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Rez

Hated by: PlayStation Editor Mikel Reparaz

What do you get when you cross the gameplay of Panzer Dragoon with pedestrian electronica and wireframe graphics from 1982? Apparently, you get spank material for hordes of pseudointellectual game reviewers eager to mistake novelty for art, and art for fun.

Rez wasn't a bad game, necessarily. In fact, if you liked your games short, easy, pretentious and boring, it was friggin' awesome. An on-rails shooter about an evolving stick-man, Rez cast players as a hacker flying through a computer network, which was really just a thinly veiled excuse to substitute wire models, bright colors and cool effects for actual graphics.



Above: This is more fun because it looks weird. Wait, it isn't!

It did have a unique hook, though; as players shot stuff (done by locking onto multiple targets with a cursor and letting fly with a few heat-seeking missiles, or whatever their virtual equivalent would be), each sound effect was a beat or note in the level's throbbing music, which grew increasingly more complex the further you got into the game. Unfortunately, "complex" doesn't necessarily equal "good," and the trippy techno tracks were all pretty unmemorable regardless of your input.

To be fair, Rez was a bold experiment in clever game design, and its visuals, while minimalist, were hypnotic. But was it a genuinely fun, enjoyable game? Not so much - at best, Rez was mildly entertaining while it lasted, and that wasn't long. To hear every other reviewer in the industry gush about it, though, you'd think it was some sort of unparalleled masterpiece. Instead of, you know, a music-driven version of a game they'd already played a thousand times before.

"Games can be art, but that doesn't mean they have to be this boring." - Mikel

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6 comments

  • RanTheAwesome - February 19, 2010 1:56 p.m.

    Maybe running over hookers isn't fun to you, because you'd rather sleep with them and have them take all of your hard-earned cash. I personally enjoy running them over/shooting them for my own personal reasons. Once again, the hate for some of these game are weak.
  • CreeplyTuna - October 10, 2009 1:36 p.m.

    i hate gta 4. san andreas is fun
  • Jox - November 21, 2008 11:41 p.m.

    1st one!!!
  • Lrd_Chikn - February 11, 2009 5:18 a.m.

    WTF Donkey country is one of the best games for SNES, its not as good as Mario but its still pretty fun, I still play the gameboy color port
  • dewfish - May 25, 2009 4:45 a.m.

    I never understood the appeal of Grand Theft Auto. Does anybody think this is how real gangsters or mobsters live? I don't care how much Counterstrike, Team fortress 2, and Call of duty I play, I will never know what it's like to be a real soldier. From a gameplay perspective, the GTA series is like those combination printer/fax/copier machines. Good at one thing, mediocre at another, and horrible at the rest. Except GTA doesn't really excel at anything. As a "third person shooter", it is clunky and slow, it's driving dynamics are abysmal, and the storylines are completely uninteresting. It tries to be everything to everyone, and winds up being a huge ball of mediocrity.
  • jackrabbitslims - March 18, 2009 10:13 a.m.

    Wait, No Super Smash Bros? How someone hate GTA:SA but not the button mashing yawn fest that is SSBb Or SSBM. Has anyone noticed how shallow the fighting in the game is? Either way, great article.

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