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id Software Used RAGE Tech To Bring DOOM Classics To PS3

What does RAGE have to do with the original DOOM classics?

Well, at first glance, absolutely nothing. id Software produced all of them but that's about the only similarity. Still, it's interesting how the team used a "stripped down" version of the RAGE technology to bring DOOM and DOOM 2 to the PlayStation 3. They'll be arriving with the anticipated DOOM 3 BFG Edition, which hits this fall.

As id Software Creative Director Tim Willits told Joystiq, they actually used id Tech 5 for those DOOM installments. id Tech 5 debuted with last year's RAGE. Said Willits:

"We never released Doom 1 and Doom 2 on the PlayStation Network. So we're like, 'OK, what's the easiest way to do this?' And what the guys did instead of rewriting all the network support, [support for] friends, and all that kind of stuff, is they took Rage, took out all the 'Rage' bits and put Doom 1 and 2 on top of it."

Willits also said that when PS3 players start those DOOM classics in October, they'll be "launching most of id Tech 5," with a "game loop that runs Doom 1 and Doom 2." And just to be clear, we still say RAGE is possibly the most impressive graphical title of the generation next to Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. You've got to see it to believe it.

Tags: rage, id tech 5, id software, doom, doom 2, doom 3 bfg edition

8/5/2012 8:49:41 PM John Shepard

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Comments (11 posts)

Snaaaake
Sunday, August 05, 2012 @ 11:50:02 PM
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Just wanna know, is the BFG Edition sorta like an HD treatment?

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___________
Monday, August 06, 2012 @ 6:07:30 AM
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i really hope they do release mod support for this!
id be so cool to see what the community who did the HD textures for doom 3 could do with the first 2.
shame it releases in october its going to have allot of competition!
first game to support the occulus rift VR too, thats going to be interesting!
expensive, but interesting non the less.................

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Beamboom
Monday, August 06, 2012 @ 6:50:19 AM
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"RAGE is possibly the most impressive graphical title of the generation next to Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. You've got to see it to believe it."

This is just so true.

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berserk
Monday, August 06, 2012 @ 11:27:44 AM

One thing for sure , it s a perfect example that graphics mean nothing when the gameplay get boring fast .

Also Hard for me to say best looking with the consistent texture loading/steaming that happened .

Last edited by berserk on 8/6/2012 11:36:02 AM

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Beamboom
Monday, August 06, 2012 @ 1:43:13 PM

The texture popins depends heavily on your hard drive!

So many console owners have a hard time believing this when I tell them, but the amount of texture issues is directly related to how full and/or fragmented the hard disc is.
I first played Rage on my Slim with a large drive, and experienced very few texture issues at all, and I found the graphics to be insane. I just could not believe my eyes.

Then at a later time I installed Rage on my fatty who barely had enough free space left for the game to install - the drive got entirely full after it was done installing. And Oh My God what a difference. I thought there was something wrong with the game at first.

But it's not really such a mystery. Rage is using the HD *constantly* during play.
So if you experience problems, try deleting as much as possible from your drive, including the Rage install, and install the game again. Chances are good that you will experience improvements.

You are right about the gameplay though. It takes more than pretty graphics for sure.

Last edited by Beamboom on 8/6/2012 1:45:08 PM

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Temjin001
Monday, August 06, 2012 @ 3:27:53 PM

While Im sure HDD plays a factor, I do know the processors, at least on PC, help with the texture "grow in" issues in Rage. Im pretty sure Carmack commented on this as well. On my i7 6 core their is virtually NO texture draw, even on max settings. It only happens when first being dropped into an area for a first time. It's pretty incredible, actually. The game looks drop dead gorgeous at 1080p and filtering. It's definately not Crysis 2 PC grade on it's ultra settings, but still very nice.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 @ 10:13:03 AM

Yeah but the processor play no difference on the PS3s cause there's just one hardware setup :)

But seriously Temjin, do Crysis 2 look better on PC than Rage? I mean... Really? That is *insane*!

As soon as Steam is out on Linux I shall get me one serious gaming rig.

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Highlander
Monday, August 06, 2012 @ 10:54:10 AM
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The only problem here is that the original Doom games had such a different mood to the modern doom games. This is undoubtedly down to the more primitive graphics. If these old games get an overlay with more modern, and much more detailed and gory graphics, it will change the games completely.

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Temjin001
Monday, August 06, 2012 @ 12:57:38 PM

the old doom games also had rock'n midi tunes instead of ambient scary sounds.

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Temjin001
Monday, August 06, 2012 @ 10:59:54 AM
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Rage is pretty on my PC (Personal Computer).

Right now Steam won't boot because it fails everytime it tries to do it's automatic update. LAAaaame. but not as lame as the FFVII PC launch ;) ... and secuROM? okay, so it's a rental anyway.

Anyhow, this Doom collection looks appealing. It doesn't look like the overhaul I was hoping Doom 3 to be, but oh well. Still good. And Resurrection of Evil is where it's at!

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gungrave
Monday, August 06, 2012 @ 5:16:21 PM
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Rage was fun. The enemy AI was great. With enemies constantly changing cover, mutants altering their path to get to you. It was fun but shallow game. Experienced a lot of texture loading..more than any other game, which sucked. Overall fun though.

DooM 3 BFG, my personal biggest game of the year. Can't wait to play them all in order.

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