Hands-On Project Gravity, Sony Japan’s Creative PlayStation Vita Title

By Spencer . June 7, 2011 . 9:46pm

Sony Computer Entertainment Japan are working on a Hot Shots Golf game and a brand new IP, tentatively called “Project Gravity” for PlayStation Vita. Project Gravity begins with cel-shaded, perhaps anime-inspired visuals, and a girl named "Kat." Her name is in quotes because she has amnesia. Kat gets her name from a magical gravity bending cat you discover very early in the game.

 

Press R and Kat floats freely. Players can aim where she lands by tilting the Vita and using the right analog stick to change the camera angle. Press L and gravity reappears and makes Kat fall towards the white circle. Project Gravity has specific spots for Kat to land on. Touch all of them and the game progresses.

 

Project Gravity has stylish cutscenes that resemble manga or a comic book. Players flip through panels by swiping the touch screen as if they were reading a graphic novel. The game had voice acting, but it was all in Japanese.

 

I took Kat into her first fight when I stepped in the next area. She can kick enemies by pressing the square button. A three hit combo ending with a jump kick finished off the purple blobs. Kat also has a gravity kick, which you can take out a blob in a single hit. An armored enemy later on was only vulnerable to gravity kicks, which you can do by floating (press R), aiming (tilt), and hitting square to strike.

 

The demo ended right after the fight. While short, out of all the PlayStation Vita games from Sony Computer Entertainment, Project Gravity left the biggest impression.

 


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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1769064526 Vivian Mai

    Yes, I was hoping for news on this game! Magical gravity bending cat?!

    …YESSSSSS.

    Manipulating gravity?! 

    …My money is flying away…

  • https://twitter.com/RaiohV ShinkaRaioh

    Wow, that sound very impressive indeed! I like the idea of gravity bending cats! I’m definitely looking forward for more from this game!

  • http://twitter.com/ShinobiMuramasa Justin H

    Thanks for the post! I’ve been looking forward to seeing info on this.

  • d19xx

    This and Dragon Crown, makes Vita purchase worthy at launch.

    • RagnaXBL

      what this guy said

    • http://www.bartsnews.net/ Barts

      Where can you see/read more of Dragon Crown?

    • PrinceHeir

      don’t forget Ni no Kuni!!!! :P

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/EnvyMizuhashi Garyuu

    The girl looked like a character from Karas for some reason.

  • IceRomancer

    That’s it I’m getting a vita at launch!

    • godmars

      I can wait till this and Dragon Crown are both out.

  • http://twitter.com/RefueledPants Jordan Slovsaki

    Aww, no video? Oh well, if there’s one thing the industry needs its creativity, I hope this game turns out great.

  • http://twitter.com/StriderSuzaku Allen Stuart

    Not mentioned in the article, but this title is actually being designed and directed by Keiichiro Toyama, the creator of Silent Hill and Siren.

    It was also called Gravity Daze during the TGS NGP reveal.

    • Testsubject909

      Please excuse me. I need to see if there exists a small cult or religion which worships this… Keiichiro Toyama you speak of.

  • Yukito

    Sony of Japan jumps on the Vita wagon so fast, however, still hasn’t done crap for the PS3. >.>….. Tokyo Jungle. How far you have come SoJ.

    • BadenBadenPrinny

      Didn’t SCEJ develop Folklore?

      • Xeahnort

        Nope, It was Game Republic (Genji / Majin and the forsaken kingdom).

        • http://twitter.com/gustave154 gustave154

          man folklore was a great game!! so underrated in many ways

  • joesz

    OK.So basically that’s the daughter of Evan and Maki.
    Even the Settings are soul Eaterish.

  • Aoshi00

    Vita better not be region locked like the 3DS.. BTW is the Jpn PSN store back up yet?  Now it says can’t access from your region instead of undergoing maintenance like before.. I hope it’s just temporary and not locked for good, I still got 3000 yen on that acct, they are not just throwing it away right :(…  I was going to say this and Dragon’s Crown, but would get that on PS3..

    • Code

      Agreed about regional locking; I wanna say because PS3 isn’t, Pita shouldn’t be either, but never know I wouldn’t bet on it being regional free omo; Also haven’t heard of Japan’s PSN going back up, but it might be up now, hopefully if there region blocking it’s just for the run of the welcome back offer and not a long term thing omo;

      • Aoshi00

        The Jpn PSN’s been up for about a week or so, just can’t into the PSN store now.. so I wonder if it’s still down, or they just lock it for a month until the welcome back package runs out like you said (I’ve bought tons of stuffs on there so I should get the welcome back package too lol).. It just worries me because the message changed from “the service is undergoing maintenance” to “you can’t access this service from your region”.. and I still got 3000 yen left over in it.. so I want to know what’s the deal ASAP…

        I would think that the PSV would most likely be region free too, but you never know since the DS and all Nintendo portables were region free and now they locked 3DS.. and w/ the Jpn PSN store I’m not sure if they’re changing their policy..

        I hope the Wii U would be region free this time, but I rather doubt it… importing a Wii U w/ that big controller would be expensive.. think about Love Plus or Phoenix Wright on Wii U, pretty cool possibilities :)..

    • mikanko

      I own multiple games off the JP store(mostly PS1 titles) and the US store for my PSP go.  If Vita is region locked, I’ll be pretty miffed.

      I’ve heard of people logging into both their European and US accounts, so I hope we can still access the JP store outside of Japan. I still need to pick up Malicious because I’m finally giving up on someone localizing it.

      • Aoshi00

        Yea, I’ve bought several PS1 games from the Jpn archives too, and Malicious (hard game for me), I should’ve been qualified for their welcome back package lol.. what I’m worried is there’s money in it so they better not lock it all of a sudden.. I saw this guy playing the NMH Hero Paradise demo and he said he got it from the Euro PSN store too. 

        • mikanko

          My understanding was the JP store was still down.  I haven’t read anywhere that it went up yet.

          • Aoshi00

            I was thinking it would be back up in time for E3 since they would put up videos for Jpn gamers to check out too.. like I said, just that the new message “You can’t access this service from your region” worries me.. before I checked almost everyday and it just said the service was undergoing maintenance like before the US store went back up.. I did a little searching and some people are concerned about this too… I don’t know if many people from outside Jpn still have yen in their wallet… I hope we would get a straight answer soon… it would be nice once it goes back up and we’re even in for the welcome back package right.

          • mikanko

            I’ve also checked on forums, and people in Japan are getting the same message.  I wouldn’t worry too much. Japan is apparently the last country to get the store back.

    • https://profiles.google.com/104952083205493648224/about Deltib

      I just tried to log into the Japanese PSN, and it works fine. Even played around in the Japanese Home a bit. Are you trying to log into the Japanese Store on the website? Cause I’ve gotten the “can’t access from your region” message while trying to login through the website since before the PSN went down.

      I really do hope Sony stick to the region free thing with the PSV. I was on the fence between the PS3 and the Wii prior to Nintendo revealing that the Wii would be region locked. That made the decision for me. Project Diva is one of my favorite PSP games, and if there is a PSV version, and I can’t play it I would be most disapointed.

      • Aoshi00

        I could log into my Jpn acct and it asked me to change password just like the US one, I haven’t tried Home (are the 100 free items worth it?  I never played w/ Home very much, like a time waster), but couldn’t go into the PSN store.  The message I got before was “the service is undergoing maintenance”, but now it says “you can’t use the service from your region”.. That’s why I’m wondering if it’s just the Jpn PSN store not back up yet, or they lock it for a month until the Jpn welcome back package expires, or they just wanted to lock it after the hack…  and i don’t see the option to see my d/l list or check my wallet now..  so I’m worried because I still have 3000 yen on there.. was gonna buy the 2nd Miku Dreamy Theater later..

        I half expected the 3DS would be locked before they announced it since the DSi was locked in certain aspects, but it’s very annoying indeed, I got a Jpn 3DS to play some Jpn games, but I want to get many US games and Netflix too..  If the PSV is region free and backward compatible it would be great so we can import Type 0 or something…

  • AzureNova

    Ive been waiting for this to come out. I cant wait to get Gravity Dazed lol.

  • Darkrise

    Ok, that’s it. I’m going to save up and buy the PSV on launch for Dragon Crown and This!!!

  • ninjaonizuka

    my wallet is gunna get raped of its money this year T~T i gotta get teh vita and a 3ds >_ rolly sumthing else at launch my money is gone im glad i got a gud summer job set up :D

    • Joanna

      I know. I really want both handhelds too. I’ll probably end up getting one first and the other one later just to let my wallet breath a little.

  • kroufonz

    this game make me want PSVita even more.
    if only sony could pump more money to scej, it is already 5 year and sony won’t give us single first party AAA JRPG (instead we got whole bunch of shooter this gen)

  • Xeahnort

    I really like the character design. The blonde girl, Kat, looks like Nina from Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter.

  • Croix

    This game is generating a fair bit of buzz for how little we know about it. But then, I can see why. Even with only snippets of information, the game appears to be original and stylish, and even from the scarce images of it, appears to have an atmosphere unique to itself.

  • http://twitter.com/gustave154 gustave154

    i want to see a video of this game so badly!!

  • Ravage27

    The graphics are incredible. Love the art direction.

  • Masengan

    On that whole montage vid this one caught my eye for sure.

  • http://tristsantithesis.tumblr.com/ Tsunayoshi Sawada

    Lovely art style.

  • Kai2591

    Gravity-bending cat…..Must be cousin of CEILING CAT!

  • baseli95

    Like that many games are coming for the ps vita…

  • baseli95

    Like that many game are coming for the ps vita …

  • baseli95

    Like that many games are coming for the ps vita…

  • badmoogle

    Japanese developers will kick ass with PS Vita!!!Really looking forward for this!

  • xflame10

     “magical,gravity-bending cat”…………………………………..-_o

  • MarkMario

    Now all I need is some unlockable costumes and I’ll put this on my Vita list.

  • http://www.fanfiction.net/u/601368/ Ikari Engeru

    Cool. Gravity-defying cats. I liking this more and more… :]

  • Yu_TheKing

    Definitely Day 1! This game (design-wise) reminds me of Wind Waker ><

    • http://tristsantithesis.tumblr.com/ Tsunayoshi Sawada

      Day 1 for me too!!!!

  • Joanna

    I’m not a big fan of action games but the more I hear, the more my interest grows. The aesthetic is certainly winning me over too. Definitely keeping an eye on this game. :3

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