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Rage slammed with negative reviews after buggy launch

By Matthew
Oct 4, 2011
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  1. treetops

    treetops TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,661   +57

    I bet all these bugs will be patched away in a month.
  2. yorro

    yorro TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 245

    It seems that this was built for the console
  3. Everyone who has AMD should go here: http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/GPU121AMDCatRagePerfDriver.aspx

    I am running flawlessly now running HD6950 in crossfire. You all should be jealous because this is the best looking game I've ever run on my PC. Vsync option will help the tearing eventually. Deal with it for now. Doom 4 will ROCK on this engine!
  4. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,392   +16

    How disappointing, I was so close to pre-ordering this one too. I never expected RAGE to be a game changer, but launching with so many issues is baffling. Guess I'll wait for a price drop and bug fixes in the coming months. So many games looked promising at the beginning of the year...so few have delivered =( .
  5. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 900   +99

    Built for consoles, tested on consoles, oops forgot to test on PC did we? Options? Who needs those anyways the games must be perfect as is... Times like this you wish you could have waited a day before buying a game. As it is its pretty much unplayable on my system so its just going to wait, as for the little gameplay I did try to enjoy (Before getting a very bad headache and having to take a nap) seems very mediocre at best, headshots not killing enemies in one hit is very upsetting granted this is only with a pistol. Going to have to wait and see what happens with this. Seems like the games with the most hype turn out bad more than good... At least theres Battlefield to keep me entertained for now.
  6. Rule #1: For buggy software, wait for the third patch.
  7. oh god, 18GB? For 18GB, the last thing i want to hear are a lot of negative reviews.
  8. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TechSpot Guru Posts: 676   +41

    I'm not to surprised, any game designed for these 5-6 year old consoles are bound for problems especially when it comes to porting them. Most to all the problems are because this game is a port, especially graphical problems. Even in the beginning of development i remember them stating is was being specifically designed for PS3. I can't imagine porting it to 360, how can you downgrade that far lol
  9. Borderlands and Fallout are the most obvious examples.
  10. That was meant to be in response to Zecias.
  11. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 900   +99

    Sorry for double post, just tested the game on another PC running a 8800GT with driver version 275.33 and beyond the streaming issue and v-sync the game runs very well. V-sync can be forced which takes care of one problem. For the streaming issue I can only speculate that its because of the PC's higher cursor speeds that streaming becomes an issue, if you turn slowly enough with the standard fov theres no problems at all. Increasing the fov seems to make things worse as well as using higher dpi mice. More reason to believe it was a console port, and a bad one at that. One thing I have yet to try is actually using a xbox controller with my pc and seeing if its the "right" speed for the textures. I wont be doing so tonight but if anyone wants to give it a try by all means report back with your findings.
     
  12. Revolution 11

    Revolution 11 Newcomer, in training Posts: 27

    Yeah, that stopped being true by the end of the 90's the minute gaming became big business, with a few treasured exceptions.
  13. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TechSpot Guru Posts: 802   +87

    Mine was 21GB
  14. Sure.

    I highly doubt the veracity of these so called reviews.

    For once I actually agree with IGN. The web is surely making people "thick" to say the least. Those with a brain should consider using it.
  15. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 752   +12

    I know, right?

    Why finish a product when your customer can do it for you?
  16. DanUK

    DanUK TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 189   +7

    Thing is they shouldn't be there in the first place.

    Like many others I was also considering pre-ordering this but glad I didn't. Will wait till steam give it the price axe.

