Generally favorable reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. 100
    Joy has rarely come so reasonably priced and, whatever the price, videogames, rarely come so joyful. Indispensable, then.
  2. 100
    For Xbox Live users Rez HD is the chance to relive a classic, experience something as fresh today, as it was six years ago.
  3. That rare beast, an Xbox Live Arcade title that offers fantastic value for money. An instant cult classic that reeks of coolness and belongs firmly on your 360’s hard drive.
  4. 100
    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.
  5. Rez was good on a 32-inch CRT; in the world of 48-inch plasma screens, it's spectacular. [Mar 2008, p.92]
  6. 100
    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.
  7. Rez does Tron better than any Tron videogame ever has.
  8. 100
    Rez strikes a very distinctive look by way of combining a virtual reality viewpoint with themes relating to ancient mythology - and if that sounds as intriguing to you as it did to me you'll undoubtedly have a blast.
  9. Go ahead and spend the points on this, regardless of if you have an older version, or even if you somehow haven't heard of Rez. [Spring 2008, p.60]
  10. Rez HD is a perfect fit for the 360 and its affordable 800 point ($10) price tag makes this one a must have.
  11. 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.
  12. At this price the cult classic is a must buy. The game hasn't aged at all and the sharp high definition graphics and 5.1 sound really add to the experience. [Mar 2008]
  13. Awesome soundtrack will see your foot tapping throughout the game.
  14. A fabulous legal high. [Apr 2008, p.85]
  15. One of the most incoherent, bat-sh.t mental videogames ever created has just got itself some clarity – magical.
  16. 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.
  17. This is one of those rare titles that add strength to the argument of games as art. Get it.
  18. If you missed the cult the first time round, now is the time to jump on board. If you are already part of the cult, we know you'll be playing this right now.
  19. 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.
  20. The simple creativity it showed in blending the player's virtual action into the fabric of each level's trance soundtrack was a breath of fresh air in a world where 'rhythm action' mean "PaRappa" or "Dancing Stage." [Issue#30, p.120]
  21. Its length is shorter than we prefer (there are only five stages), but the unlockable bonuses, including the Boss Rush mode, Score Attack stages and additional scenarios justify the meager 800-point price tag. This could very well be 2008's downloadable game to beat.
  22. As fans know, you can’t judge Rez just upon its gameplay premises. That would be the same as reducing the Nightwatch by Rembrandt to the type of paint and the material of the canvas. Instead, the game formula is onlya means to convey something that is more than a typical game experience.
  23. 90
    Download the demo, see for yourself. Once you get a taste of synaesthesia, you're hooked.
  24. 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.
  25. Turn the speakers up for a shortlived but standout shooter full of genuinely awesome gaming moments. Unplug the sub and the magic's lost to the silence.
  26. What Rez HD offers is an old-school feel with modern touches.
  27. 90
    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.
  28. 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.
  29. Rez HD is a real blast, but more so for those who aren’t familiar with the original game.
  30. 86
    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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 57 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. May 13, 2011
    What had taken me so long to play this game? I could kick myself in the ass! I been watching a lot of video for Child of Eden so I thought I would give Rez HD a try since it looked interesting. I could not be happier with the game. So simple, yet so amazing and a true work of art. Few games have been able to evoke such emotion from me as Rez HD. I absolutely love it! Most games in this genre can be ridiculously hard but Rez HD manages to find the perfect balance between challenging and frustrating. Its so perfect that I find it hard to stop playing. I skipped the gym last night because I could not put it down and I already took my pre-workout supplement so I was up for hours playing it.

    If you have not played this game yet do yourself a favor and get the trial. If you are disappointed you have no soul!
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  2. AdamB.
    Aug 7, 2009
    Rez is very difficult; health power-ups are rare (usually one full upgrade per entire area) and when you die it's hard to tell what exactly went wrong. It's also very repetitive (being an on-rails shooter) and there's no multiplayer. But for the price, it's worth checking out just for the raw experience. Considered solely as an HD interactive techno music video, it really delivers. Full Review »
  3. TomP
    Aug 27, 2008
    Completely unengaging. Sure, it looks nice, it has some trippy songs. But the gameplay is utter rubbish. Lock on and fire while going down a track. Take away the artsy look and we'd see what the game really deserves. Instead we have people trying to overate this in the attempt at helping the "Games as art argument" ...the only reedeming feature is it's price. Full Review »