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RAGE Review

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Graphics:

 

9.8

Gameplay:

 

9.3

Sound:

 

9.4

Control:

 

9.0

Replay Value:

 

8.7

Online Gameplay:

 

8.9

Overall Rating:       9.2

 

 

Publisher:

EA

Developer:

iD Software

Number Of Players:

1-4

Genre:

Action

There isn’t anything innovative or revolutionary about RAGE. The graphics are some of the best you’ll ever see, but the gameplay is definitely “been there, done that.” …oh, but wait. Is it? Why does very little feel rehashed or reused or recycled from other shooters, and why can’t I stop playing? Well, it’s a combination of entertaining, addictive elements that come together to present us with an irresistible adventure that moves beautifully and captures your interest from the start.

You’re going to see some perfect 10s in the graphics department for this game. That’s because it’s just…insane. The detail and clarity is absolutely astounding and when you take into account the size of the world, it’s even more mind-boggling. Characters are meticulously designed, animations are unbelievably fluid, and the landscape, while stark and mostly barren, is still jammed with a ridiculous amount of pinpoint detail. In short, this post-apocalyptic environment is so gorgeous and effective, you just can’t stop staring. The only slight downside is that the aforementioned sharpness can take a moment or two to kick in; blurriness (and clipping) can be spotted.

The audio features plenty of great voice work from multiple characters, a soundtrack that feels a bit too subtle but ramps up during hectic sequences, and sharp, “impactful” sound effects. The ambient sounds of a town – mostly generated by citizen chatter – works well, and enemy groans, roars and exclamations are plenty intimidating. The orchestral score selects the correct moments to swell and enhances the experience, while the crack of your shotgun and the icy crispness of a machine gun cement a solid and diverse audio presentation.

Perhaps the best way to describe id Software’s latest effort is to say it’s Borderlands…only a lot more robust. Not only does it look downright amazing, but there’s usually plenty to do. This is where the role-playing feel comes into play; accepting odd jobs, performing delivery tasks, doing side quests, and stocking up on goodies made it feel a bit like Deus Ex: Human Revolution. However, we don’t have experience in RAGE; it’s all about money, items, and racing certificates.

However, there is depth within the gameplay as well. Your engineering skill allows you to take various raw materials and combine them into something useful. You can make Bandages, RC Remote Cars (which go boom), Lock Grinders, and various pieces of cool ammunition, like new rounds that turn your shotgun into a grenade launcher. Furthermore, you can purchase new “recipes” from shops, which will let you make more stuff. You can also buy upgrades for your weapons, like stabilizers and ammo capacity enhancers.

Now, you should probably be aware that driving is a big part of the game. Walking around outside towns is almost pointless; you’ll never get anywhere if you aren’t driving. This may sound like the world is massive – and it is, to some extent – but it’s mostly comprised of roads for your vehicle, so it’s not like a huge, open landscape to explore. Some may find this a little disappointing, as it cuts down on the freedom and makes the game feel a bit more linear. It also sometimes feels as if there’s little to do besides jump your vehicle into authority drones.

But id spices things up by tossing bandits at you; they drive around in their own vehicles and attack you on a routine basis. So, you can outfit your vehicle (there are four in the game) with all sorts of equipment; you can increase its armor and add weapons like miniguns and rockets. It also helps to use the turbo a lot; you don’t always want to fight and the turbo comes in handy when you just want to reach your destination. Combine this with the well designed towns and extra stuff to do, and this one will take up a lot of your time.

Initially, I was worried about the driving part. It’s difficult to get all aspects of both control schemes – FPS and driving – exactly correct and while I still say the buggy is just way too loose, and the normal handling of your character is a tad touchy, the developers do get it right. It’s always a blast to drive around, and it’s always a blast to play. The shooting elements are almost perfect, as the weapons are cool, the enemies – ranging from mutant to heavily armored human to giant monster – are diverse and challenging, and the collision detection is exact.

You can also enter races to earn racing certificates, the only way to upgrade your ride. If you really sink some time into these, you might say there’s too much of an emphasis on racing and driving. But most all of it is optional; it’s only for the purpose of upgrading your vehicle, which isn’t essential. And while the competitors in the Rally events cheat (it feels like you’re competing against ten other cars rather than three), it’s still fun. And it adds another dimension to the gameplay. In truth, the game would feel a little bland without it.

