Gravity Rush Ė Maid Pack
SCE Japan Studio
Sony Computer Entertainment
July 10th, 2012
Gravity Rush brings us the second DLC pack from the PS Vita title, the Maid Pack. As interesting as it sounds, the Maid Pack comes with the standard two missions, two challenges, and the maid costume for Kat to wear. At $3.99 on the PSN store, will the Maid Pack clean house, or require heavy dusting?
Hot off the heels of her last adventure, Kat runs into her old friends Aujean and Eugie, whose house she is still blamed for destroying. Finally coerced by their constant nagging, Kat finally decides to make good by getting a job and helping them out! Her quest for money leads her to a well-to-do mansion looking for a new maid. With not much choice Kat signs up, but when the mistress Melda of the manor is suspected of murdering her husband, itís time for Kat to get to the bottom of it all!
Like before there isnít anything new to look at here save for the "mansion" background screen and the new maid outfit itself. Both missions take place in the Auldnoir district as well as one of the challenges, with the other taking place in the rift plane. Each area still looks just as good as before, but visually there is simply nothing new going on here.
Like before, the Maid Pack falls into the same category as the previous DLC release, the Spy Pack, when it comes to sound and music. No new music can really be discerned from the games regular soundtrack. A few rarer tracks get some play, but otherwise the majority of what youíll hear is the Auldnoir town theme. This isnít terrible because the music in Gravity Rush is great, but because it is great I think Iím not alone when I say I'd love some new tracks. The sound effects and language are also the same as before as well. If you have no problem with this then you wonít be disappointed.
Unlike the previous DLC mission, the Maid Pack missions start off a little slow. The fact the first mission is entirely fetching, collection, and pitching will probably make you feel like an overworked maid yourself. The second story mission is a little dry in my opinion as well, but at least there is some combat involved. Being a little unsatisfied so far I moved on to the challenge levels. The Auldnoir free race is one of the DLC's two challenges and is actually quite fun. I managed to grab silver on this challenge on the second attempt so itís not terribly difficult, but that is what the rift plane challenge is for. Rift Plane Unlimited Power Attack is the DLCís second challenge. You are given unlimited gravity energy and special attacks to defeat as many enemies in the ruins rift plane as you can. This is deceptively hard so donít expect an easy gold here. Both the challenges in this DLC pack really make up for the lackluster missions this DLC gives you. The Rift Plane challenge even gives you plenty of opportunities to earn a few of the attack trophies from the main game if you havenít unlocked them yet.
"Missions come and go, but maid outfits are forever." I wanted this to really be my only statement here, but I suppose it would be better if I covered a little more. As the one-liner does imply the story missions are over fairly quickly, so quickly in fact I think I finished all this DLC has to offer in a single hour of gameplay. Those with a particular affinity for Japanese maid outfits may find this irresistible, but otherwise this is on the low end of the DLC spectrum overall. The challenges are the exception, but they can only carry the $4 price point so far. Without the missions in this DLC though, Kat will never be able to max out all her abilities, being the strongest draw to the Maid Pack.
Of course the Maid Pack does bring its own trophies to the table; eight in fact, following the same pattern as the other DLC for this game. Finishing the missions and challenges will net you all but four, with those being earned by completing both challenges with silver or better. As before each trophy image combines to make a standing image of Kat in her maid outfit which is pretty cool.
The Maid Pack may not add a wealth of deep content, new visuals, or music but it is certainly not terrible. The story missions seem irrelevant, and are over quick, but the challenges add the majority of the fun here. Any Gravity Rush fan will probably end up picking this up simply due to it being the only way to max out all Kat's statsÖ or for that maid costume. Die hard fans of Gravity Rush, go ahead and pick this up, but for anyone not in love with the game just yet, I would hold off until you figure out just how much more Gravity Rush you want.