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I think I should have road rage after playing “RAGE”.

Yes, I have taken a “break” from writing any recent blogs on this site. The last time I wrote something was back in May 2011. That being said I did want to take a few minutes to discuss the recent video game from the well-known “Bethesda” firm. First let me say that “Rage” is not “Fallout” and if you accept this fact then you will not get upset about my opinion. Rage is a first person shooter with driving capabilities. It is impressive as far as graphics go and the video screen is truly awesome when playing it…….

The concept of Rage: A large meteor is found heading for earth. During the time before this large objects slams into our planet the United States sets up the “Ark program” were selected individuals are treated with small computer like chips into their blood stream which will allow them the ability to deal with whatever happens after the world cease to exist. You are put to sleep and then as expected the meteor hits earth, killing a large portion of the world’s population. After a hundred plus years you are awoken to the new earth and as it happens the place has changed a little bit. There are numerous heavily armed gangs and small outpost of civilians maintaining basic functions. The “Authority” is the one controlling the entire area and they give little room of sympathy to those who venture from their guidance. The “Authority” wants to collect and capture all of the former “Ark” survivors for unknown reasons. Across the battlefield is another smaller group called, yep you guessed it, “The Resistance”. The resistance wants to get the needed intelligence and information from the Ark locations to free the last remaining Ark survivors which could swing their ability to engage and carry out a large-scale war against the Authority and reclaim what is left of the United States and begin rebuilding under a democratic model.

So recently I picked up the “Anarchy Edition” which gave me a code to download the sewer maps, a sawed off double barrel shotgun, and some upgraded armor. There are three discs in the game. One disk is for the wasteland which includes the town of “Wellsprings” the other disc is for the “Subway” wastelands, and the final third is just for multi-player for auto-combat on-line. The manual states that to have the best game experience you should save the game to your systems hard-drive. This is going to be at least 22 GB of memory so ensure you have that much free space before wasting the 45 minutes it will take to load this up.

If you are thinking that the actual campaign will take that long think again. I played the game under 18 hours and free the world and destroyed all the bad guys on “normal” mode. Here is where I find “Rage” lacking a few items.

  1.  There is limited “free roam” areas. Yes, you can get in your selected mode of transportation and drive around the two wasteland areas but you are limited in the areas you can go. There is a downloadable map which grants the user the means to search through several underground sewer systems and battle some evil bad guys but that is it. You are tasked to conduct a few side quest like transport parcels and letters for a person who is wanting to act like UPS. These are time driven and you can get some needed cash if you drop off the parcels before the time runs out. But most areas are not accessible and you are bound to follow the planned path regardless if you want to go check out other locations. You can drive around in a few open areas and blow up some vehicles that are being used by some of the criminal gangs operating near the large towns, but that is it. This is not like “Fallout” so please do not think that you can jump out of the car and walk around for hours and find tons of gear and ammunition, it just is not the case with this game.
  2.  Extremely short story line. When I mean short I really mean short. There are three discs in the game. One disk is for one area of the wastelands and the other is for the subway wastelands. The third disk is for strictly multi-player and that is just for auto-combat. I think the game could have taken me a little less time but I got caught up just driving around and blowing enemy vehicles up to gather more money and racing points. You need to race to acquire racing points to purchase vehicle upgrades, advanced weapons, armor, tires, engine, etc. If you don’t like to race than just deal with a few of them to gather some much-needed equipment.
  3.  A lot of focus on the vehicles in this game. I think really the designers went overboard on the custom approach for the cars on multi-player on-line version that the actual game. There are dozens of ways to upgrade your car during on-line play.
  4.  Buy the guide-book if for nothing else a larger map to find equipment. There is no map in the game while you are driving around. There is only a small mini-map that gives you the general idea where you are supposed to be heading. The guidebook at least will grant you the ability to see where you might want to go and conduct your directions through the use of visual references.
  5. Limited access to weapons. Pistol, Shotgun, AK47 assault rifle, sniper rifle, advanced assault rifle, rocket launcher, crossbow, and multi-barrel chain gun. You have some hand grenades and a throwing stick that will knock out of kill your enemy if you hit them in the head. Not much more. You can not collect weapons from the dead you can only collect ammunition from killed enemy combatants. Some of the mutants will just dissolve after you kill them which leaves you with no ammo to collect. You can create some specific rounds for increased stopping power but for the most part ammunition can get pretty pricey to purchase on a regular basis. Don’t go toe to toe with some of these bad guys unless you have several High Explosive rockets for your launcher. You can switch different rounds for different situations. For example, one group of gang members wear steel plated armor which takes forever to go through with your standard rifle round. You can load up armor-piercing rounds which still take some time but can kill the enemy if you get them in a head shot. The key is to maintain fire discipline and shoot in short bursts not to waste vital ammunition but also to place your rounds on target. Don’t waste ammo, because it isn’t cheap if you are short on cash.

Overall the game is fun to play but too short for my liking. There might be additional downloadable content for this game but since the game ends so quickly for the campaign mode that the DLC may be more geared for the on-line auto-combat piece. This might be a means to keep you tied over until November & December 2011, but I doubt it. Yes, it is a fun to play but I was a little disappointed on how long it took to beat the game. I think the game was rushed out too soon and could have added several more maps to explore and bad guys to take out. This is a Bethesda game but don’t think because of this that this is another Fallout clone because trust me it isn’t. I think I should have waited until it went on the used game section.