|RAGE the PC Game by id Software|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Games|
|Written by Doug Dallam|
|Monday, 07 November 2011|
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Conclusion: RAGE, the PC Game
RAGE is a sort of safe style of game. There aren't many surprises, like false doors, porting enemies, hidden items, or trip wires. It's all served up pretty straight forward. This has the downside of not getting your adrenaline fix on as much as it could, but also allows for a smoothly paced game where you don't go ballistic because you fell off a slippery iron beam for the 200th time trying to cross an acid bath. RAGE is also not a jumping game, like Half-Life or Crysis is. I think I had to jump twice during the entire game. RAGE does have an immersive quality to it, though, in that it always feels good to get back to base, chat up the locals, play some of the minigames, and then go back and talk with the resistance about your next assignment. Or, go to the races first. All in all it's a pleasant game to play.
My only point, really, is to take your time to play this game. Play cards, gamble, take side jobs, go out into the wastelands and drive your car around looking for bad guys—they're there waiting for you—and go racing, instead of blasting through the main plot line. I'd say fully 50% of the fun comes from doing side stuff, and not the main plot. My only gripe is that on the normal setting, the game isn't much of a challenge.
The good part is that for the first time in my life, I plan to play the game again on the next setting up, and I've never playing a single player FPS type game twice, ever. So that's saying a lot for this game. I want to play it again because I can see that if you are forced to use all of your tricks, like sentry guns, sentry bots, exploding RC cars that you drive remotely—really, no kidding—the game could be a lot more fun. Overall I'd rate the game up there with the heavy weights as far as joy of playing goes, like Crysis and Half-life.
If you have a nVidia card and you're playing on a single monitor, I'll leave you with some information that might save you some stress:
In the nVidia control panel, go to “Manage 3D settings", and from the list, choose RAGE:
Multi-Display/mixed-GPU acceleration: Single Display performance mode
Triple Buffering: On
Vertical sync: Force on
Since this isn't really a review, and RAGE wasn't supplied by the developers, there are no ratings nor pros and cons. It is what it is. It's a fun game and draws you in and it has a lot of diversions to play with, plus some really unique weapons. So take your time and enjoy it.
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