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Rez

MobyRank MobyScore
Dreamcast
84
4.1
PlayStation 2
79
4.0
Xbox 360
88
4.2

User Reviews

You'll either love it or hate it. Dreamcast yprbest (100)
Absolutely brilliant! PlayStation 2 Tomer Gabel (4388)
It's a shooter, a techno trance video, and a reason to crank the volume up. PlayStation 2 gametrader (229)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Dreamcast 42 4.1
PlayStation 2 48 4.0
Xbox 360 7 4.2
Combined MobyScore 97 4.1


The Press Says

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100
Xbox 360UGO (UnderGroundOnline)
As shooters go, RezHD is not terrifically long, with five levels, each taking around 10 or 15 minutes to finish. But the finishing is not really the point. It’s the sorta game that encourages massive amounts of replay, unlocking new modes like Time Attack and Boss Rush. Perfection in a level is rewarded with new playable characters and you can even activate fun visual and audio filters to give the game a totally new look. RezHD is more like the sorta game you just have to show off. Gamers and non-gamers alike can’t help but be drawn to something so unique, and now that the graphics have been up-rezzed to HD, there’s no better way to trip out your big screen.
100
Xbox 3601UP
So, is Rez HD even worth it even if you already have the original? Absolutely. The way the game just comes together in this version can't be stressed enough. In HD, true synaesthesia has been achieved. Rez HD is one of the best games ever made, it costs around $10, and you don't even need to leave the house to get it. In over a decade of critiquing games I've never felt the need to say these words in a review until now: Just buy it.
100
Xbox 360Eurogamer.net (UK)
At the time of the original's release Rez attracted critical reaction ranging from unfettered recommendation to shrugging indifference: it was too new, too unusual, too unfathomable, too much the possibility of Emperor's clothes for some. But time has chosen to amplify the adulation, not the reservation and, as most of that reservation focused on the fact the game was short and expensive, they've been completely silenced by today's GBP 6.80 price point. Back in the day we said of the original: 'When Rez eventually turns up cheaply it will become indispensable, but until then it's a luxury.' Xbox Live Arcade is, then, our modern printing press: digital distribution transforming the expensive and exclusive into the affordable and inclusive. Joy has rarely come so reasonably priced and, whatever the price, videogames, rarely come so joyful. Indispensable, then.
100
Xbox 360Gamernode
When you look at Rez through the glasses of traditional game design and try to determine its "value," you might boldly declare that it's worthless because it only has 5 levels and a minimal amount of extra content. Now that the game costs a mere 800 Microsoft Points (roughly $10) and you no longer have to throw down $100+ to a shady dealer on ebay or even $40-50 at retail just to own the game, even those wearing those short-sighted glasses will probably find a great deal of "value" here. Everyone else will find that the brilliance of Rez isn't in some singular quality like graphics, but in the way everything comes together to create an audio and visual interactive experience that is uniquely its own. Sure, you can dissect the simplicity of an individual element such as gameplay or the lack of traditionally perceived "value," but you'd be missing the point.
100
Xbox 360Gamestyle
For Xbox Live users Rez HD is the chance to relive a classic, experience something as fresh today, as it was six years ago. The game will not appeal to everyone, especially players who enjoy big epic titles or rampaging shooters with extreme difficulty curves. For the price of just 800 Microsoft points you can acquire a gaming classic and one that still is relevant in the high definition era.
100
Xbox 360Totally Gaming Network
As a final thought, it’s worth remembering that this game is an extremely reasonable 800 points. This seems amazing when you consider its stablemates and the fact that games like the truly abhorrent Feeding Frenzy or the dire Undertow cost the same. It’s also worth remembering that up until the XBLA release, Rez was pretty tough to get hold of so don’t miss out this time if you've never seen it before, go and grab this now as it comes with the highest recommendation.
100
PlayStation 2Gamestyle
I cannot find fault with the game, although it is a single player experience, watching can be fun and the developer deserves praise for pushing the boundaries further.