I should also mention the interesting approach to death. Thanks to a built-in defibrillator, you can resurrect yourself if you succumb. You enter a brief mini game that utilizes both analog sticks, and then you press the R2 and L2 buttons at the right time; getting close to the indicators will give you more health when you come back. It also releases an electrical charge that fries enemies standing too close to your fallen body. Later, you get a second defib to help; if you don’t have any and you die…you die. So keep some bandages handy.

There are only a few significant issues. Firstly, it doesn’t feature a great story, and that storyline doesn’t really end with a bang. It’s not the plot-driven shooter that Resistance 3 was, and I also think Insomniac’s shooter has the best weapon arsenal of the generation. It often feels as if there aren’t enough weapons in RAGE, although all of them are effective. Secondly, the loading times can get a little irritating, especially if you do a lot of racing. Thirdly and lastly, the AI isn’t the smartest. It's competent but not top-tier in this day and age.

I’m referring to the human enemies, by the way. They’ll take cover and even run to a better position, but they’ll often stick around long enough to get nailed. The mutants are a different matter; they’re about as challenging as rushing foes can be. They’ll dodge and roll and avoid a lot of gunfire from a distance. But they do have a pattern and they’re easily dispatched once you learn it. That all being said, the various element of the game are so fantastic, and so wonderfully designed and implemented, it’s a joy to play. You just can’t stop.

The campaign is definitely the focus but the multiplayer is fun, too. You can unlock new stuff like cluster bombs and pulse cannons for your vehicle, and I’m a fan of the not-too-serious arcade-y nature. Remember, this is id Software. So don’t be surprised to see power pick-ups like 4x damage, even if you remain surprised at the vehicle element in the multiplayer. You also have the option of co-op play, but only for missions that don’t involve the main plot. With multipliers and tremendously paced action, going online with the game is definitely an invigorating experience.

RAGE doesn’t really do anything new. I’ll repeat that for those who are looking for the innovative and revolutionary. But what it does do is pretty damn incredible. It features an excellent FPS mechanic, surprisingly solid (if a bit loose) driving control, competent and diverse foes, unbelievably detailed environments, great audio, and an overall combination of multiple gameplay elements that gels into a cohesive, riveting production. The story isn’t much, there aren’t quite enough weapons, and that huge world seems smaller with roads and vehicles, but otherwise, this game is awesome.

The Good: Best graphics of 2011 (possibly of the generation). Great voice work and soundtrack. Excellent shooter control; solid driving mechanic. Depth and freedom combined with standard elements. Arcade-y, fast-paced online multiplayer. Immensely addictive.

The Bad: Story doesn’t play a big role. Long load times. AI is partially intelligent, partially brain-dead.

The Ugly: “A lot of ugly creatures, but man…they look great.”

10/4/2011 Ben Dutka

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Comments (90 posts)

Lairfan
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 9:39:49 PM
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Well, this confirms my decision to preorder was a good one. Can't wait to play it tomorrow!

And best graphics of 2011/the generation? That's quite a feat. That includes exclusives too?

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Jawknee
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 10:04:12 PM

No way. The graphics are good but way too inconsistent to be the best of this generation or even 2011. Maybe best graphics for an open world shooter but that's it. Games like Uncharted 2, Killzone 2 and 3 and God of War III still have it beat in texture quality and performance. In Rage everything looks gorgeous from far away but once you get close up a lot of the textures blur pretty bad.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 10:29:28 PM

Jawky poo...I disagree with u!

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Jawknee
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 10:47:30 PM

Ha, can't always agree. ;)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 12:17:51 AM

Jawknee: Er...no. I'm sorry, but the only thing that comes close is Uncharted 2.

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FM23
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 12:45:04 AM

For real Jawknee...Rage looks better than all the aferomentioned games...it's true

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Killa Tequilla
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 12:50:40 AM

Someone recommend him
A new TV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joking lol

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Jawknee
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 1:42:30 AM

Sorry Ben, going to have to agree to disagree. Just got done with GoW3 on Chaos. I still think it's the best looking game this gen.

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Qubex
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 1:48:09 AM

Jawk, I just picked up Killzone 3 on Platinum for $20 dollars...

I almost cried when looking at the graphics... it was finally what Cell and RSX were made for; throw GoWIII and Uncharted 2 (and soon Uncharted 3), and I am sure all of us wish that every game looked this good...

