RAGE Review
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RAGE Box Art
System: PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Dev: id Software
Pub: Bethesda Softworks
Release: October 4, 2011
Players: 1(2+ Online)
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood and gore, intense violence, strong language.

The missions are interesting too, and this game actually manages to give us interesting side-quests. You won't have to worry about completing mundane fetch quests that plague so many RPG games; instead RAGE's side-quests reveal interesting side stories or offer fun things to do like protecting your allies from waves of mutants as they try to repair a vehicle.

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The single-player campaign is a little short and ends rather abruptly, but it's likely to run you anywhere from 10-15 hours, depending on how much time you spending completing side quests. Once it's over, you can occupy yourself with the competitive and cooperative multiplayer modes. The former pits you and up to five other players in frantic dune buggy fights that put your driving skills to the test. The latter includes several missions that can be completed with a friend online. I would've preferred a more fleshed-out competitive multiplayer, since the current offering is pretty shallow, and it would've been nice if the campaign could be taken on with a friend. But as it stands, these are still viable options to keep this game in your collection long after you've beaten it.

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Does RAGE push boundaries and set a new bar for future shooters to come? Not really. But it doesn't need to. Instead of trying to revolutionize a genre, id has given us another stellar game that's taken elements from a few different games, in many cases improved them, and seamlessly integrated them into RAGE's world. Everything about this game is polished to near-perfection: the guns feel satisfying and the quests aren't comprised of the lame "fetch this" or "go kill that" missions that many of us have grown tired of long ago. This is a game that manages the impressive feat of appealing to many different types of gamers without sacrificing any of its quality. Even if you're on the fence as to whether or not this is something you'd be interested in, I'm sure that if you give it a chance you'll find something worthwhile in the savage and exciting world that is RAGE.

By Adam Dodd
CCC Contributing Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.6
Graphics
RAGE is a gorgeous game. Everything from the environments to the enemies is incredibly detailed.
4.5
Control
id Software created the genre, so it's not surprising how well RAGE handles. The combat is intuitive and the driving is insanely fun.
4.4
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The ominous, even unsettling soundtrack matches RAGE's empty wasteland perfectly.
4.5
Play Value
The campaign is shorter than expected, but there's still plenty to do once it's over, including the competitive and cooperative multiplayer modes.
4.5
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Take on bandit gangs, hordes of mutants and the Authority' using an arsenal of exotic weapons and gadgets, such as wingsticks, personal turrets, sentry bots, and remote controlled bomb cars.
  • Burn rubber across the wasteland in your very own super buggy! Upgrade and customize your car with special parts, paint jobs and weapons, then test your skills as you battle four-wheeling bandit clans and participate in deadly races.
  • Beyond the first-person action and vehicle combat, RAGE offers a world open to explore with unique characters, side quests, and a compelling storyline.
  • Immerse yourself in a rich story-driven single-player experience, grab a friend for exclusive co-op modes, or brace for intense online rally-race car combat.
  • Powered by id's cutting-edge new id Tech® 5 engine, new Megatexture technology brings the vast wasteland to life in never-before-possible detail with action running at an astounding 60 frames per second.

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