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RAGE

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Not to be confused with The Rage.

RAGE
RAGE cover
Developers
id Software
Multiplayer Escalation Studios
macOS (OS X) Aspyr Media
Publishers
Bethesda Softworks
OS X Aspyr Media
Engines
id Tech 5
Release dates
Windows October 4, 2011
macOS (OS X) February 2, 2012
Reception
Metacritic 79
IGDB 81
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Open world, Shooter
Vehicles Off-roading
Art styles Realistic
Themes Post-apocalyptic
Series RAGE
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RAGE on IGDB
RAGE on MobyGames
RAGE on Wikipedia
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RAGE 2011
RAGE 2 2019

Warnings

The macOS (OS X) version of this game does not work on macOS Catalina (version 10.15) or later due to the removal of support for 32-bit-only apps.

Key points

Use id5 Tweaker to change advanced settings and optimize performance.
Achievements are disabled in the 64-bit version
Texture streaming is an issue even on new systems.[citation needed]
Rage runs from RAM Disk without problems.

General information

Official game site
Unofficial RAGE Wiki
Steam Community Discussions
CFG Maker - RAGE - Do Not Argue

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Includes Anarchy Edition and Wasteland Sewer Missions. 3 DVD's
Windows
Retail
Requires online activation
RAGE: Campaign Edition
macOS (OS X)
Amazon.com
DRM-free
RAGE: Campaign Edition
macOS (OS X)
GamersGate
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Windows
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Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Steam
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Windows
Amazon.com (unavailable)
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Windows
Bethesda.net (unavailable)
Bethesda.net Launcher
Windows
Humble Store (unavailable)
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Windows
GamersGate (unavailable)
DRM details are not known
RAGE: Campaign Edition
macOS (OS X)
Mac App Store (unavailable)
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RAGE: Campaign Edition
macOS (OS X)
The Bethesda.net release is no longer available as the Bethesda.net Launcher has been retired. Users who owned games in their Bethesda.net Library are able to transfer their games to their Steam account for free, even now after the launcher has been officially retired.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Anarchy Edition Available only as a pre-order bonus or as part of the Campaign Edition, but can be unlocked. See Unlock Anarchy Edition DLC.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Wasteland Sewer Missions Available only as a pre-order bonus or as part of the Campaign Edition, but can be unlocked. See Unlock Anarchy Edition DLC.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
The Scorchers
Windows

Version differences

RAGE: Campaign Edition is OS X release of the game, it includes the Anarchy Edition and Wasteland Sewer Missions DLC. Multiplayer is not included.

Essential improvements

Restore cache files

The texture cache folder is not made by the game, so you need to create it manually.
This can fix stuttering in the game.
Make texture cache folder.
  1. Go to %LOCALAPPDATA% and make a folder named id Software (If it's not already there.)
  2. Go into that folder and make a folder named Rage
  3. The game will now correctly store the texture cache between sessions.

Notes

The game creates two files there, one of which is 1 GB in size. This file is not deleted after ending or uninstalling the game and has to be deleted manually.
Normal Windows shortcuts do not work to relocate the id Software folder or the Rage folder to another drive. You can run the game with the startup command +fs_cachepath "x:\cache" to manually specify the location of the cache (it can't be executed from console). Create the folder before changing the path.
Slow HDD can prevent from achieving high FPS. Consider placing the cache on RAM disk (e.g. with free RadeonRAMDisk) or SSD (even whole game).

Skip intro videos

Use +com_skipIntroVideo 1 command line argument[citation needed]

Enable developer console

Enable console in shortcut[citation needed]
  1. Set +set com_allowConsole 1 command line argument
  2. Now you can access the developer console in-game with ~.

Notes

The console has less options than it did at release.[citation needed]
The console won't work if you do not have ~ on your keyboard. Switching to another keyboard layout in the Windows language settings solves this.

Unlock Anarchy Edition DLC

Available as a pre-order bonus or as part of the Campaign Edition, it can also be unlocked manually
Create files[1]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\dlc\
  2. Create dlc1 folder
  3. Copy info.txt from dlc2 folder to dlc1
  4. Open info.txt in dlc1 folder
  5. Change "dlcID" "2" to "dlcID" "1"
  6. Save the file
If this doesn't work for you, then try the method below
Use in-game console commands[1]
  1. Enable the developer console.
  2. To unlock all the content, enter the following into the in-game console:
    • give inventory/spdatacollection/dlc_day1
    • The command also unlocks the Wasteland Sewer Missions DLC
  3. (Alternate) To unlock specific content, enter in any of the following into the in-game console:
    • give inventory/keys/ratrod (Rat Rod Buggy)
    • give weaponupgrades/brassknuckles (Fists of RAGE)
    • give weapon/doublebarrelshotgun (Double Barrel Shotgun)
    • give playerarmor/adventurer (Crimson Elite Armor)

