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Hop in your dune buggy, load up your assault rifle, and make sure you grab plenty of wingsticks. We're going pedal to the metal with RAGE.
Rage is the story of what happens to our fragile world and collective psyche when a meteor the size of Manhattan slams full force into our beloved planet. Did I say story? Sorry, I meant ... tale? Brief narrative smashed in between fast paced action scenes? That’s the one! The game’s plot is loose and flimsy. It’s okay, but even for a standard first person shooter it’s pretty weak. You are the lone survivor of an ark, a series of armored buried disaster shelters that a lucky few got to go into before Apophis smashed all of civilization and most of the life on earth into atoms. You awake to find the world ruined but inhabited by raiders and monsters. A strange elusive presence named The Authority is the only true force in the wasteland. Everyone else is just trying to scrape by. As now, are you. As you play through the story you unlock some mysteries and meet some friends. That’s about it, standard for this kind of game but not much more.
I think they’re misunderstood.
Thankfully this game is saved by its game play. You get to choose your class but that’s all you get as far as any role playing aspect. You play as a typical silent protagonist, answering questions and delivering missions without ever uttering a word or selecting dialog. I mean, the whole world acts as if they can hear you but I guess you speak in a frequency only audible to
those born after the impact? Your character is nothing but a shell that you can see this world through. The gunplay is solid, nothing special; you get your pretty standard armament. Rocket launchers, shot guns, assault rifles, you get the idea. What is really fun is experimenting with all the different ammo types. You'll discover some ammo is WAY more effective against other enemies than most. So you may find yourself using regular standerd ammo and saving the good stuff for the big baddy you think is lurking just down the hall. The fighting is intense and fast paced. You get this glaive weapon called a wingstick which
is my personal favorite.
The game is beautiful in its own right.
The driving is an original breath of fresh air into this otherwise standard shooter. I know a lot of other FPS' give you vehicles and weapons for them but this game takes it to a wholly awesome level. It basically took your standard FPS vehicle controls, gave you a few vehicles to choose from, incorporated it heavily into the main plot, and then threw a heaping load of twisted metal into the mix. You have races you need to win in order to upgrade your vehicles. Those are entertaining and I personally like holding off on doing them until Let’s Do This or LEOG comes out and doing them all at once while listening to them. It’s great fun, and a great way to waste an afternoon. Out in the waste the only real way to get anywhere is by car, and all the weapons, boosters, and tricks you use during your races are available out here to aid in taking out bandit cars. It’s a lot of fun and sometimes reminds me of some Mad Max cart racer.
You try racing in that! No seriously try it, it's great fun.
Now for the ultimate mixed bag with this game. Multiplayer. I willmake this brief. It has online and offline functionality. For offline your choices are limited to a series of co-op split screen missions that thankfully are very very fun. You play as different characters and help each other survive these little side stories that take place along with the main single player narrative. They flush some things out and provide for a fun distraction. The online races are another thing entirely. Basically it’s like the rally point races in single player except I personally didn’t find them much fun, even when I won. Something just felt boring about the whole set up. I never thought I would rather play against AI bots then real people but for this game I really truly would.
So is this game worth getting? I think so, definitely. It’s a solid title, and the game play more than makes up for the lack of story or any real substance.
4 out of 5. It’s good to see a new release that isn’t a sequel to something.
Written by: Kevin Mason (AKA LempiElinika)
Edited by: Sarah Lawhorne