Tuesday, January 3, 2012

More chunks please

It may have been a mistake on Id's part to embed a semi-respectable racing game inside their visually vibrant but otherwise cliched shooter. With a little more variety in track design and vehicles this could be a damn fine arcade off-road racer, a few steps away from Dirt towards Sega Rally Championship. Yes, I know that game already exists, but Motorstorm Apocalypse is a terrible, terrible game. And I don't think it had rocket launchers on the cars, which is always an improvement. Let me blow the shit out of the guy in first place and I promise I wont get bored/frustrated with Forza so quickly.

I do not mean to say the that the actual shooting portion of Rage is bad, just that it is so paint by the numbers that it even self aware achievements for running through a level backwards are more groan inducing than anything else. It doesn't have the interesting arsenal that Resistance 3 has, instead ponying up a shotgun, rocket launcher, sniper rifle, a few machine guns, and a handgun instead. This is the same pile of weapons I have been using since *gasp* Doom, so I should expect nothing else. It doesn't (yet) have the epic sized levels or intense scripted events that Call of Duty and Battlefield have. The closest it has come so far is a giant monster whose weak points glowed.

Like I said a few days ago, this is an engine, nothing more, and as Chance pointed out Doom 4 may not actually every happen, so I don't know who is going to actually do something worthwhile with it. It is a shame, because in spite of the texture pop in that the Unreal engine has also yet to solve it looks really nice. Everything runs smooth, enemies gib when hit with grenades just like they should, and errant fire has at least some effect on the environment. If anything the game should be more gory. The way enemies animate when shot is crying out for the same morose attention to detail that Soldier of Fortune featured, not just gussied up rag doll physics that we have been seeing for years. I want a point blank shotgun blast to the chest to embed ribs in the nearest wall, not just send the poor bastard flying.

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I have missed so many good titles from last years that it makes me feel ill. That's the problem with intentionally playing bad games and still trying to make time for the good ones: no one else plays the bad one so they arrive quickly. Oh well, the new Spider-man can't be that bad, can it?

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