Notes

If done correctly, achievements will not be disabled
The weapons can only be acquired after starting the Quell the Bandit Threat quest
The Crimson Elite Armor can only be acquired after completing the Changing Clothes quest. Use the console command afterwards to replace the currently equipped armor

CUDA Transcode Improved Performance

Rage uses very highly compressed texture data as part of its MegaTexture technology engine.[2] Users with a fast Nvidia video card can benefit from CUDA transcoding which will offload the decompressing task to the video card rather than the CPU. Users with 4 or more processor cores instead can benefit from extra CPU transcoding by disabling this feature and thus giving all available video card time to rendering the game.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\SAVES\base\[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/9200/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\id Software\Rage\base\savegame\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/9200/pfx/[Note 2]
Saves for the 64-bit executable are stored in <path-to-game>\SAVES\base\savegame\
Save game data location can be changed via +fs_savepath launch option
The texture cache (fs_cachepath) is stored in %LOCALAPPDATA%\id Software\Rage\
Game has 14 manual save slots + 1 autosave slot.

Switch 32 and 64 bit savegames

Play 64bit saves into 32 bit version and viceversa[3]
  1. Make sure you have an auto-save made with the version of your source savegame
  2. Go to the folder where that version creates the savegames (see above)
  3. Copy GAMES-AUTOSAVE from there, to the other version's save files folder
  4. Start this last version and load the autosave (for safety, avoid using the continue campaign button.)

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Configuration file only.[4]

Video

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Flawless Widescreen could solve HUD issues.
64-bit version has native support for hands stretching fix[5]
Ultra-widescreen
Native support.[6]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
80° horizontal. See Field of view (FOV). Cutscenes are always at 80°.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
High/Low setting, unknown amount of AF applied for each options.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Off or 2x/4x/8x/16x MSAA
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Option may cause stuttering on some systems. Externally force it if this occurs.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 60 FPS. Use id5 Tweaker.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Field of view (FOV)

Single player and multiplayer FOV settings must be set separately.
Add launch options (single player mode)[citation needed]
  1. In your Steam Library right click on game and select Properties
  2. Choose Set launch options.
  3. Add +g_fov xx where xx is your desired FOV.
Set FOV in default.cfg (multiplayer mode)[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\mp\base\
  2. Edit default.cfg in a text editor.
  3. At the top of this file, add the line g_fov xx where xx is your desired FOV.
Adjust weapon FOV[7]

Input

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game mouse settings.
In-game mouse settings.
In-game general gamepad settings.
In-game general gamepad settings.
In-game gamepad layout settings for the player.
In-game gamepad layout settings for the player.
In-game gamepad layout settings for vehicles.
In-game gamepad layout settings for vehicles.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Enter cannot be bound to commands. Inventory command cannot be rebound from Tab .
Mouse acceleration
Acceleration is off by default.
Mouse sensitivity
Has sensitivity slider, but breaks menu sensitivity if set to 0 (for high dpi mice). Set m_menu_sensitivity to 1 in the console or add to rageConfig.cfg
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Six presets for FPS controls and four for vehicle controls. Custom mapping requires editing rageConfig.cfg configuration file.
Controller sensitivity
Separate for X and Y axes.
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Tracked motion controllers
Razer Hydra works with Sixense MotionCreator bundled profile.[8]
Button/gesture prompts
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Voice, Effects.
Surround sound
Auto configures up to 7.1 output[9]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Czech
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation.
Russian
Spanish

Network

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
4 Versus, Co-op
Use Nucleus Co-op.
LAN play
Online play
4 Versus, Co-op
2-player co-op.

Connection types

VR support

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
Use 3D Surround Gaming.
Devices Native Notes
3RD Space Gaming Vest

Issues unresolved

Audio Issue

An unsolved audio issue causes audio to cut out, or not play at all. Dialogue will be cut short, footsteps will not be in sync or even cut out completely, and vehicle sounds fails to play correctly. No fix has been found yet.

Regular crashes with ATI/AMD desktop and mobile graphics

Running RAGE on some systems will cause regular crashes, and this issue remains unfixed.[10]
Using third-party drivers does not fix the issue.[11]
Force RAGE to use older version of AMD OpenGL driver (atioglxx.dll)[citation needed]
Fortunately, the game does not require installation of older drivers in the system. Placing correct version of atioglxx.dll in game directory will do the job - the game will use it instead of using the one installed in the system. This solution is 'trial and error method' friendly.
This solution was confirmed while testing on Windows 7 x64 with the use of following GPUs: Radeon HD6650M, Radeon HD7850, Radeon HD7870, Radeon R9 290x. May be compatible with other GPUs and OS versions as well. Further testing required.
  1. Download atioglxx.dll file version '6.14.10.12002' directly from pcgamingwiki or extract it manually from official driver package that can be downloaded from AMD drivers page.
  2. Copy atioglxx.dll to the installation folder.
  3. Start the game.