96
DreamcastSega Collectors Guild
Mizuguchi and his team spent over three years creating Rez. Three years trying to create something new and unique, something that would bring life to a stagnant industry. But sadly, in a world where most people are terrified of leaving the comfort of the mainstream, most gamers will not appreciate the time and effort UGA put into this game. Rez is a unique game, and it is a good game. But it is also much more than a game. It is a work of art.
95
PlayStation 2Insert Credit
There’s something about on-rails shooters, an entity that is both concurrently earthy and unbelievable, an inventive, mind-melding fusion of classic gameplay and incredible visuals. If there was any question, ever a shred of doubt, as to why the on-rails shooter should continue to exist, then the answer would surely be Rez. As a game, as an art form, and as an unmatched visual and aural experience, Rez fails on no counts.
95
DreamcastInsert Credit
There’s something about on-rails shooters, an entity that is both concurrently earthy and unbelievable, an inventive, mind-melding fusion of classic gameplay and incredible visuals. If there was any question, ever a shred of doubt, as to why the on-rails shooter should continue to exist, then the answer would surely be Rez. As a game, as an art form, and as an unmatched visual and aural experience, Rez fails on no counts.
94
Xbox 360Atomic Gamer
Rez HD is a perfect fit for the 360 and its affordable 800 point ($10) price tag makes this one a must have. Well, if you really hate the rail shooting genre, and you hate electronic music, and you hate fun, then you might want to skip this game. Otherwise, pick it up now.
93
Xbox 360Jolt (UK)
Without games like Rez, Mizuguchi would never have gone on to create the likes of Lumines and Every Extend Extra, and for just 800 Microsoft Points, Rez HD is more than a mere bargain. Its music and visuals might not be to everybody’s taste, but it’s hypnotic, synaesthethic and addictive – even more essential today than ever. Melting your eyes, ears, hands and friends has never been so beautiful, or cheap.
91
DreamcastThe Video Game Critic
Rez has given me a new appreciation for the Dreamcast console. I play this game on a 42-inch plasma with a VGA adapter, and it's a thing of beauty.
91
DreamcastneXGam
Mit Rez hat sich SEGA selbst ein Denkmal in der Videospielgeschichte gesetzt. Tetsuya Mitsuguchi hat es tatsächlich geschafft eine perfekte Symbiose aus Musik und Spiel zu erschaffen. Selten zuvor konnte solch simples GamePlay, was perfekt auf die Hintergrundmusik abgestimmt ist, begeistern. Ein absoluter Pflichtkauf. Noch ein Tip von mir: Unbedingt im abgedunkelten Zimmer, mit Vibration-Pack im Pad und mit Kopfhörern zocken...
91
PlayStation 2PSX Extreme
Granted, this review is pretty short and right to the point, but replay wise Rez holds up very well. With secret stages, many modes of gameplay (Score Attack, Beyond Mode, Boss Rush, and Trance Mission) and over 20 features that are waiting to be unlocked, Rez is really worth every penny. Final word: Rez is a lush, exciting, addictive, and best of all innovative! Pick up Rez, you only owe it to yourself to do so.
90
DreamcastEdge
It’s a shame that the Dreamcast version seems slightly sluggish compared to the PlayStation2 incarnation, but really the differences between the two are cosmetic. Indeed, it’s tempting to think that were he alive today, and given a suitable intellectual climate, Kandinsky, to whom the game is dedicated, would have been proud to have worked on either version. Certainly, one of the defining achievements of Rez is that although it is a creation with a demonstrable cultural significance, it draws lovingly and resolutely from the videogame canon. Proof, then that videogames are art? Perhaps. A staggeringly enjoyable experience? Certainly.
90
PlayStation 2Edge
It’s a shame that the Dreamcast version seems slightly sluggish compared to the PlayStation2 incarnation, but really the differences between the two are cosmetic. Indeed, it’s tempting to think that were he alive today, and given a suitable intellectual climate, Kandinsky, to whom the game is dedicated, would have been proud to have worked on either version. Certainly, one of the defining achievements of Rez is that although it is a creation with a demonstrable cultural significance, it draws lovingly and resolutely from the videogame canon. Proof, then that videogames are art? Perhaps. A staggeringly enjoyable experience? Certainly.
