Feeds
80%
Rage

id Software's Rage

Apocalypse wow

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

SANS - Survey on application security programs

Gizza job

Rage also features RPG-like exploration and item gathering, albeit much more simple than the kind of gameplay found in Fallout 3 or Oblivion. On your travels you’ll accumulate all manner of items which can then be engineered using the inventory menus.

Again, there’s no real explanation as to why your character can do all this stuff - he just can. Plans for various devices – remote bomb cars, EMP grenades, sentry bots, smart ammo – can be bought or discovered, allowing you to customise your own armoury.

Rage

Gap jumpers, always smashing

There’s a job system too. Indeed, nearly all the missions you undertake are basically commissions from the game’s main characters. Secondary missions are also available if you talk to everybody and read the notice boards. Many of them will see you revisiting an area you have already explored, taking on similar foes and completing similar objectives: find remains, find evidence, or simply kill all hostiles.

Irrespective of missions, it’s also possible to simply go for a cruise in the Wastelands, all in your car.

Your car is one actually one of your most important tools, not only for tracking across the vast expanses but also to protect you from marauding bandits. Weapons such as rockets and machine guns can all be attached to your auto in true Mad Max style. Your car can also be entered into races - fun in single-player mode and half of the online mode.

Rage

This part of the game is all buggy

It will be interesting to see how Rage does online but, with id adamant that it didn’t want to rehash Quake’s multiplayer arenas, the racetrack is the only place where competitive deathmatching can be found.

The other half of multiplayer, the “Wastelands Legends” mode, consists of a collection of co-op missions for two players - online or split-screen - all of which flesh out a storyline hinted at by the game’s main characters – the origins of the Mutant Bash TV game show, for example.

Multi-kill, headshots, etc accrue each player points which provide some competition between gamers, while the ability to revive each other brings an element of team spirit. Again, a brave approach to the online structure of the game, and one which proves mildly diverting - providing your teammate is playing the right way.

Rage

Sigourney Weaver couldn't get the make-up for the next Alien installment

Verdict

An FPS with RPG tendencies, held together with amazing sound, gorgeous visuals - yes, even on the Xbox 360 - and a racing mode which diverts though never quite convinces.

Hardcore RPG fans won’t think much of the exploration aspect: wandering blindly into the desert rarely yields rewards, missions are linear - despite attempting to create the illusion of being multi-pathed - and the game is relatively brief at 12 hours to top the game, though completing all the extras will take longer.

FPS fans should, however, appreciate what id has done, the array of weaponry and quick-use items providing combat options which dwarf those found in most shooters.

I began my foray into Rage’s Wastelands asking what my motivation was and after seeing the sights, getting dust on my boots and mutant blood all over my car’s paintwork, I did emerge more convinced. Even if, like a vacuous but gorgeous blonde, the attraction is largely skin deep. ®

More Games Reviews

Ico & Shadow of the
Colossus Collection
Rise of
Nightmares
F1 2011 Gears of War 3 Resistance 3

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

80%
Rage

id Software's Rage

A trip through the Wastelands with mutants and cannibals. Best take a shotgun then... Available on Xbox 360 (tested), PlayStation 3 and PC.
Price: £35-50 RRP

More from The Register

next story
Reg man builds smart home rig, gains SUPREME CONTROL of DOMAIN – Pics
LightwaveRF and Arduino: Bright ideas for dim DIYers
Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen
Fat-fingered fanbois rejoice over Chinternet snaps
Apple patent LOCKS drivers out of their OWN PHONES
I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't let you text that
Microsoft signs Motorola to Android patent pact – no, not THAT Motorola
The part that Google never got will play ball with Redmond
Slip your finger in this ring and unlock your backdoor, phone, etc
Take a look at this new NFC jewellery – why, what were you thinking of?
Happy 25th birthday, Game Boy!
Monochrome handset ushered in modern mobile gaming era
Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'
Now THAT'S what we call a proper new feature
US mobile firms cave on kill switch, agree to install anti-theft code
Slow and kludgy rollout will protect corporate profits
prev story

Whitepapers

Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.