Rez

Critic Score User Score
Dreamcast
84
4.1
PlayStation 2
79
4.0
Xbox 360
88
4.3
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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 Xbox 360 Explosions give off lighting effects.
Rez Xbox 360 Locking on to enemies.
Rez PlayStation 2 Flying down the digital network, in pursuit by craft and vehicles.
Rez Xbox 360 Opening the portal to the next level.

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

You'll either love it or hate it. Dreamcast yprbest (100)
Absolutely brilliant! PlayStation 2 Tomer Gabel (4361)
It's a shooter, a techno trance video, and a reason to crank the volume up. PlayStation 2 gametrader (229)

Critic Reviews

Eurogamer.net (UK) Xbox 360 Jan 30, 2008 10 out of 10 100
PSX Extreme PlayStation 2 Jan 09, 2002 9.1 out of 10 91
Worth Playing Xbox 360 Apr 24, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Gamer 2.0 Xbox 360 Feb 04, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Edge Dreamcast Nov 29, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Consoles Plus PlayStation 2 Jan, 2002 88 out of 100 88
Original Gamer Dreamcast Jan 01, 2009 8.7 out of 10 87
IGN Xbox 360 Jan 29, 2008 8.6 out of 10 86
Game Over Online Xbox 360 Apr 21, 2008 85 out of 100 85
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Feb, 2002 6 out of 10 60

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
XBLA version 2 Ace of Sevens (4227)
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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