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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Set in a cyberworld, the legendary fast-paced action-shooter Rez HD, created by Tetsuya Mizuguchi, provides the ultimate audiovisual experience as the player targets the enemies and hacks the system while creating their own beats. Rez opens your senses ... let's go to synaesthesia was the watchword when Rez released in 2001 to become a fan favorite. The dynamic, total integration of visual presentation, sound and player input provides the ultimate audiovisual experience. Old-school vector style graphics, sensory response, and beat synchronization sets the title apart and is recreated in this port for Xbox LIVE Arcade in high-definition and 5.1 surround sound. Rez consists of five different levels, each with its own unique visual theme and style, musical track and a boss battle at the end. The game also features several different modes and lots of unlockable elements, giving it plenty of replay value. Play through the five areas in regular or Score Attack mode. Go to the Beyond mode and try Direct Assault, Lost Mode, the free play Trance Mission, or take on all the bosses consecutively in Boss Rush. Feel the rhythm: To further enhance the Rez experience, artists including Coldcut, Adam Freeland, Joujouka, Ken Ishii and Keiichi Sugiyama (SEGA's Wave Master) contributed tracks to the game. [Q Entertainment] Expand
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
    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.
  3. 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.
  4. What Rez HD offers is an old-school feel with modern touches.
  5. 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.
  6. Rez HD is the most aesthetically pleasing and pocket-book-friendly version of this cult classic.
  7. Perhaps it's the fact that, between the first Rez and this new version, I'd immersed myself in games like "Synaesthete" -- games which successfully couple music and gameplay to the point where the player experiences the game exactly as he or she would a music video. Compared to these titles, Rez HD, even with its updated graphics and improved trance vibration, now feels rather antiquated.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. StarH.
    Jan 31, 2008
    Turn up the sound, dim the lights and immerse yourself in a gaming experience you won't forget.
  2. RichardH.
    Jan 31, 2008
    The best experience on XBLA thus far for me, The HD treatment on this remake really makes the Rez experience realized.
  3. 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!
  4. Andyman
    Feb 1, 2008
    An incredible bargain at $10. They even had the foresight to allow you to use up to four (!) controllers as Trance Vibrators similar to the Japanese special edition PS2 release. Expand
  5. 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. Expand
  6. KevinW
    Feb 17, 2008
    While I enjoyed E4 a little bit more, Rez is an extremely engaging experience. Even if you're not a fan of electronic music, you can't help but to be sucked in by the way the audio and visuals work together. Add in the trance vibration and challenging difficulty level and you get a completely addicting game. Perfect for XBLA. Expand
  7. leeharcourt
    Feb 15, 2008
    basically, it's an interactive winamp visual plugin, which i'm sure was totally awesome way back during the DCs short lifespan, however, it really doesn't stand up to the major advances that have been been made in the hybrid music genres in terms of aesthetics (visual, audible, and tactile) or gameplay. to get an idea of what the rez hd experience is like, just imagine spacing out to some generic electronica cd youre forcing yourself to listen to since you dropped 10 bucks on it, then imagine playing a super generic thoughtless shmup simultaneously. now youve experienced true synaesthesia! Collapse

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