Gents, simply put, after playing Killzone 3, I realised the PS3 has got some way to ge to being maxed out. Killzone 3 could easily embarrass a lot of PC people...

I was blown away, simple as that... Battlefield doesn't come close!

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Jawknee
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 1:49:30 AM

Indeed. Killzone 3 is a beauty. Nextime you're on let's get some matches in.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 2:13:11 AM

Yea, just popped Killzone 3 in to compare, Rage's open worldiness aside, Killzone 3's texture work is better. It just is. Everything from the ground to the chain link fence I'm looking at is high res. No texture loading and with better lighting and self shadowing. Hardly any jaggies as well. I respect your guy's opinion but I just cannot agree that Rage is the best of 2011 let alone this generation. Not on consoles anyway.

That said, I understand there is a difference in the game design and that's part of what makes Rage so impressive. But it comes at a cost as Temji points out below.

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lupus
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 8:58:06 AM

first time I agree with jawknee it don't beat god of war 3 and uncharted in graphics

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Excelsior1
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 9:23:46 AM

no way this game looks better than kz3. texture work in kz3 is superior with hardly any jaggies. i am seeing some blurry textures upon close examination in rage plus some aliasing issues. maybe we can all pitch in and buy ben a new tv or lasiks surgery...i'm just kidding. it is a great looking game. definitely best looking multi plat.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 10:13:25 AM

Everyone is far too focused on textures. It's only one aspect of graphical analysis. RAGE crushes KZ3 when it comes to overall detail, which is the crux of all visual presentations. Character detail is quite literally twice as good, for example.

Killzone 3 looks amazing. RAGE is a full package from open-world to up-close intricate detail that we haven't seen before.

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jimmyhandsome
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 10:44:03 AM

Going to have to agree with Ben. Textures aside, the game just LOOKS better than anything I've seen or played on consoles this generation.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 2:02:23 PM

Pop Killzone 3 in and check out the junkyard map. It's just as detailed if not more with a gorgeous vista. Rage looks awesome but crush Killzone 3 it does not.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 2:59:27 PM

...you really won't get any critic to agree with you on this, Jawknee. It's simply a different style of visuals.

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PAKINIPS
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 9:55:24 PM
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Impressive that a game of this graphics is on the 360 as well.
So all they have to do is use multiple DVDs

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Jawknee
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 9:59:58 PM

And install a 22gb install. Not sure if it's optional or not though.

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Snaaaake
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 10:18:38 PM

22GB for the 360 version?
A bit RAGE don't you think?

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 10:29:09 PM

It's optional Jawk.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 9:58:17 PM
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That graphics are great except when your in closed areas and up close, textures can be inconsistent. Some look good while others look blurry and pixelated. As Ben said though, the land scape and vistas look awesome.

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Snaaaake
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 10:02:48 PM
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Is there split screen for this game?

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Lotusflow3r
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 7:08:52 AM

Yes, local co-op is included and should be mentioned. A very important feature and one that has me most excited for it.

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Jalex
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 10:09:12 PM
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I must say, Ben, while I enjoy reading your reviews, I rarely make any purchases based on any review(s). And I was going to buy this eventually anyway, but after reading this, I'll likely pick it up by the end of the week.

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bluedarrk
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 10:12:25 PM
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I still feel like this game will take a backseat to all the other great games coming out in the next two months. Batman,Uncharted 3, Skyrim, BF3, MW3. I hope it does well just don't want to see it have the same fate as R3.

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SolidFantasy
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 10:17:24 PM
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Seriously!? The graphics are that good? Wow!
Are there any bright colors? Or is it pretty bland. Most developers shy away from vibrant bright colors when there going for the graphics award. U2 and Crysis 2 are an exception to this.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 10:24:07 PM

I think the colors are pretty good for an post apocalyptic shooter. They're not Uncharted or even God of War III vibrant but they get the job done. The sky is especially pretty.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 10:28:37 PM

Jawk have you seen this game on the PC? I normally agree with you but not this time. I'd say the texture quality in Rage exceeds anything I've seen on the PS3 that you've listed.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 10:46:33 PM

I haven't seen it on the PC but if you're comparing the PC version to the PS3 version I believe you. I just don't think console versions are better than some PS3 exclusives. I will have to pop Uncharted 2 in again to double check but I just got done playing God of War III again and I still think that game, for the most part looks better. Granted they are different types of games. For a game as open as Rage is, it's a pretty amazing feat.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 1:39:56 AM

I love the fact how so many ATI/AMD card users are kind of annoyed with Rage right now, since apparently it released with the wrong drivers, so it's horribly butchered right now graphically and more it seems. Don't know if that's the disc version, steam version, or what. But oh well, doesn't matter to me with my nVidia.

