After all the hype, all the game really managed was to put the rage in average. For under a fiver we'd say it's worth a shot though. The open-world side of the game is as bland as they come, but the guns and enemy AI are excellent. It's good to see differences between enemy groups and changing up the combat as you come up against new foes. Remember to stock up on ammo, later ones are seriously tough SOBs.
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Slick gun battles from the creators of Doom paired with unique enemy types that have varying attack patterns make this worth checking out at this price. While the game looks great when you're moving forwards, turn around suddenly and you'll see a game engine with its pants down as textures hurriedly load a fraction too late. The open world and back-tracking detract from what could have been an excellent shooter, but firing those guns is just bliss.
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During his annual keynote speech at Quakecon 2013, id Software's John Carmack apologised for RAGE's poor PC performance at launch, while insisting that the studio is now totally "focused" on developing Doom 4. Don't expect to play it any time soon, though.Click here to read more...
id Software's Tim Willits has teased that some new RAGE announcements may be revealed in the near future.
"We have a few things that we may announce soon, but I'm not sure," he told Game Reactor. "We haven't forgotten about the title, and as soon as we have more news, we will definitely announce it."
The European Ratings Board rated Rage: The Scorchers back in January, suggesting that id Software probably has some DLC in the offing that stars a previously-cut bandit clan. We'll keep an eye on it.
We all feared the worst when RAGE's initial sales figures were reported, with the id Software shooter under-performing for new bosses, Bethesda Softworks. The entire industry is on a razor's edge right now, some companies teetering on the brink, others edging ever closer to salvation as an inevitable shift in the gaming landscape looms. And it appears that, while id Software will continue to operate, Bethesda has been forced to cut an unspecified number of staff from their RAGE team.
"As part of its standard business practice, id regularly evaluates staffing to ensure it has a workforce that meets the needs of the studio. As part of that process, some id employees were recently let go," a Bethesda statement reads. The official announcement was preempted by a poster on Neogaf who got wind of the layoffs. However, Bethesda has confirmed "work on future id titles continues unabated", with Doom 4 rumored to be next on the cards at the historical studio. [Joystiq]
Another day, another new bunch of deals for Steam users to get their hands on. Here are our three picks of the current cycle, which will expire at 6pm today.
Sid Meier’s Civilization V (£6.79): The latest instalment in the turn-based strategy series had many changes from the usual formula, including a hexagonal game board and non-stacking units, but it all worked well (bar the lack of animations in multiplayer.) With a saving of around £7, it’s definitely worth a look.
Limbo (£1.79): The stylised platformer had the gaming world in awe last year, and at this price it is almost rude not to give it a go if you haven’t already. Minimal in its presentation, and thought provoking in its content, Matt gave it a 10 in his review. At a ridiculous sub-£2 price, you can find out why for yourself.
RAGE (£14.99): It wasn’t the grand return of the id Software reign that some were hoping, but it’s a beautifully brutal game with shooting mechanics that are incredibly satisfying. It’s just a same everything beyond that was a little lacklustre. Still, at £15 and a saving of a fiver, it might be worth a go.
You can find the rest of the available offers at the link here!
I recently powerslid, pop-rocketed and decapitated my way through RAGE: id Software's latest title and their first new IP in years. Cathartic fun though it was, I couldn't help feeling that it was a bastardised version of their older lineup, a brutal and technical shooter with tacked-on gameplay components that the ancient studio simply didn't understand how to use properly. Many of my peers believe that the RPG elements and characterisation weren't fleshed out enough, but I'd argue the the exact opposite. There was far too much busywork and grind getting in the way of your mission... which diluted and distracted from the experience rather than creating an immersive world.
You see, id Software's best shooters didn't need loads of voice acting, a bloated storyline or tedious optional missions to create a believable and terrifying game world. They were great because they no contained no fat whatsoever; just massive empowering guns and plenty of monstrous enemies to reduce into chunky kibbles. Doom, Doom II and Quake both prove this point beautifully (and stay tuned for their own BFTP articles, I have no doubt), but there's one game that RAGE could - and should - have learned a fair few lessons from.
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FIFA 12's reign atop the UK Charts has been put to the sword by Forza Motorsport 4 this week, with Microsoft's Kinect-ified racer screeching in at first place. It's the biggest launch for a racer on the Xbox 360, although FIFA 12's 62% drop in sales probably helped secure Forza first place. Despite plummeting sales, FIFA 12 still clung on in second place, just above new entry Just Dance 3. id Software's RAGE continues to slide respectably down the charts, now residing in fourth, with Konami's PES 2012 in at fifth.Click here for the rest of the charts
Battlefield 3 and id Software's RAGE represent the best visuals the current generation of consoles is capable of. That's according to DICE, developers of said BF3, with both titles offering an optional high-resolution texture install to ensure gamers can enjoy both games at the highest visual fidelity possible. However, don't expect DICE's or id's next offerings to offer as big a jump forward; as to do so, developers require another line of consoles with next-generation horsepower. Translation? This generation has reached its peak.Click here to read more...
