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Rage 2

RAGE 2 brings together two studio powerhouses – Avalanche Studios, masters of open world insanity, and id Software, creators of the first-person shooter – to deliver a carnival of carnage where you can go anywhere, shoot anything, and explode everything. An asteroid has annihilated 80% of the earth’s population and humanity’s numbers are dwindling. Ruthless and bloodthirsty gangs roam the open roads and the tyrannical Authority seek to rule with an iron fist. As Walker, the last Ranger of the wasteland and a threat to their power, you have been robbed of your home and left for dead. Now you’ll have to rage for justice and freedom. With ludicrous vehicle combat, super-powered first-person mayhem, and an open world full of emergent madness, you will tear across an unforgiving wasteland battling sadistic gangs to find the tools and tech needed to crush the oppressive rule of The Authority once and for all.
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

Overall a great game! Not the deepest experience but certainly a solid and entertaining one. Best enjoyed casually and slowly. Play for an hour or two whilst you smoke and relax...little to no stress and always cool as cucumber!! Sure there are issues here and there but overall...you'll have a lot of fun!
1. The story and characters in this game are absolutely awful. The usual stereo typical military tough guys and gals who have zero personality (other than their borrowed parts from all of the classic action movies/games) and can only string sentences together with swear words and dumb comments. The voice acting is cheesy and cringey as the game tries hard to be funny and cool and pretty much fails 100% of the time. Almost bad enough to put me off playing! I honestly have no idea who this script serves to entertain and why video game stories and characters are so consistently trashy?!? Was this game designed for 12 year olds??? It feels like it was designed by 12 year olds...
2. Graphics and the environment are gorgeous. Global illumination looks fantastic!! Add to that a beautiful sky box and sexy explosions...and it all runs fairly well...keeping to 60FPS almost all of the time.
(I have an i5 processor, 16GB memory and a 6GB 980TI - All settings are at HIGH - 1080P)
3. Guns feel good and the action (when it finally starts) is amazing!! You have quite a few options and special moves to utilise and they all feel great. The combat really is on par with DOOM. Being stuck with only a few guns can happen so if you want a full arsenal prioritise locating those Arks. Sadly though, you will probably end up using two or three guns as they are pretty pointless and forgettable to be honest :(
4. The game offers you a big map and plenty of time to do things in the order you want to do them and however you want to. I love this freedom in games like this...once the extremely long intro/tutorial gets out of the way! However, it should be noted that the main gameplay loop/side missions consist of "busy work." Rage 2 drifts into the UBISOFT open world problem...more on that further on.
5. This is a first person shooter remake of Mad Max essentially...a game I really enjoyed back in the day when it first came out. It was beautiful and relaxing with solid gameplay...so Avalanche being involved ensures a similar setup. The exploration, the bases and the vehicles are all ripped exactly as they were from Mad Max...!
6. Environments feel very sparse, empty with very little to interact with or search for/collect. Once you learn what it is you are looking for looting becomes a lot easier and enjoyable although you can waste a lot of time looking for loot boxes in bases as they are laid out like mazes!! And this is one of my few complaints...the time you can waste hunting down all of the loot boxes in a base is unreal!!! Even with perks to help locate these boxes!!
7. A tad overwhelming at first due to all of the gameplay options and upgrade methods!! Several "currencies" and a very messy approach to explaining and utilising upgrades. Just study the options menu and it'll make sense the more you use it!!
