E3 2010: Rage Updated Impressions - Now For Something Completely Different
Written Wednesday, June 30, 2010 By Dan Webb
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 There was something oddly familiar about the Rage presentation at this year’s E3. No, I didn’t see it last year in Germany – well, I had seen Wellspring, but not everything else. No, I hadn’t seen it anywhere else on the web. “Where the hell had I seen it?” I asked myself... Then it dawned on me. I hadn’t seen it at all, but I had instead edited Rich’s preview from pre-E3 and he paints such a vivid picture that it was like seeing it myself. Okay, I lie, it took a phone call to Mr Walker before I realised this. Why am I telling you all this? Simple, because rather than regurgitate the same info that Rich penned to paper last month and waste your time, I’m going to focus on some of the more interesting things that Matt Hooper, Design Director, talked about – oh, and a short 4 minute clip of their “E3 exclusive” which featured an all new environment: Dead City.

As Rage presentations seem to go, Hooper started off in the wastelands and guided us through to the first in-game hub: Wellspring. “We wanted a very strong personality, we wanted to build a town that you hadn’t seen before,” says Hooper. “The coolest thing about it is that this town has this Western feel, it’s very dusty, it’s built over the well, it has its purpose in the story,” he continues.

What can we expect from other hubs though? “The next town is Subway Town,” notes Hooper, “built underneath... it’s almost got this New York subway feel... The boss of the town is almost like a Mafia boss. People are a little paler. They look different, they treat you different, they act different and it’s at a different point in the story.”

Gadgets are obviously a huge part of Rage as well – up until now we’ve seen cool things like the RC bomb-cars and the spider-turrets – but after playing a holographic mini game on the streets of Wellspring, Hooper touches on what we can expect from the rest of the game. “One of the neat things that you can see is a little hint at maybe a different type of technology that exists in the world,” says the Design Director. “We’re not going to get into that too much today, but there’s a faction called The Authority. In the second part of the game it really opens up and goes in this sci-fi sort of direction later on.”

And now for something much cooler...

“As you can see already, there is something a little different with these guys,” said Hooper about a group of British bandits called the Ghosts. “It’s not just the way they look, but the way he’s traversing on that pipe up there. What we’ve done throughout this environment, we have this dynamic traversal system. The AI basically knows where to jump into a wall-run, a wall-kick or flip.”

“We wanted to keep that just for the Ghosts. Keeping it fresh, fun and unique for the player,” says Hooper.

The main highlight of the presentation – not only because we hadn’t seen it before but because how different it was – was most definitely the newly unveiled Dead City. “We’re showing it for a couple of different reasons: it’s so different than the last environment,” harps on Hooper. “There’s a lot of attention to detail and you kind of learn what Dead City is all about; the place, the story and who lives there.”

“It happens to be occupied, mostly by mutants,” he adds

“They call it Dead City because nobody ever comes back alive,” he continues. “We’ve heard rumours of mutants, about giant things and The Authority doing experiments. Let’s see what we can find,” he says, knowing full well what we’re going to bump into.

Basically, Dead City is a devastated city with swamps, fallen skyscrapers, litter floating around its eerie calm and it’s not long before mutants pour out the nooks and crannies. Simply put, it’s a ghost town and a far cry away from the civilisation you see in Wellspring. It’s a forgotten city if ever there was one. Unfortunately for our main man, it’s not easy pickings, and after seeing off a dozen or so standard mutants, a huge hulk of a mutant comes out from the wreckages. If id’s character hadn’t been so loaded to the balls with rocket launchers and what not, I’d assume it would have been a little trickier to take this big 10 foot mutant down. If that wasn’t enough though, after you’ve seen him off you’d be mistaken to think that he was the final boss of the area, and climbing over the wreckage moments later is another mutant that is twice the size of the previous one – I’m guessing around 15-20ft high.

Hooper also mentions that once you defeat an environment, if you head back there later you will have a “totally different experience” where “other mutants [may] have taken it over.”

I hadn’t actually seen Rage in action for going on 9 months and most of what I saw was new to me... except Wellspring – seriously id, we need to move on from Wellspring now, how about a new location like Subway Town? Or even more of Dead City? Regardless though, sitting through Wellspring once again was worth it, just to get to the other end to get a brief look at Dead City. It was only then when we realised that Rage wasn’t a one trick pony. Sure, they’ve managed to capture the dusty wastelands and Western feel of Wellspring perfectly, but Dead City showed a new side of the game world – one that was a far cry from anything we’ve seen before. We’re not just talking about a decimated city environment either, but also the large mutants that live in there who are far more powerful than anything Rage has thrown at us to date. We weren’t even 30 foot into the city and we’d come across two mutants the size of trees – one of which could probably smash a Super Mutant Behemoth into next week without a second thought (yes, I said it!) – and we can only imagine what else the city holds for our adventurer. That’s why it won our Shooter of the Show award. That’s why we’re excited about the potential the game is showing.

