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Rez (PlayStation 2)

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Description

Rez is a fast-action shooter that takes you deep into the world’s computer network. The “Project K” Network has recently been upgraded to handle the rapid expansion of the information age and the core, known as “Eden,” holds the most advanced artificial intelligence the world has ever seen. Unfortunately, Eden cannot handle the ability to create her own thoughts and buckles under the pressure in an existential breakdown. She is lost deep inside the system, and you’re the only one that can bring her back online, saving the world from utter chaos.

You must blast complex viruses, unlock passwords, and destroy firewall bosses as you search for Eden. Each stage is in a constant state of flux dependent on your shooting techniques, which ultimately control the music and colors of your environment. The deeper you get into the dreamlike cyber world of Rez, your form will evolve or devolve depending on your progress.

Screenshots

Rez PlayStation 2 Getting ready to fight a boss in punk mode.
Rez PlayStation 2 Someone or something questions your presence.
Rez PlayStation 2 All bosses return in Area 5.
Rez PlayStation 2 And this is the accompanying transition color for later stages in punk.

Alternate Titles

  • "Rez HD" -- Xbox 360 title
  • "K-Project" -- Working title

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User Reviews

Absolutely brilliant! Tomer Gabel (4362) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
It's a shooter, a techno trance video, and a reason to crank the volume up. gametrader (229) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

videogamer.com Aug 15, 2004 9 out of 10 90
GamesCollection Apr 19, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Consoles Plus Jan, 2002 88 out of 100 88
GameSpy Jan 22, 2002 86 out of 100 86
Eurogamer.net (UK) Feb 23, 2002 8 out of 10 80
Play.tm Jan 15, 2002 80 out of 100 80
Meristation Jan 25, 2002 6.8 out of 10 68
Game Informer Magazine Feb, 2002 6 out of 10 60
Game Informer Magazine Feb, 2002 5.75 out of 10 58
Game Revolution Jan, 2002 C 50

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May 24, 2008

Trivia

At the end of the credits, Rez is quoted to be "deciated to the incredible creative soul of Kandinsky".

Abstract artist and composer W. Kandinsky was a synaesthete (a person with the neurological condition in which two or more senses mingle into one), meaning he was able to 'see' music and 'hear' color. He described his works as quoted:

"I applied streaks and blobs of color onto the canvas with a palette knife and I made them sing with all the intensity I could..."

The nature of Rez' audiovisual experience and the referrals to synaesthetia are obviously linked to Kandinsky, as well as the working title, "K-Project".

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NeoMoose (1103) added Rez (PlayStation 2) on Jan 13, 2002
Other platforms contributed by NamelessLegacy (104) and Trixter (8724)