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Geobaldi
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 10:09:43 AM

Works perfectly fine with my ATI card, so it's not an issue for all gamers. But of course the ones that are affected make it sound like it's a common issue for everybody.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 10:27:43 PM
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Thanks for the review Ben. Far better than Joystiq's IMO. I'll be getting this next year since I'll be getting my FPS fix from BF3 for a while.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 12:18:43 AM

BF3 is an FPS. RAGE...not quite.

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booze925
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 10:30:48 PM
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i was kinda excited about this game and read multiple reviews... and i learned something.
a game can have the best graphics in the f***ing planet, but if the story is lacking then i lose interest. i personally love actually feeling for the characters and feeling hate when betrayed or sadness when losing some important character.
we need more of those...

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Lotusflow3r
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 7:13:35 AM

Agreed Tamjin, how they did 60fps and then created such a beauty in graphics is something of an innovation itself....but that's ID for ya.

Truly phenomenal.

PS3 exclusives need to now step up!

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Lotusflow3r
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 12:02:41 PM

Well that replied to the wrong chap!

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Temjin001
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 10:54:05 PM
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This looks awesome. Can't believe how good the game allegedly looks while running at 60fps. I think Carmack and co. deserves mega props for making their multi-plat game one of this gen's best lookers.

I'll get to try it soon enough.
I have this game installing on the PS3 in the background while I work this Calculus problem for a Java module. Yeah, might be no Rage love'n from me tonight =p

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Jawknee
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 11:14:03 PM

It's definitely the best looking multiplat game this gen. It runs smooth as butter like you said but at the cost of some consistent texture loading. For example, there is a file cabinet in this room I am in, when I leave the room and come back a second later the texture loads again. Does it every time but it loads pretty fast.

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Temjin001
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 1:38:49 AM

Yeah, I see the texture grow-in stuff for sure. Before I nitpick more, I'll just get this out of the way. It looks real nice. Strong art direction for both environment and characters go a long ways to make this a stand out title. Much of the animation looks great, too.

But back to the nitpicking,the texture grow-in bugs me when I look for and pay attention to it. But even when the textures do grow in fully, the texture samples are lower than most 30fps games. I suppose the question here is, what do you prefer? Finer close-up texture detail or fluid 60fps play? Because there is a trade off when leaning for one and not the other. That, or take a hit to resolution(CoD opts for this)
I do notice a general lack of self-shadowing effects. Right from the onset while riding with John Goodman, there's no cast shadows from the buggy cage etc. In fact, there's just a general lack of self shadowing altogether. I don't necessarily feel opposed to that, though. Most cast shadows on console games have really defined aliased edges that remind me that, yes, this is a video game pretending to present real shadows. A handful of games, like GoW3, can do cast shadows well. My last nitpick is directed at the motion. I tried shooting a hanging nest of skulls. Skulls that are held only by a rope. Well, if this was Resistance 3, they'd more than likely dance around and clang against each other upon firing at them. In Rage, they're stiff. Never moving no matter what I do. Disclaimer, I've only played like 20min of Rage, so in the coming many hours I may see a lot of stuff to change my mind. Like the lack of dynamic post-processing effects seen in Resistance 3 or Killzone2-3. Essentially, the game rides heavily on very controlled, but static, art assets, yet, with minimal processing allotted to layered filtering effects. In fact, the blur effect that happens to the viewer's vision presents noticeable mosaic tiling of the transparency filter.

As it stands with what I've seen so far, while Rage looks great, GoW3, Uncharted 2, Gears of War3, and the Killzone's, and yes, even Crysis 2, appear more impressive in my eyes. To me, what's most impressive, is this game even dares to compete at 60fps. That's a heavy burden to bare by any developer, and I think we're all lucky to have a game looking as good as Rage does for as smooth as it moves and plays.