90
PlayStation 2GamesCollection
Parola d'ordine: sinestesia. Ma anche metalinguismo ed autoreferenzialità. Rez comunica se stesso usando se stesso, avvalendosi delle meccaniche classiche del rail shooter. Rez è unico ed atipico. Lisergico e concitato. Coinvolgente e divertente. Un vero e proprio cult. Fruibile a più livelli: sia per una sessione mordi e fuggi, che per la ricerca del record di stampo hardcore. In ogni frangente regalerà momenti di puro godimento sensoriale. Consigliato a tutti.
90
DreamcastSEGA-Portal.de
Rez ist kein Spiel, Rez ist ein Erlebniss! Insgesamt ist Rez mitsamt Sound und der Cyber-Optik ein Spiel, von dem man so schnell nicht wieder loslässt, sofern man sich darauf einlässt. Das Spiel an sich ist mit fünf Levels incl. weitere Zusatzlevel allerdings etwas kurz ausgefallen. Mehr Areas mit einfach mehr Sound wären durchaus wünschenswert gewesen. Trotzdem spielt man dieses Games nicht nur einmal. Um die ultimative Endsequenz sehen zu können genügt es nicht nur einfach das anspruchsvolle letzte Level zu beenden, indem eine Art Kopie aller Endgegner der vorangegangenen vier Welten und dann noch der totale Obermotz vernichtet werden. [...]Rez ist eines der letzten auf Dreamcast erschienenen Games. Mit frischen Ideen und futuristischem Sound gehört Rez zudem zu den besten Dreamcast Perlen überhaupt. Für jeden Shooter-und Musik Fan ein absolutes Muss, jeder andere sollte sich das Ganze erstmal ansehen.
90
PlayStation 2Peliplaneetta.net
Mutta pitääkseen Rezistä pelinä täytyy tietysti pitää erilaisista peleistä. Keskivertokuluttajalle, jonka mielestä pelit ovat juuri mainitut NHL 200X ja Need for Speed XXXI, ei Rez tarjoa juuri mitään. Mutta jokaisen, joka haluaa nähdä jotakin todella uudenlaista, kannattaa viedä Rez koeajolle. Itselleni peli oli todella positiivinen yllätys, ja samalla tavoin se tuntui vetoavan kaikkiin satunnaisesti poimimiini koekaniineihin. Poimi kyytiin, tämä on liian hyvää tavaraa jäädäkseen vain marginaalihuviksi.
90
Xbox 360UOL Jogos
Ação e música são um só em "Rez HD", uma viagem intensa cheia de êxtase, abstracionismo e música eletrônica. A experiência proporcionada pelo jogo de Tetsuya Mizuguchi, criador de "Lumines" e "Space Channel 5", continua tão intensa quanto era seis anos atrás. É uma das maiores obras-primas dos jogos musicais em sua total plenitude, com qualidades visual e sonora elevadas ao máximo. Se você gosta de música eletrônica, aprecia o poder da linguagem jogos ou simplesmente sempre teve curiosidade de conhecer o jogo, "Rez HD" é indispensável.
90
Xbox 360TTGamer
Rez is still as impressive as it was on its PS2 debut. The fact it is now a download on the 360 allows many more people to become enamored by its charm and extends the audience beyond the Playstation 2 which is sure to make a sequel all the more likely to happen. 360 gamers simply must play this.
90
Xbox 360Defunct Games
Not only is Rez HD unlike anything you've ever played before, but it's also one of the best looking Xbox Live Arcade games you can own. Even if you already own Rez on the PlayStation 2and Dreamcast, this Xbox 360 port is definitely worth checking out. Thanks to its interesting use of multiple controls, fantastic music and replay value, Rez HD is easy to recommend.
90
Xbox 360Worth Playing
It's hard to really come up with any reasons to not recommend Rez HD to anyone with $10 and a penchant for fun, unique games. The premise and presentation may be a bit too "out there" for some, but those who aren't afraid to try something new will likely be pleasantly surprised. Furthermore, given the fact that there's a lot of junk polluting the gaming atmosphere, it's always good to support one of the truly innovative titles that actually manage to see the light of day. If you're on the fence about this one, then do yourself a favor and go ahead and take the plunge. You'll likely be glad you did.
