Originally Posted by logan
I'd been a fan of id Software until Doom 3. After Rage, I'm done. No more hoping for better days or better games. They sat on Quake 3 for way too long, and both Valve and Epic flew right past them. They're a 3rd rate game developer at best now that just happens to design engines. In my opinion they should leave the games to someone more creative, preferably someone who isn't stuck in 1993. After seeing all the visual issues with Rage I'm not even sure they should be doing engines anymore either.
I do want to stress that I have not played the game. And I have no intentions of playing it either. Having said that...
I'm not so sure all the visual issues can be blamed on the game. Carmack and Comp still use OpenGL for games. I bet the video drivers just aren't there when it comes to OpenGL for games and a healthy amount of blame lies with them. Outside of Carmack/Id and the one or two companies that license their engine(s), who still uses OpenGL?
Still, after looking at gameplay videos, I think it's safe to say that Carmack is behind the times. All his games basically have pretty graphics. However, outside of being able to point a weapon at a crate or something and blow it up, there really isn't much interaction between the players and the environments. Here comes a baddy, just aim and shoot. Look for ammo and the occasional weapon you can pick up to add to your arsenal. The same ol' @#$% over and over. Does Rage have any places where wind blows grass or dust around? Do you ever see trees sway with the wind? How about weather effects? Are there any physics in the game? I'm betting the answer to most of those is a 'no'.
This is where a game such as the upcomming Battlefield 3 is going to leave Rage behind. I don't know which has the best graphics (I'm betting BF3 does...) but that isn't the issue. Carmack isn't creating game engines that create an interact, immersive environment and draw you into it like the other games comming out do.
As I said, his stuff is just more of the same.