Notes

atioglxx.dll version recommended in this solution is '6.14.10.12002' and is a part of AMD Catalyst 13.1 WHQL package. Although, it is not inconceivable that you will need to find a different version for your system or GPU. Both, 32 and 64-bit Catalyst 13.1 package versions contain the same atioglxx.dll file. Byte-to-byte comparison showed no differences between the files.
This only works if you installed the game to the C drive.
This fix can also make the game silent until load via changing map or loading a save.

Issues fixed

Low frame rate in 32-bit version, even at main menu.

Disable GVR in AMD Gaming Evolved[citation needed]
  1. Close the application or disable GVR in-game by clicking Page Up+F11

64-bit version takes too long to load.

Use +logfile 0 command line argument[citation needed]
This disables developer logging

Corrupted, black, jagged or dotted textures

Ensure that graphics card does not override anti-aliasing preferences.
Check the graphics driver's control panel or any utility which could control the graphics card may override the game's anti-aliasing or anisotropic filtering setting
These include but are not limited to program such as:
  • Catalyst Control Center, RadeonPro and ATI Tray tools for ATI/AMD GPUs
  • Nvidia Control panel, Nvidia Profile Inspector for Nvidia GPU
  • RivaTuner, etc.
Enable in-game anti-aliasing.[12]
May not be ideal for lower-end systems as it can have major impact on performance, even at 2x.

Stutter, textures pop-in, freezes

Create textures cache folder[13]
  • Just create the textures cache folder. The game then will be able to use it to improve disk streaming performance
Increase texture buffer[14]
  1. Set +fc maxcachememoryMB 1024 +vt_maxPPF "16" +vt_pageimagesizevmtr 16384 +vt_pageImageSizeUnique 16384 +vt_pageImageSizeUniqueDiffuseOnly 16384 +vt_pageImageSizeUniqueDiffuseOnly2 16384 command line argument.

Notes

This works only if you have 3 GB VRAM and should fix pop in even when you do a 180° turn.
Minifreezes[citation needed]
  • If the game freezes for about 1 two 2 seconds in regular intervals, add +jobs_numThreads 0 to the launch options.

Slow, choppy or unresponsive mouse movement in menus

Reduce menu mouse sensitivity.
  • Add +cvaradd m_menu_sensitivity 0.20 as command line argument. Increase or decrease the value if necessary.

No mouse support at all

Launch the 64-bit with mods version instead of 32-bit[15]

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
OpenGL 3.3
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
Adds support for mods, but disables achievements and multiplayer.
macOS (OS X)
32-bit only.[16]

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer Steamworks

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 2.4 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 25 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800
ATI Radeon HD 4200
OpenGL 3.3 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.7.2
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 25 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800
ATI Radeon HD 3870
256 MB of VRAM
The game cannot be installed on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive)
Supported Nvidia chipsets: GeForce 8800, 9600, GT 120, 330M
Supported ATI/AMD chipsets: Radeon HD 3870, 4670, 4850, 5670, 5750, 5770, 5870, 6630M, 6750M, 6970M
Supported Intel chipsets: HD Graphics 3000
Integrated video chipsets are not supported (GMA 950 Mac Mini (2006, 2007), iMac (2006), MacBook (2006, 2007), GMA X3100 MacBook (2007, 2008), MacBook Air (2008–2011))

Notes

  1. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/9200/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (9200) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Steam Community :: Guide :: How to get the Anarchy pre-order DLC. - last accessed on 2016-5-17
  2. Nvidia developer relations employee's opinion @Shacknews.com
  3. 64-bit save files? - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  4. Rage save game - reddit
  5. Detailed Widescreen Reports: RAGE - WSGF forums
  6. https://imgur.com/a/1xYBu
  7. View topic - RAGE | WSGF
  8. Razer Hydra Control Profile - Rage
  9. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  10. E420s switchable graphics with opengl - Lenovo Community
  11. Tested by Andytizer
  12. Verified by User:Fudgesiclesxd on 2022-07-16
    Tested on system with Haswell Core i5-4460, Intel HD 4600 running Fedora 36, Mesa 22.1.3 and latest stable Wine. Game uses alpha-to-coverage for transparency effects, not configurable and possibly only at 2x which is not supported on hardware side, in-game MSAA overrides anything whenever it can. (only 4x and 8x MSAA supported in hardware, Windows driver expose 2x MSAA but emulated in software.)
  13. [SUPPORT]Rage Issues, Bugs And Fixes Thread - Page 9 - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  14. RAGE Wiki - Tweaks
  15. https://steamcommunity.com/app/9200/discussions/0/864975249448477861/
  16. MacOS Catalina, 64-bit, 32-bit, and related Questions – Aspyr Support