90
Xbox 360NZGamer
When all the elements work in tandem, this game is extremely immersive - particularly if you have a 5.1 system (or at least a subwoofer) and an HD TV. But don’t take my word for it – go download the demo right now. No seriously, right now.
90
Xbox 360AceGamez
Whether you played Rez back in 2001 or missed out on it, you should snap up Rez HD. The same creative gameplay, visuals and music are still there, along with some welcome additions that are sure to satisfy those who have played the game before. Sure, Rez HD isn't perfect; although the gameplay is fun, it may be too simple for some, and it doesn't offer a whole lot after completion. But for 800 Microsoft points, Xbox 360 owners are getting a fantastic game that is up there with the very best that the Xbox Live Arcade has to offer.
90
Xbox 360DarkZero
To end then, a great shump with a simple mechanic but massively deep scoring system. Turn off your lights, turn up the sound and prepare to have your senses stimulated. So hard, so deep, so stimulating, so… Rez.
90
Xbox 360Netjak
For a long time, Rez was like the Underworld track that gave it the name - difficult to come by but very, very worth it. In a sense, it still is: Rez, the song, was a non-album track until Underworld released it on their 2000 live album Everything, Everything. The advent of digital distribution has brought both song and game into a more mainstream prominence; iTunes lists the album in the top 100 for Dance/Electronic, and the Xbox Live Arcade now presents this masterpiece of gaming to one and all. There's no two ways around it. If you have an Xbox 360, you simply must try this game. Download the demo, see for yourself. Once you get a taste of synaesthesia, you're hooked.
90
Xbox 360Gamer 2.0
What Rez HD offers is an old-school feel with modern touches. It brings together the senses in a way that no other game has done before, and it does it in style. If you were one of the people who missed out on Rez the first time around, and that is a lot of people given how the game had a very limited release, you now have the chance to see what all the fuss was about. Rez HD is a fine addition to the Xbox Live Arcade and well worth the small asking price.
90
Xbox 360Thunderbolt Games
When you sit back and think, not much has changed in terms of how Rez will be received. It’s still a marmite game – a lot of you may be convinced that the folks over at Q Entertainment have been smoking illegal substances at some point in production. But if (like myself), you find that all the individual components in the game click into place and at all the right times, playing Rez will be an almost religious experience.
90
Xbox 360GameDaily
Although it'll take you a few hours to beat the main quest, Rez has plenty of extras. Along with the option to choose between Rez HD and the original game, you also earn access to other modes. You have Boss Rush mode, where you run through the game's multiple boss battles non-stop; a Score Attack mode, which lets you compete for the highest point count possible; the two additional Trance Mission and Beyond levels; and numerous Achievements, most of which you unlock by beating the main game at least once. The game also lets you plug in three additional controllers for "Trance Vibration" support, in case you aren't feeling enough pounding through your hands. Other hidden features are unlockable as well, but we'll leave them for you to discover.
90
Xbox 360HonestGamers
This is a truly different breed of game and it's unmatched in terms of style. If you've still got the PS2 version, it's definitely worth the upgrade to HD for the superior video and audio. If you haven't played any version of Rez, what are you waiting for? This is a fantastic shooter, and one well worth owning.
90
Xbox 360Computer and Video Games (CVG)
Kick out the missus, get on the big telly and turn the bass all the way up and you're in for an hour chock-full of some genuinely iconic gaming moments.
90
Xbox 360videogamer.com
Games aren't art. Games like Rez laugh in the face of art. Mizuguchi's creation looks up at art from the gutter and sneers. Even the most modern, pretentious, sensationalist piece of art can't hope to rival Rez's bold blend of craftsmanship, fun, interaction and sensory tantalisation. While art hangs on the walls in plain white rooms, Rez is out in the playground and at the front of the rave, and you're obliged to join it.
90
PlayStation 2videogamer.com
That's it. That's all I can say. Unfortunately, Rez is a game that falls into that "Marmite" category, where you will either love it or hate it. If you think all that I have written stank profusely of hyperbole, get out and rent it at least and, should you fail to be enchanted by it's sheer unbridled splendour, then I have pity on you. It is genuinely one of, if not the most inspired, inspiring, amazing, venerable games in this reviewer's memory. It makes one truly sad for the recent demise of the United Game Artists, and the subsequent departure from Sega of the game's visionary creator, Tetsuya Mizuguchi. It is a sure sign of this game's quality and aesthetic, artistic merit that it is already one of the principal games put forward by yes-people in the “Are Games Art?” argument. And that can only be a good thing.
