on 12-10-2011 12:35 PM
Agreed. The potential for a great ending was certainly there, but they didn't even come close to it. As a tech demo goes, which this game mostly is, its pretty good; variety of missions, graphics when they decide to pop in, general story and combat are all good, but it all just misses the mark of being truely great.
Very well said Jazzak.
15-10-2011 03:29 AM - edited 15-10-2011 03:33 AM
Managed to find some time (been madness in my house for the last 4 weeks-B'days, visitors, sickness) the last 3 days to rent and give this a go.....went the 360 route (only because it was the only one available) and after an install of the campaign disks the loading times were'nt too bad.....
Not finished it , and probably won't re-rent to do so, but agree with most peoples thoughts...
A very smooth (can feel the 60 fps) and graphically impressive game...yeah there is texture pop-in and some real contrats in texture quality in some areas...but it's no game breaker.....
The characters and protagonist are truly forgetable...in fact the story is forgetable (from what I have played)...and gameplay wise is just a series of convoluted fetch quests in a deceiving hub word with a miriade of invisble "can't go there" walls....in fact I got punished for trying to explore at one stage by a cheap death by dropping into a hole which looked like a passage to be greeted by the scream and red screen of death....
Art and level design is solid and the guns play and feel nice. Animation is solid and the enemies behave with some fairly solid AI....some of the better levels see some shot-gun fun against the mutants and brought a smile to my face and reminded me of old school id
The RPG elements lack depth and feel a little shoe-horned in , and tbh unecessary as crafting is a waste of time when money never really seems to become an issue.....side missions seem like shallow fillers and (on normal) very easy..
The driving is fun and controls solidly...
I think what I'm trying to say is that the game feels like a collection of ideas done ok but the sum of all the parts is nothing spectacular...particularly when the story and inhabitants of the game-world are so ..mmm...boring and cliche..
So yeah....a very pretty and smooth game that after 4 hours of play starts to become ...well...repetitive
on 18-10-2011 03:32 PM
What a load of frivolty all this speculation is. Its an Id game. The Story is the story, the protagonist is you, the stakes go beyond your meager existance, the enemies are to be destroyed and the MP is a riot! If you want the game, get it.
The single player mode is fun and once you are over wussing it on normal and play it @ the harder (-est) difficulty. You will thus be playing it exactly as was intended and thus understanding that is was never about you falling in love with a dead world on some truelly unforgettable experience. It was always about you trying to survive in a post apocolyptic world that was almost as alien as someone thawed outta deep freeze, could only know.
It looks great, makes sense and there are no laws. Once you are over the fear of being on your own, you kill ***** indiscriminately. Its survival. The best part of the game; an instance that is truelly important is the fist time you are pounced upon. Right there your mind should have adjusted as to just how primal and visceral this world is. Want immersion? don't save, 'til you are ready to turn the PS3 off for the night. There ya go. Buy it.
on 19-10-2011 06:11 AM
I'm loving it.... I just can't put down Forza 4 though... lol... I must get back to Rage during some TV free time tonight... def want to get one story run done before Uncharted 3... I'm even putting Batman on hold till probably next year because I just don't like have multiple story games on the go at the same time...
Oh, as for the story, I've read the book, so I kinda recognise each area and characters as I go. The protagonist definately has more personality in the book (as do the others) but you'd expect that...
on 21-10-2011 08:41 AM
Alright, I'm now about 12.5 hours game save time in, and have only done the first story mission in Subway Town... so it's fair to say I'm taking my time with stuff... Won't be able to get 100% on this run due to the poxy "open world" design of locking collectables to story missions, but I'm doing what I can where I can (including winning all the race
Got the trophy for finishing the mini games, but really, a couple of the individual trophies are a bit wonky... The knife game makes the RDR version look easy, so I don't think I'll bother with that. Fortunately I got pretty lucky getting 4 targets on the first roll of the dice game after about 20 minutes of trying... I could see that taking hours if you were really unlucky..
Footnote: I'm not likely to attempt another run, due to Uncharted 3 due in a couple of weeks, and then Assassins Creed...
on 25-10-2011 04:20 AM
Finished my normal playthrough after 20 hours of play time. I know people are iffy about the ending but it came as no suprise to me as the novel which is loosely based on the events in the game kinda ends in a "wham" kinda way. If nothing else, it sets up a sequel I guess.
Plusses for me was that it was different than all the other COD shooters out there, the visuals, and it was actually fun. The buggy stuff is far better than Borderlands, and the distinct fighting styles of the clans keep tactics and weapons appropiateness fresh. The shame is that you just don't see enough of a couple of the clans. (Jackals anyone?)
Negatives I guess being that some of the playing cards are completely missable. I know these things are often missable in these games (Bioshock), but the fact I without knowledge played a couple of missions out of the order needed for 100% meant I missed a card by not having the RC Car schematic when I first went the Dead City, and that card was lost to me forever after that point, making 100% impossible from about the 25% story progress mark. That's like killing Kenji early in GTAIII by doing the Donald Love mission before the final Kenji missions resulting in it never being possible to reach 100%, except it's far less obvious.
Part of me would also liked to have fleshed out some of the relationships with the other characters, like the book did, such as Loosum and Dan, but this was pretty much once you've done someone's missions, you never even need talk to them.. but that's me nitpicking.
As the NZG review more or less says, it doesn't even pretend to hide it's influences, but at the same time it seems that at times it doesn't know what sort of game it wants to be. I still feel after 20 hours that it isn't a clone though. Anyone expecting Fallout 3 in FPS view or Borderlands won't be getting it. Overall.. not GOTY or anything, but I've enjoyed it leading up to the 3 big games for me leading into Xmas. i.e: Uncharted 3, Batman and Assassins Creed.
on 10-11-2011 09:00 AM
Not necessarily. Some games just don't take off but they're still good games. How can Rage compete with the likes of Battlefield 3 and MW3? When prices come down it's an indication that the item was way overpriced to begin with.
For example, BF3 is over $100 in EB and Gametraders and even Playstation Store but for some strange reason it's only $80 at DSE.
Because DSE aren't a games store, that's why. That isn't where they make most of their money so they don't commit resources to working out how much they can make from the latest popular release. They just apply a standard mark-up to the wholesale price.
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