Now I know Rage was released Fall of 2011 and that has been a while but I just recently picked up the game and after hours of play here are my varying impressions.
There was a lot of talk of this game before its release, it was to be the next big shooter to come from the classic company id and well established Bethesda. Unlike most I paid little to no attention to this game, so obviously going into it I had no legitimate expectations. I have put in a good amount of hours and here is what I have to say so far.
When first booting up RAGE you’ll be introduced to a world ravaged by an asteroid strike, it’s desert wastelands monotone and bleak yet eye popping and mesmerizing. The only deterrence would have to be would be the hiccups and delay of texture appearance which is unpleasant to say the most, seeing large desolate cities is great but when the texture is so muddled at times it can be ugly. Of course though this has no bearing on the gameplay, your first mission sends you into a bandit camp and this is where the first taste of action comes. In this mission your only supplies are a few bandages and a pistol. Th first enemies you encounter are savage, mutated, melee-oriented brutes. Now unlike most games these enemies aren’t canon fodder they are swift and agile, causing me to miss many shots and rely on getting in close with melee strikes of my own. The proceeding enemies were typical gunman, the AI was lacking with enemies yelling for flanks but never going through with the command.
The game is structured like any western RPG: you’re given a land to explore and towns in which to gain quests from. This is what I like in gaming it’s why I loved Borderlands and Skyrim, the only problem is: there is no leveling system. There are upgrades in which you can make to your character but nothing major or at least so far and I found it quite disappointing. The story I feel isn’t presented well and the NPCs are bland drones just telling you where to go and what to do.
This was my first few hours and as you can see I wasn’t enjoying it too much. Never wanting to leave a game behind I continued playing and took more of a liking towards it. There are mini games dispersed throughout including racing which is like a subgame in itself. Vehicles are not just for racing though and play a big part in travel with Vehicular combat; which I thoroughly enjoy and has its depth.
Now I haven’t beaten the game but from what I have played its a game that’ll have to grow on you with time especially if you’ve played The Elder Scrolls games and Borderlands but if you give it time there are HUGE surprises in store.