Story - 70%
Graphics - 84%
Audio - 78%
Gameplay - 86%
Replayability - 69%
Let’s get some Mayhem going in Rage 2! One of my most anticipated games which left me a bit confused at the end…
When the first Rage was released in 2011, I just got back into console gaming and it was such a fun game, easily some of the best memories I have on my PS3. It was a unique setting and you could spend hours roaming around and doing stuff. So, when Rage 2 was announced I jumped around like an energizer bunny, but now I feel a bit confused about the game.
Rage 2 feels like a First-person shooter that was pushed into an Open World game, it doesn’t really push across what it wants to be. You have freedom of going where you want to go but at the same time progression feels very linear. Vendors feel kind of pointless unless you need to stock up on ammo and a lot of times you will feel directionless, not knowing what to do or where to go.
The game is tons of fun, do not get me wrong. The First-person action is insane and when you are in a battle it is mayhem all around. You start off the game with an event of the Authority returning and you become the last Ranger standing from the Vinelands. You are then tasked with a mission to destroy the Authority and then it feels like you are left on your own. You can go meet any of the three main mission givers first, it all depends on you. Along your journey you will encounter tons of little locations like bandit camps, road block, sentry towers and more, which is amazing, but this can become quite monotonous very quickly. The main locations are a bit more unique and finding Ark locations are great to improve your character.
The way they created the character progression is not bad but at the same time you already feel like a Superhero and if you hone your Assault Riffle skills then it doesn’t feel like you need anything else. The other weapons are fun to use but most of the time you will find yourself switching back to Aunty Faithfull. Upgrading vehicles and gadgets feel very expensive and you will have to do a lot of grinding to get the money or items for the upgrades. Unlocking vehicles can also feel like a mission as you need to find one and then drive it back to a garage or trading town, although once you get the hang of it, it can be quite rewarding.
There is a great roadmap worked out for the game and hopefully some gameplay mechanics will be changed with updates. Below is an image of the roadmap.
The game looks amazing and you still feel the remnants from the first game throughout the environments. I love how the roads change and the different districts have their unique looks at certain areas. The one spot I was cruising to a mission point and suddenly, the road turned into a 4×4 track and I quickly had to react not to damage my car. The style works well for the universe setting and gives you a proper post-apocalyptic feel.
The reason I fell confused about the game is that it is fun and there is so much to occupy your time in the game, but it feels like it didn’t deliver what it should’ve. It feels more like an open-world Doom game than what the first Rage game felt like. So, it is a great game, but I think the delivery was wrong or expectations were incorrectly set up. Still, if you love FPS action games then you will enjoy Rage 2.
Reviewed on: PS4
Release Date: 14 May 2019
Likes: Great Action and a ton to do
Dislikes: Feels more like a Doom than a Rage