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RAGE

Published 7/22/2009 by Jeremy

Question: What Huge Open World Game May Finally Arrive on Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PC, and MAC?

RAGE!

Perhaps, maybe, are we there yet?  Don't know, but I recently read an article that covers some developements coming out of id Software's office in Mesquite, Texas$ of all places.  Those not familiar with id's heritage, do the words Doom, Wolfenstein, or Quake ring a bell?  

id's using Rage to showcase it's new id Tech 5 engine.  From what I gather, id plans on making this game huge, but solid.  In my own words, I'd say take GTA IV and cross it with a top of the line first person shooter like Quake, or maybe even Halo 3.  For those of you that have played GTA IV multiplayer with it's choppy antics, think bigger and smoother, like Halo 3 campaign smooth.  This will surely make for a huge online community and if you're a campaign kinda person, they say don't worry, there will be plenty to do after you beat the game.

 

This looks to be a 9.8.  I mean, most raters gave GTA a 9+, bahhhhh.  I know this game will outclass that by a mile.  Get your GhostGrip ready, I think you'll want nice dry paws for this masterpiece. 


Console Wars

You've got two major players in the console wars (not counting Nintendo of course, we're not going to talk about that right now, totally different issue), on one hand you have Sony, a huge manufacturer of electronics equipment, on the other is Microsoft, not generally viewed as a manufacturer of hardware.  The difference between these two powerhouses can be reflected as the differences between the people that buy their consoles.  It's rare these days to know someone that has both a Playstation 3 and an Xbox 360, unless they are some kind of spoiled rich kid that gets whatever they want or they'll go crying to their mommy (dude's 25 and living in the guest house for free, hah).  Generally, I've noticed that there are differences in the Playstation people and Xbox people. 

 

Brand loyalty

 

Most people that I know that have a Playstation have it for one reason, brand loyalty.  When the Playstation one came out, it left such a good impression, that these guys didn't want to try anything else.  Dude, at some point you gotta leave your highschool sweetheart behind and go to college. Here's an anology, when the Playstation hit the market, it was to competitors like Kimbo Slice is to some random schmoe on the street.  However, while the Playstation was busy beating the crap out of everyone, the Xbox snuck up from behind with a baseball bat and took a Barry Bonds rip,,, it could be,, back back back back back,,, gone! 

 

Online gaming changes the landscape

 

Microsoft's online community with a little help from a franchise some of us know (eeehhheemmm,,,, Halo), pretty much outclassed the competition, and in my humble opinion, still does handily.  What was Sony's answer?  Well, you gotta admit, the Plastation 3 is an impressive looking piece of hardware and,, whoaaaaaaaa, it's got a blue ray player,,pbbbbbbbbbbbbbhhhhhhhhhh,,,whatever dude.  That's what they decided on to set them apart?  Jacking up the price and forcing gamers to pay for a blue ray player?  Anyway, not trying to bag on something before I've tried it, so recently I went to a friends house to play the much anticipated Metal Gear Solid on his PS3. 

 

Some off the cuff remarks on the PS3, but it's definately becoming a respectable online platform

It was like playing the original Metal Gear Solid on my PSone, but with better graphics.  To put it simply, the game play sucked a$$ by todays standards, and the controller still hasn't changed, what's up with that?  So, to be fair to everyone and not dis to bad on PS3, they are getting better, and it definately has a very bright future.  I look forward to it, and hopefully they'll be an aftermarket controller (if there is one let me know) that is shaped like an Xbox 360 one and not like a wooden back massager.  Who knows, someday, I'll be the guy that's got both systems at my house, subscribing to both online services. 


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