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DOOM 3: BFG is finally out today, have a launch trailer


It has demons and stuff...in 3D
Oct 16
// Brett Zeidler
Can you believe DOOM 3 came out eight years ago? To be honest, I feel like it didn't even really need an HD release. To me it still looks fantastic. Oh well, I guess it looks even better now, so that's cool. Also, it's in 3D...
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Doom 3: BFG will include an exclusive 'Lost Mission'


Aug 02
// Brett Zeidler
id Software brought a new trailer for Doom 3: BFG Edition with them to QuakeCon this year, and it shows off "The Lost Mission" that will be exclusive to the HD remaster. It's not clear what exactly it's about,...
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Rage will ship with full modding tools on PC


May 05
// Maurice Tan
When it comes to PC games, one thing the platform has always had over its console brethren -- other than better graphics -- is mods. Since Rage is an id Software game, creative director Tim Willits has told PC Gamer that the ...
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Latest RAGE trailer makes the most of drones


May 05
// Conrad Zimmerman
Hot damn if that doesn't look sweet. This new trailer for RAGE shows segments of a mission to disrupt the bomb making capabilities of a group called "The Shrouded." There's a brief bit of rather exciting vehicle gameplay sho...
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id on Quake, Wolfenstein: If you want it, we can deliver


May 02
// Jordan Devore
Shacknews got to chatting with id Software senior producer Jason Kim about the studio's non-Rage, non-Doom properties. He says what many of us were hoping to hear. "Our studio has grown a lot, not just in size but also in des...
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Doom 4 won't be a 're-skinned' Rage, says id


Apr 19
// Jordan Devore
Rage continues to look terrific, and also continues to be id's main focus, at least in terms of where the studio's marketing muscle is at. Following a few brief statements about Doom 4, which pin it as not a direct sequel to ...
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Take a trip to Dead City in a new RAGE trailer


Apr 18
// Jim Sterling
Let my proclamation go out across the land -- RAGE looks utterly, utterly, utterly, utterly, bloody, utterly, fantastic. I do not say that lightly, good friends! This new gameplay trailer invites us to Dead City, where the p...

Rage's multiplayer vehicle combat, co-op revealed

Apr 18 // Nick Chester
[Note: Bethesda hasn't provided any images of Rage's multiplayer offerings; everything seen here is taken from the single-player campaign.] "What we didn't want to do is just throw a couple of guys on foot and they're fighting and call it our online offering," says Rage design director Matt Hooper. "That's not what we wanted to do. We wanted to make it uniquely Rage." Enter "Rage Combat Rally," id software's answer to a Twisted Metal-style car combat game set in the world of Rage. This mode throws up to six players into buggy battle vehicles, and has them battling out in combat arenas.  Taken on its own, the vehicle combat looks like it would be satisfying. At the start of a match, players choose their vehicle load out, including primary front weapons, and secondary weapons including mines. While we didn't get a chance to go hands on this multiplayer mode, it's safe to say the vehicles control as smoothly as they do in the single player campaign. And blowing the crap out of other cars is, as always, simultaneously amusing and cathartic.  Adding another element is the secondary objective of hitting rally points strewn across the arena. Hit a rally point, earn points, and start a multiplier. You'll use that multiplier to boost the scores for your kills, but expect to have people gunning for you -- taking out the rally leader is worth huge points.  While id's still trying to finalize some details like how many maps will ship with the game (they're aiming for "at least five"), it does say to expect a traditional online multiplayer progression system. What that means is earning some sort of XP for unlocking new weapons and such which will allow you to customize your experience. There will also be a few variations of the vehicle combat, including team-based rally modes, a "chain rally" mode (where players will have to hit three rally points to begin scoring instead of one), and a classic vehicle deathmatch.  If you're not so much about killing your friends and more about good old fashioned cooperation, id's throwing that in too. They're calling it "Legends of the Wasteland," a mode separate from the game's single-player narrative experience. These instance missions will be unique to the co-op experience, but id says that they will still tie into events that take place in the campaign. The mission we were shown took place in the town of Wellspring, where the Shrouded Clan have invaded the city in an attempt to destroy its water supply. The goal is to enter the town with a buddy, and disarm two bombs before purging the area of any remaining bandits.  Gameplay remains very much Rage, with most of the same weapons and gadgets you'd find and use in the game's single player campaign. As with most things, though, adding a friend seems to up the fun factor substantially. Right now id is promising "at least eight" co-op maps, including one that they say serves as a "beta test" for the Mutant Bash TV portions of the game.  Both modes look like they should be a lot of fun, although the lack of arenas for "Rally" ("at least five") and scenarios for co-op ("at least eight") is a bit of a concern. When asked about the downloadable content to expand the experience, creative director Tim Willets simply said they weren't sure of its plans. Pete Hines, Bethesda's VP of public relations and marketing stepped in and added "TBD." Run through the trusty "PR Speak Translator 9000," that likely means "Probably, but we're not talking about it right now." Rage is out September 13 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. 
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An id Software shooter without multiplayer modes? What crazy world do you think we live in? Of course the developer's upcoming first-person shooter will features multiplayer game modes… but they're not what you might expect.  Instead of opting for standard deathwatch modes, previously id's bread and butter, it's focusing on vehicle combat and two player cooperative play for Rage.

