There’s no question in my mind that Atari has done something wonderful going into their back catalog and rejuvenating what’s becoming quite a collection of their classics. That said, there’s also not much doubt that while there are titles everyone recognizes that have come out in the Recharged series there are also lesser-known outliers, and simply not all of the conversions have clearly been winners. I’d consider Gravitar somewhere in the middle on all counts, not a title I spent much time with back in the day, but one that was at least familiar. The modern incarnation does the original justice, keeping its focus but trying to give it some added dimension as well. Obviously the Recharged visual style suits it well, but while there are power-ups to be grabbed in spots (a staple featured of the Recharged titles), here they’re more sparsely available and generally not as essential. In the end it tends to focus more on your battle with relative gravity, your thrusters, and careful control of your ship. Certainly the obligatory addition of focused challenges help give it more depth, but this is definitely a title where you either understand (and dig) the core action or you don’t.
Justin Nation, Score: