Gravity Rush – Special Forces Pack
SCE Japan Studio
Sony Computer Entertainment
July 24th, 2012
The third and final DLC planned for Gravity Rush hits the PSN for $3.99. Like others before it, the Special Forces pack adds a costume, two missions and two challenges for more fast paced Gravity Rush action!
Kat decides to take Yuri up on his offer and joins the Jellyfish, an elite Special Forces unit of the Hekseville military, though Sea Wasp is quite opposed. Does Kat, now called "Sea Cat", have what it takes to join the chain of command?
As you can imagine this picks up very easily after mission 17 in the main story. In fact, if you play the game the whole way through, this mission fits in perfectly with the story, giving you more info on Sea Wasp and the Jellyfish themselves.
First and foremost Kat's new threads is the main change here. Dressing to the “nine's” in a pink military outfit is a sure fire crowd pleaser. Unfortunately that is all this DLC adds graphics wise. The DLC's two story based missions both take place in Vecendre, Hekseville's downtown district and don't add anything new environmentally speaking. The two challenges also add nothing new graphics wise and take place in the industrial district of Endestina. Anyone expecting a change of scenery will most likely be disappointed but Gravity Rush's beautiful visuals are still as gorgeous as ever.
The same pitfalls that exist for graphics do double duty here for the sound and music. No tracks or effects sound like they were made especially for this DLC. This is a little more upsetting than the reused graphics cause some unique sounds and music would have really helped set the tone for this DLC considering you are totally part of the army now.
Players can expect to do more gravity defying combat on some Nevi at first, but the games second mission brings a little challenge to the table. The nary-used stasis field will get a workout as you are tasked with putting out fires in downtown Hekseville. While it was good to get away from the "see nevi, bash faces" that is most of the main game, finding water towers proved to be tedious. Alas, this was dealt with in time and realizing that the water coolers and towers respawn after a short time. The challenges are a energy race in Endestina and a sliding race that actually takes place in one of the rift planes. Energy races happen to be my favorite since you have to be a little more resourceful with all your fancy-schmancy flying around. Each challenge is longer than normal to boot, so that’s 99% of what you can expect here.
Both missions shouldn't take you more than an hour or two, and of course the challenges are at your discretion so players can expect more-or-less two hours out of the Special Forces Pack. Of course trophy hunters will always have something to go for here, as the DLC has eight trophies to snag. One of the coolest parts about this is the fact that the trophies themselves create a picture as you begin to unlock them. As you scroll down each trophy image makes up an image of Kat standing in her Jellyfish Special Forces uniform. This is completely ridiculous to enjoy but somehow I really appreciate this! The trophies themselves aren't too difficult, aside from the expected gold medal challenge trophies, so expect a decent trophy boost here!
Gravity Rush was a great game, and the Special Forces Pack certainly adds to the experience. Although it doesn't add anything (except a costume change) to the game that wasn't already there to begin with, the story fits seamlessly in with the Gravity Rush experience. This is certainly worth a purchase, especially at $3.99, but even more so for those who simply want more of the Gravity Queen.