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Rage 'Anarchy Edition' pre-order upgrade revealed


Apr 18
// Nick Chester
Bethesda and id Software have announced the "Anarchy Edition" for its upcoming first-person shooter Rage. This special version of the game will be available to anyone who pre-orders the game, for the same price as the standar...
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Put on your reading glasses, Rage novel incoming


Mar 29
// Nick Chester
Bethesda's just announced today that, this fall, Del Rey Books will be publishing a novel based on Rage.  It's called (get this) Rage, and it's being penned by the game's writer, Matt Costello. It follows the basic plot ...
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Doom goes adorable with miniaturized sprites


Mar 25
// Jordan Devore
Doom has always been one of my all-time favorite games, and a large part of that is thanks to the distinct art style. Imagine my surprise, then, when I stumbled across the latest series on Caleb Hystad's 8x8 Pixel blog. He's ...
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Prey 2 made official, coming to 360/PS3/PC in 2012


Mar 14
// Jim Sterling
Bethesda Softworks has officially announced Prey 2 today, following word this weekend that details were coming. The shooter sequel will arrive in 2012 and is being developed for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.  The first...
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Dark Horse publishing Rage comic book series


Mar 11
// Nick Chester
Bethesda and Dark Horse Comics have announced that the Rage universe will be explored with a comic book this coming June. The three comic mini-series will be written by Arvid Nelsion of Rex Mundi fame, with art by Andrew Mutt...
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Rage site updates with fanciness, free music track


Mar 11
// Nick Chester
Bethesda and id Software have updated the official Rage site, making it all pretty for your eyes and your ear holes. Among the goodies include is an "interactive panoramic" of Rage that will let you explore the game's weapons...
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Go on, have a new RAGE trailer!


Feb 17
// Jim Sterling
Here's a sexy new trailer for RAGE. It features much of what we've come to expect from the game -- intense violence, hideously ugly mutants, and ... well ... that's plenty enough for me! It seems that much of RAGE's promotion has been kept under the hood, so it's nice to actually see a bit more gameplay. Definitely looking promising though, right? I can't wait to check it out.
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QuakeCon 2011 dated for August 4 through August 7


Jan 28
// Nick Chester
It's like the "death and taxes" of LAN parties: QuakeCon 2011 dates have been confirmed by id Software and Bethesda Softworks today. It's takeng place August 4 through August 7 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas. No...
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Skyrim, Brink, RAGE, Hunted get release dates


Jan 27
// Jim Sterling
Bethesda has announced release dates for its entire 2011 lineup, and it looks like there is a lot for us to look forward to. Hunted: The Demon's Forge, Brink, RAGE and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim have all been granted 2011 re...
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Here, choke down some RAGE screens!


Jan 26
// Jim Sterling
Bethesda has decided that today is the day for some RAGE screens. If you've not heard of this game, it'll be id Software's first offering on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, though it'll naturally hit the PC too. It's a first-...
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RAGE and RAGE HD getting beefy updates soon!


Dec 15
// Jim Sterling
John Carmack has spilled the beans on an update to what was previously the most visually impressive iOS game, RAGE. Quite a few new treats are being tossed in, too.   First of all, Game Center support is coming, bringing...
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Quake Arena hits Xbox Live Arcade next week


Dec 10
// Nick Chester
Quake Arena Arcade is finally coming to Xbox Live Arcade on December 15, id Softare and publisher Bethesda announced today. The game will feature support for up to 16 players, including six game types, among them Deathmatch, ...
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Carmack interested in doing a Kinect-centric XBLA game


Nov 19
// Jordan Devore
When you're thinking of potential developers you want tinkering with your latest tech, id's John Carmack has got to be near the top of that list. Speaking with Joystiq, the famed programmer and technical director said he has ...

