I landed picking up RAGE for the PC last Thursday. Truth be told; I had no intention of picking the game up at all. What I saw at E3 2010/2011 didnt really blow my mind. Graphically the game didnt look too different from the style of Doom 3, nor did the latest IP by id Software look as if it was bringing anything new or innovative to the genre at all. What changed my mind in the end was I saw the title was on sale for an absolute pittance.
Before last Thursday; I had no idea of the number of bugs which plagued this title at launch, and still do. Off the bat - STEAM couldn't validate my CD Key. Now this is a bit of a shocking thing to happen to any gamer that has gone out of his or her own way to part with their hard earned cash, to have this message displayed to them. it took me a couple of hours playing around with my CD key changing a few character here and there. In the end, the original CD key validated, due to a cut out with STEAM's sexy server. Up until this point however, the problems only just started.
I am absolutely amazed at how, close to twenty years since id Software truly changed the video game and FPS genre completely, managed to churn out such a buggy game engine. While I am an id Software fanboy, theres a limit to how much a player should and can accept in terms of a games mishaps. Yes, no player can expect human-like AI, we also cant expect the most perfect blend of gameplay mechanics. But no gamer should have to settle for technology, especially in 2011, that just doesnt work.
I managed to get the game to work after a few days of tinkering and looking at Windows 7 in safe mode. RAGE now works perfectly stable and perfectly smooth, albeit not all the setting have been enabled while all the others are on the highest specs. RAGE is a solid shooter and pretty fun, once you pass all the hurdles to get it going first.
This whole tumult of getting a game to work, regardless of the price, begs the question whether or not id Software is truly as innovative as it used to be, and whether or not we really need games that introduce these madly powerful engines that boast amazing graphics, but nothing new in terms of stability or AI programming etc.
As a gamer; would you like to see games that dont push the boundaries in terms of graphical quality, but become more innovative and more story focused, more stable and more quality driven? Or do you feel that the way games are developed at the moment and what we are being offered by the industry is just as it should be?
PS: Due to the absolute frustration of trying to get RAGE to perfom with absolute perfection on the PC, I am going to start my own forum with problems that have cropped up for me personally and what I did to rectify them as best as possible. Ill post the link to the forum once started and I hope that for all of you awesome people reading my blog who have or are still struggling with RAGE - you will find good use out of it. Take care of yourselves!