Rez Infinite - The Must Have Game for PS VR - PlayStation 4 Review
- Platform: PlayStation 4
- Players: 1
- Achievements: Yes, trophies
- PlayStation VR Enhanced: Yes
- Retail Price: $29.99 (Physical version $39.99, exclusively at store.iam8bit.com)
High Level Premise: Rhythm-based psychedelic rail-shooter
Graphics/Style: Computerized vector graphics, to create the environment of being inside a computer network.
Music/Soundtrack: Techno / Electronica, music and beat gains more intensity as you progress through a level.
Story: You are a hacker that has breached the Project-K super-network in hopes to find the central artificial intelligence Eden in hopes to reboot her system. Along the way you must fight off viruses that infect the network.
Replay-ability: Ridiculously High with PlayStation VR. It is an amazing experiece that can only be believed by seeing.
Time Commitment: Takes under 2 hours to complete the game, typical levels last about 15-20 minutes each.
Value: If you have the PlayStation VR hardware, the value is very high. If you do not, it's still a great shooter that holds up even after 15 years. For veteran players, the real draw is the extra "Area X" level that is brand new to this is release.
Favorite Element: Being thrown into network hyperspace between each level, it is surreal.
Back in 2001 the team that developed Panzer Dragoon for Sega Saturn came up with a musical shooter on rails named Rez that immersed the player in a computerized world. Releasing first on the Dreamcast in Japan, the game quickly became one of the most talked about imports in Dreamcast collector circles. Soon enough, Rez would be ported with a graphical upgrade to the PlayStation 2 in 2002 which finally allowed U.S. audiences to experience what truly is a piece of video game artistry. Having been touted as a cult-classic, the game saw a resurgence when a remake titled Rez HD came to Xbox Live Arcade with improved graphics and sound in 2008.
Rez Infinite was developed with the PlayStation VR system in mind, but it can also be played on a flat screen. But why would you want to? The developers have done an excellent job with the PlayStation VR hardware in making the player feel like they are flying through a super computer. The game forces the player to look in all directions for possible enemies that may be coming their way, adding to the experience. Never once did I feel like I was taken out of the experience, or a cheap gimmick. Using the DualShock controller, you can feel the vibrations that coincide with the beat as it was meant to be played originally back in 2001. Pair the PlayStation VR with a noise cancelling headset, and you have total immersion that will keep you entertained for hours.
The title is available now, and a limited physical release will be coming next month, only sold at store.iam8bit.com. For die hard fans they are also selling the soundtrack and other collectible merchandise for your Rez collection. Having played several other PlayStation VR games in the launch lineup, I can tell you that this is the must have game to have if you own the pricey PlayStation VR hardware. No other title comes close to immersing you totally into the environment of the game. Rez Infinite is now the benchmark for all other PlayStation VR games on the market, and should be set as the standard for what a virtual reality experience should be. I really hope that other developers take a cue from Rez Infinite and step up their game.