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Demo Impressions: RAGE

With a recent slew of post apocalyptic genre games of late crowding the market its easy to mistake Rage for just another Fallout or Borderlands clone. Having seen it now with my own eyes on the big screen I can tell you that would be a grave mistake indeed.

Today at QuakeCon Id software demo,ed never before seen areas of Rage and for the first time we got to see it running on the PS3. Lasting roughly an hour the demo showed of on foot combat as well as driving combat in multiple areas within the Rage world. Oh what a beautiful world it is. Initial perception does remind one of the excellent and surprising Borderlands released in October of last year but quickly you will come to realize this is one of the most advanced games ever seen in regards to graphics and physics.

Id’s demo started out in Wellspring the hub city for the wasteland. The amount of detail in each of the structures and characters was massive. After a brief chat with one of the NPC,s the demo showed off a bit more of wellspring which felt to this reporter like I was in and around Mos Isley Cantina on Tatooine. In fact the whole demo felt like Tatooine.

Once you leave WellSpring the demo showed off some of the foot combat in the canyons. The AI at this point doesn’t appear to pull any punches. Enemy units charge with aggression much like in Doom 3 but this time around the areas are open and many are well lit. Enemies don’t just charge though they perform like gymnast and dodge the onslaught of bullets streaming from your arsenal of weapons. Once the bullets hit though is when the real magic starts. Although many have claimed this generation to have accomplished hit point physics, Id has finally shown us how its done. With each shot the enemies react to what area they were hit in a gruesome ballet of death.

After killing off several enemies the demo showed off some new vehicles including a 4wheeler (with flames) and an upgraded cart with more armour than the previous buggy that has been shown in previous presnetations. The car combat session was brief but fast paced and included excellent fire and explosion detail on all three platforms. The sound of the engine on top of the huge guns that the cars have was phenomenal and as usual Id has not cut any corners in the sound department.

Once the Demo reached the final area they showed off the Tombstone mini game which is a holographic combat game using a dice like roll system to determine the users moves as he has enemies barring down on him from all four sides. Not much detail was given but this was just one of the ways that the player will be able to earn cash. The other was races but that was not shown due to time constraints. In addition to the newly announced min games we got a look at the use of turrets and engineered weapons. Unlike in Fallout where a bench is required the player has the ability to make weapons on the fly as long as they have the items required to do so. Not many items were demoed but the the one we did see was a remote control bomb car.

On a technical note each platform had its differences. At initial start up the PC was the big winner and loaded up in seconds. Next in the load order was the Xbox360 about 30 seconds after the PC and finally coming in last was the PS3 which seemed to take minutes rather than seconds but only on the initial load. Throughout the demo the PS3 load times seemed to improve from the initial load up and was on par with the 360 but still considerably less than the PC. The framerate on all three units didn’t show any lag and all three platforms looked as you would expect them too. The PC and PS3 were brighter and the 360 had the smooth but washed out look as seen in most multi-platform titles. Of course the most interesting technical point of the demo is that about half way through the 360 crashed and rebooted. Lets hope this is a bug that gets worked out before 9-13-15-2011.

You heard it right. Tim Willits said they dont want to rush this title but that Rage would be released on 09-13 and 9-15 2011 in US and Europe respectively. After seeing where Rage is at a year out from release this is definetely a title you will want to put on your must buy list.

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8 Comments

  1. Sat, 14th Aug 2010 at 2:52 am

    wow, im shocked there announcing a release date this far away!
    cant wait till this is out its looking 6 ways from tuesday!

  2. Sat, 14th Aug 2010 at 5:39 am

    Yeah I’m surprised about the release date announcement this early as well. Usually it would’ve been fall 2011 or so. Anyways I’m looking forward to this game. Hopefully this demo footage, when released, is available in HD so we can really see the details.

  3. Sat, 14th Aug 2010 at 5:51 am

    Great read. The more I hear about Rage is the more I’m wanting this.

    I’m also almost sure ind Software will deliver.

  4. Sat, 14th Aug 2010 at 10:35 am

    open world exploration, racing, shooting, RPG like elements, upgrade system.
    where could they go wrong?
    what more could a man ask for!?
    if this fails to meet the hype ill be seriously shocked, ID dont make bad games they just dont know how too!

  5. Sat, 14th Aug 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Indeed. Much respect to them.

  6. Mon, 16th Aug 2010 at 11:00 am

    As to the release date they were very specific with the date and that they pledge to meet that date. With the the game looking as good as it did at the show already that shouldn’t be an issue.

  7. Mon, 16th Aug 2010 at 12:33 pm

    True. Loving every minute of it!

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