Rage previews reveal new details

Gameplay trailers are all the rage these days—literally. Yesterday, we caught glimpse of 12 minutes of gameplay footage from Battlefield 3. Today, our attention turns to a five-minute snippet of gameplay from Rage.

A press embargo has clearly lifted, because there are previews of id's upcoming shooter everywhere. Rock, Paper, Shotgun has early looks at both the single-player campaign and Rage's multiplayer component. The latter appears to be loaded with vehicular combat and includes a series of co-op missions that tie into the main story.

RPS refers to Rage as a "maximalist sci-fi game" that "looks [and] feels very expensive." The gameplay doesn't appear to be a huge departure from id Software games of old, but there's reportedly more "complexity and reasoning" behind it. Indeed, the author goes on to say that Rage may well be the best id game since Quake III.

Although Rage isn't due out until the middle of September, folks who pre-order the game will get a free upgrade to the Anarchy Edition, which includes a handful of special in-game items. Sorry, no hats. Instead, you get a suit of armor, a buggy, some kind of razor-knuckle melee weapon, and a double-barreled shotgun. The practice of rewarding pre-orders with exclusive items is nothing new. Let's hope that isn't the only way to get your hands on a double-barreled shotgun in the game, though. Few FPS weapons are as satisfying.

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