8. Feels a bit pointless after 15 hours or so...very little challenge in the gameplay loop other than some tough shoot outs and a nagging feeling that I'm just playing that ol' UBISOFT open world formula of running around a big map doing pointless, little tasks that offer very little in terms of enjoyment or reward. The story mission is always cool but the day to day grind of go here...do that...now go there...meet this person. Just feel like this game loop is getting so old now. I think I'd prefer a more linear, old fashioned shooter compared to this open world setup. As a gamer I feel like I've done most of this stuff a thousand times before!!! To avoid this feeling I recommend only playing in small chunks...extended sessions might feel grindy!!
9. Road combat is no where near as enjoyable as it was in Mad Max which is strange....considering Avalanche's input on the game. In 15 hours I've driven past quite a few vehicles and to be honest...you can just ignore them all!! OR you can fight them...for nothing?!? Convoy's look cool but I haven't had a chance to take one on yet. You'll also find little groups along the road fighting...I have no idea why or what the importance of them is but like the vehicles you can just ignore OR get out and kill them...for no reason!?!
10. Vehicles - There are vehicles to choose from but once again "who cares and why bother?" The terrain doesn't demand you to change vehicles and the game has no use for them. They are just there as filler I presume?! There is one flying vehicle called Icarus. Over flat land it's pretty decent...over canyons and rocks it is absolute bum juice. I rarely died in this game to enemies...but the Icarus claimed plenty of deaths. It's absolutely crazy when approaching high land or navigating areas with different heights!! Beware!! Do a race on the racetrack to unlock the Chaz race car...highly recommended for lightning quick traversal of the main map...just be careful boosting around corners!! The monster truck is pretty cool too...such a shame there were no modding/customising options for the rest of the vehicles! Would be great to bolt on different weapons and boosters!!
11. The Ending - Major...major...anti climax and pretty much a non event. The story is just so so so...completely awful. As are the characters...and the script...just SO SO SO BAD!! How was this made in the modern era?? Was it made from homework at middle schools?? Were kids invited in to design the characters?!?! Honestly...the people behind the story and characters should leave game design forever and never return...and maybe go back to school!! It casts a massive shadow over the amazing front end/presentation and art direction of this game!!
12. Difficulty - I like to play my games on Hard so I experience a challenge. Hard wasn't enough. It was a breeze...very easy...ZERO challenge!!! Play it on a harder level if you feel you are the same. I'm tempted to start a New Game + now on Nightmare (there is Ultra Nightmare too!)
So yeah, not to shabby...but a lot better than I thought it'd be! Feels like Doom when the action kicks in but has the "space" similar to Fallout 4 in terms of time to explore and environment. I'll update this review after I've completed my first play through on the Hard difficulty setting. Only major concern is that after a while you start realising that nothing is pushing you along...there is very little challenge...the game is very forgiving...and it starts to feel boring. BUT this gives it a casual feel that can be a nice break from the usual stuff we play...kinda relaxing and do it in your own way kind-of-approach!!
7/10 - If money isn't an issue then buy it! If your poor then grab it in a sale...especially if you enjoyed Mad Max!! Should provide at least 20-30 hours of game-play. If you expect to be shooting non-stop then play DOOM as this has a lot of down time in between shoot outs! If you find Far Cry boring then probably avoid...this is absolutely a CASUAL shooter/FPS game. There is nothing mature about it and the game mechanics/game loop is extremely repetitive and shallow BUT it's heart is in the right place and, for me, was consistently fun and enjoyable for over 30 hours!!

