As noted yesterday, Child of Eden is finally out and about. And the reaction among Rez fans, the game that's essentially its predecessor, is somewhat mixed. While no one flat out hates this brand new iteration, it's hard to find anyone that's completely in love either. We all completely understand the reasoning and circumstances behind the new Rez's look, yet there’s still that desire for less multicolored globs of goo on screen, and more flat shaded, polygonal goodness.

Thankfully there's a host of games coming very soon that all embody the spirit of the groundbreaking music-based, on-rails shooter from 2001, to varying degrees. We've already mentioned Proun, which certainly qualifies, but there's so much more. Like what you see above, Dyad for the PlayStation Network. Again, like Proun, the gameplay is quite different from Rez -- instead of a shooter, it's a racer -- but the influence is unmistakable.

Another title that's more like the source material, but definitely adds its own flourishes, is the also previously mentioned Planck v.1. This latest trailer appears to show what could be best described as a boss battle near the end...

One other excellent example, which is easily the most Rez-like of the bunch, and has also gotten perhaps the least amount of attention, is Tobias Baumann's The Flight. Information on the latest from the man who gave us Dopplescope is fairly scarce at this point, though from the looks of the little footage that's out there, it brings together music, visuals, and actions to a greater degree than it's inspiration (it's unfair which does the better job, this or Planck v.1, since the gameplay is not quite the same)...

Again, I have no solid proof that each game is a direct result and response to Rez, but I believe it's a safe bet. As well as how fellow fans will surely dig, along with how the one semi-responsible for it all, Tetsuya Mizuguchi, would certainly be flattered.

[via PlayStation Blog, Reddit, Kotaku]