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Platform PS Vita Publisher Sony Computer Entertainment Developer SCE Japan Studio Release Date 2012-06-12

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Gravity Rush review: the upside of down

Gravity Rush's hook - a teenage girl with the power to manipulate gravity - sounds like the premise of an '80s teen comedy, some mash-up of Weird Science and Zapped! But Gravity Rush takes itself surprisingly seriously, touching on genocide, paramilitarization, death and the sneaking suspicion that we might merely be meaningless pawns in the mind of someone else. Heavy stuff considering it co-stars a magical house pet. But amidst all of that existential angst, Gravity Rush is really about the exhilaration of a fall. It doesn't matter how many times you do it: falling upward, high above a city's skyscrapers, is thrilling, like finally living out that dream that we've all had. Gravity Rush succeeds at capturing this power, and for the most part, it manages to incorporate it into its...

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Silent Hill creator discusses how he joined the game biz and why AAA horror is 'difficult' to fund

Keiichiro Toyama, director on games like Siren, Gravity Rush and the original Silent Hill, has been in the game business for a while. Not by design, mind you. "I liked games ever since my student days," he told Famitsu magazine in an interview published this week, "but I never thought about connecting them to my work. That changed once a Sega rep held a job seminar at the art school I was going to. That was the first time I realized 'Whoa, I can join a game company once I graduate!' I wound up getting a few offers, and in the end, I chose to join Konami." This was in 1994, when the original PlayStation was brand-new and Japan was still in the throes of a fighting game explosion. Toyama, meanwhile, was beginning to kindle an interest in horror, starting with the 3DO survival horror...

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New Gravity Rush title teased by Sony in latest trailer

A new project relating to PS Vita title Gravity Rush is getting teased in a trailer from developer Team Gravity, a department within Sony's Japan Studio. While little information about the game is available, the trailer offers a look at environment art as well as a glimpse of protagonist Kat. The teaser trailer ends with the words "Fall again" and "a new project by Team Gravity". It's unknown whether this refers to a sequel to the original game or DLC. Gravity Rush launched last year in North America and Europe. We've reached out to Sony for comment on this new title and will update when more information becomes available.

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What Gravity Crash Ultra is bringing to the PlayStation Vita

Gravity Crash Ultra will come with several features like new levels and remixed audio to the PlayStation Vita, which Just Add Water CEO Stewart Gilray called "the number one platform for the game" today on the PlayStation Blog. The handheld version of the vector graphics shooter will run at 60 frames-per-second at the PS Vita's native resolution, Gilray wrote. Like its PlayStation 3 counterpart, Gravity Crash Ultra will include an in-game level editor, and players will be able to share their creations with the PS3 version. Just Add Water is also creating PlayStation Network leaderboards, new levels, remixed music "and a host of new visual effects" PS Vita version. Gilray did not announce a release date. Sony revealed earlier this week at Gamescom 2013 that Gravity Crash Ultra was...

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PlayStation All-Stars designer releases images of alleged Journey and Gravity Rush stage

Images of an alleged PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale level that features what appears to be a cross-over between Journey and Gravity Rush were uploaded onto the website of designer Ky Bui over the weekend before quickly being taken down. Bui, who claims to have worked on Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse and PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, released two images showing as-of-yet unseen stages. Despite its surfacing, Sony Santa Monica issued a statement confirming the studio has no further plans to release new DLC for All Stars. "Thank you for your continued support of PlayStation All-Stars and for keeping the community thriving. At this time we have no plans to release new content for PlayStation All-Stars," wrote a Sony representative in a prepared statement. "While we...

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Gravity Crash, LittleBigPlanet PSP and more down for maintenance tomorrow night

Sony Computer Entertainment America is planning maintenance tomorrow that will affect some of its first-party titles like Gravity Crash, Buzz, EyePet and more. The maintenance is scheduled to take place on Feb. 26 from 4 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET. Only the following games will be affected by the maintenance and the service downtime for each game is estimated to be an hour: Buzz EyePet Gravity Crash Hustle Kings LittleBigPlanet PSP Motorstorn Apocalypse Smart As WipEout 2048

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Classic White PlayStation 3 set for Jan. 27 North American release

A white version of the newest "Super Slim" PlayStation 3 model is set for a Jan. 27 release in North America, according to a post on the PlayStation Blog. The $299.99 Instant Game Collection Bundle will include a Classic White PlayStation 3 console with a 500GB hard drive, a one-year membership to PlayStation Plus and a bundle with games like LittleBigPlanet 2, Infamous 2 and Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One for PlayStation 3 and Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Gravity Rush and four more games for PlayStation Vita. First revealed last September at the Tokyo Game Show alongside the smaller console design, the Classic White console was released in Japan on Oct. 4. You can check out a video of its North American counterpart above.

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Amazon names Journey, Halo 4, Darksiders 2 and 17 more as games of the year

The editors at Amazon Games have assembled their "Best of 2012 in Gaming" list, which includes 20 games (many of which are discounted), according to the recently published list. Amazon Games' editors used their judgment as well as user reviews "to ensure our choices were in line with the opinions of our customers." The games and their current prices on Amazon include: Journey Collector's Edition. $46.99 PlayStation 3. Borderlands 2. $49.99 Xbox 360, $45 PlayStation 3, and $29.99 PC download. XCOM: Enemy Unknown. $50.41 Xbox 360, $45 PlayStation 3, $24.99 PC download. Dishonored. $39.99 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. Mass Effect 3. $20.99 Xbox 360, $21.19 PlayStation 3, $14.99 PC download. The Walking Dead. $47.45 Xbox 360, $29.99 PlayStation 3, $24.99 PC...

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PlayStation All-Stars sends the Battle Royale to Wipeout-meets-Heavenly Sword arena

The first batch of downloadable content for crossover brawler PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale will be steeped in PlayStation fan service both new and old. Two downloadable fighters, Kat from PlayStation Vita game Gravity Rush and Emmett Graves from PS3 game Starhawk, will be added to the roster in early 2013 along with a new stage that's part Heavenly Sword, part Wipeout. We recently had a chance to play with an early alpha build of that new PlayStation All-Stars content at an event at Sony Santa Monica Studios, going a few rounds with Kat and Emmett on the stage that's a bizarre, medieval fantasy meets sci-fi mash-up. In PlayStation All-Stars, Kat's fighting techniques stay true to her combat in Gravity Rush, focusing mainly on kicks. Kat's a heavy rushdown character, director...

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  • PlayStation Vita
    • Released 06/12/2012
    • Publisher Sony Computer Entertainment
    • Developer SCE Japan Studio
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