So I decided to rent Rage from my local Red-Box, mainly because it's been one of my most anticipated games of this year. Not only was it a game being published by one of my favorite developers of this generation, Bethesda, but it was also being developed by one of the most famous FPS developers known to gaming, Id. Not only that, but it was being headed by my main boy John Carmack, a.k.a The Man. It was one of the four titles that Bethesda was publishing this year, and it was something that had been in development for like 6 years. So obviously, I had to play this as soon as I could.
I only rented it last night, seeing as how I was done playing Sonic Generations. Generations was really short, so I decided to get another game for this weekend, and I saw that there was a copy of Rage for the PS3. I knew that I wouldn't be getting three discs from the Red-Box for the 360 version, so I had no choice but to get it for the PS3. So I walk home, with a soda, some candy, and a copy of Rage just waiting to be played.
I get home and realize that I had to install the game, seeing as how that was pretty much every PS3 game has to. And by god, did it take a while. Not only did I have to update the game, but I also had to wait like 30 minutes before the damn game got finished installing. It's almost as bad as Resistance 3; almost. So I get it done, and jump right in. I only briefly looked at the options, putting on subtitles and increasing the sensitivity a bit. So in a way, I didn't "jump right in", but I merely took a diagonal step forward, and THEN jumped in. And, um... Wow.
Oh my god. Battlefield 3, Killzone 3, The Witcher 2, Crysis 2, and Uncharted 2 have all met their matches. Granted, I only played it on a 4 year old console, but it still looks completely stunning. And the fact that all of the textures are absolutely amazing isn't the best part is what stuns me most. The whole game runs at a very steady 60 FPS. I never in my life thought anything like this could run so smoothly. If you're not the technical type, I'll give you an example of what I mean: it's Battlefield 3, if it ran at the speed of Call of Duty.
I only have one problem with the visuals of this game, and it's kind of a dozie. The pop-in of the visuals is down-right unacceptable. And from what I've heard, it's actually worse on the PC. It's definitely an eye-sore, but it's the only sore that I can find when I look at this game as a whole. The frame-rate is absolutely amazing, and it compliments the amazing visuals of the game. Disappointing in visuals? Hardly, this game is one of the best things I've ever seen. But what surprises me even more, is the sheer smoothness of the gameplay.
The games mechanics match the overall beauty that this game presents. Not only is the shooting sub-lime, but the driving in the game could almost be a driving force in an entirely different game all-together. The last time I saw this in a game was in the first Halo, and if your game is drawing comparisons to one of the greatest FPS's of all time, then you're definitely doing something right. But where Halo almost manages perfection in what it does, Rage pretty much nails it. Shooting and fludity are basically seamless in how this game handles, and it just baffles me how tight this game feels.
Compared to all other FPS's, the only games that compare to Rage are Call of Duty, and Halo itself (as far as gameplay goes, anyways). I know I'm praising the hell out of this game, but why wouldn't I? To most, this might just seem like another generic post-apocalyptic FPS that just copies Borderlands and Fallout, but it's much more than that. It's shooting and driving are simply unmatched in the genre when combined into one big experience. I think that's pretty special in itself, but then the game just offers more and more the more that I play through it.
I would go into further detail about why I love this game so much, but then it'd just turn into a full fledged review, and if you've read one of my reviews, you'd know why I don't want to continue talking about it for another 6 or 7 paragraphs. So this isn't just going to be a rental for me. As soon as I can, I'm buying this game brand new to support the hard-working folks at Id Software and Bethesda. They deserve my money. I hope that I'm not the only one here in saying that this is my favorite FPS of this year.