I bought this gane some time ago and am just now playing it. I heard too many comlpaints about the game but so far I'm ok with the long waits to save and load and the bouncy screen when driving. The atmosphere and graphics are great.
Rage creates an engrossing world full of dazzling detail and entertaining shooter action.
- Remarkable visual design
- A host of charismatic characters
- Enjoyable array of weapons and items
- Speedy and gratifying vehicular action.
- Story isn't strong enough to make you care about the primary conflict
- You must remember to save manually or risk losing significant progress.
The postapocalyptic future looks better than ever. From the moment you step out under the brilliant, cloud-studded sky of a ruined world, Rage proclaims its technical and artistic mastery. As you drive along dirt roads through narrow canyons among the hardscrabble outposts of civilization, every environmental element pops with an amazing level of detail. As you converse with the people you meet, their expressive faces and believable dialogue have you eager to hear what they'll say next. And as you blast your way through your snarling enemies, their battlefield behavior and gory deaths make you feel like a powerful fighter. This is a gorgeous world that makes you excited to go exploring, but there is disappointingly little to find off the beaten path. The richness of Rage makes you wish it were even richer, and you may also find yourself wishing for a better story, a more accommodating save system, and more robust ways to enjoy this world with friends. But your lengthy adventure is exciting and rewarding all the same, and the stunning landscape alone is practically worth the price of admission.
Having slept snugly through an extinction-level event in a sealed government refuge, you awaken to find that your fellow sleepers were not so lucky. Alone and unsure, you step out into the world, encounter some savage locals, and end up indebted to a local sharpshooter. He explains that survivors like you haven't been seen in a long time, and proceeds to ask you for a favor. Thus begins your journey of helping out the friendly folks of the Wasteland with your natural affinity for driving, collecting, and killing. Each new person you meet is a delight, thanks to stylish character design, expressive animation, and great voice acting. It's a pleasure to visit the local bar where the freckled proprietor pays you a regular bounty and the garish dealer entices you to play another round of a collectible card game. This is a world where a sweet young lady teaches you about a flying implement of decapitation, and the puffed-up mayor sends you on a delivery run to a hand-wringing doctor and his possibly sentient mechanical familiar. Rage's characters are so charismatic that you'll likely be disappointed when your conversations end and will be eagerly anticipating the next interaction.
The towns and settlements where you find these folks are richly detailed and beg to be explored. Observant players are rewarded with a raft of thoughtful artistic touches, including some cute references to certain iconic video games. As you travel outside these havens and around the spacious environs, you encounter the skeletal remains of freeways and industrial complexes. Some have been appropriated by the locals, while others are left to molder, but all are vividly detailed. These man-made elements are surrounded by striking sandstone cliffs and scrubby vegetation, and they all come together to create a cohesive and absorbing landscape. Rage makes you want to regularly stop and gawk at the world around you, and the mercenary path you take gives you plenty of opportunities to do so. Your core missions eventually take a more purposeful path, but Rage does a poor job of drawing you into this crusade, so your quest to ensure a better future for humankind never feels more urgent than your task to bring a boozehound his missing moonshine. It's a shame that the game doesn't leverage its enticing world to create a stronger, more compelling adventure, but it's still a joy to explore and inhabit the Wasteland.
Not all Wasteland inhabitants are friendly, however. Packs of bandits have taken up residence in their own little communities, and each group has its own look, combat tactics, and interior decorations. Keeping an eye out in these dens not only gives you a sense of how your enemies live, but can also yield ammunition, guns, collectible cards, and a wealth of detritus that can be sold or used to build helpful items from schematics you acquire. A timely bandage or health boost can toughen you up for a challenging fight, while a bladed wingstick or spidery robotic ally can add crucial firepower to your cause. Your bandit enemies shoot accurately and use cover, while your mutant enemies just run headlong toward you, albeit with some surprising evasive maneuvers. Despite the health items, replenishing health, and rechargeable defibrillation power at your disposal, you can die if you aren't careful. When you do, pray that you have manually saved your game recently, because Rage rarely autosaves, and you can lose significant progress if you aren't diligent. Unfortunately, this makes pausing to save your game as important to your progression as any in-game survival tactics, which feels like nothing so much as an annoyance from gaming's past intruding on the fun.
I see people criticizing the textures loading when you turn around, but it's not THAT bad. I imagine it has something to do with the really high and steady framerate. Especially on Ps3, this is probably the smoothest running game I've ever seen. It's even smoother than CoD (whose only strong point is a good framerate.)
game seems great. till the end. an 8 rating seems good till you see the end of the game. It lacks an end fight. So if you want something fun and challenging with at least a half ass end boss, this is not the game for you. Seriously, the ending lacked a fight worth speaking of. Some of the side missions were more difficult. Anti-climactic gameplay-wise, storyline-wise it was god awful.
it's worth noting that the game has long wait times for installing, loading and saving. It can be a real pain sometimes
Amazing game to play, specially for people like me who love FPS games and are not into RPG style shooters.
@jjdomo its bethseda they are the creators of fallout and skyrim so yes ive noticed and played it and its fallout without the rpg mechanics better graphics no glitches better gameplay but a worser story i think the score should be 8.5
This game sounds a lot like Fallout--is there any comparison, or is it just coincidence? Anyone who has played both have any thoughts?
The world is so much full of detail and plays super smooth at 60fps. It is sad the game is plagued with the worst texture streaming issue of the year, every time you turn texture loads. Not only that, some of those super hi-res textures are next to some really low res texture which upsets the game's overall look. Regardless, a a very good game