Rage slammed with negative reviews after buggy launch

By on October 4, 2011, 4:31 PM

Four years of media hype has been nullified in a single day as gamers publish their scathing summaries of id Software's latest first-person shooter. Professional reviews are mixed at best, with most sites concluding that Rage failed to deliver the goods. Although their final scores vary, the sites agree that the game is ultimately a shallow corridor shooter with gaping craters in its story, dialog, quests, and mechanics.

Ars Technica has the most unforgiving write-up we've seen today, calling the game "creatively and mechanically bankrupt." "It feels like a group of people had to create a game because they were under contract, not because they honestly enjoyed any aspect of their own creation," wrote Ben Kuchera in his console review. In fact, Kuchera went as far as to say that he only finished the 10-hour game because he was paid to.

Joystiq offers a similar verdict, albeit not as harsh: "RAGE is pretty at times, but it's not enough to paint over the truth -- that id's labor feels like a scaffolding for a game of bolder ideas, ideas which, for whatever reason, aren't realized. And the game that is there just isn't enough to compete with other, better shooters we've seen this year." For all its shortcomings, PC Gamer notes that it's still a satisfying linear shooter.

Users haven't been particularly thrilled with their purchase either, giving Rage a score of 4.2 out of 10 on Metacritic. Although many of the user reviews mention Rage's disappointing gameplay, much of the backlash stems from the game's various launch day bugs. One thread on Steam dedicated to Rage's issues has 24 pages of posts. The first entry mentions 17 bugs or other in-game problems. We'll include that full list below.

Issues:

  • No custom settings for video cards.
  • No console command. Read here to enable the console key via config file here.
  • No Vsync options. Results in screen tearing. Forcing Vsync causes the game to crash the drivers and game. (AMD)
  • Unable to skip intros? To disable the intro videos put this "+set com_skipIntroVideo 1" in the launch options of Rage via Steam.
  • Mouse acceleration?
  • Can't use Crossfire or SLI.
  • Bad FoV for PCs. Short-term solution: FOV adjustment howto.

Bugs:

  • Texture streaming is bad and slow resulting in always reloading the same textures thus causing the textures popping in effect.
  • Missing/blinking textures.
  • Game crashes when exiting the Arc.
  • LoD issues(popins dispersing items).
  • Crashing after intro video.
  • Audio stuttering and not blending properly.
  • Occasional artifacts appearing.
  • Low frame rates with occasional fps spikes.
  • Loading saves causes video card drivers to crash.
  • Game fails to start with error code #51.

It's worth noting that AMD released a "Rage Performance Driver" for Radeon HD 5000 and 6000 series owners yesterday, but the company has urged players to avoid that release as it includes dated OGL files that cause graphics corruption. A new driver is expected sometime today. Nvidia owners should probably use last week's GeForce 285.38 beta drivers, which mention "improved compatibility and performance" with Rage.




User Comments: 65

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1977TA said:

Well that's too bad, I was hopeful that Rage would be a Borderlands or Fallout variation.

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

OMG... it looked so cool I was about to buy it... thanks I'm not THAT compulsive and dont buy on pre-orders.

LNCPapa LNCPapa said:

Say it ain't so!!!! I almost pre-ordered it also and Carmack is my idol.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Hoo-boy, I'd sworn off pre-ordering games after being burned lately by a couple of games (Crysis 2 and Silent Hunter V specifically), but was sorely tempted to pre-order this one. Glad I didn't. There was something about the previews and trailers that just didn't "seem right."

Like many other games that have been released this year and have turned out to be big disappointments, I'll wait until it hits the Steam bargain bin sometime next year.

Guest said:

"Variation"?! This the best you could hope for? I was hoping it would blow'm all away and be the new leader/innovator like the good old days! Can't even touch, so it seems, "Deus Ex: Human Revolution" which launched just a few months earlier.

Guest said:

I would've never thought that the ID Software crew, of all people, could possibly fail so bad. It's sad to see ID following everyone else in this idiotic trend of making console games and then giving us shitty, half-baked ports for the PC. Pathetic.

Thank Bigfoot I didn't pre-order.

Guest said:

I dont know what game you guys are playing but i think its ****ing amazing but i guess if you dont like it you can go **** your self

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Did you make it Guest? Why taking it so personal? wtf... if you liked it go play it, good for you!

dustin_ds3000 dustin_ds3000, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Low quality textures on pc, no vídeo setting, from what I have read. I have to wait until ths Friday to play it here in korea

Guest said:

And this is how ID software goes down... in RAGE!

Guest said:

I think most people (that think about these things) expected as much. id don't make games anymore, they make engines. Rage was never going to be anything more than an elaborate tech demo. I mean, even the setting - a generic mashup of various games of recent years - looks more like something that Nvidia might knock up to showcase a new graphics card, rather that something people would actually like to play.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

I dont know what game you guys are playing but i think its ****ing amazing but i guess if you dont like it you can go **** your self

Payed full retail did we?

