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Like a fine wine, gets better with age,
This review is from: Rez (Video Game)
Rez, like Ico, has quickly become one of those cult games that everyone is clammering to get their hands on. Like the works of a great art master, only now the game has become difficult to track down do the public appreciate it for the genius it is.
Check through the bargain bins and you'll find many a EA sports sim, or the last 'allegedly great' ubergame (Killzone, Driv3r ...) languishing in their rightful places. Titles like Rez and Ico should be snapped up on sight, if you don't someone else will.
The premise isn't anything groundbreaking, you're an entity trying to hack into this computer mainframe to coax an AI program Eden out of hiding. The shooting mechanic is very similar to Panzer Dragoon.
So what is all the fuss about?
Its the joy of playing a game and having the soundtrack and visuals around you created by your actions in the game! Firstly the 5 levels (4 short and one a tad more substancial) are set to wonderfully throbbing electronic tracks by the likes of Ken Ichii and Adam Freeland, and as you peel away the code by hacking the system in each level ... the intensity of the music soars, your joypad begins vibrating wildly to the music, everything on the screen seems to pulse with life as bassdrums hammer through your system. Great.
Then comes the shooting, press your trigger to begin a lock on triggers a clap, hovering over bad guys starts acid basslines wibbling, releasing a salvo of missiles gets a synthetic cheer ... when stuff gets really hectic it sounds like you're wired into a Roland 909 Drum Machine rather than a PS2!
And thats it really, the simple joy of Rez. The levels are pretty easy with only the last one offering a bit of challenge, theres a few unlockables ... beside the point, the joy is in playing something thats just a bit different.
You can probably tell that this is a bit of a Marmite game, so beware when grabbing. Dedicated shooters would prefer Panzer Dragoon. This is one for the real gaming connoisseurs.