It’s been quite some time since id Software released a new IP and it seems like they’re pulling out all the stops to celebrate it. RAGE is a first person shooter with a good amount of variety that seems like Fallout 3 without the RPG elements.
Apparently there was an asteroid heading for Earth and our government in their infinite wisdom put 12 guys in life sustaining pods in order to repopulate the planet. Someone should really tell the government the birds and the bees speech before they make decisions like this. Anyway you play as one of these survivors as he crawls out of a capsule to find that the world isn’t as desolate as he thought it would be, and in fact there are still quite a number people.
Walking out into the light he noticed a shack on the right side and just sauntered right in. Crazy Joe told him about some bandits nearby and a town called Wellspring and it was decided. Some bandits got in the way but they were quickly dispatched by some standard FPS gunplay and some not so standard FPS huge spinning throwing blade. After that it was time to drive off to town in a buggy outfitted with machine guns. We were told that the buggy could be customized with different weapons with parts found during your travels.
Once in town he passed by a racing manager and the classic overly angry rival who hates new comers. Passing by these two he came upon the Wellmaster who had called out an alarm. There were some bandits below who were trying to poison the water supply which would quite quickly kill the town. After accepting the mission he headed down into the caves. A trusty crossbow with electric bolts allowed him to quickly electrocute some bandits standing in water ala Bioshock.
Beyond the crossbow and other standard weapons the main character can engineer his own tools such as lock grinders, turrets, and bomb strapped toy cars all of which were shown. The bandits had some acrobatic moves and a creepy almost insane vibe that made them unique from other bandit groups.
Speaking of other bandit groups the demo then went back in time to before the main character got a buggy. Here he was fighting against some large bruiser type bandits with a British accent and a love of cars. Once the regular cronies were dispatched there was a mini boss fight with the leader of the bandits crashing into the hideout in a car with a minigun on top.
After dispatching the bandit boss it was off to a place called Dead City which was known as such because apparently noone ever comes back alive from the place. It quickly became apparent how the place got its name as small human shaped creatures came burrowing out of the ground and ran at the character at full force. As though that wasn’t enough a huge brute of a creature standing at least 20 feet tall came in carrying a Howitzer.
A quick game of cat and mouse resumed with the developer doing everything he could to not get hit by the huge shells coming out of the creature’s cannon. Victory was short lived, however, as a new creature came bounding past the corpse of the first and dwarfing it as much as the old creature dwarfed you. Here the demo ended.
What I saw was all running on the 360 but the devs assured us that the end result would be the same on the PS3 and 360 as well as the PC version. RAGE is scheduled to release sometime in 2011 and from what I saw FPS fans should keep a close eye on this one.