id Software’s Rage was released this week and has been garnering almost unanimous critical acclaim, with some considering it a contender for the coveted Game of the Year title. But should you put your hard-earned cash down for it with so many big-name releases just around the corner? Here are 5 reasons why you should.
It’s id Software, for godssakes!
Does that name sound familiar to you? If you were a 90s gamer then it should, because id Software is practically the mother of the first-person shooter, building the foundations of a genre that now sees us noob-tubing and no-scoping our friends and colleagues via Xbox Live. Starting with Nazi-zombies in Wolfenstein 3D, id then went on to bring us the gory pleasures of Doom and the massively influential Quake series.
With their last retail release being 2004’s revered Doom 3, a new IP from id Software is cause enough to celebrate in the gaming community, and a good enough reason for you to part with some of your earnings.
ITZ FALLOUT WITH CARZ LOL!!!
Rage was considered to be the standout game of this year’s E3, and with good reason. Its gunplay looked sharp (more on that later), its graphics sharp and its world interesting. Unfortunately, as Fallout 3 has now taken the “abandoned post-apocalyptic world” setting and marked its territory all over it like an incontinent Labrador, many came away from viewing footage of it with the opinion that it was “like Fallout but with cars”. While this isn’t the case, it is true that the Rage has cars in it. Wonderful, beautiful cars.
As you traverse through the barren wasteland in your rusty sand buggy, take a moment to breathe it all in and recognize that you are, in actuality, playing a Mad Max simulator; only with less domestic violence and anti-Semitism.
Actual fun gunplay
There is a moment in every FPS campaign where my brain switches off and begins operating purely on what I like to call “gamers instincts”: I do not feel the bullets whiz past my head, I do not hear the clang of a grenade land next to me; I simply apathetically maneuver my way from Point A to Point B, pressing the right trigger and dribbling slightly.
This is because for as long as I can remember, the “kill this faceless enemy and then kill that one and then you’ve won the war” ethos of the FPS single-player campaign has been so mind-numbingly boring that I’m sure I completed the final third of Black Ops in my sleep. Rage, however, is actually fun to play, with fast and frenetic gunplay taking precedence over the duck ‘n’ cover system that we’ve all found ourselves becoming bored of.
Whereas in most FPS’ you’re encouraged to stay a reasonable distance from your enemies in order to pick them off one-by-one, in Rage you’re never really given the option. Enemies run at you like the undead horde from Left 4 Dead, and it’s your job to fend them off lest you become swarmed. Melee attacks are almost useless, which only makes your trigger finger itch even more as you’re forced to get up close and personal with your ugly-yet-gorgeously-animated adversaries.
Pretty soon you’re firing shotgun bullets into the air and you’re having heart palpitations, but guess what? You haven’t even fought the boss yet.