Lock and load with id Software's mutant heavy first person shooter. You have to see it in action.
We have to admit, Rage HD is a $1.99 slice of heaven. The technical geniuses at id Software took the formula from DOOM Resurrection and supercharged it to produce this short but undeniably satisfying first person shooter that's one part game, one part pre-order vehicle for the console and PC versions of Rage, which debuts in 2011. It's also one of the premier showpieces for all Apple platforms, especially the iPad, where the gorgeous looking graphics look incredible stretched across the much larger screen. Bottom line, you need to play this ASAP.
Much like the aforementioned DOOM title, Rage HD is an on-rails shooter in the sense that you don't have complete control over the character. Instead, the game takes you on a virtual tour through three highly detailed environments (Tenements, Asylum, Bunker) teeming with disgusting mutants, all of which will stop at nothing to crush, stab and scratch you to death. Meanwhile, there are various targets, health, cash and ammo scattered throughout the boards, so you'll need to make sure you're well stocked with supplies before blasting enemies to pieces.
First, the combat is intense and immensely satisfying. All three guns (pistol, shotgun, assault rifle) pack a whole lot of stopping power, and we found ourselves shaking as we frantically dodged projectiles while hurrying to reload the shotgun. It's crazy stuff.
Taking this a step further, the game is a joy to control. The designers put all of the primary functions (fire, reload, dodge, sprint) along the right side of the screen, and you aim by dragging a thumb on the opposite side and it works quite well, though the tilt option (where you physically maneuver the iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch) is even better.
On top of that, the game looks absolutely stunning. Anyone who says the iPad cannot compete as a gaming system clearly hasn't seen this gorgeous looking title in action. Everything about the visuals screams high quality, from the slick animation of enemies to the various details, right down to their twisted faces and post apocalyptic locales. This is without question one of the best looking portable efforts we've seen.
It's a shame, therefore, that it's such a short-lived experience. We tore through Rage HD in less than an hour with little to come back to, aside from improving our scores. But there are no bonus stages or online leaderboards, which is a lost opportunity to add some much needed depth.
Of course, at just $1.99, you certainly get what you pay for. Although Rage HD is a bit on the short side, it's a highly enjoyable and brutal frag fest that serves as a shining example what talented developers can do with Apple's platform. Download it without hesitation.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch (3rd generation), iPod Touch (4th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later.
What's Hot: Phenomenal graphics, addictive fast-paced combat, easy to learn controls, only costs $1.99.
What's Not: Just three stages, no online leaderboards.