DEVELOPER United Game Artists
US PUBLISHER SEGA of America
UK PUBLISHER SEGA Europe
NORDIC PUBLISHER SEGA Europe
ONLINE PLAY No
SCREENS ADDED: 19 Mar-2005
Official Fact Sheet:
Rez is a fast-action shooter that takes you deep into the world’s computer network. The “Project K” Network has recently been upgraded to handle the rapid expansion of the information age and the core, known as “Eden,” holds the most advanced artificial intelligence the world has ever seen. Unfortunately, Eden cannot handle the ability to create her own thoughts and buckles under the pressure in an existential breakdown. She is lost deep inside the system, and you’re the only one that can bring her back online, saving the world from utter chaos. You must blast complex viruses, unlock passwords, and destroy firewall bosses as you search for Eden. Each stage is in a constant state of flux dependent on your shooting techniques, which ultimately control the music and colors of your environment. The deeper you get into the dreamlike cyber world of Rez, your form will evolve or devolve depending on your progress, and the wire-frame environments give way to rich textured worlds.
- Rez is an endorphin machine that releases the essence of trance through futuristic sound and visuals. Players shoot digital enemies to release the enemies frequency. These “essence sounds” are multiplied upon themselves to create rhythm, and the rhythm then changes the graphics of the game itself. All of this amplifies the players’ groove into creating original music.
- By engaging in combat in Rez’s visually arresting environments, players will feel the ecstasy of intertwined color, form, movement and sound. The more one plays, the more the illusion surrounds and envelopes the senses, as one learn to control the music and the very shape of these worlds.
- Mizuguchi-san, head of UGA sums up the teams thoughts behind Rez “Rez is just different, it’s more than a game, it’s creating a sense of trance beyond that provided at clubs and parties”.