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Console: Sega Dreamcast
Year: 2002
RFG ID #: E-071-S-01500-A
Part #: MK-51192-50
UPC: 5060004761289
Developer: United Game Artists
Publisher: Sega
6+ (USK)

3+ (ELSPA)


TP (aDeSe)

Genre: Shooter
Sub-genre: Rail Shooter
Players: 1
Controller: Standard Controller
Media Format: GD-ROM x1
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  • 35 of 7432 collectors (0.4%) have this game in their collection
  • 4 of 7432 collectors (0%) have this game in their wishlist.
  • 0 of 7432 collectors (0%) have this game for sale or trade.

From the back of the box:

Rez is an endorphin machine, releasing the essence of trance through futuristic sound, visuals and vibrations. Journey through cyberspace as visualised by the 'system'. In your quest to awaken 'eden', ...can you beat the system?
Ladies and gentlemen, open your senses, go to synesthesia.

The presentation of Rez is excellent. Each level starts slow and easy, and picks up pace as the song picks up tempo. The main feature of the game is how stimulating it is to the senses. The background and vibration feedback pulses with the music, and destroyed enemies will explode in sync with the music, to further compliment and enhance the experience. Often the colors and shape of enemies being destroyed match the sounds being added to the soundtrack.

Rez is not a rhythm game, but like most shooters, relies on the player to keep a groove. The vibration should also assist you in "feeling" this groove. For levels you've reached, there is a 'traveling mode' where you can play through without worrying about taking damage, and work on stringing combos of enemies together, and determining the weak points of the level boss. While primarily focusing on trance music, each level has its own distinct feel, with a different soundtrack for each. The later levels also have a house/jungle, rock'n'roll, and hip hop feel.

While short, Rez is an outstanding example of the many unique games offered on the Dreamcast. Since the Dreamcast version of Rez did not make it to America, it continues to be a hot import along with Shenmue II.

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Console Reg. Type Title Publisher Year Genre
Sega Dreamcast J S Rez Sega 2001 Shooter
Related Games:

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Sony PlayStation 2 United Kingdom S Rez Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) 2002 Music/Rhythm
Sony PlayStation 2 J S Rez [Trance Vibrator Bundle] Sega 2001 Shooter
Sony PlayStation 2 U S Rez Sega 2001 Shooter
Microsoft Xbox Live Arcade U S Rez HD Q Entertainment 2008 Shooter
Sega Dreamcast E S Space Channel 5 Sega 2000 Music/Rhythm
Sega Dreamcast J S Space Channel 5 Part 2 Sega 2002 Music/Rhythm
Game Trivia:

  • Titled K-Project while in development.
  • United Game Artists was formerly Sega AM9. In 2000 it became second-party developer for Sega, but only developed three games before being assimilated with Sega's Sonic Team. Those three games were Rez, Space Channel 5, and Space Channel 5: Part 2.
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