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Rage 2 PC analysis: what does it take to run at 1080p60 and beyondMay 21, 2019 - EurogamerRage 2's console release revealed a big divide in performance between the standard and enhanced machines. PS4 Pro and Xbox One X delivered beautifully smooth 60 frames per second gameplay, with a drop to 30fps on vanilla hardware. The big surprise? Even Microsoft's six teraflop monster 'only' ran at 1080p resolution, leaving it down to the PC game to scale up to higher resolution displays. But what does it take to hit 1440p or even 4K at 60fps? And in what other ways does PC scale beyond the console experience? First impressions are certainly promising. In common with Wolfenstein: The New Colossus, Bethesda has taken the brave move of shipping Rage 2 just with Vulkan API support, with no DirectX fallback. Settings-wise, the game is fairly comprehensive with plenty of tweakables to adjust, including toggles for contentious post-processing effects like chromatic aberation and motion blur. The game can run fully unlocked with frame-rates beyond 60fps (unlike the original Rage) and 21:9 ultrawide support is also baked in. There's even support for dynamic resolution scaling, which potentially could be very useful... if it were working. From what I've witnessed, internal resolution increases based on screen movement (?) with the end result being that jumping on the spot can deliver a higher quality image. It doesn't seem to scale according to GPU load as you would expect, suggesting that the feature is very broken right now. Regardless, I'd suggest turning this feature off, with the hope being that its functionality will be addressed in a forthcoming patch. Read more Steam Charts: rats, rage, rain, and rendingMay 20, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Our former John (RPS in peace) has vanished in odd circumstances, last heard claiming he’ll be flying through the sky in a big metal snake, so I’m taking over this week. Not even an employee anymore and he’s still making work for me. Join me for a stroll down the hit parade to inspect last week’s top-selling games on Steam. (more…) Rage 2 sales significantly down on originalMay 20, 2019 - EurogamerRage 2 has topped the UK charts, but with significantly fewer sales than the 2011 original. It's not a huge surprise - the first Rage game failed to find much of an audience, and this very-belated sequel never seemed to drum up the same level of excitement other games from publisher Bethesda usually enjoy. In its opening week, Rage 2 sold just a quarter of Rage 1's physical launch sales. (Rage launched here in the UK on a Friday. Rage 2 launched on a Tuesday, so had longer on sale, too.) Read more Rage 2 review - sparkling combat is let down by a hollow open worldMay 17, 2019 - EurogamerFor all its promise of anarchic mayhem and its striking punk palette, Rage 2 is a surprisingly vanilla experience. Though on paper it delivers a lot of the contemporary triple-A features we've come to expect - meaty combat, open-world exploration, sassy (if occasionally grossly stereotypical) NPCs that offer secrets and side missions, unlockable fast travel, and a perfectly serviceable, if somewhat derivative, post-apocalyptic story - it sometimes feels as though these disparate parts are pieces of a puzzle that don't quite mesh together as a whole. Despite its deliciously decadent violence and unapologetic gore, Rage 2 is trying to be all things to all people, and its own identity just might have been lost in the shuffle. While this sequel includes a handful of subtle, hat-tipped references to its predecessor, you can safely embark on this adventure without having jumped into the last. You play as one of the last remaining Rangers, an almost unique symbol of virtue and citizenship in an otherwise lawless, impoverished society rife with bandits, mutants, and ne'er-do-wells. You can select either a female or male Ranger and they're fully-voiced and fully-realised, complete with an intriguing-if-not-particularly-unique backstory that drives much of the main campaign's impetus. Consequently, your foes are numerous, ranging from mutants who have been physically and intellectually scarred by experimentation, lawless bandits - including the oh-so-colourful punks you've seen adorning the marketing materials - and the military might of the Authority, a technologically-savvy army led by General Cross. It's the latter that is the most formidable, and it's those battles that are likely to be the most challenging, too. Read more RAGE 2 - PC Hotfix [Denuvo DRM Removed] (5.16.19)May 16, 2019 - Community Announcementshttps://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/34771642/a258d37549c036e24c10b7f80659da01547b55d0.jpg Today, we will be deploying a minor PC hotfix very shortly that will address the following issues: Removes Denuvo DRM (We saw a few requests.) Enables Crash Reporter for error reporting Fixes occasional crash related to Scaleform Fixes occasional crash on startup Fixes issue where Bethesda.net users would always default to English Razer Chroma effects enabled by default We are continuing to review the Steam forums for player reported issues. If you are having any technical support issues, please be sure to submit a ticket to the Bethesda Customer Support team. We also suggest reviewing our FAQ for additional information. Now Available on Steam - RAGE 2May 14, 2019 - Product ReleaseRAGE 2 is Now Available on Steam! RAGE 2 brings together two studio powerhouses – Avalanche Studios, masters of open world insanity, and id Software, creators of the first-person shooter – to deliver a carnival of carnage where you can go anywhere, shoot anything, and explode everything. Wot I Think: Rage 2May 14, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Developer: id Software, Avalanche Studios Publisher: Bethesda Softworks Release: Out now On: Windows From: Steam For: 60/$80/ 80 Watson Whoopinkoff and Flitwick Mcdimbledick are in an altercation. They’re wearing the same (mostly lack of) clothes, and have both taken affront to this. We’re in a particularly scummy part of a particularly scummy town, where nobody around pays them much mind. Except me. I stop and watch as insults escalate, until Mcdimble suggests Whoopy stick the robot hand he’s holding somewhere untoward. Whoopy knocks him out with it, then strolls away. Sheepishly. Rage 2 is weird. (more…) Rage 2 graphics performance: How to get the best settings on PCMay 14, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Welcome back to the wasteland, you raving bunch of lunatics, because today’s the day that Rage 2 finally blasts its way onto PC. Filled to the brim with tongue-waggling goons and mohawked, tattooed hoodlums with very itchy trigger fingers, the successor to id Software’s 2011 post-apocalyptic shooter is now bigger and boomier than ever, thanks in no small part to their collaboration with Just Cause devs Avalanche Studios and their mastery of very good-looking explosions. But will Rage 2 make your PC explode in equally spectacular fashion? To help answer that question, I’ve been testing the game with a bunch of today’s best graphics cards in order to find out what kind of performance you can expect, and how to get the best settings and the best speeds no matter what GPU you’ve got whirring away inside your case. Let’s get cracking. (more…) Grrr! Rage 2 releasedMay 14, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Rage comics may be so over by now but Id Software remain committed to their FPS adaptation of the Internet meme, this morning releasing Rage 2. Their open-world drive-o-shooter imagines a world where everyone raged so much that human civilisation collapsed, turning into a Mad Max-ian wasteland where people drive angry and murder angrier. For the sequel Id have collaborated with Avalanche Studios, the mob behind Just Cause and Mad Max, and given it an injection of rude ‘tude plus sci-fi superpowers to cause big daft murdermesses. The future…! (more…) Rage 2 is down to 35 for today only on consoleMay 14, 2019 - EurogamerGarish and gory shooter Rage 2 has barely power-slammed its first goon into a bloody pulp but you can already save a significant chunk off the price. Until the end of the day at Currys / PC World, you can save 10 off Rage 2 on PS4 and Xbox One. All you need to do is use the code 'RAGE10' at the checkout and you'll get the post-apocalyptical blast-em-up for only 35. Reflecting back on everything for a minute, it's been quite a wild and hilarious ride following the story of Rage 2 over the last few years. We had the silly Walmart leak, the shock that a follow-up to Rage actually existed and then that Andrew WK performance at E3. To be fair, while the original was a decent if hugely uninspiring deluge of brown, the sequel has at least thrown some pinks and greens into the mix. Read more We need to talk about Rage 2's keyboard controlsMay 13, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Rage 2 is very almost here on PC, but for a game half-developed by Doom maestros id Software, there is something really quite rotten about the state of Rage 2’s default keyboard controls. For as well as having an arsenal of mildly ridiculous guns at your disposal, you also have various special abilities to help you in the heat of battle, such as the sonic boom-emitting Shatter Strike punch. The only problem is that the default control for Shatter Strike is Ctrl+F. Now I don’t know about you, but when I’ve got three fingers on WAD and my little finger almost always stuck on Shift so I can move around without getting riddled with bullets, Ctrl+F is, quite literally, a bit of a stretch. Infuriatingly, the rest of Rage 2’s special abilities are all tied to Ctrl as well. Fancy a Slam? That’s Ctrl+Space. Throw up a barrier? Ctrl+C. It goes on. Fortunately, help is at hand inside Rage 2’s key mapping menu. Here’s how to remap those terrible default keyboard controls so you can carry on playing Rage 2 like a true mohawked champion. (more…) Where is our Rage 2 review?May 13, 2019 - EurogamerRead more Steam Charts: Getting Dishy With The Fishy EditionMay 13, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun WARNING: If you’re reading this, there is a very strong chance you’re looking at news on your favourite game. Please, it’s imperative you click on to discover crucial information. (more…) The Official RAGE 2 Launch Trailer has arrived!May 9, 2019 - Community Announcementshttps://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/34771642/126abd345482a88873203c82e435dc47b23c279d.png Ready up for the RAGE 2 launch on May 14 with the official launch trailer! