Now here's some news a lot of people probably didn't expect to see. Monstars Inc., Resonair and Enhance Games made it possible for PC gamers to enjoy the previous Dreamcast and PS2 release of Rez, on Steam right now.
Gamespot is reporting that the game has launched on Steam right now for $24.99. During the first week of being on sale the game is marked down by 20% off, which means you can get the title for only $19.99.
The game originally came out back in 2001 for the Sega Dreamcast and PlayStation 2, 16 years ago. It's crazy that it's been that long. However, Rez isn't just being re-released on Steam for PC gamers. Just like the PlayStation 4 version of Rez Infinite, the developers decided to add in VR support for the 16-year-old 3D shooter on PC.
If you happen to own a Steam VR compatible headset or an Oculus Rift, you can enjoy the game the way it was meant to be played: in virtual reality.
The VR mode for the Rez franchise was first introduced with Rez Infinite on the PlayStation 4 for the PlayStation VR headset. The newer Rez Infinite featured upgraded graphics and was designed to take advantage of the extra power of the PlayStation 4.
For the PC version of the game the developers have completely remastered all of the classic levels from Area 1 through Area 5, and the developers have added a completely new segment in Area X. Texture resolution and general game resolution has also been increased -- in fact the developers mention that the resolution has been doubled from what it was when Rez was available on the PlayStation 2 and Dreamcast.
It's a little difficult playing with a controller given the way Rez Infinite is setup. The main gameplay centers around flying around in crazy, geometrically psychedelic environments where the object of the game is to fly through stages, lock onto the targets that fly around you, and zap them out of the sky.
All truth be told, this is not the sort of game where you will easily get the hang of it within the first five minutes or so because it's a completely unorthodox kind of VR shooter. It's not like Virtua Cop or typical vertical arcade shooters like Resogun or Gradius because you can only fire your weapons at enemies when you get a proper lock. This has more to do with how well you can spot the enemy targets on the screen as opposed to your reflexive twitch skills.
If you're planning on grabbing the game for PC and using a VR headset, you will need at least an i5, 8GB of and a GTX 970 or higher. Otherwise, if you're planning on playing the game without VR, you can settle for an i3 with 4GB of RAM and a GTX 750.