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Rage Under Wine, How It Performs
Posted , 25 November 2013 at 8:35 pm UTC / 7374 views
I logged onto Steam after work Friday to see that this weekend was Free Rage Weekend and the game was 75% off. So, naturally I had to try it out. 

First I tried my 32-bit wine environment but after the massive 21 GB download received the dreaded "Failed to Create XAudio2 Engine error" even though I had installed xact_june2010 through winetricks. Next I tried my 64-bit wine install. One 21 GB download later and we were off.

After tweaking the settings and restarting the game I started to play. I was immediately struck by how well synced the facial animations were to the voice-acting. The framerate was solid and extremely playable. The controls were tight and the mouse sensitivity felt perfect. 

Unfortunately, mouse sensitivity dropped dramatically whenever navigating a menu item with the mouse. All menu items experienced this including inventory and mission dialogues. While I found it annoying it did not prevent me from making the selections I needed.

I found the game quite enjoyable. The Mutant Bash TV  arenas felt just like the classic Smash TV transformed into a modern fps. The story did not have the punch of some of the earlier ID entries like Quake 2 or Doom 3. But it was pretty and the vehicle combat and races gave it some variety. The aesthetic, setting, and vehicles reminded me quite a bit of Borderlands without that series' RPG elements and humour.

Overall, I found it a pretty frag-fest but light on deeper substance. But a fun romp doesn't necessarily need a great story and at $5 you couldn't go wrong. So, I bought it and the DLC too. Now, if you'll excuse me I have some mindless fragging to do.

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Added note by editor: It's sad that we will never see a native port of this game thanks to John Carmack formerly of id Software pretty much giving up hope of Linux games selling and instead telling people that improving Wine is a better idea.

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n30p1r4t3 commented on 25 November 2013 at 9:30 pm UTC
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Good to see it runs native quite well. What are your system specs and WINE version?

Good to see it runs native quite well. What are your system specs and WINE version?
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scaine commented on 25 November 2013 at 9:51 pm UTC

Yep, pretty sad Carmack gave it up like that. I have zero interest in wine personally - even well packaged wine games like Limbo use an absolutely unacceptable amount of CPU on my laptop while Trine heats it up less, doing more. I'm not a fan of it.

Yep, pretty sad Carmack gave it up like that. I have zero interest in wine personally - even well packaged wine games like Limbo use an absolutely unacceptable amount of CPU on my laptop while Trine heats it up less, doing more. I'm not a fan of it.
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Erijk commented on 25 November 2013 at 9:59 pm UTC

Steam has a Backup and Restore feature that you could use to avoid re-downloading games in the future. I've been using it to move pretty much all of my games over from Win as they become available on Linux.

Steam has a Backup and Restore feature that you could use to avoid re-downloading games in the future. I've been using it to move pretty much all of my games over from Win as they become available on Linux.
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Tarron commented on 25 November 2013 at 10:28 pm UTC

I've been running Rage for ages in wine, and the performance is awesome for me (i5 2500k, GTX 570soc, 8gb dd3 1600). the bug/issue with the menu's was the same for me on windows.

I've been running Rage for ages in wine, and the performance is awesome for me (i5 2500k, GTX 570soc, 8gb dd3 1600). the bug/issue with the menu's was the same for me on windows.
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tuxisagamer commented on 25 November 2013 at 10:36 pm UTC

Quote from n30p1r4t3Good to see it runs native quite well. What are your system specs and WINE version?
Kubuntu 12.04 LTS
Wine version 1.7.6
AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+
3 GB DDR2 
2 GB Nvidia 520 GT
500 GB 7200 RPM harddrive (currently 21GB free)

[quote=Quote from n30p1r4t3]Good to see it runs native quite well. What are your system specs and WINE version?[/quote] Kubuntu 12.04 LTS Wine version 1.7.6 AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ 3 GB DDR2  2 GB Nvidia 520 GT 500 GB 7200 RPM harddrive (currently 21GB free)
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philip550c commented on 26 November 2013 at 11:25 am UTC

Quote from scaineYep, pretty sad Carmack gave it up like that. I have zero interest in wine personally - even well packaged wine games like Limbo use an absolutely unacceptable amount of CPU on my laptop while Trine heats it up less, doing more. I'm not a fan of it.
He quit recently. He doesn't work for id and I think he has also stopped making game engines.

[quote=Quote from scaine]Yep, pretty sad Carmack gave it up like that. I have zero interest in wine personally - even well packaged wine games like Limbo use an absolutely unacceptable amount of CPU on my laptop while Trine heats it up less, doing more. I'm not a fan of it.[/quote] He quit recently. He doesn't work for id and I think he has also stopped making game engines.
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Sslaxx commented on 26 November 2013 at 12:00 pm UTC

Yeah, do get the impression that Carmack was not happy at id towards the end. Hopefully his stint at Occulus will work out better for him.

Yeah, do get the impression that Carmack was not happy at id towards the end. Hopefully his stint at Occulus will work out better for him.
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Hamish commented on 26 November 2013 at 4:16 pm UTC
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Indeed, he went to join Occulus full time. Which means there is a good chance that Zenimax will never put out the id Tech 5 source code, but I honestly can not blame Carmark for looking to greener fields. At the very least, we have the Doom 3: BFG source code. 

Indeed, he went to join Occulus full time. Which means there is a good chance that Zenimax will never put out the id Tech 5 source code, but I honestly can not blame Carmark for looking to greener fields. At the very least, we have the Doom 3: BFG source code. 
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liamdawe commented on 27 November 2013 at 12:16 pm UTC

Quote from HamishIndeed, he went to join Occulus full time. Which means there is a good chance that Zenimax will never put out the id Tech 5 source code, but I honestly can not blame Carmark for looking to greener fields. At the very least, we have the Doom 3: BFG source code. 
Well it's good that's out and I hope the latest engine release helps open-source game devs at least.

[quote=Quote from Hamish]Indeed, he went to join Occulus full time. Which means there is a good chance that Zenimax will never put out the id Tech 5 source code, but I honestly can not blame Carmark for looking to greener fields. At the very least, we have the Doom 3: BFG source code. [/quote] Well it's good that's out and I hope the latest engine release helps open-source game devs at least.
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