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  • Summary: Dive headfirst into a dystopian world devoid of society, law, and order. RAGE 2 brings together two studio powerhouses Avalanche Studios, masters of open world insanity, and id Software, the gods of the first-person shooter to deliver a carnival of carnage where you can go anywhere, shootDive headfirst into a dystopian world devoid of society, law, and order. RAGE 2 brings together two studio powerhouses Avalanche Studios, masters of open world insanity, and id Software, the gods of the first-person shooter to deliver a carnival of carnage where you can go anywhere, shoot anything, and explode everything.

    THE LAST RANGER
    Bring the pain using a collection of upgradable weapons, devastating Nanotrite powers, and Overdrive, the ability to push your guns beyond their mechanical limits.

    PEDAL TO THE METAL
    From monster trucks to gyrocopters, use an assortment of rugged and wasteland-ready vehicles to speed across the badlands. If you see it, you can drive it.

    FACTIONS & FOES
    Fight against ferocious factions for control of the wasteland, each featuring a rogue's gallery of madmen, mutants, and monsters hungry for blood.

    THE WASTELAND AWAITS
    Seamlessly traverse a vast and varied landscape, from lush jungles and treacherous swamps to sun-scorched deserts in your pursuit of The Authority. The wasteland is massive, and you've got the arsenal to fight for every inch.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 43
  2. Negative: 2 out of 43
  1. May 18, 2019
    85
    Rage 2 shines in its gunfights, driving sequences, and from the fun perks and upgrades that you can use. The open world is an invitation to exploration but still sometimes feels a bit empty.
  2. May 18, 2019
    80
    If narratively shallow yet entertaining movies are popcorn flicks, Rage 2 is the ultimate popcorn game, and that’s okay. At no point during my 15 hours running rampant around its post-apocalyptic wasteland did I feel the need to know more about a character’s subplot, or question the antagonist’s motives. I was too caught up in the spectacle of carnage to care.
  3. May 17, 2019
    75
    RAGE 2's unique visual style and genuinely fun gameplay mechanics ultimately outweigh a bit uninspired mission design, a disappointing story and at times flawed technical execution. If you can live with that, you'll absolutely have fun.
  4. May 18, 2019
    70
    The satisfying action and relentless chaos of Rage 2 peppers a formulaic open world with thrills.
  5. Jul 8, 2019
    65
    Rage 2 is a victim of a wave of technical issues and painfully average story but still manages to be one of the most fun FPS you can encounter and can provide you with your adrenaline shot for the day if needed.
  6. May 28, 2019
    60
    Rage 2 sadly epitomises everything that’s stale about the gaming market today, and while it’s by no means a bad game, it’s just one that should have released years ago, if at all.
  7. May 24, 2019
    40
    The outside looks good, but the moment you get close enough to interact with anything, it never ceases to reveal just how shallow it is. The missions, the few that actually exist, end the same way and are quite frequently unimpressive, the wasteland looks great but is boring to traverse and explore, and the few things that are good, like the combat, are mired with systems that are either a hassle to get access to or a hassle to deal with. It’s been a while since I have been genuinely disappointed with a game in almost every way. I don’t like this feeling. And neither will you.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 138
  2. Negative: 42 out of 138
  1. May 14, 2019
    10
    It's like every other ID software game, you have to be in it for the combat. I rate it an 8/10 but put 10/10 to counter balance a bit. ForIt's like every other ID software game, you have to be in it for the combat. I rate it an 8/10 but put 10/10 to counter balance a bit. For some background i am typically a fan of most fps games like far cry as well as doom and Wolfenstein. It feels just like the previous rage but better in every way which is exactly what i was hoping for. The game runs perfect on PS4 and i haven't had a single issue so far. If you have similar tastes in games to what i have mentioned i would highly recommend picking up the game. Expand
  2. May 14, 2019
    10
    The gameplay is amazing, it has a huge skill tree, narrative-wise better than most single-player shooters this gen. I would probably put it onThe gameplay is amazing, it has a huge skill tree, narrative-wise better than most single-player shooters this gen. I would probably put it on pair with Wolfenstein II. On PS4 Pro you can play at 60 fps and even though it's locked at 1080p, the world looks cool and it incentivizes the player to explore. Vehicles feel a little clunky at first but as you get the upgrades, handling improves. Overall I would say that you{ll have a ton of fun playing this game. Expand
  3. May 14, 2019
    9
    If you love story-driven, no-gameplay, casual and pointless snot about love, tears and "Baron stories" - this masterpiece isn't for you.If you love story-driven, no-gameplay, casual and pointless snot about love, tears and "Baron stories" - this masterpiece isn't for you.

