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PostSubject: Rez HD   Fri Feb 01, 2008 8:26 am

Metachronos overall score = 8.7 / 10

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- Sharp, scintillating colors
- Excellent facelift of a revered classic
- Out-of-the-ordinary controls
- Music is initially impressive
- The game is also out-of-order

Negative
- Music may get annoying

While working at Sega, Tetsuya Mizuguchi produced Rez, a lock-on rail shooter infused with trippy music, scintillating graphics, and a healthy dose of weird. That alchemical formula became a critical delight and a collector's dream. The good news is that Rez HD for the Xbox 360 has remained true to the original design after a presentation upgrade to wide-screen, high-definition graphics with colors that really pop.
The gameplay of Rez has always been on par with other classic lead-you-by-the-hand romps. You lock on to geometric enemies and destroy them in groups of between one and eight, depending on how many you selected. The gameplay is simple yet elegant in both presentation and flexibility. The twist comes in the music. Each level begins with a single audio track. Every time you unlock a scanning orb, a new track is layered over the previous one while the graphical flair simultaneously ratchets up. By the time you face off against the area's boss, the music is 10 layers deep and the fun is in full swing. Your progress and completion are marked by three metrics tallied at the end of each area: analysis of nodes, total enemy kills, and how many support items you acquire. The more support items you collect, the more you're able to level up your avatar. The higher your level, the more damage you can take. Like most shooters, if you take too much damage, it's game over. The game is rarely frustrating to the point of being unfair, but the offerings range from a good challenge to a chill experience.



The story is not the centerpiece of the experience, nor is it what keeps you going through the levels. If you take the time to read the story summary, though, you will have a point of reference for why your linear avatar is flying through a system intent on annihilation. By the end of the Area 5, the game's final level, things get so metaphysical you'd think you were playing Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. 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.



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PostSubject: Re: Rez HD   Fri Feb 01, 2008 8:30 am

looks wierd

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PostSubject: Re: Rez HD   Fri Feb 01, 2008 8:35 am

it is

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PostSubject: Re: Rez HD   Fri Feb 01, 2008 8:38 am

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