89
Xbox 360Xbox World Australia (XWA)
Rez HD is a perfect port that has maintained its beauty with age; even though compared to other arcade titles, it's still quite young! It's a truly engaging and immersing experience that, as the tag line suggests: 'needs to be played to be believed'. If you're an avid rail-shooter enthusiast, I do recommend you play Rez if you haven't already, because it will draw you in, only letting go when it's ready.
89
PlayStation 2Game Over Online
I thought Rez was a blast but I will admit that it is not a game for everyone, rather its more fitted for hobbyists and collectors. I will keep Rez frontline in my collection for some time to come and I will be proud to show it off. Congratulations to the development team for creating a unique and solid game that while not groundbreaking, is pretty damn close.
88
PlayStation 2Consoles Plus
Maintenant, il faut accrocher. Si c'est le cas, vous ne pourrez plus vous en séparer. Si ce n'est pas le cas au bout de dix minutes, ça ne sert à rien de continuer. Vous ne trouverez rien de bon dans Rez. À voir et à essayer avant d'acheter.
88
DreamcastSegaFan.com
Una última cosa. REZ hay que vivirlo, por lo que recomiendo encarecidamente que se juegue si es posible con VGA-Box, un buen equipo de sonido y vibrador... de jugarlo así a una tele pequeña en mono hay un mundo.
87
DreamcastOriginal Gamer
With it's one of a kind gaming experience, Rez was a great game that many people never got the chance to play. Thanks to the gaming community, Rez found a second life on Xbox Live Arcade and is now available to download for those that missed out on it the first time.
87
PlayStation 2Gaming Target
Rez is a game that’s difficult to describe. It’s so different that there’s nothing to really compare it to, and just the premise in itself has to be seen to believe and understand. Unfortunately, finding this game is a challenge, because Sega apparently only had one print run of the game before deciding to stop making it. Sure, it makes the game a fairly rare collectors item, but many people will now miss a chance to play something unlike anything else available. Certainly the game is way too weird for the mainstream (hell, too weird for many hardcore too most likely), but anyone looking for something bizarrely unique and original should look into Rez. It may be easy, but it’s one of those “trips” that’s worth taking more than once.
87
Xbox 360TeamXbox
Rez HD is a real blast, but more so for those who aren’t familiar with the original game. It may not be as strategic as Lumines but it’s more visually engaging, especially when taking full advantage of the, er, Rez upgrade with a suitable, er, HD television. Even if you get tired of Rez HD’s gameplay, it’s pretty exciting to see what Mizuguchi has in store aesthetically for the user as the levels progress. Definitely add this one to your collection if you find the visual experience of a title is just as important as the gameplay experience.
87
DreamcastDefunct Games
The game fits into a niche, no question about it. If you're not a fan of European techno and trance music, you'll likely be confused, perhaps even baffled by the appeal of a game like this. However, if you enjoy shooters, or you enjoy melodic music, you are definitely going to want to check this game out. It's a minimalist game that can wow just about anybody.
86
Xbox 360IGN
Rez is a cult classic with good reason. It's fun and different but perhaps a bit too wacky for its own good. The mass market might not "get" the experience. Regardless of what side of the fence you sit on, this is a game that is at least worth trying. There's simply nothing else like it on Xbox 360 or Xbox Live Arcade. The improved visuals are indeed pretty and though the new additions may be minimal, the game was pretty darn good without them.
86
PlayStation 2GameSpy
It boils down to this: if I had to make an argument that games have become a legitimate art-form, I would present ICO and Rez. While ICO has a beautiful Impressionist veneer on an equally beautiful game design, Rez has only the modern art cover without a lot of gameplay. If I was reviewing art (which no one should ever have to do) and not video games, Rez couldn't help but score higher.
