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E3 2011's Most Anticipated: RAGE

CVG E3 2011 Awards: Vote for the games that most excite you!

The games on show at E3 2011 are some of the best in living memory. So you really owe it to yourself to vote in CVG's inaugural E3 2011 Awards... in the Most Anticipated Title category.

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Shortly before the show, we'll work out which of these 60 special E3 game previews have enjoyed the most page views, Facebook 'Likes', ReTweets and poll votes (see below) and crown our first victor of the Los Angeles event. Show your favourites the love!

Game: RAGE
Publisher: Bethesda
Likelihood of E3 2011 showing: Certain

The post apocalypse is so hot right now. But if anyone's going to get you excited about mutants and mega guns again, it's id Software. Yes, the Doom-creating, Quake-making, writing-the-rule-book-on-shooters id Software.

Securing a place in the hearts of first-person shooter fans way back in the 1990s with its classic corridor shooter, id has piled all of its new technology (a shiny new engine called id Tech 5) into a game that steps away from those dimly-lit corridors and instead moves out into an insanely rich world that's so pretty you can almost feel the irradiated dust itching at your skin.

So why all the ruined cities, bandits and mutated monsters? A pesky asteroid called Apophis has smashed into Earth, leaving behind bedraggled survivors, hideous monsters and a ruined world just ripe for exploring in heavily-armed vehicles.

You've been fortunate enough to survive thanks to a protective pod called the Ark, which kept you safe underground from the impact and made sure you were ready to battle freaks, drive like a maniac and discover who and what the omnipresent force called the Authority is.

But before we get to go anywhere near the Authority, we need to face the Shroud, one of the many clans of bandits wreaking havoc on the more civilised survivors. Each clan has its own special way of doing things. The Shroud likes to use cover, the Ghost clan likes to use acrobatic attacks and the Waste clan, well, it likes to use a lot of swears.

Our specific mission when it comes to the Shroud is to blow up its explosive reserves. Not with grenades... oh no, with remote-controlled bomb cars. Once you deploy one you get a bomb-car's-eye-view of the layout so you can drive to your target, then BAM! Remote detonation. As for the shooting, well, these guys made Doom.

Our loadout holds three guns (pistol, shotgun, machine gun) and a crossbow, and each one is just a peach to shoot. Heavy, punchy - and you can tailor different attacks with different types of ammo for each weapon. Our favourite is the electro bolts for the crossbow.

We use them as we explore the tunnels and waterways beneath a town called Well Springs, after the Ghost clan has threatened to poison the water supplies. That's right: water, electricity - suddenly you've got an exciting new way to turn your enemy into a human roast. We crash our way through the level blasting water with electro bolts, taking out whole huddles of Ghosts with the minimum amount of shots. It's more satisfying than getting a roll of bubble wrap and cybernetic thumbs on the same day.

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And when you're not blasting the dead-eyed mutants that roam the wastelands, doing missions for settlers or taking on the bandits, you can kill some time at the race track or in the arena. In such a big open world you need a little help getting around.

And where there are wheels, there's racing. We tried out the Dusty 8 track which packed in jumps, killer corners and plenty of boost power-ups to keep things exciting. Or, if you prefer killing, there are Mad Bash TV arena-style challenges, where you earn cash for killing mutants quickly and accurately, as well as mastering slot machines, avoiding giant models of monkeys and taking down mega mutants - we faced a tentacle beast called the Kraken.

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