Rez HD - Xbox Live Arcade review

  • Gorgeous graphics
  • Amazing soundtrack
  • Solid game play
  • Only five levels
  • No multiplayer
  • No trance vibrator

Even if you’ve never played Rez, chances are you’ve at least heard of it. Whether it’s from a friend who played it, a friend who knows someone who played it, or inappropriate uses for the Japanese-only Trance Vibrator that came with the original disc versions of the game.


Either way, Rez is finally readily available at a very palatable price, and you owe it to yourself to try out this unique game. Rez is not quite a shooter, not quite a music game, but an incredible mix of the two that involves you in the game’s soundtrack more than any other title ever released.

You are a futuristic hacker in a virtual world, kind of along the lines of Tron, but in order to hack this system, you have to make your way through five different systems, ultimately destroying a boss program at the end of each.

Rez comes complete with a lock-on shooting system not unlike the one in the Panzer Dragoon series, as well as a character upgrade system that also acts as a life bar. Get combos and you’re awarded with items that upgrade your avatar from a small, pulsating ball to…well, something really powerful. For each new form you take, you earn the ability to take another hit before your game ends.

It’s almost impossible to describe playing Rez using simple words. Suffice it to say that the game is a shooter equivalent of a musical instrument. Every level has a fantastic soundtrack that gets augmented by your actions. Destroying enemies brings on new tones, locking on adds percussion to the song, and so forth.

And now gamers have another chance to check Rez out, but with full-screen, high resolution graphics to boot. This is one of those rare titles that add strength to the argument of games as art. Get it.

Feb 4, 2008

More Info

Release date: Jan 30 2008 - Xbox 360 (US)
Available Platforms: Xbox 360
Genre: Shooter
Developed by: Q Entertainment
ESRB Rating:
Everyone: Mild Violence


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