Rage - Xbox 360

Game Description:A brand new IP for id Software (of Doom and Quake fame), this all-new title utilizes the company's unique id Tech 5 technology, aiming to incomparable new levels of graphic presentation in artistic expression and graphic fidelity. Rage offers high-intensity battling and racing gameplay, offering the complexity of race track dynamics and tactics (including a monetary system where you can invest winnings from races to improve your vehicles and character) and the action of a FPS when you take to foot in combat scenarios.
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Rage New Impressions

Rage New Impressions

By Abbie Heppe - Posted May 04, 2010

At first look, Rage appears to be an unholy trinity of Borderlands, Fallout 3, and BioShock. Since that involves traversing post-apocalyptic wastelands, vehicles, weapon modifications, and engineering crafty elements of destruction, you might wonder what sets Rage apart from those other games. Well, Rage has been in the works for quite some time, as has iD Tech 5, the updated iD engine technology that is the foundation for Rage and, eventually, Doom 4. For those who don’t get excited over sexy new game tech, I’ll illustrate how noticeable the engine is within all the trappings of the game. The initially arresting component of the demo is the sheer amount of detail in the world. Tim Willits, lead designer and iD co-owner, joked that “perhaps too much time” had been spent in the details, but it’s certainly apparent in the game’s locales. Of course, that’s a combination of the engine’s abilities and the art and design of the game. The world feels like it actually has people living within its borders. But sure, we see an awful lot of pretty games in this day and age, so there has to something more, right? Glad you rhetorically asked.


First, the backstory: Rage takes place in a post-apocalyptic Earth, devastated by the impact of the Apophis asteroid. Thanks to Google search, I’ve now learned this is an actual asteroid that scientists fear may strike Earth in 2029 or possibly head back for a second try in 2036. At any rate, I’ll sleep well tonight and see, kids? Video games is learning! Anyhow, in preparation for the event, the government stored its best and brightest away in underground Arks to ensure the survival of humanity. You are the lone survivor of a horribly damaged Ark, and you emerge into a vastly changed Earth populated by fellow survivors of the asteroid's impact…some of which are horrible mutants. Yes, the Fallout comparisons are inevitable, but Rage does many things to divorce itself from the obvious similarities.

That brings me to the exciting part. As a huge fan of shooters, and iD shooters in particular, I’m always excited when a game does something I haven’t seen before. This became apparent as we left the open world and embarked on a mission. There’s a lot of combat variety in Rage, through engineered weapons (like turrets and a toy car with a bomb strapped to it), environmental kills (electrocuting water, etc.) and your arsenal of guns. But I was not prepared to see how the AI moves through the world and reacts to damage. There are many clans in the Rage world, all with their own attributes, and the one we saw were particularly acrobatic, swinging down from the pipe fixtures and flipping off walls as they executed attacks. Most impressive was when the player turned down a hallway and one came in, bouncing off the walls before roundhouse kicking our character in the face. They quickly knocked down turrets and got right back to their primary target; so quickly, in fact, that we didn’t get a good chance to see the turrets in action. But hey, that’s good AI, and I can’t wait to see what surprises the rest of the game has in store. It’s amazing to think that every enemy and NPC in the game is mo-capped and animated so carefully.


Rage is certainly a distinct break from the corridor shooter one might expect from iD (though last year’s Wolfenstein began to play with open-world elements), and it already hints at more story than Quake, Doom and Wolfenstein combined. There is a massive body of fiction behind Rage and it’s hard to tell what’s more impressive: the technological advances that we expect from iD, or the massive feat of storytelling that’s traditionally absent in their games. Rage has absolutely made it onto my “most anticipated games” list.

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    This game is gonna be t!ts.Cant wait for so new tidbits from E3.

    Posted: June 10, 2010 4:15 PM
  • redrumerog

    Well my expectations are pretty high right now,
    Need for Speed: Shift "MEETS" CoD: MW2

    Posted: May 10, 2010 3:30 PM
  • redrumerog

    Well my expectation are pretty high right now,
    Need for Speed: Shift "MEETS" CoD:MW2
    Sounds awesome!

    Posted: May 10, 2010 3:27 PM
  • ProudFilipino

    I was interested into RAGE before Borderlands. I wasnt going to buy Borderlands until my friends got me to buy it and play it with them and I just got addicted to it :) now its Rage's turn! I hope it kicks ass!

    Posted: May 9, 2010 10:14 AM
  • Sage_Sakyia

    This is really starting to interest me, damnit, another game on the radar..

    Posted: May 8, 2010 4:41 PM
  • Tyri3l

    I've been keeping this on my radar but my interest has been kept in check simply because the game seems like it's been in development forever. I mean I think we saw the first teaser trailer after quakecon 2007. It's cool that Abbie and Adam were impressed but the game is still about 5 months off. Just seems kind of early to be jump starting the hype machine. "It's old but it works just as good as the day they built it" lol.

    Posted: May 8, 2010 8:25 AM
  • kujel

    Seeing as this is open world I'm now officially interested.
    Btw Borderlands and Fallout3 were awesome but Bioshock sucked.

    Posted: May 7, 2010 9:50 PM
  • Insane_genius

    i agree.post-apocalytic games bore me.theres nothing really new but graphics,"weapons" and "story"

    Posted: May 5, 2010 6:35 PM
  • Luck702

    at first, i thought this game wasnt going to be good at all, seeing how i was ultra tired of the post apoc. setting. this actually seems bad ass, the way they described its kinda lke diablo in the wasteland, and fps, maybe? i liked boarderlands but hated the fact you needed freinds to get any progress in the game.

    Posted: May 5, 2010 6:27 PM
  • Sex-Robot


    Posted: May 5, 2010 5:38 PM
  • Gargamel360

    I loved Doom3 (still do, in fact), ID typically sets the bar high, and this is more plot-driven? My fingers tingle with anticipation.......

    Posted: May 5, 2010 5:22 PM
  • Sex-Robot

    Listen the game looks bad ass but so far away to soon to till if its a masterpiece

    Posted: May 5, 2010 3:28 PM
  • taternuts

    kool need more info the game looks awsome .

    Posted: May 5, 2010 10:35 AM
  • lardbut

    Game looks interesting, however all games were wwII themed a couple years ago and now it seems they are all post-apocalyptic Earth.

    Posted: May 5, 2010 10:09 AM
  • Bumholeconstipation

    Am i readin the release date wrong soo so so so far away

    Posted: May 5, 2010 5:43 AM
  • tienesmota

    I've been following this game for about a year now and can't...freaking...wait

    Posted: May 5, 2010 1:29 AM
  • arcticinferno

    I am buying this game because Abbie Heppe is talking about it.


    I love her.

    Marry me?

    Posted: May 5, 2010 12:20 AM
  • TheFeedMack

    i would love a coop or multiplayer aspect but i will be getting this game no matter what

    Posted: May 4, 2010 7:50 PM
  • franticsociety

    Looks exciting, let's hope it makes it onto all platforms.

    Posted: May 4, 2010 7:47 PM
  • TheFeedMack

    i saw this in like August of last year and i was immediately sold if this gets released in 2011 ill get it first day but this year i have to buy brink reach crisis 2 and either Call of Duty black ops or medal of honor maybe even Madden 11

    Posted: May 4, 2010 7:45 PM