Rez InfiniteOverview -
Tetsuya Mizuguchi originally released 'Rez' in 2001. The rail shooter became a cult classic as it took the gameplay from 'Panzer Dragoon' and infused it with electronic music and stylish visuals. After giving the game an HD update in 2008, Mizuguchi has now brought the game to PlayStation VR, alongside a brand new level called 'Area X.'
Considering 'Rez Infinite' is an updated port of a Dreamcast title, players might not expect to be wowed by it visually. However, they'd be wrong as this is a stellar example that a good art style can stand the test of time. While the game still looks impressive on a television, it really shines in virtual reality, as I got to physically look around at the environments that I was flying past, and really got to soak in the experience.
While traveling through the original game's five levels is impressive, the brand new 'Area X' shows that Enhance Games can do so much more now. This new level has a stylish new user interface, features amazing particle effects, and really shows what PlayStation VR is capable of. In a sense, it's almost disappointing that the whole game doesn't look this good, but I'm also glad that a faithful port of the original was made.
Every level of 'Rez' is accompanied with an original piece of music. Ranging from hip-hop to electronica, all of the music here is simply fantastic. Add in the satisfying sound effects that happen when defeating enemies, and 3D audio that made me feel the action from every angle. Considering 'Rez' has always been about captivating the senses of the player, it's no surprise that it ended up being one of the best audio experiences of this year.
'Rez Infinite' is a brilliant combination of new and old. Despite originally being released in 2001, 'Rez' feels like it was always meant to be played with head tracking and in virtual reality. From the ease of aiming to the excitement of scrolling past its trippy dreamscapes, every part of it feels enhanced. Throw in the excellent 'Area X,' and players also get a look at the captivating future that is in store for the beloved title.
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