    Generally, this is just excellent game that actually achieve it's own aims and targets. You get infinite madness, based on flexible and smooth shooter mechanics with deep upgrade system. Skill-based gameplay and the art of destroying enemies.

    • Great amount of customization, upgrades, abilities, opportunities and skills in game. This game takes all the experiences from the best single-player shooters and does one of the best experiences for last years. I really enjoy both opening and using new abilities. Unique feeling of how "you were" and how you are now after a couple of enhancements- just gives you very satisfying feeling. It makes you research and rethink your own gameplay style, reinventing it over and over again until it comes to your ideal style.

    • Really satisfying and cozy art-direction, and vision of post-apocalyptic madness. At the same time some levels and company moments of the game are having pretty serious atmosphere, which also feels good. Plot is basic but it's actually what such games need. Characters are simple, but have unique charisma each.

    • Driving options aren't really variable, but generally took the best from Avalanche's Mad Max Experience and is a good addition to dilute infantry shooting with some death-race elements or just to effectively destroy enemies in bases, which is fun according to how unique is each machine unit by shooting, driving and abilities criterias + deep customization. Don't wait for it to become the main mechanics. It's just very satisfying addition.

    • Good controls over the hero, intuitive interface, stylish glitch effects, okay-plot that absolutely fits games aims. This game is about gameplay-fun, mad-max-like vibe and good art-direction.

    • Design of the world is also understandable. Some people believe if you made Open World - it has to be about adventure, exploring, RPG and life simulation. Well, I love this way but there's another concept. RAGE2 didn't even ever try to pretend to be like RPG-open world about exploration. Open World here plays a role of an option for you to replace load times between company missions on activities, so you could have even more shooting and driving fun, collect resources, find upgrades and do side-quests. Just to have some free-time fun still based on same shooting/driving experience. No more, no less. And if you understand open world the way it's meant to be understood - you won't really complain about it. It achieves it's aims.

    I love taking over bases, find and open stuff which increases my hours of core game experience. A very good time spending between main story lines. So don't wait from open world stuff it didn't aim and promise to achieve. It's an opportunity to have some more fun for you IF YOU WISH (because no one makes you grind the world, it's optional). Maybe if you give this game a chance - sequel could potentially enhance it's open world concept into something you actually wait for. With personal quests, research, exploration and life simulation. Yet - suggested concept perfectly fits game's design.

    For me Rage2 successfully achieved all goals devs actually wanted to achieve. Don't judge games for stuff it doesn't even has as a target to bring anyone

    Minuses:

    • Why didn't you give console versions more manual control options? I mean, it's 2019 year, it's time to take console shooting a bit more serious with giving more opportunities to player. Deadzone, responsive curve, acceleration etc. These options should be available for shooter-core games.

    • Game really lacks like sandbox sabotage mechanics, to wreak some chaos from the shadows. Kinda stealth but not necessary in a primitive orthodox meaning. At least something very basic. It just kinda feels generic: entering battles one way over and over again, while you can always take at least couple of enemies without warning. I don't ask for deep-stealth experience, cuz game is about different rhythm. But at least to have detection mechanics, so until being detected I could play a bit with stuff to enter the battle with prepared actions or by neutralizing key enemies, leaving secondaries around to fight traditional way.

    • IDK why so bad optimization on base PS4. I personally play on PS4 Pro. But you know, ps4 pro, xone x and cross-gen in general shouldn't even exist and your primary priority should be the base console performance. Although, effects, art and physics in the game are very good - overal graphics visually don't even try to use even 70% of base PS4 powers... At least I have 60fps on Pro... My friends have 30fps, blurry image, v-sync etc. Please, polish the game while you have time.

