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LIVING: GAME REVIEWS: IN TUNE WITH BATTLE AGAINST VIRUS.

Byline: MARTYN LEEK

REZ (PS2, Sega)

PUTTING it simply, Rez is the ultimate in post-clubbing gaming.

It's the story of a virus-plagued cyberspace. You're a hacker who's entered the computer world to fight through area after area, eliminating the virus and restoring the place to its previous state of digital beauty.

The only way you can do it is by reviving Eden, the computer in charge of the whole place.

In essence, it's a flying shooting game - but Rez, quite bizarrely, is set to interactive music.

Shoot one virus and you get a deep bassline. Destroy another and it's a high-hat or a keyboard swirl. You're destroying the baddies to the soundtrack you create!

Progress through the levels and marvel as the Tron-like graphics and trance soundtracks build up.

This is a game that is always going to be difficult to describe. Its real beauty lies not in looking at it like some titles, but in playing it. Long may Sega continue to develop titles like this.

Graphics ......8/10 Sound ......9/10 Gameplay 10/10 Overall . .9/10BLOODWAKE (X-box, Microsoft)OH dear! The launch of any new games console is fraught with difficulties. Will the public take to the new machine?

Will there be enough consoles on the street? What will the games be like? Well, in the case of Bloodwake, pretty terrible. You're a Viet Cong boatman who's been betrayed by his brother, and you set to the high seas, wreaking havoc in suitably oriental speedboats or junks.

Graphically, this game is wonderful. Unfortunately, the gameplay stinks. Most of the gun battles involve going round in big circles, while trying to chase the bad guys and lock on with your dreadful phut-phut machine gun.

4/10
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Apr 7, 2002
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