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Jawknee
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 1:48:15 AM

Well put Temji and I agree with all of it. Nice analysis. As far as what I prefer? I'd rather take consistently high quality texture work with a lower framerate. 60fps is great and all but I don't find it to be a necessity. Some of the textures in Rage close up approach Residet Evil 4 territory. Not a trait the "best looking game this gen" should have.

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Excelsior1
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 3:29:56 AM

which do i prefer? better texture detail vs 60 fps? how about both? that's one thing that makes me look forward to next gen. i love how a 60 fps game feels, but i also love highly detailed textures. hopefully next gen there won't have to be a trade off and we can get both.

i still think kz3 is the best looking game of this gen. god of war 3 looks nice but its using a fixed camera on tiny little maps.

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Fane1024
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 5:52:56 AM

I'll take smooth frame rate over texture resolution (or other aspects of "pretty" graphics) every time, but I'm not remotely a "graphics whore".

Most important, though--and I think Jawknee will agree with me--is v-sync. This generation's screen tearing is out of control. I just played the ME2 demo again and I could barely tell what was happening in the intro, the screen tearing was so bad.

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Excelsior1
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 6:32:49 AM

oh i agree on the screen tearing deal. it's something that we ps3 users have been plagued with on a lot of multi plats in particular for some reason. ac2 had lot of screen tearing. i would point out the me2 demo sucks. the final game is way better. i have not seen any screen tears in the final game. but yeah, screen tearing is an issue this gen and it does seem to be out of control. bf3 beta anyone?

as for this graphical debate. absolutely nothing touches kz3. i'd question the judgement of anybody who says rage is better looking than kz3.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 9:25:15 AM

Indeed Fane. How tearing makes it past the quality control department is beyond me. If I made games, I would never let one of my games hit the shelf with tearing in it.

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The Real Deal
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 10:57:22 PM
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Wow,

Wish Dark Souls review was this good, lol!

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Beamboom
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 1:10:15 AM

Well, it's a better game so it deserves a better review.

(Sorry I just had to ;))

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 3:14:42 AM

/facepalm...
Your face, my palm = *THWACK*

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Oxvial
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 7:22:56 AM

Sorry but not, Rage is just the flavor of the month because of the graphics and being open world. Dark Souls already a cult game that is above reviews.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 8:40:18 AM

Yeah I wish Dark Souls was good enough for a 9.2, as well.

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Oxvial
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 9:58:13 AM

If is about wish you should ask for a 10

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Lotusflow3r
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 12:04:16 PM

TRD.

You made your point before, bro. No need to stretch it out. If you like this review then, just leave it at that, i say.

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The Real Deal
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 5:12:19 PM

It was a joke for those that were following the other review. No joke this is a great review. Ben, awesome job, and on a personal note: see i am commenting on other articles. One thing i learned that i should be doing more of in the future.

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sirbob6
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 6:07:48 PM

Beamboom, you're dead to me.

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AshT
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 11:35:24 PM
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Great review Ben, but i was expecting a 8.8, and are the graphics better than Uncharted 2, God Of War 3 or Killzone 3?

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Jawknee
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 11:46:15 PM

Yes and no. Over all I think GoW3 looks better but that's not a game as open as this one. Same goes for Uncharted 2 and Killzone. The said PS3 exclusives don't have texture loading, pop in or screen tearing either. This one does though it is veeeeeeeeery minimal.

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Snaaaake
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 11:53:46 PM

So far I've been blown away by every footage of it, and for an open-world game, it's arguably the best looking of ALL TIME.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 12:02:49 AM

When you get it in your PS3, you will see why I can't agree that it is possibly the best looking game of this gen. Certainly the best looking multiplat this gen. id took that crown away from Crytek for sure. lol

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gungrave
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 1:10:57 AM
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I'm surprised they didn't include multiplayer FPS shooting. On the bright side, DOOM IV is that much closer now. Wish they would port DOOM III for the PS3 and release the PS1 versions on the PSN.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 1:15:05 AM
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So, an open worlded, large mapped game with graphics only beaten by a closed quarters, small mapped linear platform flagship release?
Say no more! This has to be seen. This has to be played.


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Geobaldi
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 10:12:17 AM

It's not really open world, but it gives a really good illusion that it is.

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Qubex
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 1:50:35 AM
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I am picking Rage up on day one - before Battlefield 3. I want to see that mega-texturing at work... and very much worth rewarding the developers for their hardwork.

