RAGE is a first-person shooter developed by id Software and published by Bethesda in 2010. Set in a post-apocalyptic future, the world has been ravaged by a meteor strike. Pockets of civilizations, mutants and bandit outposts are plentiful, but the Authority is keen on trying to wipe everyone out and take control of the planet. As a cryogenically frozen survivor, you must aid any settlements you come across and eventually join the Resistance, who are waging war against the authoritarians.
PC, Xbox 360, PS3
Some decent weapons on offer, especially the wingsticks.
Great voice performances.
Very slick animations and adaptive enemy AI.
Buggy racing and vehicular deathmatches.
Co-op mode is brutal but gratifying.
Shallow RPG elements.
Few worthwhile mini-games.
Filler side-quests and few places to explore.
RAGE is a bit of a Diet Cola version of an RPG shooter. The emphasis is obviously on the combat and gunplay, which is pretty good for the most part, barring a few rubbish weapons. Despite the surprisingly intelligent enemies you’ll be up against, the level layouts are streamlined and linear, and with few areas to re-explore, it feels a lot more restricted than the likes of, say, a Fallout game. The vehicle mini-games are a blast, and are well worth a try. Overall, it’s a half-decent title that might be worth at least one try, but not anything beyond that.
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