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GameTap: Rez HD Review

GameTap's Douglass C. Perry writes, Looking back on the 2001 release of Rez, does anybody really remember anything beyond the catchy phrase "synaesthesia" and the naughty Trance Vibration? Regardless of how you answer that question, the re-release of Rez is a special occasion for a number of reasons.

Now Rez HD is available to everyone--everyone with a gold Xbox Live account, that is. Mizuguchi remodeled Rez with cleaner graphics and additional texturing--the PS2 version sadly suffered from jaggies--upgraded the audio to support Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound, and has bolstered the game with the typical suite of XBLA items including leaderboard support, achievements, and even a Trance Vibration option with the Xbox 360 controller in case you were home alone on a Friday night (and felt naughty).

Pros:
Even though it was released in 2001, Rez is still strikingly original; newly optimized sound and graphics deliver a fresh look and feel; finally, Rez is getting distributed in a way that's readily available and at the right price.

Cons: It's still darn short; it's arcadey--you lose a life and restart from the beginning; and even though it has its regular flashes of brilliance, the theme smacks of corny mid-'90s hacking-into-the-machine silliness

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