Did we tell you how amazing it looked? No? Well it does!

Rage is scheduled for a 2011 release.


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Comment #1 by Dr Popodopolus
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 05:23:19 PM
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Rage luks liek teh secks.

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Comment #2 by Appl3head
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 05:23:34 PM
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rip off of borderlands

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Comment #3 by Webb [STAFF]
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 05:24:57 PM
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@#2 - *sigh* If that's the strength of your commenting, don't both commenting. Seriously. Everything is derivative of something else these days. Everything is a rip-off of something else. Please, find something new to say about games!

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Comment #4 by Rewave Acid
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 05:25:45 PM
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It will never beat borderlands because A) borderlands made me cry with laughter and B) it cant possibly have the two same songs as its theme tune, making it an instant and epic fail.

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Comment #5 by Draznar
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 05:30:00 PM
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Borderlands was decent, at best. This game will blow it out of the water.

Can everyone move on from the "Borderlands is better" comments now?

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Comment #6 by Rewave Acid
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 05:30:16 PM
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but on the plus side i did enjoy doom and it looks rather purty ^_^

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Comment #7 by JuiceboxHero
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 05:31:45 PM
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lol at picture 2, soccer game gone wrong.

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Comment #8 by Cilpcolp
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 05:33:06 PM
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I liked the idea of borderlands, but I just thought there would be more to the game. Now Rage looks interesting and I like the tech behind the game, but I think I will take a wait and see approach to this game.

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Comment #9 by ONI recon 111
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 05:35:19 PM
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@7 The aftermath to the England vs Germany match :)

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Comment #10 by RyanDodge
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 05:39:28 PM
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#2 + 3.

Even if it was an almost straight rip-off of Borderlands, how on Earth would that be a bad thing?

Sure, it wouldn't be original, but but Borderlands was damn fun, and this would have a fresh storyline.

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Comment #11 by Epic Gamer Will
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 05:45:43 PM
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YaY for #10 !!

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Comment #12 by xdiamondxinfernox
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 05:46:34 PM
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Comment #13 by Dr Popodopolus
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 05:48:37 PM
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@9 Yeah a Blutty Briddish fan. Not an English one.

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Comment #14 by KingMongoloid
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 05:52:30 PM
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Rage has been in development much longer than Borderlands. Use the internet to find facts before you make ill informed comments.

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Comment #15 by XxStuartxX 1990
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 06:14:33 PM
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borderlands was i rip on fallout if you want to be like that

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Comment #16 by DJSeth227
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 06:21:28 PM
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id Software!!!.........Bethesda!!!............RPG!!!!
im in
I =C

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Comment #17 by DHagen10
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 06:23:33 PM
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Borderlands was not very good in my opinion. But this looks better

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Comment #18 by piedudething
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 07:10:25 PM
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Borderlands was fun for all of 2 days. Then I beat the game and had a max level soldier and I refused to play the other 3 to 50 cause to me they blew balls. I got the 1000 gamerscore and traded it in. Only now with DLC does the game seem interesting again. And I refuse to re-buy it and then waste points on the DLC. They had just over hyped it and it didn't live up to it's name in my opinion. Rage on the other hand looks 1000xbetter. Better art style, better company making it, better looking gameplay. I think the only thing Borderlands may have over it might be humor.

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Comment #19 by alicia0935
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 07:19:20 PM
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I look like borderlands + fallout.

will expect very interest game.

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Comment #20 by squirreltakos
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 07:31:07 PM
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Looks sweet

and Call of Duty is a ripoff of Goldeneye, since we're saying stupid things

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Comment #21 by jessd_25
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 07:32:26 PM
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@ #5
Agreed. Borderlands was a decent one time play through kinda game.

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Comment #22 by Paladin
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 07:32:44 PM
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To the idiots claiming this is a rip off of Borderlands: 1. This was announced before Borderlands. 2. This was SHOWN before Borderlands. 3. This is a FPS with an emphasis on solid gunplay and vehicular combat, Borderlands was not. 4. Rage takes place in a post-apocalyptic environment, Borderlands did not, it was a different planet. Get your facts straight and your heads out of your asses, as the list can go on.