    I want this masterpiece franchise to become popular and have sequels. And I really wish you to fix some issues AFAIK, because some people might not want to get the game because of it
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  4. May 20, 2019
    7
    If you're going to buy this game, keep in mind that it never set out to deliver an engaging story. The entire premise of the game is a strongIf you're going to buy this game, keep in mind that it never set out to deliver an engaging story. The entire premise of the game is a strong focus on combat, everything else is an after-thought. RAGE 2 accomplishes what it set out to achieve - fun, interactive, and engaging combat - and it does it perfectly. The shooting feels great, and the 'Nanotrite' super-powers that you can use feel amazing too.

    RAGE 2 should not be judged harshly for it's paper thin story, because it never set out to entice you with a story to begin with. It's nothing more than an excuse to put you into different set-pieces and locations where you can shoot stuff. That being said, I always appreciate memorable characters in any form of entertainment and unfortunately for RAGE 2, it falls flat in creating any kind of interest towards the characters or the world that they live in, as a matter of fact, the original RAGE did world building much better and had many more memorable (and frankly, better looking) characters. It's incredibly disappointing and while it did not impact the game-play, the lack of any interesting characters made it very hard for me to care about the people I was supposed to be fighting to protect.

    I give RAGE 2 an 7 out of 10 because it is at it's core a fantastic shooter, with combat unlike any other FPS game and has the signature 'id' seal of quality plastered all over it, but the disappointing absence of any character development and a wide-open world that's as big as an ocean but as shallow as a puddle holds this game back from being a truly memorable experience. Seeing Avalanche take part in the development of RAGE 2 was a major red flag for me and it seems like my gut was right.
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  5. May 17, 2019
    5
    The Good - Gunplay is nice and smooth, the visuals are good and there doesn't seem to be many bugs.

    The Bad - The gameplay is generic, the
    The Good - Gunplay is nice and smooth, the visuals are good and there doesn't seem to be many bugs.

    The Bad - The gameplay is generic, the missions have no depth its just the same thing over and over without any increased challenge. The game world is rather small and lifeless. There are a lot of cut and paste areas in the world that have nothing to do, empty buildings, lifeless open fields etc and nothing to discover. There are next to zero random events in the open world. The player powers are old, one is a double jump power, wow, that's never been done in an FPS before. Overall the game is poor for a 2019 release. The campaign takes about 8-10 hours, which is a joke for a AAA priced game. Wait for a mega sale when its $10-$15.
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  6. Jul 15, 2019
    4
    I don't want to spend a lot of time on this review, since I've already lost a lot of time playing RAGE 2, so I'll just say this.I don't want to spend a lot of time on this review, since I've already lost a lot of time playing RAGE 2, so I'll just say this.

    Mechanically, as a shooter, it's pretty good. I would rate it an 8/10 for its gameplay alone.

    The writing is AGGRESSIVELY bad, to the point where it treats its own story and characters like a joke and expects you to do the same. 1/10.

    Exploration is the least satisfying of any open world game I've ever played in my life. There are a few weapons and powers you have to find scattered across the wasteland, but that's it. It's a big open waste of time and space.

    Since the writing and characters are atrocious, and every bandit-infested gas station or roadside attraction is exactly the same, there is exactly zero motivation to do anything but follow the arrows to your next objective. At least the original RAGE had character, and a fun CCG built in.

    Skip RAGE 2.
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  7. May 18, 2019
    0
    Boring, silly, folly.

    The designers of the avalanche studio game are something extremely untalented. Just cause x, mad max, Rage 2..
    Boring, silly, folly.

    The designers of the avalanche studio game are something extremely untalented.
    Just cause x, mad max, Rage 2..
    Developers should be given prison.

    Bad gameplay
    Terrible gunplay
    Overcomplicated ui
    Trash music
    Terrible facial animation
    No story

    Typical avalanche trash game.
    Shame...
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