Sunday, September 23, 2012
Gravity Rush Is Probably (Definitely) Getting a Sequel
So, I believe that I made my feelings about the wonderful Gravity Rush known when I reviewed it and one of the things I touched on was the realization that there was -going- to be another game in the series, at least. It needs another game in the series, but not in the way that, say, Assassin's Creed 2 -needed- Brotherhood (and apparently Revelations), as Gravity Rush's untidy loose ends are not blatant and are not getting in the way of it being a cohesive, self-contained experience. Either that, or the ending was so satisfying that it more or less made me stop caring which is accomplishing the same goal anyways. The point is that there was obviously more of Gravity Rush's story to tell, but it wasn't as if the game made you feel like it was keeping anything back to be shown later, which seems to be a -thing- with games nowadays, in that they purposefully set themselves up to be trilogies or such. It might just be an argument of semantics or something similar, but impressions and opinions are swayed by far less.
Regardless, it was quite fair to say that there was going to -be- a sequel, so it seemed like a foregone conclusion, but to hear "I'll do my best on the sequel" from the director is welcoming. It was hot on the heels of the news that the game won Japan's Game of the Year Grand Award which was going on during TGS, so perhaps it was something exclaimed in a moment of pure excitement. Well-deserved excitement at that. So perhaps he wasn't supposed to hint at the possibility of a sequel that they are theoretically already making, much less state in such definitive terms "the sequel" as in "the sequel that is happening", but these things happen. Personally, I'm almost waiting for the moment where he does "I didn't really mean it that way, more like if one happens", but come on we all know it's coming, and we're all very, very excited for it.
I can't speak for what I would like covered in the sequel as that will obviously spoil things, but something I am quite hoping for is a leap of quality in terms of inFamous 1 to 2. I'm not quite sure how this is possible, as Gravity Rush was pretty fantastic, as was the original inFamous, but inFamous 2's quality leap was so great, so tantalizingly delicious, that I can't help but hold it up as the yardstick for everything else. It's not fair, I realize, since no series really can hope for that jump, but those that even get close are generally the ones we want to get that close, and the ones that will do anything to climb towards that height. And we love them for it. It's just that sort of realization that you get when you play a game like inFamous and you love it like I did - you can't really take any part of it and say "Well, I could do -this- and it would be awesomer" (except the animations. We....don't speak of the animations.) and yet -somebody- manages to have the frame of mind to be able to do that. It's amazing, frankly, and I'm glad that people like that exist.
My only real suggestion for improvement with Gravity Rush was basically some improvements to the combat system and some side content. I am a self-appointed Combat System aficionado, apparently, so Gravity Rush not coming in high on there is no real surprise since most games -don't-. And it's sort of telling when one of your complaints about a game is that you want -more of it-, which I certainly did. The challenges were there and then I beat them. Then I found the Travelers. And that was it. So if the Sequel that is almost definitely happening manages to incorporate at least that, then we're all winners. And I have a feeling that they will do just that and more because the quality was there already and it just needs to be expanded on, really. Pulled out, made larger and if they take notes from other Sony Studios, which I think everybody does, then all the better.
It does still seem to be a bit premature speaking of the game as a thing that exists, but I'm sure that it will, so I'm going to do just that. In fact, I expect an announcement of it sometime next year, possibly even at Sony's E3, with a release date somewhere in 2013's third or fourth quarter. Primo spot would obviously be in the Holidays, but I'm not sure if they'd actually manage to do that, and if so, for all regions. I'm hoping against a staggered release, but since it's Sony Japan Studios that made Gravity Rush, it certainly would not surprise me. Whenever it comes out, however, it'll be well worth it, and I eagerly await it, even though there's....quite enough on my plate as it is. But then again, that's always the case, pretty much, so there's no real change there!