...it's like a dream! (Gravity Rush 2 mini Review)
Gravity Rush 2 Pros:
I've beaten both games. I have to say, I really enjoyed this series. The first was great and the second one expanded upon that greatness! It's been a while since I've gotten attached and invested in a creative, imaginative, game world.
Flying around in vibrant, bustling cities as Kat, was exhilarating and awe inspiring! A high aristocratic society above, a diverse cultural metropolis below, and farther down the clouds, a desolate town, full of poverty and struggling souls. It was nice to see the different social classes.
Aside from the diverse locations, the characters were very likable and charming, with varied and relatable personalities. The world sort of reminded me of Skies of Arcadia. Floating land masses all around! The cities and locations felt full of life and personality.
The combat felt a little loose but I give it props for trying to implement new styles. The Lunar style was especially fun, jumping up into the air like a rocket and jumping across long distances like
The story wasn't anything mind blowing, but I really like how they fleshed out and provided back story to Kat's overall character. I also like the heavy dream symbolism present throughout the game. It was almost like I was playing a more mature version of Nights into Dreams! The last boss was also very cool and fun to fight. Aside from all this in March, we are going to get a free Revan DLC expanded story line!
And now for the negatives.
-Battle system feels loose and clunky at times (for the most part it gets the job done though, just a minor fault)
-While there is a lot of variety, sometimes the sidequests can get a little tiresome. There are a "LOT" of them, and I feel if you keep doing them, you feel like you aren't getting anything accomplished, as far as the main story is concerned. If you feel this way, just save them for the end of the game.
-The online Dusty Tokens unlock different costumes and other things, but will take a ridiculous amount of time to acquire. The most you will need are 6000 and you get only 8 per challenge! Also, like the sidequests, doing these takes too much time and takes away from the main story. If you are insistent on doing every challenge that pops up, It will most certainly detract you from doing anything with the main story. After a few hours, I had to stop and tell myself: "I'm not really even playing the game, or seeing the main story!" I had to stop and just forget about it.
-The story is strong in the beginning, weak in the middle, and strong at the end again. It's not a major narrative blunder, but the story switches up things near the middle of the game, taking focus away from an area you started in. You will return to a familiar area to stop a serious threat to the population. Then, after that, the last part of the game is dedicated to explaining Kat's origin story. It's quite interesting and mysterious. It kept me guessing the entire time!
I'd give GR an 8.5 and GR2 a 9! Great overall games!