When you start out playing Rage you’ll probably be delighted to see the return of the buggy ride which hasn’t been brought back since the likes of Half Life or Halo, and it’s about time. As you forge forward on your quests for Dan Hagar (voiced by John Goodman), you ultimately experience a vast wasteland of first person shooter heaven in RPG style.
The goal was a mix of everything that’s been great in every Bethesda game to date, and it’s all right here in the first couple hours of jaunting around in the demo. Pick up this, blast that, destroy and deliver, all with the loot as the reward.
However, there is no encumbrance limit. Yes you read that right, you can haul as much of everything valuable as you like, and that makes for an interesting experience as you can combine, create, and avoid limitations on carrying absolutely everything you can find of worth.
Completing objectives gives you loot and that’s where the crazy weapons and stylized storytelling make this an epic that will probably make us Fallout 3 and Fallut New Vegas fans weep with joy.
A few more quests later – realigning a radio tower, warning nearby camps of mutants, working with the Outrigger settlement to provide the Hagar camp with some much-needed supplies, plundering a garage, destroying a barricade – and your time with Hagar comes to an end.
What follows is a journey to Wellspring, a dense, complex town riddled with its own problems, and the beginning of RAGE‘s second chapter. RAGE is due for release on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC on October 7 2011.
- Rage: The Weapons, Machinery, and 3rd Trailer Releases (videogames.gameguidedog.com)
- Rage Enemies Have Personality, At Least Until You Kill Them [Video] (kotaku.com)
- Rage: A Hands-On Preview (rockpapershotgun.com)