id's Rage: Flawed, Flat, But Occasionally Fun - HotHardware

id's Rage: Flawed, Flat, But Occasionally Fun

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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, doesn't live up to its pedigree*. While it's not a bad game, it's a shadow of what we hoped for. There's no character customization in Rage and the game world, while gorgeous, is fairly small. You'll see plenty of jaw-dropping scenery, but you won't be visiting 95 percent of it.


Tomorrow's weather: Cloudy, with a 100% chance of impact winter

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. Unfortunately, the plot doesn't.

Mission Structure, Plot Holes:


Rage's engine is capable of producing some stunning visuals, both across large amounts of terrain, and in closer environments.
The town of Wellspring is pictured on the right


Rage's Uprising trailer, released in early August, implied that the game is a struggle between the heroic members of the Resistance and the tyrannical Authority. In reality, you won't even encounter the Authority until more than halfway through the game. NPCs make disparaging remarks about the organization and claim that Ark survivors meet a bad end if the Authority finds them but for an evil dictatorship, the Authority plays a very limited role.             


That's a Sand Person Shrouded Clan member on the left, a rather cranky mutant on the right.

Instead of battling an oppressive government, you spend most of your time wiping out local groups of bandits, even when they don't actually offer a believable threat. At one point, the local sheriff tasks you with wiping out the Shrouded Clan due to the number of RC car bombs they've been manufacturing. Imagine the look Darth Vader gave George Lucas when informed that Ewoks would be responsible for blowing up the second Death Star, and you've got an idea how well this comes off.

Other than a few fetch quests and delivery speed runs, Rage's missions boil down to "Go to X and kill everything that moves." The lack of alternate solutions is downright distasteful in some cases—at one point, you're charged with killing off the Gearhead Clan because the mayor of Subway Town doesn't want to pay his electricity bill. NPCs repeatedly refer to your "special skills" when it comes to handling such jobs, until we began to suspect that the player character was packed off to the future as some sort of murderous enforcer.

* Note: If you intend to play Rage on a PC and you own an AMD videocard, you'll need to update your drivers. The game is effectively unplayable on Catalyst 11.9 or previous versions. Some Nvidia users have also complained of texture artifacts, screen tearing, and texture pop-in, but the problem seems more severe on ATI hardware. Nvidia recommends gamers experiencing problems install the 285.38 beta Forceware drivers.

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Just looked up the demo. It seems pretty neat, love the weapons they have xD

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The problem is that the game was created for consoles, which i read some industry analysts' predicting Zenimax revenue approaching 94% from this medium for this game. As a console game it is excellent, as a PC game....it is lacking. Decent for Bethesda, far far too short for id standards. Maybe our standards are too high but if so, it is id's fault... :D

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I can't disagree with these observations at all actually. And yes, id did set their own bar rather high. But hey, when you're an industry icon, with the resource they have, you have to deliver.

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When I first saw some of the screen shot and read some of the reviews just said OK looks like fun, a bit buggy maybe  and hey I can get by without a story for graphics like this besides the weapons like fun too.Just not wanting to spend full price ,therefore not much to No about it. yeah seriously id defintely got the $$ and smarts to deliver.

by the time I get the game [not full price if possible] the patches may be in ,not only that I sorta schtink playin but have fun either way

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rrplay:
I sorta schtink playin

Yeah, you're an old fart like I am.

What reactions?

Where the heck did THAT come from??

Can't these guys slow down a little?>?

Oh Crap,...fragged again!

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realneil:
What reactions?

Where the heck did THAT come from??

Can't these guys slow down a little?>?

Oh Crap,...fragged again!

One thing for sure that you may have noticed when you can't CRS  or have those 'madcow' moments... is that the gaming experience awakens those 'funky' ol' brain cells whether they are needed for story line ? who cares ? ...>> so what  ! CRS will take care of that while the "brain chill" kicks in trying to remember what weapon to use & mousy button  mmmmm....  .... ... . ..

Oh cr^p  ..fragged again ! Embarrassed

Look at he bright side Idea We might actually get a few extra hours of play-time  ! sorta built-in  Wink and some folks may be envious.Smile

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CRS is "can't remember sh*t?"

I agree about the extra play time built-in for old farts.

Who knows if I'll ever finish it at all?

 

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realneil:
I agree about the extra play time built-in for old farts.

Who knows if I'll ever finish it at all?

more of an ol' kat here .so what  you think Neil about 4hrs 'bonus' hours should we remember to finish playin ?..nice to have the math thingy that @acarzt did Yes

acarzt:
...You're paying $7.50-20 /hr for the movie versus $5-6 /hr for the game. So it's hard to say any game isn't a good value when you take that into consideration.  I'll probably pick this one up when it goes on sale on steam for like $20 :-P

not to hard to figure out ..by the way what a sixer of PBRs or Bud going for in your neck of the woods ? Beer  good enough feedback and positive arguments for me to check this game out. esp later like $20 TY .Smile

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rrplay:
by the way what a sixer of PBRs or Bud going for in your neck of the woods ? 

I don't know,....I haven't had anything to drink in years. Being Diabetic, I get sick when I drink. Smile

(I'm Boring, I Guess)

I've tried this game on my iPad of all things and I enjoyed it enough to decide to get it for the PC. But I'll also wait for a Steam sale before I get it.

(Or I'll win a download code from HotHardware.com)

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realneil:
.... I enjoyed it enough to decide to get it for the PC. But I'll also wait for a Steam sale before I get it.
(Or I'll win a download code from HotHardware.com)
***good enough for me ! meanwhile maybe we can all keep an eye out for some sweeps / giveaway for the game keys>> post & share it and a lucky HH member can win one .
TaylorKarras:
...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.
***No doubt about that with the Doom 3 engine it still looks pretty good to me have it installed and tweaked a bit and some of the mods are a blast.Not all that sure but maybe Rage will go on ot better things in future versions or some 'spify' mods will come along the way.The one I have been waiting for is Prey 2 which should be out Post Piledriver ? next year.

 

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