Thanks Ben for the review... I have a birthday voucher from work... yes, in Asia we get birthday vouchers from our company which will pay for half of the game... better than nothing, its like getting it on discount...

My next purchases will be Uncharted 3 and Skyrim, and I'm done until The Last Guardian, unless something else crops up inbetween that tickle my.................

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Jawknee
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 2:04:02 AM

Happy Birthday!

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Beamboom
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 7:02:02 AM

Yeah, happy birthday!

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Qubex
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 7:37:17 AM

Awwww guys, my next birthday is actually on the 27th of January 2012. This mentioned voucher was for this years birthday but I have not used it yet :) Delayed gratification they call it :)

Anyway, I will take your birthday wishes now... the more the merrier... and thank you for the kind thoughts.

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 3:19:06 AM
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Sounds excellent. I should get around to it sometime... but the FPS factor... it makes me cringe.
Yeah, I understand that there's more to it, but still...

And dem graphics. Based on what I've seen, they're lovely, but I wasn't expecting for Ben to name them the best of the generation. That is incredible, given the purported scope of this game. The only issue I have is the story. I was hoping it would be a real gobsmacker, given that id was talking about twists and a linear experience to deliver the best narrative they could... If it's underwhelming, then I simply don't get it.

Ah well, I'll probably get this a few months down the track cheap to give it a run. Sounds real good but.

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___________
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 3:40:17 AM
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whats with games and fantastic and incredibly poor AI lately?
almost every game this gen has had amazing AI at one moment and patheticly poor AI another!
picked up my copy today cant wait to start playing it!
yea the storys crap, but so f*cking what!?
since when do shooters have amazing stories?
you would not go to ubisoft for a massively over the top violent open world shooter, so why the %$#$ would you go to id for a good story!?
might as well go to france looking for the worlds most reliable car!

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 3:56:36 AM

Uhh... You mean like FarCry?

And heh... the French >.>

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___________
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 9:07:14 AM

no, far cry does not have a story in line with assassins creed and other of this generations fantastic stories.

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 2:06:54 PM

Eh? I was referring to the over the top open world shooter from Ubisoft. Just guessing though, haven't played it, but it seems about right.

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___________
Thursday, October 06, 2011 @ 9:53:02 AM

no, every farcry games story has been pretty average even the original made by crytek.
in fact crysis 2 has a FAR better story then that whole series put together!
still nothing in comparison to AC or ME.
the best story in a shooter is obviously half life, but from this gen id have to say singularity.
but thats a far cry (pun intended) from AC!

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Godslim
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 5:06:38 AM
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wow nice review wasnt expecting that defo getting it now
and John Goodman is in it haha!

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JBLAZE
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 8:17:31 AM
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great game, played for six straight hours after i got home from work. My wife was pissed but it was worth it. cant wait to play today after work.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 9:26:55 AM

Hahaha, inFamous got me in trouble with the wife.

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big6
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 9:30:36 AM
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For those that mentioned texture pop-in and loading each time...

Do you think it would be less noticeable (or none at all) if you upgraded to a 7200rpm hard drive in your PS3? Or even a SSD...

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Jawknee
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 10:05:42 AM

Not sure but I read Sony doesn't recommend using a 7200rpm HDD as they run hotter than the 5400rpm the PS3 was designed for.

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___________
Thursday, October 06, 2011 @ 9:55:28 AM

yea a SSD or faster HDD would help allot, but dont put one in unless you want a YLOD.

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sansyeux
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 9:32:03 AM
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got a question for people already playing and bought this game.

during the waiting period and anticipation , people have argued against each other " john carmack is a genius, if he says it'll run in 60 fps, it will!" but nobody is perfect.still i remained skeptical about the performance on PS3 since during the demo days it was either PC or 360 gameplay. so I've been reading the fusses about lack of story and texture pop in and its pulling me away from buying it.

is the game running 60 fps on PS3? is the texture pop in worse compared against 360
?

any details on your opinion?

cause i could spend my money on weed and keep playing BF3 beta lol



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Jawknee
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 10:07:46 AM

The game does indeed run at 60fps and from what I have been reading the texture loading and draw distance is actually worse on the 360. You need not worry, Carmack made a fine game on the PS3. Minus a few flaws here and there.