85
Xbox 360Game Over Online
For those who have not been fans in the past, Rez can be a tough sell. Its unique style may be considered “too unique” for some and it is definitely not a title for the masses. However, the much lower price point of this new version may be the gateway for those unwilling to take the plunge before, and Xbox Live Arcade offers free trial versions for download should you be one of those who are “on the fence” about the whole thing. If you give it a chance you just might find yourself locked in the trance that so many have come to enjoy.
85
Xbox 360PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
Rez is the kind of rare game that due to it’s simple and focused outlook, it doesn’t really carry many (if any) flaws. However, it’s something that will limit its appeal. Along with the presentation, if a player doesn’t like on-the-rails shooters, let alone ones with a remarkably unique style, there’s not much here for them. However, for those with an open mind and/or an affinity for shooters or techno and electric music, they’ll thoroughly enjoy a remarkable experience. Furthermore, even if shooters as all the rage on the Live Arcade, there’s just nothing that comes close to what Rez has to offer. Even if you don’t buy it, it’s worth checking out.
85
Xbox 360GameSpot
Up until recently, copies of the original game have commanded hefty price tags from collectors or gray-market suppliers. Rez HD is offered on Xbox Live for the comparatively low price of 800 points, or $10. Given the sheer volume of content, the unique experience, and the pick-up-and-play nature of the game, it's hard not to recommend Rez to any shooter fan. Similarly, if you enjoy other Mizuguchi experiences and you don't have Rez, you owe it to yourself to download this one. If you already own a copy of the game on the Dreamcast or PS2, online leaderboards and a slick facelift may not be enough to make you want to drop another $10 on a game that is seven years old.
85
DreamcastMeristation
Tetsuya Mizuguchi creador de Space Channel 5, vuelve a la carga con otro título cargado de polémica y diversión a partes iguales. Los disparos y el arte musical se unen en una combinación que nunca pensamos posible, y que algunos adorarán y otros odiarán. ¿Por qué?... continúa leyendo...
85
PlayStation 2IGN
It's quite a loss, because while a great new sports game is fine, a great new racing game is fine, those and even a great sequel like Metal Gear Solid 2 lose in some small way to a great game that manages to strike out and do something new. Rez begins with one of the oldest of gameplay concepts, but the ambition and skill of the artists that built up what stands around that concept allow it to rise far above what we normally assume a shooter is.
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Xbox 360GameCola.net
However, for what Q Entertainment has offered in this remake, Rez HD is a winner.10 The gameplay has remained untouched since the game's original release seven years ago, and the HD visuals are absolutely stunning. If you don’t know if you’re really going to enjoy this or not, try out the demo. It takes you through the first level, all the way to the boss. If you like that, you will fall in love with this game. The atmosphere, the design—it’s all got classic stamped all over it in red ink. There is a reason people rejoiced when this game was announced to get the XBLA treatment,11 and now it’s up to you to find out why. Not only that, but your sore back will be no more, and you’ll find a new respect for our Commander in Chief. I promise you.
80
DreamcastGamezone (Germany)
Dieser besondere Titel sollte klar ins Auge gefasst werden, denn nach wenigen Minuten wird man geradezu in das Spiel hineingesaugt, und fängt an mit dem ganzen Körper zu wippen!
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DreamcastVicioJuegos.com
Pero aquí no acaba todo, la música completa los gráficos para crear el ciberespacio: cada vez que disparamos a un enemigo producimos un sonido, que se mezcla con la música, pues bien, el motor gráfico del juego hace que de la mezcla de sonidos el entorno varíe de una manera u otra, es decir, la calidad de los gráficos del juego dependerá del ritmo que tengamos a la hora de destruir las creaciones del virus, lo que nos proporciona una multiplicidad infinita de posibles escenarios, es prácticamente imposible derribar a los enemigos de la misma manera en las diferentes partidas, así por pequeño que sea el cambio, siempre encontraremos algo diferente a nuestro alrededor.
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PlayStation 2UOL Jogos
Rez não é para qualquer um... mas ao contrário de muitos jogos, é acessível (o jogo só utiliza o direcional e dois botões) e recompensador como poucos. Se você curte algo diferente, ou é um músico frustrado em busca de um jogo que deixe você encontrar seu ritmo, Rez é a resposta.