Review: RAGE

Nov 19 // Jim Sterling
RAGE (iPhone [reviewed], iPad)Developer: idPublisher: BethesdaReleased: November 18, 2010MSRP: $0.99 (iPhone), $1.99 (iPad) RAGE on the iPhone paints a grim post-nuke future in which the premier form of entertainment is a deadly man-versus-mutant game show titled Mutant Bash TV. Hosted by the corpulent, grotesque and painfully unfunny J.K Stiles, this sordid show is represented on the iDevices as an on-rails shooter, one that looks pretty damn sweet.  The graphics are RAGE's big selling point, and they definitely look impressive, up there with the very best the iPhone has to offer. The mutants are detailed in all their grotesque glory, and the environments are packed with objects and intricate filth. In terms of showing off the power of your iThings, RAGE certainly gets the job done.  The gameplay is not quite as outstanding as the graphics, unfortunately. Controls are of the frustratingly unwieldy variety, with tilt-based aiming mechanics and a minimalist interface that doesn't give you much in the way of combat options. You can aim, shoot and dodge, and that's about it. There's no melee attack, which means you will often take a lot of damage should more than one enemy get close to you. Dodging isn't all that helpful, as it gives you a mere second's reprieve from attack, and when you're dealing with a mixture of brick-lobbing ranged mutants and up-close punchy mutants, you'll find that you're sorely lacking in methods to defend yourself.  The game isn't especially difficult on Medium, but having to essentially sit and take a pounding from enemies during the action-heavy moments isn't very fun, especially when the dark graphics make anticipating projectiles even more difficult. Most of the game's challenge comes in wrestling with the interface, which isn't any kind of respectable challenge at all. If tilt controls aren't your thing, you can switch to a touch-screen aim mode. While this is more accurate, the virtual button layout becomes far less convenient, and you'll find yourself unable to aim quickly enough to nab point-grabbing bonus targets and bags of Bash Bux. Despite being harder to aim, it's actually a lot easier to get the job done with the accelerometer on your side.  If all this sounds overly negative, be aware that the game actually does become quite fun once you wrestle the controls down and get used to how it operates. Beneath the dodgy interface is a solid, enjoyable on-rails shooter that keeps up a fast pace without completely overwhelming you. The three different weapons (pistol, assault rifle and shotgun) are all effective, and you can double your damage output while reloading by pressing the screen at the right time, a'la Gears of War.  The game is quite short at only three episodes, but it costs a mere dollar on the iPhone, and it's enjoyable enough that you may want to replay, so it's definitely worth the money. There is also a Nightmare difficulty to tackle which pumps up the enemies and makes them more aggressive, so there is lots of optional challenge to be found as well.  As a cute little taster of the RAGE experience, Mutant Bash TV is certainly a good idea. The price point is perfect, and even tough the controls are annoying, it's worth picking up just to experience a terrific looking shooter set in a promisingly gruesome world. Those looking forward to the real RAGE really ought to check it out, and those who just want a good shooter could spend their cash on far worse. 
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id's upcoming post-apocalyptic shooter RAGE is still almost a year away, but why should we wait that long before getting to blast some of the ugliest mutants this side of Total Recall? In order to keep the hype going for the full game, id has released RAGE on the iPhone as an on-rails shooter. Now that's good advertising!  

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iDevice Rage now available, see it in action here


Nov 18
// Nick Chester
As promised, id Software has released the iDevice version of Rage -- called Rage: Mutant Bash -- on the App Store today. You can pick up a standard SD version for 99 cents, or throw down an extra dollar to get the fancy HD v...
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RAGE: Mutant Bash TV coming to App Store tomorrow


Nov 17
// Jim Sterling
RAGE: Mutant Bash TV has captured a lot of attention for its impressive graphical output, and we'll get to see just how good it looks tomorrow. id's John Carmack confirmed that the on-rails RAGE spin-off has been approved by ...
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GC 10: Impressions of id Software's Rage


Aug 18
// Ian Roberts
A kind word of advice to you, gentle reader: if a doomsday scenario threatens all of human civilization, and they pick your name out of a hat to enter a secluded place of safety, politely decline the offer. Otherwise, when th...
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During its Rage presentation today at QuakeCon, id Software’s creative director Tim Willits confirmed the release date for its hotly-anticipated first-person shooter.“When it’s done,” he said. Okay, ju...

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New images for Rage, Fallout: New Vegas, and more


Aug 13
// Nick Chester
Folks at QuakeCon this week have their hands full with awesome new games and nerve-wracking tournaments. Bethesda Softworks has brought out its entire line-up, too -- Rage, Fallout: New Vegas, Brink, and Hunted: The Demon&rsq...
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id Mobile now games on sale for your iStuffs


Aug 13
// Nick Chester
In honor of QuakeCon 2011, id Software is dropping the prices of all of its mobile games for Apple’s iThings. That’s good news, considering saving money is rad, as are most (if not all) of the id Mobile titles ava...
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Arx Fatalis dev acquired by Zenimax Media


Aug 12
// Nick Chester
ZeniMax Media, the parent company of publisher Bethesda Software, has announced that it has acquired Arx Fatalis developer Arkane Studios. “We share so many creative values,” says Arkane creative director Raphael ...






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