No surprises this week, statistic fans. FIFA 12 is still at the very top of the premier league; fending of a ferocious attack from id Software's latest IP RAGE. Despite being a self-confessed id fanboy, I couldn't give this flawed and fun shooter more than 7/10 in our full review. Considering that FIFA 12's sales are down 68% on last week and it still manages to top the charts, there's no wonder that it was one of the biggest UK entertainment launches of all time.
Dark Souls has done extremely well for itself, and has managed to beat Gears Of War 3 to third place. Check out Andy Rackstraw's take on this divisive (and brilliant) sadism simulator here.
Otherwise, the big hitters of F1 2011, Zumba, Dead Island and Deus Ex are still jockeying for position - but with plenty of huge launches set for the next few weeks, it's going to be all change soon enough.Click here for this week's UK Top Ten >>
Many PC owners have been raging against (I know, how drole) RAGE's exciting and unexpected smorgasbord of graphical issues and limited options - many of which were taken into account by our recent 7/10 review. However,a new patch has gone live over the weekend that goes a long way towards sorting out the screen tearing, texture quality and lack of an adjustable texture cache. Plenty of driver conflicts have also been addressed.
You can check out the patch notes over on Steam.
We've got a corporate-speak excuse for RAGE's original graphical quality (and lack of options) after the break, in case you're interested.Click here to read more...
Developer: id Software
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
It's here. It's finally here.
RAGE, id Software's only new IP in donkey's years, has been in development for what feels like forever - and raised more than a few eyebrows due to the addition of vehicle combat and seemingly open hub areas. Could they have abandoned their old-school roots in favour of open world exploration and questing?
Don't believe a word of it. RAGE is still a technically accomplished, ultraviolent and linear corridor shooter through and through - except that id has swapped monster closets for monster trucks. And alternate ammo types to die for.
Players assume the role of a lucky volunteer who enters cryogenic stasis before an enormous meteorite, Apophis, smashes into the Earth. Awakening over one hundred years later, you'll learn that the world is now a mean and dangerous place ruled by the violence of bandit gangs and a mysterious advanced power base known only as The Authority. Doing favours for the few pockets of non-murderous civilization, you'll eventually be catapulted through a series of claustrophobic levels packed with varied enemy types - featuring an art style that's soon stamped with id Software's trademark hellish industrial motif despite starting out very reminiscent of Borderlands and Fallout 3. And, more importantly, is full of id Software's trademark brutality.Click here to continue reading our comprehensive RAGE review >>
We're a bit excited for RAGE here at Dealspwn. Jon, our resident id fanboy, has been so beside himself with excitement that he got a little bit over-agitated, declared his love for Mr. Carmack anew and ran off to attempt to swim the Atlantic to be with him before the game launches. We're pretty sure he'll be back next week with a review.
Nonetheless, the sixth and final trailer in Bethesda's series of promos is here and it shows off another seven minutes of resplendent id Tech 5 and a first look at the Jackal Clan as the player goes looking for a valuable data decrypter in their lair.Click here to get your RAGE on...
RAGE is a big game. Such is the size and scope of id Software's ambition, it'll ship on three discs if you're picking up the Xbox 360 version. On the PS3, however, it ships on just one Blu-Ray disc, but does require a mandatory 8GB install. It's a risky move - it's not much fun buying a game, loading it up then sitting through a lengthy install - but id has praised Sony's decision to allow the install and ensure PS3 owners enjoy the best possible RAGE experience.Click here to read more...
As part of id Software's 20 year anniversary, Artistic Director and studio veteran Tim Willits led a seminar about the history of the company at this year's Eurogamer Expo. We'll have a full writeup for you shortly, but before we do, it's worth noting that Willits was willing to shed some light on a few Easter Eggs that will be hidden in their upcoming FPS RAGE. Namely: a celebration of Wolfenstein, Doom and Quake with small in-engine levels being emulated as secrets.
We were able to see the Wolfenstein 3D easter egg in action on RAGE's first mission: a tense battle against the Ghost Clan. Since Wolfenstein is all about finding secrets by bumping into walls and spamming the action key, doing so in a deserted corner of the level revealed a classic blue brick room with a collectable (and eminently sell-able) goblet. Willits confirmed that there will also be similar Quake and Doom secrets scattered around later levels.
RAGE is set to be a culmination of 20 years of FPS excellence, and from what we've played, it's not going to disappoint when it hits shelves on October 7th.
We're all pretty excited for RAGE here at Dealspwn, but no-one is more excited than developers id Software, whose five year labor of love is finally nearing release. The studio has a rich legacy in the first-person shooter department, having essentially created the genre itself with the first Doom game. But according to CEO Todd Hollenshead, RAGE is, without a shadow of a doubt, better than Doom.Click here for more
id Software is keen on reminding us they invented the deathmatch mode in multiplayer; but that doesn't mean they'll simply follow this well-worn path with RAGE, their upcoming post-apocalyptic shooter. Speaking to CVG, Tim Willits confirmed the decision to omit a standard deathmatch mode was a conscious choice, as id Software don't want to simply include "cookie cutter multiplayer" in RAGE.Click here for more