I said it once, and I’ll say it again.  You haven’t seen shit until you’ve played RAGE.

Not only have id Software and Bethesda Softworks gone above and beyond my expectations for the title, they’ve given new life to the FPS genre in so many ways that it no longer feels stale.  In this day and age, there’s so many first person shooters that try to differentiate themselves from the crowd, but ultimately fail to be nothing more than decent.  However, with RAGE – this isn’t the case.  In fact, it’s safe to say that RAGE is the best FPS I’ve ever played.

RAGE tells the story of how a new civilization has risen after an asteroid strikes, forcing the survivors to build settlements out of what’s left in the bleak world.  At the start of the game, you’ll find yourself being preserved inside an underground shelter called the Ark.  After being released, you’re quickly rescued by one of the survivors from a near by settlement.  From here on out, you must help the resistance against the hostile factions that threaten you and the rest of mankind.  And so RAGE begins.

First and foremost, RAGE is the most beautiful game I’ve ever laid eyes upon.  In no sense of exaggeration, the game is simply gorgeous in nearly every aspect.  It’s very clear that id paid extreme attention to detail as literally nothing goes unnoticed.  The character models in particular are absolutely stunning even down to the slightest details.  I’m not talking about just the main characters, every single NPC in the game is top notch.  There’s dirt in their bloody fingernails.

The overall design of the wasteland, buildings, interiors, characters, vehicles, enemies and weapons give RAGE that sense of realism I’ve been longing for in a post-apocalyptic title.  It truly gives you that feeling of a lone wolf doing whatever you must to survive.  Not only that, but RAGE also runs at a perfect 60 frames per second, making the overall gameplay experience incredible.

RAGE is easily the best looking console game ever made.

While all of this sounds amazing, and believe me, it is – RAGE suffers from one major problem that specifically applies to the Xbox 360 crowd.  You will need to install the game if you want to enjoy the same beautiful, seamless experience I did. Without installation, the game suffers tremendously from an immense amount of pop-ins, sound delays, and frame rate issues.  However, once installed, these issues disappear 100% and not once will you have to deal with anything but a few unnoticeable pop-ins.  So, plan on clearing a ton of room on your HDD if you want the best possible experience.  But I digress…

RAGE is a FPS at heart, but it does offer some RPG type elements that overall make the game more satisfying.  After spending quite some time helping out the resistance, building your first buggy, and acquiring an arsenal, you’ll be offered a choice between three classes that offer unique abilities which favor different aspects of the game such as engineering.  As you venture through the wasteland doing multiple quest and side jobs, you’ll come across various items to collect and enemies to loot. While every human enemy in the game can be looted for items, the mutants unfortunately cannot.

Some items may be junk to simply sell for extra cash, other items can be used to build all sorts of secondary items to use in battle.  These vary from; RC Cars with bombs attached, sentry turrets and bots, healing items, or even lock grinders to bust down inaccessible doors… assuming you have the schematics to create them of course.  Some of these schematics will be given to you, others must be bought or found.  What makes this system so fascinating is how id choose to handle the inventory and buying/selling system.

Upon entering a shop, each item within the store and your inventory will be labeled.  Junk items will be shown with a dollar sign indicating it’s nothing of use and primarily sold only for money.  Other items will specify what they can be used for – such as building an RC Car.  These aren’t basic schematics either.  Just finding an RC Car and a bomb won’t cut it, you’ll need to find wiring and electrical kits as well.  Even if you can’t find these items while you’re exploring, chances of the local shops stocking the parts you need is very high.  However, if you want a load of cash and want to feel safe in the wasteland, your best bet is to explore and collect whatever you can, wherever you can.

24 COMMENTS

  1. Wtf only 12 guns? That is ridiculous in an open world game. And i hear gameplay is really only 10hrs including side missions. screw the races, they dont look any more special then in jak 2. Such a dissapointment… 6 years and still cant touch borderlands or fallout. if your not gonna make a good open world game, dont make one at all… They better come out with another 30 extra hours of DLC or something

    • Carmack himself said this isnt an open-world game. Its choice driven. You dont have to drive. You dont HAVE to make every item, or upgrade a certain weapon. You choose. And if you think 12 guns isnt anough then your not using them right.

  2. Wtf only 12 guns? That is ridiculous in an open world game. And i hear gameplay is really only 10hrs including side missions. screw the races, they dont look any more special then in jak 2. Such a dissapointment… 6 years and still cant touch borderlands or fallout. if your not gonna make a good open world game, dont make one at all… They better come out with another 30 extra hours of DLC or something

  3. Seriously! Sounds like every other Bethesda game: Oblivion, Fall Out, Fall Out Vegas. I hate having to go collect crap just so I can build/upgrade a weapon. I don’t know why they call this a FPS, It sounds like an RPG. Halo,CoD, Rainbow Six now those are FPS.

  4. Great review. Lots of emotional attachment. I can deffinitly tell you gave this game your all. Which every professional reviewer should. With all the hours of youtube footage ive watched over the last 3 years, there is no way i can be disappointed in this game. It looks so smooth i felt as if i had the controller in my hands. Its feeling as if its going to be a sleeper hit. But for the optimistic and thoughs of us REAL gamers who’s only want is to escape into another world after work,school, or for some, prison (JK) we will be rewarded. Worried, dont be and dont hate. Its called renting, or put your faith in a company that has been so good to us in the past for this genre. I personally cant wait for my rig to chew and spit this work of art all over my big ass monitor. By the way, ya’ll can hate all you want because i wont see this page again since ill be lost in the wastes, and theres no internet there….i hope.

  5. Great review. Lots of emotional attachment. I can deffinitly tell you gave this game your all. Which every professional reviewer should. With all the hours of youtube footage ive watched over the last 3 years, there is no way i can be disappointed in this game. It looks so smooth i felt as if i had the controller in my hands. Its feeling as if its going to be a sleeper hit. But for the optimistic and thoughs of us REAL gamers who’s only want is to escape into another world after work,school, or for some, prison (JK) we will be rewarded. Worried, dont be and dont hate. Its called renting, or put your faith in a company that has been so good to us in the past for this genre. I personally cant wait for my rig to chew and spit this work of art all over my big ass monitor. By the way, ya’ll can hate all you want because i wont see this page again since ill be lost in the wastes, and theres no internet there….i hope.

  6. Very disappointed that this game is less than 15 hours long to complete even with the side missions. You would think that a game coming from Bethesda would be at least 30 to 40 hours long with the 2 disks. Yes it is a great FPS with the light RPG elements and yes, the game has some of the best graphics yet, but the lack of content within the game and of course the length of game is quite disappointing.

  7. WHY U PEOPLE NOT KNOW id MADE THIS GAME!?

    Seriously commenters, published =/= developed. Bethesda didn’t make this game, and weren’t even involved at all for most of its development.

    Anyway, I’m not quite as glowing as Chris, but it’s a solid, fun shooter with a lot of gameplay variety. Like, a ton. Racing section, vehicle combat, a crafting system, and tons of mini-games.  There’s a lot of content here, but I wish it was all a little more polished.

    God help you if you buy it on PC though. I had to mod and hack the hell out of it to make it playable, but I finally got it to an acceptable level.

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