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PlayStation 2Play.tm
So then, Rez is an incredibly original piece of software, it lies somewhere between being a game and a piece of functional art. You should avoid this game if you are looking for a standard shoot ‘em up, there are better examples of the genre out there. Everyone else should give it a go if they want a bit of trippy fun. The lack of true depth knocks the score a tiny bit, but it is still a little gem. A funky, trippy...
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PlayStation 24Players.de
Es ist nicht einfach, ein Spiel wie Rez zu bewerten. Auf Anhieb wirken sowohl Grafik als auch Spielprinzip zu einfach und wenig fordernd. Doch hat man die erste verwirrende Spielphase überwunden und lässt sich ein wenig auf das Spiel ein, lernt man die Vorzüge von Rez schnell zu schätzen. Denn durch die pure Simplizität hat man sehr schnell die Möglichkeit, Rez auf sich einwirken zu lassen. Und so kommt es, dass man schnell eine halbe Stunde nach der anderen vor dem Bildschirm verbringt, die Gegnerwellen vom Bildschirm fegt und versucht, Eden wieder in seinen Ursprungszustand zurück zu versetzen. Leider ist dies relativ schnell geschehen. Und trotzdem: Rez ist ein außergewöhnliches Kunstwerk, das versucht, neue Wege zu gehen. Und Pioniere haben es immer schwer, Fuß zu fassen.
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Xbox 360Official XBox Magazine
Sure, the game's $10 price might not exactly justify its lack of multiplayer or short-lived content - Score Attack and a "story mode" (playable in HD or original low-res visuals). But Rez HD hits a rhythm that feels absolutely right for those willing to try something perpetually new, no matter what year it actually debuted.
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Xbox 360MS Xbox World
Rez is a game with tons of character due to its initially innovative sound track, and although this idea has been used elsewhere, Rez still has its own charm and uniqueness that makes Rez HD a must buy for those on the hunt for something new. Even if you already own a copy in one of its previous incarnations, the clarity that the visuals provide is enough to warrant your cash the second time around.
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Xbox 360Gamervision
Rez is as much a treat for the eyes as it is for the ears. Based on old school vector graphics (think Tempest or the original Star Wars arcade game), the look of the game is somewhere between Tron and the Lawnmower Man. Your enemies are blocky geometric creations, and while their poly-counts may not be that high, they are distinct and visually interesting. The environments, on the other hand, are pure techno-craziness, with tons of transparencies, pulsating lights and vector effects that make you feel as if you’re traveling through the nervous system of some massive computer network. In motion, the game is truly a sight to behold, as it doesn’t really resemble any other game out there.
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DreamcastEurogamer.net (UK)
Once you get it on a big TV or monitor and hook it all up to a meaty stereo system, it really is something special to behold. In an entertainment medium currently obsessed with realism, it's nice to experience a new take on game design ethics of the past that reminds us why we play videogames in the first place: for fun.
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PlayStation 2Eurogamer.net (UK)
Rez is one of those games which shouldn't be released at full whack. The forthcoming PlayStation 2 release is even less attractive, thanks to Sony's inexplicable reluctance to permit cut-price software. When Rez eventually turns up cheaply it will become indispensable, but until then it's a luxury. Albeit an extraordinarily pretty, addictive and entertaining luxury. For people with disposable income and aspirations of class, perhaps.
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PlayStation 2GameSpot
On paper, UGA's "music shooter" may sound a little dull, but it's one of those games that simply must be seen--and in this case, heard--to be fully understood. The game part of Rez is most definitely lacking when compared with that of other shooters. But the visual design and pounding beats make up for the lacking gameplay and turn Rez into far more than a basic five-level shooter. Of course, Rez isn't for everyone. Anyone looking to Rez for gameplay depth and challenge will likely be completely disgusted by what they find. But if you're in the mood for something that is decidedly different than other games on the market, Sega's quirky, abstract art-influenced shooter just might fit the bill.
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Xbox 360Gaming Age
Unfortunately, all of this innovation - this non-standard game form- leads to another distinguishing characteristic of Rez; it's not for everyone. Actually, if trance/techno really bothers you, you won't like Rez HD. You just won't. In fact, it may even come across as annoying. If that's the case, you probably won't be able to play it enough to get into it, which means the whole experience will fall apart before you even get the chance to enjoy it. A real shame too, because for the rest of us, Rez HD is frickin' awesome.