Staff
Matthew Matthew, TechSpot Staff, said:

If you guys are interested, Gamasutra has published an interview asking the developers some pretty hard-hitting questions: [link]

colinf said:

Guest said:

I dont know what game you guys are playing but i think its ****ing amazing but i guess if you dont like it you can go **** your self

think you need to buy more games...you'll see what crap you've been given

Zecias said:

Guest said:

I think most people (that think about these things) expected as much. id don't make games anymore, they make engines. Rage was never going to be anything more than an elaborate tech demo. I mean, even the setting - a generic mashup of various games of recent years - looks more like something that Nvidia might knock up to showcase a new graphics card, rather that something people would actually like to play.

not really, there haven't been any games in the style of what rage what supposed to be in recent memory.

I'm sad, i was looking forward to this game.

yukka, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Its an ID Software game. Of course its crap. They made great 3d engines - still do, but they haven't had an original game idea for years and years. I lose count of the number of times I completed single player doom, doom2, quake and quake 2 plus every expansion. But Quake 3 was just multiplayer and more of the same and went up against Unreal Tourney and Counterstrike which was unbelieveably fresh. Quake 4 was more of the same. Even Doom 3 was dull dull dull. Rage isn't a fantastic single player game? It looks like a Borderlands/Fallout ripoff and has done for months. Run and gun but not in a very interesting way. The engine should be used in some decent games hopefully. maybe. who knows.

Guest said:

No tweak or advance setting for PC that is unacceptable.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

That was an interesting read, Matthew - thanks for posting the link. The interviewer definitely had it pegged as he's aggressively addressing all the items people are complaining about in their reviews.

Yo hostile guest - forget your Prozac today? :p

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

Just force vsync on Rage.exe with the nvidia control panel. I am having a blast with the game.

Guest said:

"I think most people (that think about these things) expected as much. id don't make games anymore, they make engines. Rage was never going to be anything more than an elaborate tech demo."

This was also my expectations from the previews I saw before, but what I don't understand is that they charge people 60$ for this "game". Since this is just a Tech Demo, and they're going to sell their engine after that, they should have given Rage for free.

These days you can get so many indie games that are lot more fun than Rage and for less than 10 bucks.

ramonsterns said:

Boy, I sure love being right 90% of the time, to my misfortune.

Guest said:

id makes fantastic game engines, but passable-to-poor games. They also make most of their money from licensing the engine (ie-Unreal 3) to other developers who actually know how to make fantastic games. This isn't terribly surprising. Look for id to rebound on engine licensing profits and continue to fumble making actual games.

Reiz3r said:

I found a solution here [link]

RH00D RH00D said:

TomSEA said:

Hoo-boy, I'd sworn off pre-ordering games after being burned lately by a couple of games (Crysis 2 and Silent Hunter V specifically), but was sorely tempted to pre-order this one. Glad I didn't. There was something about the previews and trailers that just didn't "seem right."

Like many other games that have been released this year and have turned out to be big disappointments, I'll wait until it hits the Steam bargain bin sometime next year.

I can't agree more. It seems developers don't even care about what they are producing... It's most likely the publishers fault that these games are being pushed out with so many problems because of their "corporate deadlines". But really, is there any developer that sees a game as a form of art and want's to perfect that art and not just as a revenue stream?

treetops treetops said:

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

yorro said:

It seems that this was built for the console

Guest said:

Everyone who has AMD should go here: http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/GPU121AMDCatRageP
rfDriver.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!

Relic Relic, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

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 =( .

Adhmuz Adhmuz, TechSpot Paladin, said:

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.

Guest said:

Rule #1: For buggy software, wait for the third patch.

Guest said:

oh god, 18GB? For 18GB, the last thing i want to hear are a lot of negative reviews.

Xclusiveitalian Xclusiveitalian said:

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

Guest said:

Borderlands and Fallout are the most obvious examples.

Guest said:

That was meant to be in response to Zecias.

Adhmuz Adhmuz, TechSpot Paladin, said:

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.

Revolution 11 said:

RH00D said:

I can't agree more. It seems developers don't even care about what they are producing... It's most likely the publishers fault that these games are being pushed out with so many problems because of their "corporate deadlines". But really, is there any developer that sees a game as a form of art and want's to perfect that art and not just as a revenue stream?

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

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

Guest said:

oh god, 18GB? For 18GB, the last thing i want to hear are a lot of negative reviews.

Mine was 21GB

Guest said:

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.

ramonsterns said:

Guest said:

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.

I know, right?

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

DanUK DanUK said:

treetops said:

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

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?

UnknownSky said:

treetops said:

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

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

Gamesinner said:

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.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

UnknownSky said:

treetops said:

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

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

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?

gingerbill said:

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.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

gingerbill said:

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.

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.

Guest said:

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...

Staff
Matthew Matthew, TechSpot Staff, said:

gingerbill said:

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.

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.

Revolution 11 said:

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.

Guest said:

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

Guest said:

I myself pre-ordered RAGE via steam, preloaded it from steam and activated through Steam and have been playing it without any problems what so ever. I built this computer just for Battlefield 3 and have been playing the beta since day one with the nVidia 285.38 Battlefield 3 Beta Driver. So it has to be some PPl's computer config or a GPU driver issue. At first I had problems with the beta driver but after getting support from nVidia, in which they told me to use Driver Sweeper 3.2.0 to remove all my old GPU drivers and it would also clean my registry, then do a clean install of the beta, to which I've had know problems since and still don't have any of the problems that others are having with RAGE..

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