is a Rail Shooter
that's set in a futuristic computer supernetwork
called the K-project where much of the data flow is controlled by an AI named Eden. Eden has become overwhelmed with the amount of knowledge gathered on the network, causing her to doubt her existence and enter a shutdown sequence, which will mess things up big time since society as a whole depends too much on technology. The gamer plays a hacker, logging into the K-project system to reboot Eden while destroying any viruses or firewalls that happen to inhibit progress, and analyzing other sub-areas of the network to gain access to Eden's location.
The game's music and sound react to the player's actions in a way that allows you to partially compose the BGM as you play. A very trippy game that did not get the commercial success it deserved
was released on both the Sega Dreamcast
and the PlayStation 2
in November 2001 in Japan, and in early 2002 in Europe and North America (though North America did not get the Dreamcast release
). Due to its weak sales, it soon became a rare gem. However, thanks to the release of Rez HD
on Xbox Live Arcade
in 2008, anyone with a Xbox 360
and access to Xbox Live can now not only enjoy the game for 10 dollars (at least in the U.S.), but with even more stunning high-definition visuals and discrete 5.1 channel audio as well.
It has received a sequel, Child of Eden
, utilizing Microsoft's new Kinect interface. The trailer also indicates a PS3
release, probably utilizing Playstation 3's new Move interface. It is about eliminating viruses in order to secure the first AI "birth", Lumi, the AI duplication of the first space-born human girl.
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