Review from Steam

I thought about buying this game for a long time but was turned off by the poor Steam reviews until recently I saw it on a deep sale and thought "eh, let's try it". After ~30h of actual playtime and completing the vast majority of missions/locations I have to say I understand the criticism but I still had a lot of fun with the game.
Essentially, Rage 2 is a great combat system stuck in an average open-world game. If you're looking for something with great story, interesting characters, creative missions, etc. - look elsewhere. If you just want a fast-paced shooter which lets you pulverize enemies with obscenely powerful abilities without having to think too much, then it might be the title for you. Get it on sale though.
Good stuff:
+ Rage 2 has one of the most fun combat systems I've ever come across so far. The guns feel good (and include some hilarious ones, like the Grav Dart Launcher which lets you... well, launch most enemies into space), the abilities are amazing (Ground-slamming into the middle of an enemy group and reducing them to pink mist never gets old), and the upgrades offer meaningful ways of making you more powerful. Somehow it all comes together to form this perfectly comfortable combat loop which just flows great as you rip and tear through your enemies.
+ There's a pretty hefty amount of stuff to do in the game; for a long while I just ignored the main mission, exploring the map, finding new locations of interest and usually murdering whoever was occupying them.
+ Probably the most reliable performance out of all AAA open-world games I've ever experienced.
Bad stuff:
- Outside of combat, this game's design is very much average. The plot, characters, world, driving system, graphics, audio aren't really bad per se. They're ok. They're serviceable and don't detract too much from the enjoyment of combat, but also don't offer anything memorable. If you're looking for something unique in those areas, you won't find anything like that here.
- The one problem with combat I had were the crudely injected tutorials every time you unlock a new weapon or power. Again, they're not terrible and they are pretty short, but they do interrupt the flow of the combat a little too much for my liking.
- Ok, I lied. There was a second problem with combat - the Authority sentries. Huge, immovable turrets with loads of hp and powerful weapons. They weren't too much of a challenge after learning their behaviour but the best way to take them down was to pop in and out of cover constantly while slowly whittling down their health from afar. It was boring and a chore.
- As is the case with virtually all open-world games, there's a fair bit of bugs. The vast majority of ones I encountered were minor visual issues (e.g. misplaced props/items floating in the air) or the occasional AI derping out a little (like getting stock on some prop). I did encounter a couple progression bugs which forced me to work around them (e.g. disabled lift which forced me to double-jump all the way up the elevator shaft), one crash and a handful of freezes when viewing the car upgrade menu.

Review from Steam

This Game has so much potential... unfortunately a lot of it is wasted and I am glad I picked it up on sale.
Pros:
Insanely tight controls (The shooting and movement aspect feels like I am playing a lovechild of doom, CSGO, and overwatch it's wonderful and smooth once you get the hang of it) I really cannot Express how much in love with the movement scheme I am it feels just so freaking good.
Wide open world with different biomes
Enemy variety (whilst not large satisfactory for this type of game although a few more would definitely be appreciated and would make this cookie taste less stale)
Fun Vehicular Combat
Interesting character and world designs
Enough Activities to last for the money (if you bought it on sale 20£ and below)
Cons:
The game has little Story, some 8 missions (or thereabouts) that each take about 30 minutes to complete this is ridicolous for a role play game in any day and age and almost felt like I was playing a DEMO. When I killed General cross I half expected it to tell me "wahey you finished the intro sequence, now here's a bigger badder threat" no such luck
The aforementioned activities are okay in numbers but not really varied, it's always go here shoot X that's the size of it.
The wide open biomes are empty and soulless except for a few fights here and there and a town in each.
No real Sidemissions, interesting characters other than the ones in the main story and nothing to keep the players engaged?! Really Bethesda? Coming from the guys that made Fallout 3 and 4 and you failed the one thing no one expected you to fail whilst actually doing so well in everything else.... I don't understand it.
The in game store is a joke
Afterword:
I am being quite critical here and that is because this game, could've been something amazing! THE BONES ARE THERE! PUT SOME MEAT ON THEM! The first hour of the game was absolutely amazing, the story rolled nicely and then a harsh drop into reality when I finished the game not long after that.
The controls are well done. other than a few vehicles everything shoots, walks, talks and feels nice in this game, so why not add a bunch more story missions, increase build up and tension, add some freaking side missions, some more characters to find out in the world, give the game a bit of love and lastly remove the ingame store.... what a freaking joke that is.
This game is a testament to what happens when developers who know what they are doing are pushed by those who don't to finish a game that would require another years work in terms of content.
Everything feels nice, but as barebones as can be. I would've happily spent another 200 hours in the map if there was anything to keep me there.
RECOMMENDATION: Buy on Sale

