I can’t remember why exactly so many people around me shunned Rage when it was released. I seem to remember complaints about the textures in the PC version, and some of my PS3 friends complained about it for some reason as well. In any case I didn’t really notice any problems during my playthrough. I loved the post-apocalyptic world, and the colorful and charming character designs. The racing and vehicular combat was fun, and didn’t feel tacked on. I found the gunplay and weapon/gadget variety to be extremely enjoyable, and the animations and the fluent way enemies would charge at you was super cool. There were some things that I could complain about, but that would just be nitpicking.
After I finished the game I started reading up a bit about what id Software is up to now, and to much joy I realized that they have been hard at work on Doom 4. I knew that Doom 4 was in the works, but since little to no information about it has been popping up I guess I didn’t fully realize how excited I am to get my hands on it, until I finished Rage that is. The fact that the game play is going to be more in tone with that of the first two Doom’s, rather than Doom 3’s horror style (which I loved as well), is great news to me. The action heavy parts of Rage were fresh, but more importantly, a truckload of fun – so blasting hellish demons in Doom 4 is now very high on my game anticipation list.
For now I feel the need for more id Software awesomeness, so I think I’m going to pick up the Doom 3 BFG edition. As Doom 3 was a sort of remake of the first Doom, and Doom 4 will be set on earth similar to Doom 2, it makes sense to me to take the trip to Mars again and relive the hellish nightmare all over again. Hopefully it will tie me over until hell hits earth in Doom 4.