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GF Rating
8.0

349 ratings

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GF Rating
7

Good

Video Game Art

posted by bigngamer (LAWTON, MI) May 16, 2006

Member since Feb 2006

3 out of 3 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

This is one of the few games i can actually say define video games as an art form. The enemies flying across the screen in beautiful colors and the backgrounds lined a like every thing was a dark form of neon lights and all these beautiful colors coming together with the awesome music your making by destroying the foes.

But after that is where the game lacks. sure the game is truly a sight to see and music to hear, but the graphics are a little outdated (well because its afew years old.) And the game is realy short, so you may not want to finish it more than 2 or 3 times.

But in the end its realy enjoyable for the while that you do play it but but dont buy it. I definetly recomend renting to anyone who sees video games as an artform.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Great Nostalgia Factor

posted by conman (SOUTH BEND, IN) Apr 10, 2007

Member since Aug 2006

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Rez draws on many '80s video game influences: William Gibson's novels, the movie Tron, and countless old vector-display arcade games. I really couldn't believe this game when I first played it; I thought I was back in 1982. It also adds some later influences like the arcade "rail shooter" Space Harrier (from 1985) and more recent rhythm games like DDR. This game looks beautiful and wears its influences on its sleeve.

True, this game is short if your goal is merely to "beat" it. But this game should be savored and felt more than simply "finished." Also, the music is fun and adds to the experience (sounds great blasting through my stereo set-up), but I wish that it had been incorporated into the gameplay itself. Imagine an actual rhythm-based shooter!

As it stands, Rez is a lot of fun and highly replayable. There are some unlockables, but the real joy of the game comes from its shooter roots: setting high scores. Like most shooters, you will play a level over and over again just to memorize the best scoring patterns. I will admit, though, that unlike some of the more impressively difficult shooters (like Ikaruga), it won't take you very long to get basic scoring patterns down.

This game is definitely worth a shot. These days, it would probably be a downloadable game selling for $5-10, but it's absolutely worth a rental, even if you just play through the game to the "end" in close to an hour.

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Rent this!!

posted by gatefold (CHICAGO, IL) Feb 2, 2007

Member since Jan 2007

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

There really isn't any reason why you shouldn't rent this game. Unless you don't have a PS2. Then you should go get a PS2 and then rent this game. The visuals along with sound that reacts to your actions make for a solid rail shooter. Though simplistic in its presentation, it offers plenty of unlockables even after you have beaten the five main levels. There is a reason almost every game publication that has something to say about this game considers it one of the best PS2 games ever.

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