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Game Reviewed: Rage
Developer: id Software
Reviewer: Matthew Scott
Platform: PS3 (also on Xbox 360 and PC)
Category: First Person Shooter/Racing
ESRB Rating: M
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Rage is a First Person Shooter/Racing game from id Software, the company that developed the classic Doom and Quake series. In Rage, Earth has been hit by a meteorite in the year 2029. You play as a member of an Ark team. Arks are cryogenic pods that have been sealed underground to house 12 people in stasis until it is safe to emerge back on the surface. When you awake in your Ark, 109 years have passed. Sadly, everyone in your Ark has died except for you. As you emerge back onto the surface, you are attacked by bandits. Thankfully, a man by the name of Dan Hagar comes to your rescue. Dan leads a small settlement of survivors in what is now referred to as the Wasteland. You, the player, will start the game off by doing missions for Dan and the people in his settlement to gain their trust. As the story progresses, however, you will eventually find your way to other settlements; meet other people who need you to do jobs for them, and eventually find your way to working with a group known as the Resistance who are fighting against a corrupt government known as The Authority.
At its core, Rage is a first person shooter. The majority of the missions that you undertake involve entering a hideout or some other location and fighting your way through the level against mutants, bandits, and/or Authority Soldiers to achieve an objective. Intermixed between levels are driving missions where you will be able to acquire different vehicles and upgrade those vehicles with different weapons and items that you can use against other vehicles that will try to stop you from getting to your destination.
Some people might like to compare Rage to a game likeFallout 3, but there are some noticeable differences. The wasteland in Rage never felt as big as Fallout 3, and while there are different settlements to visit, there does not seem to be as many Role-Playing elements in Rage as there were in Fallout 3 such as the ability to level up your character with different abilities. Also, unlike in Fallout 3 where there was a morality system where the player could become more good or more evil, I always felt like I was playing on the side of good in Rage.
There are also other things to do in Rage besides go and shoot bad guys. There are races and other vehicle events to participate in. There is a card game where the player can gamble, and there is a board game the player can participate in.
Plus in addition to the main game, there are some 6 co-op levels that players can play through with a friend online or split screen in the same room. Also, there are driving events the player can participate in online against other people.
Reviewer’s Note: The information provided in this review is based on one playthrough of the single player game and does not involve every side quest available in the game. It also does not cover the co-op levels or the online multiplayer features. As such, some content in the game may not be covered in this review.
What Parents Need to Know
(Warning: This Review Contains Spoilers)
Rage is a very violent game. In addition to just shooting an enemy, it is also possible to decapitate enemies or blow them up. Blood does like to splatter. In certain levels, I encountered dead bodies that looked like they were hung up as human sacrifices; I also encountered areas where there would be a pile of dead bodies.
One weapon that you can use is called a Wingstick which acts like a boomerang but with blades. It can be used to cut an enemy’s head off and you can see the head go rolling.
Rage has a decent amount of bad language in it including the words f**k and s**t.
I did not encounter anything in the way of sexual content that I felt parents would want to know about. A few of the woman show mid-riffs or cleavage.
One of the bandit clans you will fight in Rage is called The Ghost Clan. Supposedly they dabble in the occult. When you are in their hideout, there are certain places where you can see occult images on the walls. You can also overhear them say things regarding human sacrifices. In some areas of the game, you can see bodies that have been hung up as a human sacrifice. It should be noted that this is not the main theme in the game, and the clan that does this is looked upon as evil.
It is possible to gamble. You also can gather empty beer bottles to sell for extra cash.
Rage plays well and is a decent game as far as First Person Shooters go. I was also pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the driving/racing parts of the game. The game, however, is extremely violent, and on that merit alone I would not recommend Rage for children. For everyone else, if after reading this review Rage is still a game you would like to check out, I would recommend renting it first as it is not a very long game. It took me about 10 hours to finish the single player campaign.