A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
No message; more of an experience than adventure. The limited story is little more than an attempt to pin some sort of explanation on virtual world surrounding player.
Positive Role Models
Only real characters are the player (a hacker), the artificial intelligence he's trying to save. Neither is really developed, though, as they mainly exist to give a reason for player to be in game.
Ease of Play
Simple controls; easy to learn. Game flows with beat of music, but still a lot of on-screen action that can get overwhelming.
Violence & Scariness
Players fly through a virtual computer-graphic wireframe environment blasting various objects, representing viruses attacking Eden AI. Viruses explode into shapes, colors, like fireworks.
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Products & Purchases
This is a remake/reboot of original Rez game, released in 2001/2002 for Dreamcast/PlayStation 2, which became a cult classic.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rez Infinite is a downloadable shooter game. Players navigate through a surreal virtual environment, shooting odd-shaped objects, which explode in a shower of light and sound. The controls are simple to pick up and play, but the flashy visuals, on-screen action, and especially the VR experience may overwhelm younger players. Parents should also be aware that virtual reality equipment makers don't recommend VR experiences for kids under 12 due to the potential impact the technology may have on younger players' physiological development.
Is It Any Good?
This musical shooter is one of the best VR games ever released and should be owned by everyone with a PSVR headset. Every once in a while a video game comes along that can be described as almost timeless. Rez was one of those games. Fifteen years after the original's release, Rez Infinite has a few new bells and whistles. First there's the 1080p full high-definition visual makeover. The original Rez managed to work wonders with wireframes and polygons, but Rez Infinite cranks the polish and colors to eleven. Shapes and textures flow together, and the upgraded 3D audio, with that classic Rez beat and electronic feel, gives you a thumping mind trip that somehow manages to be equal parts Zen garden and roller coaster.
Rez Infinite is, on its own, a fantastic revisit and update to a cult classic game, but when played on the PlayStation VR, it's a trip to a whole other world. The original game always did its best to try to convey that feeling of diving into a computer-generated world. When you slip on that VR headset, though, Rez Infinite makes you feel like you're truly plugged into a different reality. It's one thing to move an avatar around on a screen but another thing altogether when you're actually that avatar. You're surrounded by lights, sounds, and sensations that redefine immersion. It's no exaggeration to say that Rez Infinite is one of the best arguments for VR gaming and one of the best reasons for VR to exist.
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