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Rage E3 Impressions

Rage E3 Impressions

Platform: Xbox 360
Category: Action Games, First Person Shooter

When I arrived at Bethesda’s E3 booth, I was looking forward to taking in the new Fallout Vegas game and checking out the much anticipated “Brink” game. Id Software’s “Rage” was not even on my radar. I had heard rumblings about the game last year; but frankly I could have cared less about yet another shooter set in a post apocalyptic world. So I reluctantly jumped into a closed door demo of “Rage” and from the moment the developers fired up the game, my jaw dropped.

Arguably the most stunning looking game at E3 this year was Bethesda’s “Rage”. Well I for one certainly felt it was the most visually appealing game of the show. The demo I had the opportunity to observe was being played on the Xbox 360. I could have sworn I was looking at a PC game with how smooth the game played and how sharp everything looked. To say Rage is going to raise the bar in the graphics department for games on the Xbox 360 would be an understatement.

Developed by id Software, the master minds behind games such as Doom, Wolfenstein and Quake, Rage takes place in a post apocalyptic wasteland. You play as a one of the members of the Ark. The Ark was a world-wide plan to take scientists, and other significant people, and subsequently freeze them underground so they can rebuild Earth. Unfortunately the Ark malfunctioned and you quickly realize you are the only survivor.

Rage plays out like a shooter as much of the demo involved blowing away creepy looking enemies; however Rage has some RPG and driving elements which play a critical role in the gameplay. Driving sequences, for one, appear like they will play a major role in this game. I observed some Motorstorm-like dune buggy driving sequences which looked like a blast. You can customize your car with various upgrades which you gain by completing races. It also appears Rage will have some RPG elements as well. Communicating with the lands various characters appears to be significant aspect of the game. Needless to say it appears Rage will be a deep game where if you want to experience all aspects of the game you better put the rest of your life on hold.

I should also mention the games weapons look very slick, original and innovative. Rage features a plethora of weapons. Some of the weapons featured in the demo not only packed a punch but looked like a blast to play with. For instance, the demo featured a spider turret and a crossbow which fired off an electric blasts; very cool indeed.

Overall, Rage is not only shaping into a visually stunning game but also one that will keep gamers highly entertained with a variety of gameplay elements. Rage has been in development for some time now; however, it appears when this game finally arrives on shelves the wait will be worth it.


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