Speaking of id, I’m probably the only person on the planet that really enjoyed RAGE. Played the vehicle multiplayer for hours every night when it was still active.
RAGE wasn’t bad, but it’s hard not to compare that to Doom or Quake, hell even the most recent versions of those games are insanely good, RAGE would have to be more like a Far Cry or Skyrim to really compete.
You’re right. RAGE, whether a result of bad marketing or just what people have become accustomed to, didn’t get much attention or positive reviews because it was too linear. If I remember correctly, it was competing with games like Skyrim, Far Cry 3, Max Payne 3, and Borderlands 2 all around the same time to begin with which isn’t great by any means when you’re fighting for exposure. Could be wrong with the dates and specific games 'cause it’s been so long, but I know for a fact there were a lot of anticipated games around that time. So, it seemed to me like it had nobody to appeal to. Die-hard Id guys were wanting what we now see in the recent DOOM whereas the RPG nerds were wanting an open world, Borderlands-esque collectible system with a post-apocalyptic theme similar to Far Cry.
Thing is, I took the game at face value and loved it. I didn’t care that the story was linear and short, that it wasn’t open world, and that it didn’t have replay value outside of the vehicle combat multiplayer. The graphics were amazing for the time, the engine was smooth, gameplay mechanics were fun, there was enough stuff to collect and do on the side that it made every playthrough enjoyable, and the harder difficulties were NOT easy. I liked the challenge. The ending was pretty meh admittedly, a loot system or weapon customization would have been cool, and the co-op missions you could do showed a lot of potential if they had made the entire game online co-op. I miss it. Made it to the top 10 in the multiplayer leaderboards at one point and when the game started to die I would literally afk in a queue for a match for hours and as soon as a new player came I’d do everything I could to teach 'em the game and keep them playing. Pretty depressing, really. I miss it. /rant
People expect some kind of masterpiece, all because they hail ID software, as some kind of Lord and Savior.
These are just companies, like any other. No company gets a free pass, just look at RARE. Sure they were great in the past, but now…
Do not speak of such blasphemy. Questioning the grandaddy of our favorite genre is punishable by death. All hail id software and our Metal brethren! They are infallible and forever immune to criticism.
! Who am I kidding? I can’t even touch a Quake, Tribes, UT, or ET anymore without being destroyed nowadays. CoD 4 style shooters completely erased my skill in any arena shooter like that.