id's Rage: Flawed, Flat, But Occasionally Fun - HH Games It

id's Rage: Flawed, Flat, But Occasionally Fun - HH Games It

Rage is id Software's first game in seven years and its lead developer, John Carmack, has more than earned a spot in the video game industry's all-time Hall of Fame. Rage, however, unfortunately doesn't live up to its pedigree. While it's not a bad game, it's a shadow of what we hoped for.

The game takes place 106 years after Earth is struck by the asteroid 99942 Apophis. Prior to the disaster, the US government created a number of Arks as part of a plan to ensure human civilization wouldn't be irrevocably wiped out by the asteroid's impact. You awaken as the sole survivor of your Ark, stagger outside, and are nearly killed by mutants. A local roughneck, Dan Hagar, shoots them off your back, offers to give you a lift to the nearest settlement, and the game begins.

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recoveringknowitall:

Bioshock is awesome so I dunno what you're talkin about. Not hatin just a bit surprised by your pov.

yeah I like Bioschock ..  Yes had a nice little weekend playing around with it a short while back   for some brew Beer and play - time ..

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recoveringknowitall:

Bioshock is awesome so I dunno what you're talkin about. Not hatin just a bit surprised by your pov.

IMO BioShock is pretty overrated. I mean they do get points for coming up with an imaginative city (Rapture), they did add a lot of backstory into the mix and most of the environments were good and I admit, most of the plasmids were fun.

The faults however are numerous. Coming from a guy who really liked System Shock 2, I was shocked to see the whole game dumbed down for console users, no longer do we have the same kind of flexibility that we had in System Shock 2, nor the exportability, there are some rooms but the whole thing just goes around in a circle, and there's barely any backtracking of any kind whatsoever through any previous levels. And the enemies are interesting at first but once you progress through the game you find them to just be boring since all they do is attack and attack and attack and barely show any personality.

Another thing is the plasmids, while they may seem cool and the combinations you can do with them are interesting; there are a limited number of combinations you can do and once you learn all of them; the interest factor goes down significantly. Adding to that is some of the plasmids aren't even really even needed (Cyclone Trap and Insect Swarm to list a few.); I can say that the gunplay and the option to upgrade your guns is good though...

The Big Daddy and the Little Sister thing is described well and is even well layered out throughout the game but when it comes to the morality thing; it's just really limited. See, you can chose to save them or kill them and that's cool at first but soon you find out that the game only allows for a good ending or a bad ending; you can save half of the Little Sisters and kill the other half of the Little Sisters and yet you'd get an ending which is dark but has a hint of white in it. So the route you take and the ending you get is either black or white.

I did not like the overall story of the game, something which was lifted from System Shock 2 (guy meets friend, friend navigates him towards Rapture, friend then promises to meet him, friend turns out to be the enemy, guy has to fight the enemy, boss defeated, game over.) The underlining story of Andrew Ryan, Morality, and Coruption is the best part of the story, and the part where Andrew Ryan confronts Jack is good, but overall I'm just disappointed with the story mostly being from System Shock 2.

I also got to fault some things where the theming of the city starts to look like a themed restaurant or in the case of the last level, a video game level that does not fit in with Rapture... I mean I get that they're technologically advanced but everything has to feel consistent/real, nothing has to stand out or take you out of the game.

I do have to mention the Big Daddy Suit at the end and how that was cool in the sense that it changed up the whole dynamic of the game but if you do leave with the suit on, be aware that you may find the game really boring since all you can do is explore and kill enemies.

So yeah, BioShock is a good game but it's severly overrated in a ton of parts; (BioShock 2 and it's future successor BioShock: Infinite is a notable improvement from the original.) It's also one of the games that dumbs down the mechanics to reach a wider audience. (You know, the one who wasn't raised using a mouse and a keyboard and faced hard-as-hell AI that took you multiple tries to get pass...)

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Definitely will be waiting for this game to drop in price and for it to mature a bit. Plus I don't really have a machine that will run it very well.

BTW I know this is a hardware site but I think a lot of us enjoy PC games and are enjoying the occasional review of games here :) (So thanks)

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Nice review. I admit I was kind of drawn in by the details and the early screenshots of Rage on the iD Tech 5 engine but I was turned off by the reviews in the same way that I was with Duke Nukem Forever. I mean the graphics look good but if it's as repetitive as they say it is then why should I plop down $50 bucks for this baby. I admit, I may try this game the same way with Duke Nukem Forever (which I have not also tried) but for right now I'm saving my money for bigger and better games.

Also funny story, I'm one of the few not bothered by the enemies spawning out of nowhere in Doom 3. More so, I was bothered by the inaccurate guns in the game that didn't do as much damage as I thought they did therefore leading me to spray and spray and get frustrated... Thankfully, there are mods to fix this. The best part about Doom 3 is that it's graphics can be upgraded to look as nice as the modern games out there; hell I have a mostly modded copy of Doom 3 on my hard drive, and I have to say it looks pretty good.

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I was excited for this game but the linear paths make me yearn for open pastures. This could have been a really great one too :( Alas, we must wait for Skyrim to make up for this...soon so soon *drool*

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Great game looks sharp for systems that can run it on high need a 580gtx plus to see at full glory which textures are amazing. To keep at playable settings you will need a 5450.Pretty much any none notebook guad core will run this game fine. At least 4 gigs of ram also. Its barely long enough to fall into a good game category it is fun and dynamic. That being said I tons of issues I had to manually create files to play. And had to use 3 separate drivers to make it all the way through the game.

Fun good length 16 plus hours if your completeionist has many familiar features plus some new ones. You wont like this game if your not a completionists only like 8 hours worth of game if your a point a to point b. Also wont like this game if you cant stand re use of other popular game features alot of inspiration came from many other games. Or cant /wont use google to figure out how to make missing config file ect.

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Thanks Dave, I think I will not have to worry about getting this game now & save some needed cash.

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I loved the game. Hands down satisfied. As for specs.. I run a i7, 6bg, Nivida 460m (1920x1080) and get 60fps no prob. I think thats the max.

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Thanks for the heads up. I'd be playing it on ps3, but I'm sure issues are the same, aside from the controller. I'm enjoying Marvel Pinball over here! Skyrim and FF XII-2, summer baby.

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