Rez 20th Anniversary: ​​Sega’s Classic Still Like The Future Of Gaming

2001, Sega .’s musical railway shooter Rez Feels like a science experiment. By playing with the idea that the game can make music and sound effects can form the background music, the game feels like we don’t really know what a video game is yet, so let’s try this. It throws you inside a computer with a wireframe interface, an AI-driven narrative and all the tech optimism and fear that comes with that. It feels like that a game to the future.

In 2021…it feels the same.

I’ve been thinking about it for a long time Rez is the poster child for the future of video games. You would think that over time that impression would fade and something else would take its place. The game has grown massively since then. And sure, you can define the future in a million different ways. But as someone who grew up on ’80s movies, revolves around wild visions of where technology could go, and for someone who loves the technical achievement of game mechanics more. more than health, 20 years later, Rez It’s still the same game.

In part, I credit external factors – things like the game being re-released in HD and then in VR. In recent years, game marketing with full body vibrating suit and Sony’s PSVR headset helped draw attention away from the old speed and texture issues. You can also indicate the visual style of the game, which is more in line than most early 3D images thanks to the use of simple shapes. And I keep referencing the bonus period in 2016 Rez Infinite, Area X, is my favorite in VR.

More than any of these, Rez – even today – feels like an exploration of what video games can be. It doesn’t just introduce a new genre or setting; it plays with the way that music and gameplay can come together to provide a sensory experience – an idea that’s still only been explored to a limited extent in other games.

In Monday, Rez Infinite Advanced publishers posted a commemorative video on YouTube RezCelebrating 20 years (mentioned above; disclosure: I’ve worked with a few of these) and announcing several related items. They’re calling it Rez20, which kind of looks like a coupon code, but the most striking thing is that 20 years later, we still haven’t seen a game that feels like it’s directly achieving that feeling. future – and that Rez is still one of the prime examples of something that games haven’t quite achieved yet.

https://www.polygon.com/gaming/22799335/rez-20th-anniversary Rez 20th Anniversary: ​​Sega’s Classic Still Like The Future Of Gaming

Aila Slisco

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