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Title: Rage 2
Platform: PS4,Xbox One, PC
Platform Reviewed: PS4
Developer: Avalanche Studios
Publisher: Bethesda
MSRP: $59.99
Writer: Aaron Birch

Rage 2 Review

You've got pink on you

Whilst I found it to be a decent game, there was no escaping the disappointment of the original Rage. We were promised a huge, open world with vehicles and non-linear missions, a sandbox wasteland where we could fulfil our Mad Max fantasies in a twisted apocalypse. However, the game we got was far from that lofty ambition, and was an overly linear romp with a much smaller world than we had expected. Still, it looked great, played well, and was a decent start to what could have become a big name franchise, except it lay dormant for just under 10 years. As the company has already done with Wolfenstein and Doom, Bethesda is now bringing back this id title, and Rage 2 is the result.

This time helmed by Avalanche studios, which created, rather fittingly, the 2015 Mad Max video game, not to mention the popular Just Cause series, Rage 2 is, thankfully, much more in line with the game id originally promised back before the original arrived.

Rage 2 is a proper sequel to the first game, set after the events of the debut outing, and following the events of that release, the world has become once again threatened by the evil Authority. You play one of the last Rangers, a kind of law enforcement that uses the cutting edge technology of the Arks, the special cryo pods that held survivors of the old world before the impact of asteroid 99942 Apophis. However, once your home settlement is invaded by the Authority and destroyed, you're left as the only Ranger, and embark on a wasteland-spanning mission to defeat the Authority and its tyrannical leader, General Cross.

Very much a by the numbers open world FPS, the core of Rage 2 isn't all that original, with a large open world spanning various environment types, and a collections of weapons and vehicles to find and upgrade. There are story missions to advance the plot, as well as a large number of side quests, enemy bases, roadblocks, and other diversions. It's all very Far Cry in a way, but thanks to the great visual style, slick presentation, and the sci-fi, Mad Max-style setting, it does enough to make itself stand out.

Features like your super-powered talking car, cool weapons, and exciting challenges, such as the convoy attacks, as well as the generous amount of super powers you can learn and use in battles really make Rage 2 what it is. Indeed, it has some of the most thrilling and satisfying combat in any FPS, with a fluid mixture of traditional, Destiny-like shooting, super-powered abilities, and seamless transition from vehicle to on foot. Using your trusty rifle to pop heads at range before jumping into the air and power slamming into a group of foes, gibs ahoy, and then finishing the rest off with shotgun blasts to the face is not only genuinely easy to pull of, but it's also a ton of fun, and that's really where Rage 2 nails it – it's fun.

There's even a very enjoyable racing component featured in the game, and a combat game show, both presented with some real spit and polish. The world is very well fleshed out, with definite style and high quality artistic design.

It's so easy to get lost in the quagmire of more realistic shooters around, or releases that pander only to the online crowd. Rage 2 doesn't do this, and it presents a beefy, solo adventure that hits all the right notes, never taking itself too seriously, and always willing to step over the line to the absurd if it helps deliver more enjoyment to the player. Your car, for example, is ridiculously OP, especially when you upgrade it, and in any other game, it would be nerfed to balance things out. Here that's not the case, and the game just says, “here are the keys, go have fun.”

That's not to say Rage 2 is easy, though. Sure, on the easier levels it offers little challenge, but crank it up to hard or nightmare, and you'll have a fairly steep challenge to tackle, all in one of the most colourful and vibrant apocalyptic wastelands you've ever seen.

It does make a few missteps, of course. The side missions can get very repetitive, just like Far Cry's endless base clearances, or region take overs, and other than a couple of standouts, including your trusty car, most of the vehicles in the game really aren't that useful, and you'll find yourself sticking to the same couple of options for the majority.

Rage 2 is one of those games that might not make it as a game of the year contender, but its a very solid and highly enjoyable shooter nonetheless, and one that I have no problem recommending to those who are looking for an FPS that has a little more personality and sense of fun than most.

Score: 4 out of 5

The Good
  • Brilliant combat mechanics
  • LArge, well-designed, and varied world
  • Vehicle and on foot mixed just right
The Bad
  • Fairly trite story
  • A lot of repetition
The Ugly
  • Mutie scum
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