Steam and Oculus Store users were treated to a nice surprise recently with the unexpected release of Rez Infinite, the until-now PS4 exclusive version of Tetsuya Mizuguchi’s synaesthesia-driven rhythm shooter.
The original Rez gained cult classic status for introducing gamers to synaesthesia all the way back in 2001 on Sega’s ill-fated Dreamcast. There was an inevitable (but welcome) HD port in 2008 as the creatively named ‘Rez HD’ hit XBLA, but with this new release PC gamers can push the boundaries of their 4K gaming PCs and VR headsets to experience Rez’ explosive visuals all over again.
The big selling point of Infinite compared to the original Rez is the addition of an ‘Area X’ mode, which was specifically designed for VR and allows players to take full control of their on-screen avatar in a dramatic shift off-rails compared to the title’s main gameplay modes. Whilst this mode is relatively short when stacked up against the game proper, the controls and gameplay are solid and the visuals have the advantage of modern game-design technology to allow each particle and firework to really pop on-screen. Whilst the main offering feels as ageless as ever, gamers wanting to impress their friends with their expensive new 4K screen should jump straight into Area X.
Rez Infinite on PC has the benefit of crisp 60FPS gameplay and native 4K plus resolutions. As an added treat, the Steam version launched on sale at £15.99/$19.99 reduced from the already reasonable asking price of £19.99/$24.99 and comes with the game’s Digital Deluxe DLC for free.
Rez is a title like few others and this latest edition is definitely worth picking up for gamers who want to experience some intense audiovisual stimulation. Now… how about a port of spiritual successor Child of Eden?