Gravity Rush - Spy Pack DLC
SCE Japan Studio
Sony Computer Entertainment
June 26th, 2012
Say hello to the Black Cat in Gravity Rush's first available DLC, Spy Pack. The Spy Pack adds two new story missions and two challenge missions as well as the purrrfectly delightful Black Cat costume. This pack will set you back $3.99, but will it land on its feet with Gravity Rush fans?
When a gang of superfast airship bikers called the Snakerabbits gets out of hand, bungling detective Syd enlists the help of the Gravity Queen for a poorly planned undercover operation. What begins as a simple hot rodder hunt ends as a race against time involving the return of the master thief Alias! Also, will Kat ever find a boyfriend?! This and more in the latest DLC for Gravity Rush: Spy Pack!
There is little in this DLC that stands out graphically. Well I should rephrase that, there is little in this DLC that stands out as being new. All the areas you journey to, not just in challenge missions but story missions as well, are currently existing areas. In fact, aside from the new costume itself and a few cutscenes there nothing new can be found here at all. Thankfully the cutscenes that do exist are well done but just don't expect anything truly new here. The DLC will take you through the entertainment, factory, and historic districts of Hekseville so the familiar sights of billowing smoke stacks, neon buildings and ferris wheel, and antiquated buildings will remind you how good the city actually looks.
The music suffers from the same problem the graphics do. The songs and sounds are in no way new but that isn't to say they aren't good. Gravity Rush's soundtrack remains unchanged but the familiar themes are just as catchy and entertaining. The same made up language can also be heard and unfortunately nothing has been done about that annoying beeping as you hang in the air. A guy can hope, canít he?
The Spy Pack's story missions start off a little slow. They start with a race. Yes, that makes perfect sense to me. The second story mission gives you some more search and retrieval type missions with a twist... you donít really know where to go. It was actually interesting trying to figure out a few of the "fortunes" that dictate your next objective in this mission but if you take too long the game does step in to give you a helpful hint. These riddles did good to mix things up so you aren't just playing the same missions youíve already played quite a few times in the main game, if only just enough.
When it comes to the challenge missions, watch out! I tried my hand at the Rift Plane Health Race challenge mission only to have it laugh in my face. This takes you back to the Inferno Rift where you have to race through the magma tunnels and loads of angry Nevi with minimal health. To make it even more challenging there are a whopping 32 check points before you finish the race. It's an unmercifully brutal gauntlet and a maxed out dodge stat will really be your crutch here. As tough as it is to complete part of me really respects the fact there is a new type of race, especially one that is a real challenge. The second challenge mission is the Pleajeune Pitching Contest. In this challenge you have to move from station to station killing Nevi only by throwing objects via your Stasis Field. This is certainly not as hard as the Rift Plane Health Race but it is certainly fun. This is actually a great mission to get the "Pitching Machine" trophy if you haven't already.
While you can't repeat the story missions without starting the game over you can always retry the challenge missions in hopes of topping those leaderboards. Of course trophies are available, eight in total, and there is a unique thing to them. As you obtain them they all are a piece of a vertical picture that displays Kat in her Black Cat costume. While this has no bearing whatsoever on the trophies or game themselves, it is kind of cool to see the picture come together. Other than that the Spy Pack nestles itself very easily with the existing story of Gravity Rush and you will probably feel inclined to repeat these missions should you replay the main game itself.
At $3.99 this DLC provides a decent hour or two for your gaming pleasure. Even though there is little new content added chances are if you are a fan of Gravity Rush you will probably pick this up, because it will give you more of what you like, more Gravity Rush. The only real drawback here is that these missions fit into the game so well; it leaves you wondering if they were removed from the game to serve as DLC. In the end the Spy Pack certainly is not a crucial purchase but anyone with even the slightest Catwoman fetish will probably find themselves drawn to this DLC's gravitational pull.