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Written by Doug Dallam   
Tuesday, 08 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

The Mini Games of RAGE

Gambling. Rage has two games you can play that you might dismiss as gimmicky, but after you play them, you get a little hooked; at least I did.

The first is a holographic board game. You make a bet, roll the dice (It's actually more like a slot machine effect) and wait for the outcome. Totally luck, but with odds in your favor, or so it seems. It's still good enough to fool you into thinking you might lose. I never did, however, and the longer I played, the more up I get. It's still fun.


The second game is called RAGE Frenzy, and it's a card game. You actually choose which cards you want to play, and then the game takes over, so it's less chance driven than the dice game. It's a little like a turn based RTS. It would have been nice if the developers had built in the ability to choose which cards are played first, but unless I'm missing something, that option isn't available. Too bad, because if you could choose when you want your cards played, that is, in what order, RAGE Frenzy could have been a really good turn based RTS game on its own. To play, you need to purchase a starter deck, but you must collect the bulk of cards as you pass through your main plot line. Some instances allow you to go back and find the cards, and some do not. So, if you want to play the card game well, you really need to make sure you find those cards. At 225 a pop at the highest bet setting, it can be a real money maker for you too, probably the best way to earn money in the game. Plus, it's really fun.

This idea would be good in MMOGs too. Imagine playing real people as a turn based RTS, like RAGE Frenzy, for in-game money with other players. I actually think this might have already been done to some degree in some MMO, if I remember correctly, but it was more like a real card game than a turn based RTS.

Then we have the races. You race in order to get money and upgrades to your vehicles, but vehicle upgrades can only be purchesed with race credits. (You can get some credits doing other things, but the bulk are from racing.) So RAGE actually forces you to race in order to upgrade your rides, and the races are fun. Once you win the races, you can still go back and play for fun, and you still get some reward for winning, like a usable item or two.


Here's one of the two places you sign up for races. RAGE has two main towns where you spend most of your time, Wellspring and Subway Town, each having one race stand.

Last, you can also get side jobs. Side jobs come from NPGs walking around the game, so ask around, or a "jobs" board. These side jobs help with your economic situation as well as just being fun. The last thing I want to talk about is weapons and supplies, because RAGE allows, and in some instances, demands that you craft items (if you want elite stuff).



# RAGEandy harris 2011-11-08 14:26
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.

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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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