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Written by Doug Dallam   
Monday, 07 November 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
RAGE the PC Game by id Software
The Mini Games of RAGE
Supplies and Weapons
Conclusion: RAGE, the PC Game

RAGE PC Game by id Software, some musings

At Benchmark reviews, we thought it might be interesting to offer a light hearted article on the new PC version FPS/RPG hybrid game RAGE, from id software, the creators of DOOM. I've played a lot of PC games since I started using computers. I'm not saying I'm a "gamer," because I'm not. But, I have a good feel for how games have matured since DOOM, which was my first PC game. I've been luke warm with the entire genre of FPSs, MMOGs, and RTSs for a long time, with few exceptions. RAGE is one of those exceptions. Aside from video driver troubles early on, RAGE has a lot to offer and seems like a game inside of a game, inside of a game. This isn't a review, but more of a personal musing on the game itself. So, take off your armor and come on in for some fun.

First, let me say this is not a walk through, how to play, or strategy guide. It's, for lack of a better term, a "How to play RAGE to enjoy it and make it last" musing. If you're like me, I usually get a FPS and play like a bat out of hell until I finish it. It's a diversion and since I'm not young anymore, I can't enjoy week long, time stopping diversions from other responsibilities. That's why my friends and I have virtually stopped playing MMOGs, although we still have old accounts on many games, including Dark Age of Camelot (Since Beta), EVE (4 years now), and the relative new comer, Mortal Online (about a year). In any event, id software has another winner under its belt. How far have games come graphically since Doom? Below you'll see a DOOM vs RAGE screen shot. Also, this game isn't DX, it's Open GL, which is kinda cool in a open source way, but the graphics are still as good as any.

RAGE_vs_DOOM.jpg

The image above really brings back memories of the days of head to head DOOM, and yes, those "cutting edge graphics" by John Carmack. So this is how far we've come in 16-18 or so years of graphic improvements.

RAGE is a FPS for sure, but it's also a RPG, although less so than moves my emotions, since RPGs for me means MMOGs with real people. However, that's me, and there are lots of people out there who play single player RPGs and love them all the same. Games have been moving towards a multi-gaming experience, rather than a DOOM or Quake like linear FPS, for some time.

My first experience with a hybrid was probably some iteration of Unreal, where you're a space marine with a space ship as a home base, and the RPG aspect was several characters that you talked to throughout the game. I was impressed and enjoyed the game. Then came Far Cry 2, and I got bored fast. RAGE, although not ground breaking (how could it be when it started development in 2007), for me, shows how games are maturing, and now, thanks to RAGE, I really like the fushion and sandbox reality. For instance, RAGE offers a plethora of diversions away from the main plot line. These diversions are like their own games inside of a game. I'll list them for you on the next page.

Full Disclosure: The product used in this article has been self-supplied.



 

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# RAGEandy harris 2011-11-08 14:26
Doug
It was great to read a personal view of RAGE and not a "cold " detailed techie review.There are plenty of those on the net!!
I enjoyed your musings of earlier games such as Doom and the fact that many of us no longer have the time to game for hours on end !!
Thanks for the info re the nVidia card settings.I look forward to playing it soon.

Andy
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# RE: RAGE the PC Game by id SoftwareDoug Dallam 2011-11-08 18:53
Cool. Glad at least one person appreciated the change-up in style.
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# Ragekzinti1 2011-11-08 23:02
I checked my Nvidia Control Panel and Rage isn't there. I'm using an EVGA GTX 590 with the latest WHQL approved drivers and, as usual, a new Nvidia Control Panel download. The only things listed there are my benchmark programs and Valve Steam. No Fallout 3, or Fallout New Vegas. No Medal of Honor, Farcry 1 or 2, no S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl or any other game I have installed. Any idea why? The only thing I buy and download from Steam are the DLC's for the various games which I buy and install from cd's or dvd's. None of them are listed in the Nvidia Control Panel so I just click "Let the 3D application decide", on the 1st page of the Nvidia Control Panel. I'm also using Forceware 285.62., the latest Nvidia driver.
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# RE: RAGE the PC Game by id SoftwareDoug Dallam 2011-11-08 23:18
Make sure you are looking in:
Manage 3D Settings
TAB>Program Settings
Select a program to customize.

