[PlayStation 5] GRIS Review
GRIS from Devolver Digital and Nomada Studio is a smooth platforming adventure that has finally landed on PS5. If you’ve missed this great game, then definitely check out our Gris review!
GRIS from Devolver Digital and Nomada Studio is a smooth platforming adventure that has finally landed on PS5. The story starts with the titular character waking up in a giant statue’s hand, trying to sing. As you see her inability to sing, the statue then breaks down, and she falls from the sky, landing in a colorless world that is presented in black and white. After walking for a while, she finds a star that will follow her, which will eventually form a bridge with others to allow her to progress. At the end of this path will be another statue, which, upon climbing her hand, will release the red color onto the world, marking the beginning of your journey to return the colors to the world and hopefully gain your voice back.
The game is played from a 2D perspective, where you guide Gris as you solve puzzles and find stars to help you progress on your journey. Gris is controlled using the left analog stick, while the X button is used for jumping. You’ll soon unlock the Heavy ability, which is used by pressing and holding down the R2 button to turn into a huge block that can resist strong winds or break through fragile surfaces below you. There are other abilities that you will gain as you progress further in the game, but I’ll leave them to be discovered by you, as to not spoil things.
You’ll visit a few worlds during your playthrough, each with its own environment and puzzle types that you have to solve. Some will involve some platforming, although never in a complicated way. Others will see you do a bit more exploration, all to eventually find stars that will help you reach the end of that world and return to the castle that serves as the GRIS hub world. It’s also worth saying that there are no enemies or monsters, so there is no way to die in this game, making for a rather relaxing experience. There are things that can void you out of some trophies, but we’ll discuss those a bit further.
GRIS on PlayStation 5 looks beautiful and runs incredibly smooth on Sony’s console. At first, even though there are no colors at all, you can see the attention to the details. And the more you progress, the more the world comes alive. The DualSense controller is also put to good use with carefully placed haptic feedback and sound effects that add an extra layer of immersion to this entertaining experience. Weirdly enough, I never got around to playing this one even though it’s been on PlayStation 4 for three years now, so I was more than happy to get the chance to try it on PlayStation 5. The game has beautiful visuals and a generally relaxing mood, even though you can feel that Gris is going through the pain of having lost her voice. Since there is no text or dialogue, the vibe and narrative are pretty much left for you to interpret, which is always interesting in this type of game.
In terms of gameplay, as I mentioned before, there is no way to die in this game, so it’s really just a matter of collecting the stars, unlocking new abilities, and making your way through the different worlds to reach the end of the story. If you’re looking for a challenging precision platformer with lots of action, then this game is definitely not what you’re looking for. There is no map or compass to guide you through the game, so you do sometimes end up moving around each area, trying to figure out what you need to do next.
As for the trophies, it’s a simple list that can be done in a single playthrough if, say, following this GRIS Trophy Guide. I do suggest playing blind for the first time and then going through the game by way of chapter select for things you might have missed. The list includes 4 Bronze trophies, 4 Silver trophies, and 9 Gold trophies. There are a few missable trophies since they are for specific things you have to achieve, as well as for collecting all the mementos in the game to reach a secret ending, but those can easily be found later.
GRIS is a beautiful and relaxing platforming adventure that’s definitely worth your time. If you already took the game for a spin on PlayStation 4, there’s definitely no shame in playing it again to take advantage of the PlayStation 5, its SSD, and the haptic feedback of the DualSense. Plus, you can work on adding an extra Platinum trophy to your collection. GRIS is now available as a Cross-Buy title with a $16.99 asking price, and your purchase will give you both the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 5 versions of the game at no extra cost.
This GRIS review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Devolver Digital.