First Impressions: Rage is All the Rage
I sat down with the Xbox 360 version of Rage yesterday (console comparison video below), and to say that I was blown away is an understatement. From the moment I started my new campaign I knew that this was going to be one of those special gaming experiences. The opening cinematic instantly creates a sense of wonder that will drive your motivations to finish this game to learn what exactly went on with the humans who inhabited the Arks. For me this is an integral part of an excellent game, because if I don’t give a hoot about the story, I’ll ultimately not give a hoot about playing it. Although, the story isn’t the only shining point about Rage.
Rage is without a doubt the best looking game of 2011 for consoles. I know I’ve said this before about other titles, but trust me on this one, Rage will make your console do things that you never thought possible. The thing that really stood out to me about the visuals in Rage is that the frame rate is out of this world. I’d imagine it’s running at 60 FPS, because every motion on the screen is so fluid I had to make sure I didn’t have my TV’s auto-motion plus feature enabled. It’s that damn smooth, and quite a treat for my eyes. To compliment the frame rate excellence id also did a bang up job on the game’s overall graphics. The world that Rage takes place in is by far the sexiest looking wasteland I’ve ever seen.
The World of Rage Will Make Love with Your Eyes
Great visuals don’t always mean great game play, but this is not the case in Rage. Outside of an aiming scheme that doesn’t agree with me Rage plays like a pro. I was very concerned that the driving portions of this game would be about as fun as ripping my finger nails off with a pair of pliers that were infected with HIV, but that wasn’t the case at all. In fact, it was the exact opposite. id simply nailed the driving mechanics, which make the overall game play of Rage that much more fun. Not to mention that the gun play isn’t too shabby either.
I honestly can’t find a knock on this game at this point. At least in regards to the Xbox 360 version. I think some of our PC brethren may have alternate views as their copy is having some technical issues due to some driver f*ck ups, but in the end I think most gamers will find massive amounts of joy while playing Rage. I’m only 3 hours in, and I’m already having more fun than I did with Fallout: New Vegas. Rage’s mix of the Fallout formula and Borderlands style sets it up to be one of the most engrossing open world RPGs of the year, if not all-time. Maybe this tune will change after I spend some more time in this excellent universe, but I have a pretty strong feeling that Rage is going to be one of my favorite games of the year. As it stands now I give Rage an EB 9 out of 10 Buddhas. Now I just need more time to play it (did I mention that BF3, MW3, Batman: AC, Skyrim, and Uncharted 3 all come out within the next 6 weeks)! You’ve been needing to check this gem out…
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