Rage, Rage HD for iPhone and iPad updated with Game Center, gyroscope, 2nd display, more!

Rage for iPhone and iPad updated with Game Center, gyroscope, 2nd display, more!

John Carmack and id Software's Rage and Rage HD for iPhone and iPad have been updated to version 1.11 and now boast Game Center integration, gyroscope support, and the ability to play via video-out cables on your TV using your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad as a controller. Full list below:

  • Game Center Leaderboards – Compare your daily, weekly and all-time scores with friends as well as global leaders.
  • Game Center Achievements – More than 50 achievements to unlock. Career, map and difficulty specific challenges!
  • Gyroscope Support (iPhone 4 & iPod touch 4) – Hold and move your iPhone in front of you like a virtual window with full gyroscopic aiming control.
  • Museum Mode – Explore the levels at your own pace, eerily void of any mutants. Take-in a taste of the spectacular RAGE universe, powered by id Tech megatexturing technology
  • 2nd Display Support – Play on a TV or Monitor using your iDevice as a controller. Output 480p over the official Apple Component cable & 720p over the official Apple VGA cable.
  • Mirror Mode – mirrored levels flips the world for a new shooting experience.
  • Language Localization - now in French, Italian, German & Spanish.

As before, Rage (standard) is better for iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 3, and older devices. Rage HD shines on iPhone 4 Retina Display and iPad. Have you tried out the video-out mode yet? If so, let me know what you think of the controls, same as a console or is multitouch no replacement for an Xbox or PS3 controller?

[Rage - $0.99 - iTunes link]

[Rage HD - $1.99 - iTunes link]

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Rene Ritchie

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Rage, Rage HD for iPhone and iPad updated with Game Center, gyroscope, 2nd display, more!


Has anyone had any success using the iPhone as a controller? I couldn't get it to even come up as an option when I tried.

Is Rage the first game to use 2nd display support? Seems really intriguing but I'm rather average at the game as I get attacked from up close and afar very often to frustration.

Rage HD works also works fine on my 3GS. (Bought this version so I'm prepared for a future change of iPhone ;)

No -- the controls are not the same as a console. Not necessarily bad (though -- personal opinion -- it is in this case), just different. I find:
1) Touch controls are better for turn based games, especially strategy games. Civilization Revolution is an example of game which just plays better on the i(Phone}Pad) than on a console. Yes, the console versions look better, but the iOS version plays better -- selecting units and actions is faster, more immediate, and just plain easier with touch than with using a stick/d-pad to move, than a button to choose, then the stick/d-pad to scroll through options.
2) Physical controls are better for fast paced and twitch games. On the iPhone/iPad, you have the problem of obscuring the game space with fingers, plus you have to devote some of your visual attention to keeping your fingers in the correct area of the screen. (You do not have the first problem when viewing on a TV screen, but the second problem is much, much worse.) On a turn-based game, this is no drawback at all, but in a fast game, the delay on each action ranges from frustrating to fatal. Using a physical controller, you can focus all your visual attention on the gameplay, and your proprioception will keep your fingers on the buttons automatically, letting you do nothing but play.
So, to each his own -- I think using iOS devices as multitouch controllers for console-style action games is a very poor experience, but they absolutely shine for strategy games. I shudder to think how many people will AirPlay Farmville once it becomes possible. :)

Didn't this already have gyro support? Thats what it felt like when I completed the game. Or does this only mean there is more freedom to turn around?