RezI bow down to Segas courage to venture into something completely original with Rez. Never before have you seen a game like this on any console or PC...ever. Which is also the reason why it's hard to explain with words. Playing it is the only way to fully appreciate Rez for what it really is...an excellent attempt at something new. The story is kinda irrelevant. You control an Anti-virus sent into a mainframe to destroy all viruses and then ultimately the main virus in that mainframe. Confused? Don't be. The story is just there to give the whole game a purpose. Let me try to explain Rez without making it sound too complicated as the game is everything but complicating.
Using just the Analog Stick and the X Button you progress through 4 Stages each with 10 different levels. At the end of each Stage you come up against a very impressive Boss. So how do you play? Well while advancing through a level you come across many enemies. To kill them you hold down the X button and move the Analog stick over the enemies. Then release the X button to fire at the enemies. It's that simple. You can have up to 8 enemies targeted at once before releasing the X button. Keep killing enemies till you see a 'Red Orb'. Fire at that 8 times to advance to the next level in that Stage. There's 10 levels per stage. At the end of level 10 you come up against the Boss of that Stage. It's all about the sound of the game that really gets you involved. A thumping trance track plays in every level and every virus you kill produces a sound. Different types of enemies give off different sounds. A large enemy might produce a few bass drums while smaller enemies will produce High-Hats or snares. The background of each level are also difficult to explain. They're mostly made up of Wireframe models. It really does feel like you're flying through a Mainframe (even though you've never actually been in a mainframe in real life you still get the impression you're inside a computer).
Unfortunatly though Rez lacks on length. You can complete the entire game within an hour. Yep, roughly 1 hour (depending on how good you are) is all it takes to finish the entire game. Score attack gets unlocked after you finish a Stage but it's basically the same but against the clock. I would've given it a 4.2 but the appalling length just can't be ignored.
An excellent effort at something original but the length of the game really spoils it. I would still recommend you rent it out or even buy it as it's now really cheap. It is still a game you've never seen before which should be a good incentive to give it a try.