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PlayStation 2Gamesmania
Ist Rez ein Kunstwerk oder doch nur ein Spiel? Die audiovisuelle Umsetzung ist jedenfalls ein Erlebnis für sich. Die kreativen Sega-Entwicklern haben alles in allem einen unterhaltsamen Shooter auf die Beine gestellt, der Baller-Fans einige Zeit beschäftigt. Besonders nach einer durchfeierten Disco-Nacht lädt Rez zum gemütlichen Chillen vor der PlayStation 2 ein. Wer jedoch mit Trance und dem abgefahrenen Grafikstil nichts anfangen kann, sollte einen großen Bogen um Rez machen.
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PlayStation 2GamePro (US)
Unfortunately, the game is super short and seems more like an experiment than a full game. Rez is still a rare experience that introduces a bafflingly surreal world that somehow makes perfect sense in an upside-down way.
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PlayStation 2Meristation
Un programa dotado de inteligencia artificial conocido como Edén que pulula por la red de redes ha tomado conciencia propia y se ha encerrado en sí mismo. Si alguien no lo saca de allí las bases de datos de todo el mundo correrán un grave peligro....
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PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
Here's what you do: Rent it on a Saturday night when you and your friends are bored. One person gets the game, the other has to bring the stuff. What stuff? Well, bringing whatever gets your rocks off will be good enough. If you know Mizuguchi, tell him to bring more hotties like Space Channel 5's Ulala, because this game doesn't have much of a chance.
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Xbox 360Killer Betties
In the end, Rez HD is a very good game, but perhaps one not so deserving of its cult status, as the game isn't terribly hard and the game is over long before you want it to be (sure, you can extend game time by going for Achievements and leaderboard scores, but for those who don't care about that they'll find no extra enjoyment or game time in those modes). If you've got the points to blow, go ahead and get Rez HD, otherwise you're almost certainly better off leaving the game to the videogame history books.
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PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
Can't…think…straight. In…a trance. Rez…good. Wait a minute – No, it isn't! It was all a brainwash trick by Sega and Rez's trippy techno vibe. Good thing I snapped out of it before I gave this wireframe shell of a shooter a higher score than it deserves. Y'know what you got? F-plus. Click.
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PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
Un titre à part et franchement décalé qui devrait trouver toutefois son public. Il peut être intéressant de le découvrir mais on peut en revanche difficilement en recommander l'achat. Le joueur non averti regrettera en effet amèrement son investissement au vu d'une longévité aussi réduite et d'un gameplay aussi répétitif. A réserver aux fans uniquement.
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Xbox 360Wonderwallweb.com
By all means, if you’ve never played Rez, download the trial - it’s what it’s there for. “I couldn’t possibly recommend this game” is possibly a bit harsh. It’s different for sure, and it offers a big challenge. Like I mentioned earlier, it’s a very niche game. I personally feel it needs too many boxes ticked to be a ‘great’ game. I think Rez excludes a hell of a lot of people who are then looked down on with resentment because they don’t like something that is quite frankly, a pile of tosh. If you’ll allow me to open a can of worms…..I’m very cynical to the reasons why so many journalist proclaim Rez to be a work of genius.
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PlayStation 2Game Revolution
There are two ways to look at this game. For some, Rez will be an incredibly creative experience that fuses art and game. It's got the look, it's got the style, and it's got the feel. Others will just see it as a plain shooter that is way too short. No cool enemies, no cool pick-ups - just a cursor and a shoot button that will save the world in one sitting. Which side will you be on? I don't know, but make sure you try before you buy.
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DreamcastJeuxvideo.com
Rez réussi son pari de rendre perplexe le plus motivé des amateurs d'ovni vidéo-ludiques, mais il échoue à faire la preuve de son intérêt. Non seulement le concept obscur et la réalisation dépouillée rebuteront la majorité des joueurs, mais la répétitivité du gameplay et la courte durée de vie achèveront de rendre ce titre complètement facultatif, voire déconseillé.