Iím a fan of this kind of writing so it hits all the right spots for me. RAGEís story is told through your interaction with the people around you, and whilst you are a silent protagonist (the main character has no voice) Ė they react to you as though youíve just told them something. I imagine that the character spoke in a dusty voice and whatever he said to Dan et-al made a whole lot of sense. It is well written and there are some great lines.Multiplayer
id Software upset a few people it seems, they decided not to put adversarial shooter action on the 3rd disc. I commend them for this action, because whilst RAGEís Road Rage might not appeal to everyone, itís a refreshing change from the already swamped market Ė I mean come on, MW3, BF 3 and so on...RAGE didnít need to add yet more deathmatch to that, even if id are the creators of that whole shebang.
Road Rage is fun and frenetic driving action for 4 players. Itís quite intimate in that good old Interstate 76 kind of way. There are various modes that you can play in, from a few races here and there to an out and out deathmatch with cars. Thereís quad damage and a slew of pickups, thereís a level and rank system and new cars/upgrades to unlock. Iím not sure where people are getting the idea that RAGEís mp is tacked on, because from where I am looking it actually feels a pretty well developed component to me.
The maps are pretty large and sprawling affairs mostly and thereís no lag. Itís a smooth experience and a whole lot of fun. Itís kind of like playing the single player races only with real people as your opponents. I for one like it and Iím glad id put the mode into the game.
Then you have the cooperative, system link, live or split-screen madness that is Wasteland Legends. 2 players engage in several scenarios using maps that are drawn from the main story and objectives that tie in to legends that you will hear as you complete the story of RAGE.
This one time at RAGE-camp.
These small stories are bite-sized chunks of gameplay that give you a wider glimpse of RAGEís world and let you play with a friend. There are no lag problems and thereís the usual assortment of RAGEís arsenal and gadgets from single player. Thereís also a mechanic that lets you revive a downed comrade, one weíve seen before in games like Gears of War etc.
RAGEís multiplayer is added value to the whole single player experience and it works really well.Wasteland Warriors
So if you skipped to the end...
Buy RAGE if: You want a solid FPS that does things a little differently. You like id Software and their ideas. You want something thatís not the next Call of Duty rinse-repeat action game...and you like the idea of mixing some lite-RPG into your moment to moment shooting. You donít mind some old school shooting action and a little bit of graphical twitchiness in terms of texture pop-in.
Donít buy RAGE: If you want to miss out on a really solid game. If you canít get it through your skull that RAGE isnít the next coming of Christ (Borderlands) in RPG form. If any kinds of texture pop-in offends you at all, even the tiniest amount.
RAGE is a game that puts all of its elements together and delivers a fun and exciting FPS, not an RPG and once you understand that, you and RAGE will be best friends.