Review from Steam

Rage 2 = Mad Max + DOOM

Review from Steam

Rage 2 is an uneven game. In a way it's faithful to the original Rage which was also uneven. Ultimately, I enjoyed it so I'm giving it a thumbs up.
The gun play is a lot of fun and in that respect, this makes this a top FPS. The problem is that it's trying to be an open world game and it's weak in that respect. So if you want to mindlessly shoot stuff, R2 delivers. If you want some depth and story, this is no Elder Scrolls.
And the graphics are amazing. Since the game is an Avalanche/id collaboration, I assumed the gorgeous graphics were courtesy of the latest id Tech engine. Much to my surprise, I found out that the engine is actually Avalanche's APEX engine.
And while most non-driving-focused games do a terrible job with driving/flying without a controller (including Avalanche's own Just Cause series), the driving was pretty good.
That's the good stuff. A solid FPS with beautiful graphics. If you treat this as an old-school FPS with beautiful modern graphics, you will have a great time. If you expect a solid RPG, you will be disappointed.
On the bad side, the dialog was inconsistent and annoying. The tone of the main character would go from alright to whiney. For some reason, they gave the main car inane dialog. A car shouldn't talk. And if it must talk, it should't have stupid lines like "we're here, sport!". Also, the tutorials. In the first half hour of the game you will be assaulted with a barrage of tutorials interrupting the game play every few seconds. That alone may discourage you from playing. But once you power through those it gets better.
The menu is buggy with certain areas not responding to the mouse and you have to use the keyboard instead. It also hangs for a couple of seconds every time you switch tabs.
Also, the game is too easy. I typically play on the regular difficulty but for this game I bumped to the next harder level and it was still too easy most of the time. You will also collect the most important stuff right away. The shotgun is so good that it will carry you through the whole game but that's one of the first weapons you get. Same with the cars. You can collect a bunch of cars but the only one worth playing is the very first car you get as it's upgradable and other cars are not.
And the XP system is a mess. There are so many different types of points that you have to collect (or buy) and when you combine this with a bad menu screen where you have to manage it, it becomes at best tedious and at worst you will miss leveling up because you haven't checked every tab to see what can be leveled up.
Lastly, you can't buy the DLC on Steam. You have to buy some stupid propietary currency which conveniently comes in bundles bigger than the price of the DLC (meaning you have to spend more money on the currency than it costs to buy the DLC, therefore throwing the leftover money away). This is a shame because I like the game enough that I would have played the DLC if it was available on Steam.

Review from Steam

Rage 2 is an interesting game to discuss.
Whilst it's a sequel to Rage 1 in story, the gameplay itself is completely different. Rage 1 played more like a standard shooter with some lite crafting elements, though some of the areas were more open ended than a standard linear shooter, the main mission structures were ultimately linear in their paths and how they guided the player towards objectives. Rage 1 had a certain atmosphere which made you feel like you were in a wasteland scavenging, which always appealed to me. Rage 2 however, has shifted to an open world setting and has truly embraced the doom 2016 style of power fantasy with it's combat, movement speed and the array of powers that you get to play with. The story in Rage 2 is simply terrible, even more so than Rage 1, but the gameplay is what really sells this game for me. There's just nothing more satisfying than spawning a vortex on the ground, jumping into it so it flings you up into the air and then ground slamming some enemies and watching them explode or fly up into the air. The combat in this game is excellent imo, pure power fantasy, nothing more nothing less.
Now i'm not going to bother talking about the driving in this game, it's there and it's meh. Use it to get from point A to point B, it does the job in that aspect.

In summary, if you’re looking for a game with a good story and interesting characters, this isn’t the game for you, however if you’re looking for some over the top fun that you can sink a good amount of hours into, you could do a lot worse than Rage 2.
I’d highly recommend picking this up in a sale.

Review from Steam

For the past 10 hours I was wondering why this game got any bad reviews? I been playing video games since they existed. I think people these days are not as durable. This game has Racing , some RPG, Lots of FPS, some lootfest, definitely collecting vehicles and weapons, Plus upgrade city. Boss fights and flight, Plus weird wanderer wasteland stuff to experience. And who doesn't like killing Goons? People who negatively commented about this game are _______ Nuts.