If you are on that tab an "Add" button should be there too so you can add the .exe file manually.
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# Ragekzinti1 2011-11-09 02:01
Thank you, Doug. I've already tried that. No go. It's been like this with every version of Nvidia Control Panel. That's why I always keep it up to date. Just in case this feature ever decides to work.
I even get better benches when I just let the application decide the settings, instead of the recommendations of the Control Panel. I always read whatever info accompanies the install program and do exactly as it says. Just another little mystery of my computer builds.
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# Ragekzinti1 2011-11-11 02:43
I hated this game. I don't like racing games at all and never knew from the ads that this was the main part of it.
Now, I love this game! The racing part isn't what I expected at all. I've lost count of how many times I've played through it. I just wish that some of the racing took place at night.
This game could've been another excellent FPS/RPG like Fallout:New Vegas. It was decided to make it more like an updated version of an old corridor shooter like DOOM, though, which is a pity. Everything is so closed in and linear it's a little claustrophobic. I'll undoubtedly tire of it a lot sooner than most any other game, but for now, I'm still finding new things I missed before. Like the abundance of usable plants. They're actually everywhere if you actually slow down and look. There are also at least 4 sewer levels I've just found, by accident. When you finish each of them, you'll have another job waiting on you on the Jobs Board. I would have to give this game a score of 8/10. If it was an open-world game like Fallout 3 and New Vegas it could easily have been one of the greatest games ever. Instead, it's just a linear shooter with no choices at all as to gameplay.
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# RE: RageDoug Dallam 2011-11-11 20:44
Yep. I was going to mention that and forgot. The game does keep you pretty much on a path like you say. You don't get lost on the levels. It's a plus and a minus. It's like I mentioned, a "safe" type game in that respect.
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# RE: RAGE the PC Game by id SoftwareKHALID BALOCH 2011-11-13 07:53
Thank you Doug for saying something positive about the best game i've ever played in my entire life,considering that i've played every pc game ever released.Couldnt agree more this game is good.I also had driver issues at first like everybody else,but thats been resolved,and now im enjoying this beautiful game like crazy.Thanks man and thanks to id for this game.Linear or not this is the real mcoy.
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# its kind of boringgodrilla 2011-11-13 09:26
After spending 5 or so hours with the game I regret I bought the game, I too played doom 1 and 2 and woolfenstein.

The game looks good for consoles but if it was targeted at least for even yesterdays pc hardare not even todays it would have looked better.

The only thing I like about it was the game mechanics felt good as a shooter but that's is where it ends!
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# RE: its kind of boringKHALID BALOCH 2011-11-13 10:13
Sorry luv but i dont get it what you mean by"The game looks good for consoles but if it was targeted at least for even yesterdays pc hardare not even todays it would have looked better."
This is the bestest looking game i've seen todate.
And sorry again but what are you bored for with a game which has so much in it.
Btw would you please tell us pc specs.
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# RE: RAGE the PC Game by id SoftwareKHALID BALOCH 2011-11-13 12:28
Hey Doug thanx for the binocular tip,using it as an iron sight for all the guns is amazing.
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# RE: RAGE the PC Game by id SoftwareDoug Dallam 2011-11-13 14:04
Can you use it with other guns? I thought right clicking would only bring up iron sights on anything other than the pistol?
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# RE: RAGE the PC Game by id SoftwareKHALID BALOCH 2011-11-14 11:04
Sorry my bad,iron sight only comes with guns which are held by one hand.
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# RE: RAGE the PC Game by id SoftwareKHALID BALOCH 2011-11-20 22:14
I am very amazed by a lot of peoples comments that Rage is a very short game,and some others who say they finished the singleplayer campaign in almost 15 hours!

What the hell man,i have played it for more than 30 hours until now but i am not even half way through,i am doing all the missions and talking to each and every character and enjoying every moment of it.
I simply dont want to rush this beautiful game.I want all that the devs worked so hard to create for us.

Doesnt anyone else feel the same?
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# RE: RE: RAGE the PC Game by id SoftwareDoug Dallam 2011-11-20 22:32
Yes, that was my entire point pretty much.
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