Review by KeredsBlaze

"Rage (the way I felt at the end of the game)"

Rage

Gameplay: 9/10
The gameplay for Rage is the highlight of the game. It is a FPS, similar to Borderlands, and loot is used to help create items that help you along the way. You can create different types of ammo, sentry bots or turrets, wingsticks (which are bladed boomerangs) using materials that you find in the wasteland. The wingsticks are a blast to use, and a lot of the guns are pretty fun too, especially with some of the different ammo types. Rage also offers races that although they aren't all that competitive, it is a nice little addition to the game. There are also mini games that can be fun to play including five finger filet, a card game, a dice game, and others. The multiplayer function of Rage includes racing and some seperate co-op missions. These are both mediocre additions to the game, and aren't anything too great. Another negative would be the long load times in Rage, and sometimes the game can cause your 360 to overheat. The PS3 version of Rage MUST be downloaded onto your hard drive to be played.

Story: 6/10
There really isn't much story to talk about here. You are a soldier who was cryogenically frozen before a meteor hit the Earth and destroyed most of it. You have been awoken to the new Earth which is a wasteland, and suddenly you must learn to survive in it. The protagonist doesn't speak, and you do a lot of chores for a lot of different people.

Length: 7/10
After the first 11 hours of Rage, and just finishing the first disc, I thought that the game had a lot to offer, however the second disc was only four hours or so, so maybe 15 hours total of playtime. That was disappointing, and sure there is multiplayer, but it isn't great and you won't stick around for that for too long. Another problem is that once you have played through the game once, there isn't too much of a reason to go back and play the game again.

Visuals: 10/10
There is no doubt about it; Rage is one of the best looking games on console to date. The environments look great, and so do the characters, but that doesn't necessarily mean that the game is great.

Characters: 7/10
The characters are forgettable in this game. The protagonist doesn't have much of a character since he doesn't talk, and the rest of the characters aren't around long enough to make much of an impact on the game. You run around from NPC to NPC and continue to do chores for them. The characters are voiced fairly well however, including one character being voiced by John Goodman.

Sound/Music: 8/10
This category gets a good rating because of the sound effects in Rage. I thought that they did a good job in making moments feel tense and battles feel important, unfortunately the audio did cut here and there during the game, not enough to be a problem, but a minor nuisance.
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Pros
--Fun, exciting gameplay
--Looks amazing
--Smart AI
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Cons
--Poor story
--Short length with little replayability
--Average characters
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Overall, this game was fun for the first 11 hours or so, but it ended in disappointment. If you like Borderlands, I think you would like Rage.
**7/10**


Reviewer's Score: 7/10 | Originally Posted: 10/26/11

Game Release: Rage (US, 10/04/11)


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