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Posted by on Mar 29, 2011

Rage novel coming this Summer

Rage novel coming this Summer

Video game novels seem to be all the RAGE nowadays. See what I did there? As you probably can tell by the title the upcoming game from Bethesda and id Software’s, Rage, will be released in written form. Apparently it will be ‘like the game, only
in word form
‘.

The novel, also entitled “RAGE”, will be written by author and game writer Matt Costello and will release on August 30, 2011.

The novel delves even deeper Rage’s world and its characters through the pen of Matt Costello-the same person who helped write the story for the game. The world was doomed and only some of the population could be saved. That was what the scientists were saying, at least. So the best and brightest were gathered and put into stasis deep beneath the surface of the Earth-buried so that man could live.

”When Lt. Nick Raine emerges from his Ark, he finds the human race has not been wiped out. And people, as resilient as they are, are scraping together a new world from the rubble of the old. This was not what anyone in the Arks expected–a new society where might is right, mutants plague the Earth, and “friend” is a term for the person who hasn’t stabbed you in the back.”

For more information on the game visit the Rage official site

Tom Mackenzie

Affectionately known as Beans in many circles, and I think gaming is awesome. I'll play pretty much anything, but just because I play them doesn't mean I'm good at them. I love a good cup of tea.

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1 Comment

  1. Looks nice, I enjoyed RAGE (it was without a doubt the best fps this year but certainly not one of the best I’ve ever played up to this date; to be blunt honest it would even fall behind the Batman game on the NES in my top game list… well, they’re not really comparable games but you get the idea). I’ve had more fun with my fully modded Fallout NV.

    I really enjoyed the lore of it though, as a fan of post-apocalyptic games or games involving the consequences of a catastrophic event such as Metro 2033, the Fallout, STALKER, Bioshock series, Singularity and many more of which I cannot make an exhaustive list.

    I think those games really bring a nice atmosphere and Fallout really was able to capture at the same time the devastation an event such as a nuclear war would produce without sacrificing the entertainement value of the game.
    But I am digressing: the point was that there should be more novels based on video games. Sorry for the sake of the little pun you did at the beginning but I have to disagree: video games with greatly detailed and interesting lore aren’t used as they should by novelists, and I don’t see enough video game based novels.

    I know many people will disagree and tell me that books based on video games are often “not good” or “ill-written” but without entering within details (my poor english wouldn’t allow me to carry on in a precise way about why and how) I think that we should be the one promoting the interesting settings some games provide and make talented writers “want” to use that lore in order to make a good novel.
    If I had the skills (which I certainly have in my native language) I probably would enjoy writing an english novel based on the Fallout universe…

    Anyway, just giving my two cents about the lack of use of video games lore by writers.
    (By the way I won a World of Warcraft book -even though I’m not familiar with the universe or the game- and I really enjoyed it.
    I’m studying “Litterature” -not sure how to say it in english- and despite reading and enjoying Molière, Balzac, Poe, Zola, Saint-Exupéry, Sophocle, Dickens, etc you get the idea…;
    -Sorry for mixing up all the different authors and times-
    I think this novel (the WOW one) had its own value and style, and that it shouldn’t be neglected.)

    Although, to be honest and realistic, it might be my poor mastery of english which makes me say this: as a foreigner I might not able to recognise a good english novel from a bad one because I am blinded by the nice turn sentences takes in the hands of an experienced writer.

    Conclusion: I’m going to buy this RAGE novel and see how good it is. I find it bad that it doesn’t bring up any inovations from the author’s part: “like the game, only
    in word form”.
    The lore and overall atmosphere of a game should just be the base setting of a novel (it should give the novelist a strong base and inspiration), in my opinion, and it shouldn’t relate the story we lived through the game (It would be like making a movie out of the adventure the hero had through the game we played: pointless).
    I hope I’ll be able to improve my english and write novels in an interesting, and appreciated if possible, style thanks to the continuous english reading I do.

    All I said here is subjective, please do not take offence if it is in desagreement with your thoughts / convictions on that topic, and please don’t be too harsh on me upon reading this.

    What I am about to say, however, is objective: Thank you Tom Mackenzie for this article and this piece of news, I really enjoyed this website since the first day I discovered it, you guys are all doing a great job feeding us informations about out favourite video games.
    I decided to speak up when I read this article, just wanted to give it a go although i’m a little ashamed since every single man here expresses himself really well and better than myself.
    I currently am studying in order to write reviews as good as yours. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you ever have an opportunity for a job, even bringing you cofee would be a nice experience during my summer vacation, it would allow me to discover your world.

    Greetings from France,
    Hélios Plouvier.

    P.S.: To the people reading this; don’t hesitate to add me on facebook, I would gladly speak with you as it would improve my english and I always enjoy talking to new people.
    Also, if you plan on visiting France, don’t hesitate to ask me about it if you want the good places to go or if you want to know how the country is.
    Bye.