Game database:   #ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ         ALL     Xbox One     PS4     360     PS3     WiiU     Wii     PC     3DS     DS     PS Vita     PSP     iOS     Android


GC 10: Impressions of id Software's Rage


7:50 PM on 08.18.2010
GC 10: Impressions of id Software's Rage photo



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 they finally bring you back, you will find yourself knee-deep in mutants, zombies, and tribes of wild gangs. It will happen.

I’ve seen it in a videogame. It's called Rage.

 

The latest offering from first-person masters id Software puts you in the shoes of one such survivor, who was placed in a Pod in order to survive a catastrophic asteroid collision. When he is revived, he finds that the world has gone to hell, and embarks on a one man mission to make it better again. No one ever thinks of just getting back in the pod...

My impressions impressions were that the game's aesthetics evoked a cross between Fallout and BioShock, having the laters more chunky, primary-colored style defining a dusty, ruined world. Out of those two games mentioned, comparisons with Fallout will be made by most. However, in my own opinion, I favour Rage's take of the post-apocalyptic environs. Fallouts felt real, but occasionally dull, whereas Rage's world is pure sci-fi, with broken cities jutting out of desert landscapes, shattered skyscrapers merging with the mountains around them. It's a perfect setting for id's upcoming title.

Part of the game's mechanics is the use of vehicles to traverse the harsh, unforgiving wasteland. It's a wasteland that is filled with ruthless sorts who will stop at nothing to harm you, so it’s a good thing that you came armed. One such vehicle was a chunky-looking sports car which had been retrofitted with guns, rocket launchers, huge spikes, and a plow, leaving it the perfect vehicle to fight off wasteland raiders. Combat with other vehicles has a very Twisted Metal feel to it, with rockets and machine gun fire ripping through the air as drivers slam on the handbrakes to quickly turn for a better shot against their opponents.  The section I saw took place in the winding, sun-drenched canyons of the wasteland, with opposing drivers weaving between the crumbling pillars of a bridge that once crossed a river. All a far cry from the gunplay that old school id is known for.

A couple of sections of gunplay were demonstrated, and in each the unmistakable feeling of the FPS genre's oldest developer is present. Tight, tense corridors guide you on your path, with enemies coming right for you with a psychotic blood lust. Those unfortunate enough to get in the way of some of the more heavy duty weapons in your arsenal will be reduced to a pile of gibs, and cloud of red mist. The gunplay itself feels rather light and arcadey, lacking the weight of some modern shooters; there is no running from cover to cover with you pressing your body against the nearest wall at the press of a button. It is pure and proper action-oriented first-person shooter.

The end of the world has been a popular recreational spot for gamers for a good long time; if Rage is anything to go by, it is going to to stay that way for a long time to come.






Comments not appearing? Anti-virus apps like Avast or some browser extensions can cause this.
Easy fix: Add   [*].disqus.com   to your software's white list. Tada! Happy comments time again.

Did you know? You can now get daily or weekly email notifications when humans reply to your comments.






First-person shooter

8:00 AM on 02.27.2015
Bungie adds support for moving Destiny items between characters online and in-app

Chalk this up to "it should have been in at launch," but you can now transfer items between characters in Destiny. The process isn't perfect though since it isn't in-game, but you can do it by way of the companion app or Bung...more



1:30 PM on 02.26.2015
Bungie implements patch 1.1.1 in Destiny, mostly changes weapon balance

Bungie has unloaded patch 1.1.1 into the Destiny world, which has a number of weapon balance adjustments, in addition to a new reputation window, matchmaking for weekly Heroics, and a fix for the dreaded heavy ammo bug. ...more



7:30 PM on 02.25.2015
Kill cops (or robbers) early with EA Access and Battlefield Hardline

If you were planning on getting or trying out Battlefield Hardline and happen to have an Xbox One and EA Access, then your monthly payments are about to pay off. Well, kind of. EA announced that EA Access members will be abl...more



View all First-person shooter






Back to Top




All content is yours to recycle through our Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing requiring attribution. Our communities are obsessed with videoGames, movies, anime, and toys.

Living the dream since March 16, 2006

Advertising on destructoid is available: Please contact them to learn more