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLQg-Vq2zQkRAGE 2 - Unlock and Preload TimesMay 8, 2019 - Community Announcementshttps://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/34771642/d77987cabca83dbbb6098638a36bfd9662e6763e.png Hey all, RAGE 2's May 14 launch is fast approaching and we're excited to share with you the unlock times for the game: Preload Information If you want to get a head start on downloading the game, you’ll be able to preload RAGE 2 ahead of launch. Preload will begin May 10 at 1pm ET. Launch Timing Here is when you’ll be able to play the game depending on your platform and location. The game will unlock at different times depending on your territory: AU, NZ, Asia: RAGE 2 will unlock at 11:01am ET on May 13 Rest of World: RAGE 2 will unlock at 8:00pm ET on May 13 North America: RAGE 2 will unlock at 12:01am ET on May 14 RAGE 2 - Steam System SpecsMay 2, 2019 - Community Announcementshttps://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/34771642/f2bc686da034ee30aefcea5abb8250ea89c80234.png Hey all! We are gearing up for the worldwide launch of RAGE 2 on May 14! To prepare, below are the PC system spec requirements for the game as well as some additional features for the game: PC RECOMMENDED SETTINGS Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system OS: Win7, 8.1, or 10 (64-Bit versions) Processor: Intel Core i7-4770 or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X Memory: 8GB RAM Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1070 8GB or AMD Vega 56 8GB Storage: 50 GB available space PC MINIMUM SPECIFICATIONS Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system OS: Win7, 8.1, or 10 (64-Bit versions) Processor: Intel Core i5-3570 or AMD Ryzen 3 1300X Memory: 8GB RAM Graphics: Nvidia GTX 780 3GB or AMD R9 280 3GB Storage: 50 GB available space ADDITIONAL VISUAL FEATURES FOV Slider (50 to 120 degrees) Show HUD (on/off) Reticle Style (default/simple/none) Motion Blur (on/off) Depth of Field (on/off) Ultra-wide (21:9) and Super Ultra-wide (32:9) display support (PC) What is RAGE 2?Apr 25, 2019 - Community Announcementshttps://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/34771642/965cb05762180792b7a4af9731cbcd7ea4487896.jpg So... what is RAGE 2? Well, it's a lot of things. It's a game. It's a movement. It's a rebirth of neon pink!? Maybe that one's questionable. But more than anything, it's fun as hell. Learn all about the open-world insanity of RAGE 2 and its many weapons, abilities, vehicles, and enemies in our NEW TRAILER. RAGE 2 launches on Steam on May 14, 2019!RAGE 2 - Everything vs Me TrailerApr 11, 2019 - Community Announcementshttps://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/34771642/929344c7228c9aaf37ba6b7ef35f04c2b6de171f.jpg Insane factions, lethal hazards, smug cliffs and so much more! The chaotic open world of RAGE 2 is out to get you, so you’ll just have to get it first. Watch the new trailer for RAGE 2 now before it arrives May 14, 2019.Danny Dyer aving it large in Rage 2 voice packApr 6, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Cheeky cockney sparrow and beloved minor UK television celebrity Danny Dyer will ‘ave it large in Rage 2 with a voiceover pack, Bethesda have announced. Which sure is a thing that’s happening. God knows how they found out about the star of shows including EastEnders, Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men, and I Believe in UFOS, but I’m glad they did. The world should know. He’s going full-on bolshy in Rage 2, asking people if they want some, warning people about their nut, advising baddies to sort it out, declaring people muppets, and generally cussing up a storm. As you would hope. (more…) Cheat Codes Coming to RAGE 2! BOOMSHAKALAKA!Apr 2, 2019 - Community Announcementshttps://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/34771642/1d3c3796cad6baaf761ea646129a3bd84a25b948.jpg RAGE 2 is bringing an old school favorite to the game -- Cheat Codes! You may have seen the recent April Fool’s Day trailer for a “He’s on Fire” cheat code in the game, but that wasn’t a prank. It’s very real. The legendary voice artist, Tim Kitzrow, is lending his familiar announcing skills to RAGE 2. Watch the trailer to see and "hear" the He's on Fire cheat code in action as he narrates your tear through the wasteland! There's a few more awesome cheat codes coming to the game at launch, with more planned for after the game releases on May 14. Here's a look at some of the cheat codes coming to RAGE 2! He’s on Fire: Video game voiceover legend Tim Kitzrow lends his very familiar talents to RAGE 2 with the “He’s on Fire” Cheat. BOOMSHAKALAKA. Git Gud: Sweet, sweet instagib. With “Git Gud” every enemy goes down in one hit. It’s not fair to your enemies, but f*** ‘em. You. Are. A. God. Son of Thor: Much like the power Olivia Newton John is supplying in the hit film “Grease,” this Cheat is electrifying. When the “Son of Thor” Cheat is activated, the player becomes electric, electrocuting any enemies that get too close. Klegg Support: The infamous (and douchey) Klegg Clayton is spawned as a friendly AI companion. We honestly don’t know if this is a reward or a punishment. Phoenix Rejector Seat: Now this is just getting ridiculous. As opposed to the Phoenix’s Ejector Seat, which does what it says on the tin and ejects the player from the vehicle, the Rejector Seat leaves the player on the ground and ejects the Phoenix into the air. Like we said, ridiculous. And So Much More: There will be more Cheats dropped into the game on a rotating basis, and additional Cheats will be added to the lineup post-launch.