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sansyeux
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 11:30:25 AM
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thanks Jawknee , I was hoping to hear that! I've been trying to read around that but i read some old claims and news over the development and console comparison, which i don't care much about. i just wanted to know if the performance wouldn't affect my fun with it [like fallout 3 did] which was an obvious dev mistake. glad to see iD did a great job. so i won't feel much of the story like in far cry 2 huh?

anyways, gonna head out soon and buy it!. even though i do prefer story progression. thanks for the heads up and peace!

seems like iD did an amazing job with the PS3(even seems to be the best console version), cause the PC seems to be lacking important things.



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Geobaldi
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 12:54:51 PM

The only thing really lacking from the PC version is hi-res textures, to which id has responded by saying a hi-res pack for the PC version is forthcoming. Advanced video settings would be nice too since currently you can't change anything to take advantage of the video hardware in your system :( Still, it looks and plays fantastic the way it is now.

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thj_1980
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 1:57:10 PM
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I really like the game. I think it looks very cool and ID software is extremely respected. It's first 2nd game in along time since Wolfenstein!!!!!

Might be picking this one up!!!

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FullmetalX10
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 3:32:34 PM
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It may be pretty graphics wise, but I find the overall look of the game pretty bland.
They could have at least added some forest type area instead of the constant rock and dust I see in every trailer.
This is what turned me off of Borderlands as well. This is also why Uncharted is such a great franchise, it has a lot more eye candy in terms of environments, also I like the game play and story better, but that's just me.

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Chamoru_Warrior
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 5:41:14 PM
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Rage looks damn great for what it seeks to accomplish: run at 60 fps, feature next gen graphical elements, big open world, breathtaking vistas, etc.

This being said, because of how ambitious those aspirations are, it still isn't as polished overall graphically as God of War 3, Uncharted 2, Uncharted 3 (just going off the available full multiplayer) Killzone 3, Gears of War 3 or even the graphically underrated Resistance 3 with it's lower native resolution (Res3 definitely outclasses Rage in destructive effects, fire effects, rubble animations just that first chase sequence alone in Res3 takes your breath away).

So yeah the aforementioned games have drastically different graphical aspirations from Rage but they are still overall more polished. None of those games suffer any texture resolution setbacks like pop in or texture loading issues. None of those games have to downscale native resolution from 1280x720 to as low as 640x720 just to maintain frame rate consistency during heavy fire fights.

So is Rage the best looking sandbox open world shooter on consoles? Quite possibly. But not best looking overall. Just played more than halfway through PSN version of Crysis 1 all the while comparing it to my PC version. Crysis 1 on consoles is definitely the best looking non-linear approach, linear story semi-open world shooter on consoles. it looks ten times better than console Crysis 2 and looks like it is running in 1280x720 too.

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Nas Is Like
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 6:23:20 PM
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Reading this review makes me want Rage. I might pick it up, looks real good.

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XmnMetal
Thursday, October 06, 2011 @ 1:45:28 AM
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Loving the game but it is not the best looking game this gen. It looks fantastic and I'm loving the art direction. The enemy A.I. and animations are impressive. I highly recommend getting this game.

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Thursday, October 06, 2011 @ 9:58:19 AM
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my god the textures on this game are UGLY!
start the first mission, and go look at the TV or phone on the desk.
then compare it to deus ex human revolution.
i mean lets be honest, deus ex is hardly a graphical masterpiece, but what the hell!?
so much for the prowess of the megatexture technology!
john better hurry the ^%$# up and release that high res texture pack for the PC, otherwise hes gonna have a massive army of flaming pitch forks to answer to!
id, dont forget who made you who you are today!
this is the worst console port i have EVER played!!!!!!!!!!!!

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v777tiger
Thursday, October 06, 2011 @ 1:34:06 PM
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when i first heard about this game i was all up for it def the 1 i wanted but as time went on i started to believe it wasn't going to be that good but then the trailers came out so i thought it is the game i want so i pre-ordered it now i can't wait for tomorrow

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FATAL1TY
Thursday, October 13, 2011 @ 7:51:28 AM
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Rage = weak story, bad physics, poor textures. My score: 84

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Zubair
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 3:39:46 AM
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This game is repetitive! Tedious and tons of pop in! I wasted my money :-( Going to trade it in on Uncharted 3 or Battle Field 3, whic ever is realsed first.

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