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Friday, 19 November 2010 10:23

Carmack's Rage HD is all the rage

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Best looking iPhone game ever
Once again John Carmack has managed to prove that he's the undisputed daddy of the FPS genre. As of yesterday, id Software's Rage shooter is available on Apple's App Store and reviewers are touting it as the best looking iPhone game ever.

Rage is available in SD and HD versions and as the name implies the latter is aimed at the iPhone 4 and the iPad. The SD version is best suited to the 3G and iPod Touch, while the 3GS can run both versions, albeit the HD is somewhat pointless on the 3GS.

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Gameplay is impressive and we expect no less from id, but graphics are what truly sets Rage apart from other iPhone games. Rage HD is truly in a class of its own and it just looks brilliant, much better than anything seen on any mobile phone. You just have to see it to believe it and you can check out a few gameplay clips here.

The only downside is the size. Rage HD will take up 743MB of memory, which might be too much for some users. Even the SD version goes over 400MB. However, Rage also has one major selling point, the price. The HD version costs just $1.99, while the SD sells for next to nothing, or $0.99 in the Apple world.
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+14 #1 milkod2001 2010-11-19 12:22
good 4 iphone users, but where's Quake5 or Doom4, will we ever see them Crapmack? :lol:
 
 
+14 #2 leftiszi 2010-11-19 13:06
Great stuff. How about an Android port?
 
 
+1 #3 loadwick 2010-11-19 13:32
Quoting leftiszi:
Great stuff. How about an Android port?


Never going to happen.

The only reason you get such good games on the iPhone is because its 1 hardware and 1 software phone. Developers can get every last pixel out of the phone as the know exactly what they are dealing with.
On Android, although a great OS, it has such a varied hardware base this is not possible. Some phones have god awful hardware and don't deserve the name Smartphone, while others have a great spec but never get used to their full potential because the numbers of each of these phones will be so small, compared to the iPhone numbers anyway.

Its all about customer base.
 
 
0 #4 Warrior24_7 2010-11-19 18:33
This is exactly the reason why Jobs wants the iPhone/Pad/touch to remain "untouched" and "untampered" with. Basically closed. He is taking the console approach to apps and games while google is taking the PC approach (throw everything on anything). That may cost it in some areas like gaming. Nvidia's Terga is great looking too.
 
 
+2 #5 leftiszi 2010-11-19 20:10
Quoting loadwick:
Never going....

Its all about customer base.

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I see your point, but you still seem to categorize every high end android phone on its own. Why? It's like saying that high end Alienware PCs are different from Custom built PCs. They are all PCs and they are all high end android phones.

The difference would just be on how well each phone would run.If you have a crappy phone it would run at 10 fps. If you had a bomb, it would run at 30fps and so on.

Moreover, with android phones, there's at least even a slim chance that we could see upgradeable phones. Ie, switch your old main chip with a new one and be done with it, saving a lot of money altogether. With apple this has zero chances happening.
 
 
0 #6 MichaelTurbo 2010-11-19 20:49
I think there'll be an Android port. The diversity of custom PC's is not the best analogy for smartphones, because despite the comprehensive variation of Android-based devices, users aren't gerryrigging separate components piece by piece into unique phones. The publisher would simply need to release a phone by phone compatibility chart informing users if their cell met the specification target (& appropriate Froyo OS version.)
 
 
-3 #7 Mxmz 2010-11-19 21:44
Quoting loadwick:
Quoting leftiszi:
Great stuff. How about an Android port?


Never going to happen.

That is just silly, just listen to yourself. Even though Android is running on different systems it doesn't mean you can't create games for it, just look at android market, there are alot of great games.

Like leftiszi said, if your phone can't handle the game, then it can't. But if you have enough juice, then why couldn't you play?
 
 
-1 #8 nele 2010-11-19 23:03
Quoting Mxmz:
Quoting loadwick:
Quoting leftiszi:
Great stuff. How about an Android port?


Never going to happen.

That is just silly, just listen to yourself. Even though Android is running on different systems it doesn't mean you can't create games for it, just look at android market, there are alot of great games.

Like leftiszi said, if your phone can't handle the game, then it can't. But if you have enough juice, then why couldn't you play?




Nobody said you can't create good Android games, but as a closed and standardized platform the iPhone has the upper hand.

Developers can get better results with less resources, much like in the console world - even the PS3 is pants compared to a mid-range PC, but it still has great graphics simply because developers can harness its potential more efficiently...

Although I'm not much of an Apple fan, I must admit that the iPhone is a lot faster and more responsive than similarly spec'd Android or Win phones, not to mention Symbian and various proprietary systems...
 
 
+7 #9 hoohoo 2010-11-20 02:00
Let me see if I have got this right...

Apple will let me shoot, kill and murder using my iThing, but Apple will not let me admire the beauty of the naked human body on my iThing.

Have I about got that right?
 
 
+1 #10 hoohoo 2010-11-20 02:15
Quoting loadwick:
...
The only reason you get such good games on the iPhone is because its 1 hardware and 1 software phone. ...


By that logic, FPS games would never have suceeded on the PC platfrom running Windows. Too many video cards to choose from you know?

Apple's been bruiting the "one single sourced integrated hardware and OS platform is better" argument since word go.

Good on Apple, the company found it's market and stuck with it. Since Mac OS 10 Apple has sold an excellent OS, and it has always sold either decent or quite good hardware.

None of that makes the arg true however.
 

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