So have you been playing RAGE? Id Software’s first big game since Doom 3 – seven years ago. With it, they introduce a new engine, Id Tech 5, which supports a neat feature that allows artists to add texture to the game not with tiles, but huge texture files. The result is an amazing looking world, with some of the best looking characters I’ve seen in a game. It is also locked at 60 fps, and has auto-quality features to maintain that framerate.
It also uses OpenGL on the PC.
Queue the ATI users….
As it turns out, it was a huge mess when it was first released. I am playing it on my relatively decent system at home – an i5 2500K with GeForce 460 Ti in 1920×1080. Unfortunately, the ‘tricks’ it uses to maintain 60 fps leads to some very noticeable texture pop and other weird artifacts. And if you have an ATI card, it was pretty much unplayable (particularly if you were using the Battlefield 3 driver release).
Fortunately, Id wasted no time in releasing a patch with a HUGE amount of fixes. Almost makes you wonder if they knew the game was broken upon release? Check out the full list of fixes here. Needless to say, the game looks and plays much better.
If you passed on RAGE due to technical issues, you might want to give it another look.
And now, on to today’s hardware reviews!
- OCZ ZS series 650W power supply review @ guru3d
- Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 2TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive Review @ ThinkComputers
- OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 480GB PCI-E SSD Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Seagate Savvio 10K.5 900GB SAS HDD Review @ Real World Labs
- Asus GeForce Matrix GTX 580 Platinum 1536MB Graphics Card Review @ eTeknix
- Corsair Carbide 400R System Enclosure Review @ Metku
- Antec Kuhler 920 Watercooling kit @ Rbmods
- Silenx Effizio EFZ-92HA3 CPU Cooler @ TestFreaks
- Jou Jye BW-B620JL 620W Power Supply Review @ Tweaktown
- Corsair Hydro Series H100 CPU Water Cooling Kit Review @ Legit Reviews
- Enermax Platimax 850 W Review @ techPowerUp
- GIGABYTE GA-A75M-UD2H Socket FM1 mATX Motherboard Review @ futurelooks