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Comment #23 by The Scrump
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 07:43:12 PM
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@22 yes

And Borderlands was very fun in my opinion. I think half of the friggin gaming community would be a lot happier if they'd stop putting every single game on a huge pedestal before it comes out and then bitching about how much it didn't offer to them. This game looks good. Will I jizz my pants when I play it? Don't know yet...HAVEN'T PLAYED IT.

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Comment #24 by Liek50Ninjas
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 08:32:07 PM
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Guys. Clearly id software used their time machine to go to the future to steal the idea from Gearbox. This game is a rip off of Borderlands, and more importantly someone at id software is a Time Wizard!!

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Comment #25 by seven43861
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 09:16:36 PM
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Wow, I thought this forum was supposed to be about Rage, not Borderlands.

On a side note, I'll wait to pick this game up till i see more.

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Comment #26 by DarkShadowHero
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 09:26:44 PM
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Cant wait!!!!

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Comment #27 by SuperWoody64
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 09:31:50 PM
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This game can't possibly suck. I mean come on, id+bethesda. They can't possibly screw this up.

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Comment #28 by mjc0961
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 10:07:53 PM
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Hey! You got comments about Borderlands in my Rage article!
Hey! You got Rage article in my comments about Borderlands!

Anyway, Rage is sounding pretty fun. And from id Software, I'm sure it will be.

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Comment #29 by boykingkilla19
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 10:10:41 PM
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@2 Before you go saying stuff like that, Make sure that you actually READ what the game is about! I for one do not think that RAGE is going to be a ripoff of Borderlands. 1. RAGE has too much awesomeness to it and 2. It looks far more APPEALING than Borderlands did to me.

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Comment #30 by The Bum-Mobile
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 10:23:45 PM
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Looking good! Hope this is a lengthy game though, most level-based games usually aren't...

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Comment #31 by corbin813
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 10:33:23 PM
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I loved borderlands, but I'm equally excited about this game. Bethesda can put some great stuff together most of the time.

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Comment #32 by angryassasin857
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 10:52:55 PM
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@31 yes bethesda can put out some great stuff, I mean rouge warrior was fantasctic..... lol just kidding. but yeah fallout 3 and oblivion are like two of my favorite games ever!!

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Comment #33 by Hero Of Acre
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 01:01:20 AM
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@24 I wouldn't put it past John Carmack.

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Comment #34 by S q u e e t l e
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 01:14:01 AM
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Things can only get better and from the looks of it the gfx are stunning. Just look at the facial expression on that guy in the screenshot. I loved borderlands a lot but it got to repetitive after a while. Ok, I love doing quests but they should be layed out along the way especially in an FPS game....

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Comment #35 by Ironhand
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 01:25:32 AM
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Borderlands was fucking tight #2 has it right. I hope this is nothing like fallout gameplay wise i thought the only thing good about it was its visuals

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Comment #36 by jtr1gg3r
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 02:23:14 AM
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Yes it looks like borderlands a bit, but who fucking cares?

Borderlands was awesome, and I think this will be just (if not better) as awesome as borderlands

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Comment #37 by Skar46137
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 02:25:27 AM
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Picture 2...Wayne Rooney attempting to play football? No really, game looks good, but can they make it FEEL good, the guns have to feel right. Also, how many times can you re-hash the post-apocalyptic setting? It's getting boring.

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Comment #38 by DG-3 x360a
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 04:59:16 AM
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Looks like borderlands! Borderlands needs more dlc!
Check this out

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Comment #39 by HenryRivers
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 05:07:19 AM
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Post apocalyptic games are usually good. This should rock!

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Comment #40 by iDarko
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 05:26:17 AM
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The shots look very similar t Oblivion shots. Good. But I wonder why that guy has a Union Jack paint job.....

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Comment #41 by SYKoner
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 05:43:21 AM
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Not so much Borderlands as Fallout 3

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Comment #42 by Gottle
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 06:13:44 AM
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Cause this game is called Rage, and he's an Hooligan

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Comment #43 by Kisushima
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 06:34:33 AM
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Agreed. It's sort of a mixture of Borderlands and Fallout 3. So all I can say is, BRING IT ON!? Looks absolutely epic. Over the recent years, I've become an increased fanboy of Bethseda. Even from those DOOM days :').

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Comment #44 by Rogue Gamer 23
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 07:38:39 AM
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can't wait for this.

