FINALLY. One of my favorite games of all time has finally come out on the Xbox Live Arcade. Rez is the same as I remember it, an awesome audio/visual experience that's pretty fun to play, too. I didn't really expect too much more from Rez HD when compared to the older DC/PS2 versions, but they somehow managed to make this edition even better.
The graphics were the first thing I noticed a difference in, which, to anyone else, probably doesn't mean much considering it is Rez HD
. The reason that it's such a shock to me is because of the quality of my TV. It's an old big screen SDTV that's starting to die after 5+ years of playing video games on it while the instructions explicitly told me not to. The colors tend to fade depending on how light or dark things are in game (which really sucks during the flickery parts in Rock Band) and the picture generally just doesn't look as good as it used to. Rez HD, however, looked beautiful the whole time. The picture was smooth as could be (not jagged like the older versions were) and the colors looked great the whole time.
There are a couple other neat features that are new in Rez HD, also. You can save replays of Score Attack runs (though I haven't tried them yet), which is kind of cool. There's also a bunch of filters to make the game look even crazier (sepia, mosaic, bloom, etc) and some audio effects (cave, forest, underwater, etc) if that's your kinda thing. Of course, one of the most anticipated features (I'm sure) is the Trance Vibration. How is that you ask?
Well, it's entrancing......and vibratey. Honestly, I don't know what they were thinking with this, aside from masturbation. I haven't really done anything of the sort with it, mostly because I don't have any idea what I'd do with it. I can tell you one thing, though: I most certainly NOT "make a sammich out of the controllers with my bits in the middle" as ScottyG suggested. Even if I did have any desire to do such a thing, I would probably be too busy laughing uncontrollably about that to actually play the damn game.
I'll find other ways to pleasure my bits, thank you very much.