    Surely it's better to delay a game (which argueably add's to the hype) and have a smooth polished release, than release it buggy as hell and have it slammed by reviewers?
  17. UnknownSky

    UnknownSky Newcomer, in training Posts: 41

    Ya see that's pretty much what A LOT of gamers today do not remember, the patches and forums. Search around for the answers, fix it yourself or wait till they fix their own mistakes. I was in a little bout with someone yesterday about the Dead Island issues such as the save screw-up and the texturing lag (which I haven't run into yet). They nearly immediately came out with updates for the game. Just wait and see what they do and if nothing gets fixed, then bash away :3
  18. Gamesinner

    Gamesinner Newcomer, in training Posts: 79

    Not to rain on everyone's poo poo party but I'm playing through the game right now. I think the graphics are stunning and the AI is top notch. The game overall is not reinventing the wheel but I definitely think think it was worth the pre-order. I am a big fan of FPS games especially the sci-fi genres. I networked all the squadron computers so we could play Doom back in the day when I was in the Air Force. But not to get off point I see similarities between Borderlands but this is to be expected. This game doesn't really bring much originality but it definitely hones the FPS genre. And it's definitely not the bomb Duke Nukem Forever turned out to be. Give it a try you actually might like it.
  19. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,494   +304

    Or just release a game which has actually been Bug tested?
    I mean, If Valve can release Left 4 Dead with little bugs and even activision can release Call of Duty with few bugs. Why can't ID Software?

    I understand finding your own answers and patching is all very well and good, but it is dreadful that day one patching exists.

    If I put in Comand & Conquer Red Alert 2: Yuri's revenge onto a computer, without any patching it runs fine, why is this any different?
  20. gingerbill

    gingerbill TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 170   +12

    this article is very misleading and it's silly to base a purchase or judje the game on this article , the game has decent reviews and a good metascore . From this article i expected to see 50% reviews on average no the 80% i'm seeing . This sounds like a doom and gloom sensationalist article.

    In fact you could say the headline for this article is a blatant lie to attract readers. Not played the game myself but the headline is a lie.
  21. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,494   +304

    Yeah but user score is 3.2. That is saying something.

    Plus certain Publications such as PC Gamer, give pretty much anything a slightly bloated score so its not the be all end all of judging a game.
  22. Seems to me the game was seriously plagued by AMD/ATi video drivers issues (ATi is historically a bad video card brand for OpenGL based games). Even though I got really disappointed with some shoddy screenshots from the PC version showing bland, highly-compressed-JPEG-quality blurred textures. Can't say nothing about the gameplay per se (will wait for the demo) but I had high hopes on this game. OH well...
  23. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 6,052   +84 Staff Member

    The headline was based on user reviews. PC users *have* slammed Rage in their reviews because of bugs and disappointing gameplay. The game has a user score of 3.3 out of 10 on Metacritic. Nothing sensational about that. I included some of the professional reviews available at the time for comparison's sake. There were only two on metacritic and one wasn't in English -- Rage didn't even have an official score yet. A majority of the reviews from trustworthy publications were negative or mediocre, hence saying they're "mixed at best." Again, nothing sensational about that either.

    This is a quick and accurate summary of what I saw being projected by the masses yesterday. Take it or leave it, but I'm not a liar and I have absolutely nothing to gain one way or the other. I don't get a penny for page views. The only thing I can agree with: don't let this post decide whether you'll buy the game or not. Find a review site *you* trust and go from there. I happen to trust Ars, Joystiq and the general consensus of Metacritic users -- again, 3.3 out of 10 says it all for me. Amazon customers rate the PC version at 2.5 out of 5 stars. There's the 50% negative you were looking for.
  24. Revolution 11

    Revolution 11 Newcomer, in training Posts: 27

    The best way to improve Rage's performance on the PC is to use the free uninstaller that comes with the game. It works, trust me.
  25. Hmmm, I dunno. I've seen this game getting mostly good reviews elsewhere. I have the PC version and i'm one of the few lucky ones that is having no trouble whatsoever. Runs smooth on my mid-level rig. I've only spent maybe 5 hours total on the game so far but I am having a blast with it. The visuals are stunning IMO. The world is vast, lots to do. The quest are kinda silly and pointless, but the combat is a blast. I guess there's nothing really new and fresh here, but as an old gamer of 42, I've see it all. This game is really no better, or worse then the vast majority of shooters on the market. It's fun, but not deep. I'd give it a 7.5


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