Review: Rage (Xbox 360)

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id Software isn’t known for strong, single player storytelling. They usually leave that to others such as Raven Software. Anyone that has played their games knows that they’re more about eye candy and blistered trigger fingers replacing favorite fictional moments with tales of narrowly avoiding your best friend’s missile punch.

But Rage is different. At the very least, it’s very different for id.
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Rage is a big game

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So big that it’s going to require a little disc swapping on the Xbox 360 to see it all. The PS3 version comes on one blu-ray, but both versions allow installation of content on the consoles given that you have enough space to pack all of it down.

The PS3 version, for example, is an 8GB installation that will have players doing something else for the several minutes it will take to complete. And as an aside for the PC “Master Race”, installations are just par for the course other than in waiting for a service like Steam to unlock the game for its official debut on October 4th.

According to id’s own Tim Willits in an interview with Eurogamer, however, Xbox 360 players won’t have to install everything. They can get away with installing one of the discs (such as multiplayer which is on its own) and then uninstalling it to install another if they’re pressed on space though that sounds like more of a chore than in simply getting up and switching the disc.

We’ve come far since the days of installing multiple floppies and CDs on PCs even though the dreaded disc swap is still with us. Developers have also been getting a lot better in organizing the data to make sure that its as one-way as possible.

RPGs have been doing that with titles such as Lost Odyssey and FF13, though some players are still irritated at having to physically change the media regardless of whatever technical advances are made. For me, I see these as small breaks to do something else before diving back into the action – such as loading up on snacks before the next action packed run.

QuakeCon Panel: 20 Years of id Software

Readers who are fans of id Software’s titles (Doom, Wolfenstein, Quake) and have a lot of time may want to check out this link to “20 Years of id Software” panel from the QuakeCon 2011 panel.

QuakeCon 2011 took place Aug. 4-7 in Dallas. id Software’s next game, to be published by Bethesda Softworks, is Rage. Rage is set for an Oct. 4 release.

Video: The Lagacy of iD

Game developers iD Software pioneered the first-person shooter genre with PC games like Wolfenstein 3D and Doom.

I still remember the first time I saw Doom, which happened during a church group event at my pastor’s house, of all places. His son showed off a Star Wars title and Doom on his PC, and I couldn’t believe somebody actually made a game where players could shoot demons while viewing the action from the perspective of somebody holding a gun. I thought the concept was wild, if not transgressive. (Although I wouldn’t have used “transgressive” anytime soon after the game’s 1993 release.)

The company’s newest project is Rage, another FPS set in a dystopian world. The developers and publishers at Bethesda Softworks today released “The Legacy of Id,” the first behind the scenes video for Rage.

Rage is scheduled for an Oct. 4 release for PC, PlayStation 3 and XBox 360.

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Advert: Blake Griffin wants to be in Rage

Los Angeles Clippers star player Blake Griffin (The Clippers actually have a bona fide star and can now promote a guy who plays on their own team instead of advertising their opponents like they used to do) wants a guest spot in id Software’s upcoming shooter “Rage,” if this advertisement is to be believed.

It’s always cool to see a famous guy willing to poke fun at himself and jump over a tiger.

Rage, developed by id Software and published by Bethesda Softworks, is set for a Sept. 13 release for PC, PlayStation 3 and XBox 360.

Screaming Trees’ Mark Lanegan records song for “Rage”

Former Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age singer Mark Lanegan has recorded a new song for Rage, an upcoming FPS.

The song, “Burning Down Jacob’s Ladder,”  can be streamed or downloaded on Rage’s website. Rage is an id Software/Bethesda Softworks release scheduled for a Sept. 13 release in North America for PC, PlayStation 3 and XBox 360.

In other Bethesda news, the publisher has a new video out for Brink, another shooter scheduled for May 27 release on the same three platforms. The company also announced Prey 2 for a 2012 release.

Launch dates for SOCOM 4, Elder Scrolls V and more …

You want launch dates? We got launch dates.*

  • SOCOM 4 (Zipper Interactive), April 19 for PS3.
  • Brink (Splash Damage and Bethesda Softworks), May 17 for PC, PS3 and XBox 360.
  • Hunted: The Demon’s Forge (inXile Entertainment, Bethesda Softworks), June 1 for PC, PS3 and XBox 360
  • Rage (id Software, Bethesda Softworks), Sept. 13 for PC, PS3 and XBox 360
  • Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios), Nov. 11for PC, PS3 and XBox 360

*All launch dates are for North America. “The greatest hemisphere on earth – the Western Hemisphere, the dancin-est hemisphere of them all!”