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Super mutants? Check. Unprecedented graphics? Check.
Rage HD is packed with an overabundance of mutants, and each and every one of them wants you dead. Luckily for you, your will to survive is only surpassed by your ammunition and the itching in your trigger finger. Some crazy, unexplained event places you at the disposal of a fat-cat TV host, who has you all too willing to engage in a fun house of horror.
That’s the barely present plot of Rage: Mutant Bash TV, the first iOS outing from Bethesda, the publisher of critically acclaimed games like Fallout and Elder Scrolls. Comical in length, Rage serves more as a commercial for the forthcoming Rage for consoles. But with truly incredible graphics and fast-paced gameplay it’s still worth the download, especially if you’re into first-person shooters.
Rage is an "on rails" shooter, which means your character walks automatically--but don’t mistake that for a bad thing. Though it makes the game a bit more like a shooting gallery than a first-person shooter, the decision’s ultimately a good one. From our time with shooters on iOS devices, we’ve found it almost impossible to juggle walking, aiming, shooting, and more on a touchscreen--we’ve only got ten fingers, after all. Rage’s choice to simplify the process makes controlling significantly easier than other iOS FPSes. Three guns with various intricacies (you can shoot while reloading your shotgun, but not your pistol, for instance) make Rage difficult to master, especially on harder settings.
The bottom line. Rage is worth a spot on your device simply to prove what iOS games are capable of. Unfortunately, with only three levels, it’s too short to qualify as much more than a preview of the id Tech 5 engine that’s running it. Hopefully more levels will be added soon so we have reason to get back to the Rage cage.
Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later.