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Rez Infinite (Series) Review
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Posted: 4 months ago, last updated 7 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Rez is a shooting game where you fire musical energy rather than bullets. As you guide a figure through the darkness of space you bring down enemies in time with the music. Rez is novel for its use of music and vibration feedback to create a sense of synesthesia - a melding of music and shapes.

Drawing on on-rails shooting games like Panzer Dragoon (where you don't control movement but focus on targeting weapons) you fight off viruses and corrupted security programs in a neon-tech environment. You do this by aiming your sights at up to eight targets before triggering a series of energy blasts.

As you shoot down enemies, the impact automatically syncs with the background track to create additional musical layers within each level. This is fed-back to your experience through controller vibration. Each Area ends in a boss fight that is scaled in difficulty based on how well you have done on the preceding level.

As you progress there are new areas and modes unlocked. But really you are working to build up your energy level through each level by destroying certain numbers of enemies. You can also try out an enemy-free exploration mode, score attack, and boss rush.

There have been different releases of Rez:
  • Rez (2001) PlayStation 2 and Dreamcast
  • Rez HD (2008) Xbox 360
  • Rez Infinite (2017) PlayStation 4, PSVR, PC, Oculous Quest

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/01/2002, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Oculus, PC, PS2, PS4 and Xbox 360

Genres: Physically Active, Rhythm and Shooting

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Mizuguchitter (@Mizuguchitter)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 2 hours and 4 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Rez Infinite usually costs £24.99.
 

Rez Infinite

PlayStation Store PS4 £24.99
 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for non-realistic looking violence towards characters which although human are not very detailed. Features non-realistic looking violence against non-detailed human-like characters, as well as fantasy characters. Players float through a cyberspace and need to lock-on to enemies to shoot lasers at them. Projectiles can hit the player’s humanoid avatar as well.

Skill Rating

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

AccessibilityAccessibility

There are different modes you can select for different difficulties. The game adjusts the difficulty of end-level bosses (to some degree) based on your performance. You can also use Travelling mode (apart for the last level) which makes you invincible.

You can also opt for a low-pressure exploration mode.

You need to hold the fire button to chain attacks. Apart from the stick and fire button you occasionally need to press the overdrive button to increase your attack/score.

Although the game offers vibration feedback that complements audio, this isn't always reliable and means that players without hearing may miss some of the interactions and have a downgraded experience.
 
Our Rez Infinite Accessibility Report documents 23 accessibility features:

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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