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  • Summary: An action game set in a post-apocalyptic landscape jam-packed with driving and shooting, created by John Carmack and the rest of the Doom crew.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 77
  2. Negative: 1 out of 77
  1. Oct 17, 2011
    Rage may not represent the gigantic leap into the next era of games that's usually embodied by titles by id software, but it has reaffirmed their position as a premier developer when it comes to everything first person shooter-y.
  2. Oct 4, 2011
    RAGE is an excellent game that combines the pedigree of id's amazing gunplay with an open-world style game that focuses on action as opposed to RPG elements.
  3. Nov 13, 2011
    While its other elements hep create atmosphere, they aren't as polished as its peerless gunplay. [Issue#77, p.82]
  4. Oct 3, 2011
    The great controls and useful weapon upgrades help make Rage's shooting parts a lot of fun, but the storyline fails to create any real tension and the game's characters, friendly and hostile, never do or say anything memorable.
  5. 80
    Rage is an old school shooter, but a fun one. The enemies are varied and there's lots to do.
  6. Oct 3, 2011
    Solid FPS mechanics mixed with funny and entertaining combat-driving sections. Maybe RAGE won't stand out as a new id Software masterpiece, but certainly it's a very good piece of software.
  7. Oct 6, 2011
    For any oomph it delivers, Rage relies on the same familiar gunshot sound effects and the same ridiculous ragdoll fatalities and the same silly enemies rolling left and right. Rage is a reminder how thin the line is between old school and old hat.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 31 out of 195
  1. Oct 4, 2011
    Beautiful graphics.. Sharp Sounds. States of Art.
    RAGE is great mixture of Quake II and Bioshock. first 30 min, maybe boring. but when you
    reach some 'So Many thing to kill zone'... you'll never gonna miss the truth. you're playing idsoftware's game. Full of blood on screen, Shotguns running out of ammo, Explosion... and the new head popper. wingstick
    Maybe some COD kids will HATE this game(lack of cutscene and too much blood and gore) but i believe many of people will like this and love it. Oh you think Storyline is bad ? you should go play some torment over and over again. this is a shooter game. everyone knows.
  2. Mar 27, 2012
    WHAT A **** GAME. Racing / FPS / RPG sewn together in the post-apocalyptic wastelands. Wicked **** bra.
  3. Aug 29, 2012
    The graphical experience and sound experience (with headphones) is well worth a rental if not purchase. Runs at a constant 60 FPS never once slowing down or stuttering. Managed to skim through the "Nightmare" difficulty setting without much problems. Starts out a bit slow but once you start battling the mutants you see where the game shines. The physics and enemy interaction are smooth and fluid. Every death is a sight to behold. Once you play the levels "The Well" and "Blue Line Station" you'll want to play them over and over again (at least I did) Just a good experience. Good to take slow and absorb the atomospheres as it seems every inch of the environments is meticulously detailed and never repeats itself. Expand
  4. Nov 20, 2011
    Rage offers a gorgeous FPS experience with intuitive gameplay. However it lacks the instinctive "this game is awesome feel". Sure its story is decent and the action is fantastic but it doesn't grab me enough to want to keep coming back or even finish the game. The best advice would be to snap out of the mindset that Rage is going to be just like Fallout, only with better graphics. Trust me you will be disappointed just as I was and I regret having thought like that because I can't give the game credit for what it deserves which apparently is a well rounded solid 8. Rage is more like borderlands, for those who have played, because of its somewhat cartoon like feel to it except there are a bunch of invisible walls and the world is not as open. All in all the game is good however proceed with caution as you will either want to see its story to the end or blast through a few quests and wish you had picked up the other game you thinking on getting. One more thing though, I found myself playing hours of buggy races in the wasteland rather than completing quests :/ Considering this is a FPS and not a racing game it's a little worrying. I hope this was helpful Expand
  5. Nov 26, 2011
    Nice graphics, gun play seems a bit old-school but there are some nice gadgets to play with. Overall not a bad game but with the recent release of some very high quality titles it does not really have anything to make it stand out. Its still a decent enough game but might be worth waiting for it to appear in a sale rather than paying full price. Expand
  6. Nov 21, 2011
    Rage is a game that I had high hopes for, especially after watching countless preview videos up to twelve months before the release date it certainly looked like this could have been one of the best games of the year in the making. The AI appeared to be diverse by the way enemies jumped from cover and off walls. Character models were each unique and individual in appearance and voice. Graphically it looked like a masterpiece, plus it was made by the same people who brought us Doom! Everything was shaping up very nicely I must say so.

    Finally once the game was released I was reading mixed reviews, but my mind had already been set months ago that I was handing over my hard earned cash for this much hyped title. Once the game started up I was pleasantly met with what looked to be the shiny graphics I had seen in all those videos. Not long after emerging from my 'Ark' I was met with the alluring sky effect, but I was noticing a delay in the way textures were taking their time being draw on screen, and after the hour of game time had past I was noticing more and more imperfections. Time for an install maybe? - so I did, but this didn't make any difference and I was left watching long load times and lagging textures.

    Now I'm one who like to take their time and complete all the side quests with a game such as this - to fully explore the environment if you will, however with Rage 80% of the game felt like more of a chore and I found myself skipping what wasn't necessary to the main plot. So when the end did finally come I was expecting to find the leader of the Authority, a big bad ass that was going to test my patience and skill... but alas this did not materialize, and the end sequence made me feel violated, hurt and let down. The good points are that there are individual characters you meet along the way, and that the AI is extremely diverse and challenging at times.The weapon selection is varied and satisfying for the most part - especially with the alternative ammo you could build and fire off, but I have to add that I was disappointed after finding the BFG rounds during the final level. I chose to save what little number I had, and wait for something worthy of being obliterated with each shot... so after stumbling across the ending prematurely I never did get to shoot anything with their ferocity. Why would you leave such an iconic and awesome weapon, or ammo in this instance, to last ten minutes of a game... who made that decision!

    Generally everything looks good from a distance, however as you get closer the quality begins to fade rapidly, much like my concentration did whilst playing through the campaign. Hopefully if Doom 4 eventually happens, it will be light years ahead of what ID achieved here, which is ultimately a deep let down of a title which had so much promise.
  7. Nov 10, 2011
    the story is just an excuse to send you from one arena to another, the gameplay is repetitive and boring, there is no shooter competitive multiplayer only coop, and a stupid boring racing game,the story last 6 hours, it doesnt have story, it doesn't have gameplay so why should you buy it??? Expand

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