You’ve got to give it to Atari for going all in with their remastering of old classics, tagging them Recharged in the process. Whilst the first set of games were some of the most iconic of all games, there’s still a huge back catalogue to paint with the remaster brush. The next game to be stroked is that of Gravitar: Recharged.
It’s safe to say that Gravitar didn’t go down particularly well upon first release back in the early 1980s, but here and now, with some tarting up having gone on, it all works. Brilliantly.
Available to purchase and download right now on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, PC, Atari VCS and mobile (iOS and Android), Gravitar: Recharged takes what was previously released before being souped up beyond belief. You know, much like how Atari tackled Black Widow, Breakout, Asteroids and Centipede in recent months.
A game in which you take on the role of a fearless ship captain, you are tasked with exploring a host of galaxies, working through the universe, blasting anything and everything that moves. Specific missions are in place to keep you on the straight and narrow, whilst global leaderboards will mean that partaking in each and every one of the twenty-four missions is worthwhile.
You’ll have some decent tools at your disposal too – a tractor beam which will enable you the chance to grab the things of interest, before firing out all manner of arsenal. You won’t have to traverse from planet to planet alone either, for Gravitar: Recharged allows space for a friend to join the action.
We’ve been extremely taken by Gravitar: Recharged, complementing it on a stunning new art style and for bringing massive improvements across the board. Our review talks of how it’s a strong opener for the next batch of Atari’s Recharged games and whilst we’d have loved to see more made of the Mission mode, in all, it’s a game you should be taking in – especially when you consider the £7.99 price tag.
If you’re sold, get over to the Xbox Store and take in a download of the game on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. It’s also available on the stores of PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, PC, Atari VCS and mobile.
A lone pilot, far from home, must navigate an abstract universe of uncharted planets and space stations guarded by mysterious, hostile aliens in Gravitar: Recharged. You must complete missions in each solar system, navigating a variety of challenging environments, each with varying levels of gravity that will test your skills as a pilot. Complete each mission within a solar system and you will be transported to the next through a massive black hole. Will you ever make it home? The visual aesthetic of Gravitar: Recharged takes the Recharged series in a new direction, with expansive environments rendered in painterly style and pastel tones. In the capable hands of industry-veteran composer Megan McDuffee, the original soundtrack complements the art style with soothing, atmospheric tracks that evoke a sense of wonder.