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After a brief opening the player takes control of their character and enters the wasteland only to be attacked as soon as he sets foot outside the safety of his Ark. Luckily, he is saved by a settler who takes him back to his town and gives him a few jobs as he slowly adapts to his new life. So begins Rage, a FPS taking place in a futuristic world set a few years after an asteroid collides with the planet's surface. Even the early levels are beautiful, detailed, and flat out awe-inspiring in some cases. The atmosphere created from looking out over the destroyed landscape from tall buildings really helps to make the player feel like they are exploring a only a small part of a massive ruined world.
This is what makes one of its biggest flaws all the more glaring, however. While the game is very pretty to look at, you'll spend the majority of it on a set path that doesn't allow you to move past even the flimsiest barricades, gates, or debris. In fact, its far too easy to get caught on objects than should be acceptable in a first person game where it is harder to see where your character is moving. While a few doors can be opened with lock grinders, most are inaccessible and only there for show. Fortunately, there are a few sandbox elements to help make up for this such as the various games, distractions, and sidequests you can take part in if you want to take a break from the main quest. There's also a decent multiplayer for added replay value.
The game's biggest flaw is, without a doubt, its ending. Even Fallout 3 had a much better ending than what you get here. Anticlimax Boss doesn't even begin to describe it. To rub extra salt in the wound, after you beat the short final level you are treated to a very brief cutscene that resolves almost nothing and only serves to make you feel like the developers simply ran out of time and tacked on what they though would pass as a story resolution. It's kind of like turning the channel during the last 5 minutes of your favorite t.v. show only find that you missed the big season finale. As bad as this is though, Rage still manages to be a fun game thats worth a look if you're a sci-fi / post-apocalyptic fan. If you have money to spare go ahead and give it a try, but if you have to make a choice you might want to pick up a copy of Fallout 3 or New Vegas instead.
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