We can’t, in good conscience, write this up as a full review. The simple fact of the matter is that RAGE is too damn huge and we landed our review copy so near the embargo date that we had no choice but to delay our verdict.
Our review, with score, will go up as soon as we’ve completed the game and spent enough time with the product to feel that we’ve covered it fully.
But, hey, at least our decision to do this is an indication of one of the best parts about RAGE from id Software; this game is incredibly large and varied. There’s no way a few days of playtime with the title can give us a full understanding of everything that’s being offered in this package, and we mean that as a compliment.
Okay, enough excuses, here’s what we think of RAGE so far…
In a nutshell, this is one of the best looking, most varied, consistently addicting, rewarding and fun open world shooters we have ever played.
Put that on your damn box, fools.
There’s a ton of combat, a great landscape, strong characters, a solid story, quality racing and a nice blend of enemy variety to keep this game interesting up until where we currently stand in the campaign.
The game gets knocked back by the absence of things like a full-on map and restricted level design. RAGE feels like it should be completely open world; however, it’s way more scripted than that. As such, there’s no need for a map. But, as you traverse the landscape from point A to point B, the absence of a full map makes it impossible to explore.
Which is a crying shame, because this game begs for exploration.
What we love, though, is the sheer variety of things we’ve encountered. We’ve heard from other publications that this game gets repetitive…and, maybe it does. But, at several hours into the experience, we’re still encountering new things. There are races, mini-games, mutants, mega monsters, creepy hospitals, explosive wielding bandits, military forces and tons of loot. Every time we turn a corner, we get hit with something new.
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If you’re looking at RAGE and wondering if this is a game you should purchase today, understand that we recommend what we’ve seen so far. Will it win game of the year? No. But it is a great take on the post-apocalyptic genre. We applaud it for its visuals, production value and variety. The story as of now is strong, too.
This one seems good, so give it a chance. We’ll have our full review in due time.