When I first rated this game ( about half way through) I gave it a 10 because it had everything I expected from Bethesda when I first heard of Rage a few years back. As I go on, I will explain why I changed my rating to a 9.... but first, the good.
Rage is one of the most visually stunning games I have ever played, period. To give this game a 1, or say the graphics aren't that good, and to complain about the fraction of a second it takes to show the full resolution of the levels, is in a word, ignorant. In order to push the boundaries of a what a game can achieve visually on a certain platform, there are going to be a few drawbacks. The most visually impressive part, to me, is the facial expressions, and detail in the characters. Each main person in the story is exceptionally unique in design.
Aside from visuals, the game takes first person shooters to a whole new level. The way a character falls when shot in the leg or the detail in the brains from a head shot, are all exceptional. The guns are very unique and each has several types of ammo that add depth to the weaponry.
Now for the BAD.
This game has a decent story that grows as the game goes on. However, the part that really annoyed me, is the ending. The way the game ends is incredibly weak and leaves you thinking "Is that really the end? I feel like I was only in the middle of a mission...". If they make a Rage 2 that answers the question of why this one ended the way it did, then I will consider changing my rating back to a 10.
Also, just a side note, I found a pretty cool image of the cover of Doom in the subway city, near the bar. I think it is part of a hookah, not sure if anyone else caught this.
Visuals - 10+ Sound - 9.5 Story - 9 during game / 6 after game Game play - 10 Re-playability - 7 (but I wasn't a fan of the driving so didn't try multiplayer, so could be bias)
reminds me alot of fallout 3 and borderlands mixed together.not a bad combo.liked both. not much in the way of a storyline .good action,lots of content and awesome A.I. One of my better rents this year.
"RAGE" is a fantastic game with visuals and a story that just make you want MORE MORE AND MORE. game play is tight with solid shooting, the only problem is the fact that melee attacks can only hit something that is almost a inch away from you face and that allows allot of enemies to get through your guard quite easily. i loved the way the faces moved and voices that came out of the mouths that move beautifully. The AI made it feel as though i was playing multiplayer against a million players and i was the only one on my team ( the enemies adapts quickly to your actions)
HOWEVER! the games story made me quite angry, taking it slow through most of it and making it so you bond with almost any character around you and then making it SO YOU NEVER HEAR FROM THEM AGAIN!
( spoiler) the last mission was the worst part of the game... send you in with the first real big weapon of the game against the authority and a few mutants under control of the authority. the ending to the game felt like it was only the half way point with you character about to lead the charger against the mega war machine called the authorities. so i suggest that you play the campaign until the point where you reach the last mission and at that point either restart, send it back or play multiplayer. AND THERE WAS NO LAST BOSS OR CHALLENGING LAST FIGHT WHAT SO EVER!