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Comment #45 by Rapidtortilla
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 08:06:44 AM
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I'm kind of tired of these so called "Gamers" whatever happened to playing for the sake of fun, now its all about rating and reviewing games before they come out either glorifying one, or ripping a another one up based off beta
game-play or even a cinematic trailer-

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Comment #46 by Dark Knight1990
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 10:14:08 AM
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I'm looking forward to this, it's being developed by one of my all time favorite developers and published by my favorite publisher. Sounds like a winning formula in my book.

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Comment #47 by Fata1Stryke
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 10:29:06 AM
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Borderlands was awesome, but I don't think this looks all that similar, aside from the post-apocalyptic setting. It won't be any less epic for it, though.

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Comment #48 by GarlandoFoshezy
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 10:50:10 AM
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@everyone who brought up Borderlands in this thread without making a comment about RAGE or about how RAGE is a rip-off of Borderlands

RAGE came first, Borderlands came second. Deal with it. "But Borderlands was released first, lololololol." Exactly, because it was a rushed pile that was fun for all of one day. How about instead of claiming EVERY OTHER GAME that comes out is a rip-off of this or that BEFORE its even out, we all wait, play the game and IF (big emphasis on if) its a blatant rip-off of a game, then we make those comments.

RAGE looks amazing. I'm pretty excited to see how it turns out. Hopefully it plays as good as it sounds. I'm pretty excited. Post-apocalypse seems to work for games like this...but they could always use a new spin on post-apocalypse, besides barren wastelands with "mutants".

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Comment #49 by SuperWoody64
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 01:04:47 PM
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Borderlands is a really good game but just because you have an open world first person game doesn't mean it's a ripoff. If anything all of these games are ripping off of GTA3. Off topic: when are they putting GTA 1+2+london on XBLA? A bonus disc for GTA5 when it decides to show up would be great too.

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Comment #50 by undergr3nades
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 03:19:13 PM
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oblivion was awesome.
fallout 3 was amazing.

this one looks crazy badass.

amazing graphics from the photos. I dont care what anyone else says, I'm buying this game.

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Comment #51 by 2ChopStick
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 04:07:57 PM
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so much anger in this game " Rage " power jkjk sick game can't wait to play it

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Comment #52 by paddycfc22
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 05:50:03 PM
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the second pic is when england got knocked out the world cup,the poofs go on riots when they get beat lol
rage looks great , looks alot better than borderlands but it wont beat the humour

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Comment #53 by Darth Stigious
Friday, July 02, 2010 @ 03:07:25 AM
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Comment #54 by theslimdavylp
Friday, July 02, 2010 @ 08:53:12 PM
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Bah... I think Borderlands was OK... this looks much better

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Comment #55 by h0lydr1ver317
Saturday, July 03, 2010 @ 03:10:05 AM
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cant compare them 2 separate games. This game looks great

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Comment #56 by rowdyinc
Sunday, July 04, 2010 @ 10:45:15 PM
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Rage looks awesome and I think it'll be alot different to borderlands style of play. I loved borderlands and put weeks of game-time into it, but I'm looking forward to Rage because of it's own potential rather than seemingly being in a similar environment to borderlands. Honestly once people play the game I doubt anyone will be talking about any passing similarities between the 2 games. I think the gameplay will be poles apart, I loved collecting guns and leveling up in borderlands, but with Rage they have a different hook altogether. All in all, I'm super excited for this game.

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Comment #57 by CenozoicZombie
Saturday, September 04, 2010 @ 04:17:42 PM
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Yeah Borderlands was good, Fallout 3 was good. I'm expecting this to be good as well. Have to look at the positives in these games, not always focus on the negative.

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Comment #58 by MidasMakeItRain
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 03:56:18 PM
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lol total borderlands rip, witha lil fallout 3 and Jak 3 influence, any1 else notice the TAR-21 w/ MARS sight?

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Comment #59 by HughJazz
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 10:03:47 PM
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Don't know about you guys, but I've just about had my fill of FPS games with mutants. Ready for something new...

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Comment #60 by brokenaesthetic
Sunday, October 17, 2010 @ 01:27:38 PM
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this games been on my radar for fecking ages. as for saying it's " a rip of borderlands "... so what if thats what it looks like? who's actually played this game? so what if a couple of screens look SIMILAR to a game that has also "ripped off" other games? put your dummy back in and stop fucking crying about it. it looks EPIC!

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Comment #61 by RANCIDBERRY
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @ 09:12:40 PM
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what is with bethesda and post apocaliptic games

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