After long years of hard work by the id Software team, RAGE has hit stores and is now available for purchase. Have you picked it up yet? Having fun? Let us know what you think in the comments.
Plenty of press are having a blast, as evidenced by the reviews that have poured in. Here are a few to peruse:
EGM (9.5/10): “Rage is one hell of an experience.” TeamXbox (9.5/10): “Simply put, it’s a blast to play.” GameTrailers (9.0/10): “RAGE is not what you expect, but exactly what you didn’t know you wanted.” Game Informer (9.0): “Id’s return is worth the wait and stands out in the crowded FPS market.” IGN (8.5, Editor’s Choice): “One of the best looking games ever made.” AusGamers (9/10): RAGE is a triumph for id Software” Gaming Chronicles (10/10): “Rage looks like a launch title for whatever system Xbox is planning for us next.” Gaming Trend (95/100): “Rage is just that damned good.” Machinima (9.0/10): “Rage represents the team at id stepping out of a 20-year long comfort zone and (gracefully) stepping into the modern era. It’s been a long time coming and I think I can speak on behalf of gaming when I say they are most welcome.” Giant Bomb (4/5): “The sheer complexity of texture and detail packed into every one of the game’s environments is nothing short of staggering, especially in the two town hubs that you’ll return to again and again between missions.” GamingExcellence (9.6/10): “RAGE is an easy candidate for the best game of the year, and was well worth the wait. Don’t miss it.” Voodoo Extreme (4.5/5): “The id Tech 5 engine looks amazing on the Xbox 360. So amazing in fact that RAGE may very well be the best looking game on the Xbox 360 to date.” USA Today (3.5/4): “An extraordinary adventure” PikiGeek (5/5): “A Classic Shooter in the Modern Era”
On Friday night, we celebrated the upcoming release of RAGE in Los Angeles with team members from id Software & Bethesda, The Black Keys (they rocked), and celebrity gamers that showed up to play the game early. Check out pics above!
For everyone else in North America, the RAGE party gets started in just a few hours. While you wait for midnight, be sure to read EGM Now’s review for the game. Here’s an excerpt from their review, where they scored the game at 9.5/10!
“All things considered, Rage is one hell of an experience. It would be easy to knock this game for some of the elements it lacks, but what is here in is easily on par with some of the best titles in the genre. If you’re a fan of FPS gaming and the kids at id, you won’t be sorry you picked this one up.”
Elsewhere, get a head start on learning the ins and outs of RAGE’s in-game card game, RAGE Frenzy, in a new feature at Kotaku.
You may not have your hands on RAGE just yet, but your digital avatar can certainly get his hands on some RAGE-related stuffs. Plenty of new RAGE-themed Xbox Live and PlayStation Network content has been released just in time for the game’s launch.
On the Xbox side, a premium theme and several avatar items — including clothing and props — are now available to purchase. On the PSN, RAGE fans can look forward to two brand-new themes tomorrow.
At the beginning of RAGE, John Goodman’s character, Dan Hagar, will lend a hand in surviving the wasteland. But what about the rest of the game? Fear not, Prima’s got your back!
In the text below, read how author David Knight worked with the RAGE team at id Software to create a comprehensive strategy guide. To order the guide, visit here.
I must be honest. I knew very little about RAGE before I was asked to write the official game guide. Sure, I saw the commercials with Blake Griffin, and I knew it was a shooter. But just knowing it was an id Software title was enough for me to say, “YES!” As a long-time FPS fan, I spent countless hours honing my skills on Wolfenstein 3D, DOOM, and QUAKE. Admittedly, those were hours that I probably should have been doing more “productive” tasks, like homework. In retrospect, I guess those hours spent gibbing opponents were productive.
After playing an early build of RAGE for a couple of weeks, I was invited to id’s office in Dallas to meet with a few members of the team. Only minutes after stepping through the front door, Tim Willits (RAGE’s creative director) had me in his office telling me everything I could ever want to know about the game. Throughout the day Tim scheduled appointments for me, allowing me to talk to a variety of team members. It soon became clear that everyone at id were committed to making the RAGE guide as complete and accurate as possible. By the end of my one-day visit, I had recorded more than seven hours of audio notes, picking up cool hints and tips from everyone I met. Next came the task of getting everything down on paper.
With less than a week until launch, we’ve released the sixth and final RAGE gameplay video! Watch as your character infiltrates the Jackal bandit clan’s camp in order to retrieve a data decrypter that could help the Resistance defeat The Authority.
What do you do at id Software (or more specifically on RAGE) and how long have you worked at the company?
I’ve been a Programmer here for three and a half years. I’m responsible for large sections of our game play code. At times including the player weapons, the mission system, the GUI’s, and I’ve dipped my toe into most of the systems we have.
One of the best things about working at id is the creative freedom and responsibility all the developers have. I have also been allowed significant input into the design of our mission system and other areas of our game.
When did you decide you wanted to get into game development?
I’ve always been completely fascinated with games. I have invented my own table top games and played with designs since I was old enough to read. I have been fortunate. I figured out that I have the mindset and a talent for programming, which became my ticket into the video game industry. I’m lucky I get paid to do what I love.
Earlier this month RAGE creative director Tim Willits had the honor of sharing memories and showing off RAGE at the world-famous Sydney Opera House. To see pictures from the special event, check out the Flickr slideshow above.
Event aside, Tim didn’t spend the rest of his trip just tanning and eating kangaroo. He also showed the game off to local press. Check out the coverage below..