It’s been four years in development and finally this Friday (October 7th) id Software’s free-roaming post-apocalyptic shooter Rage will be in the hands of UK gamers.
The first reviews for the game were published overnight and paint a reasonably solid picture of the violent adventure.
“While story and structure may never have been what id games were about, expertly refined gameplay mechanics are what the fans have craved – and Rage has that, along with tonnes of variety,” CVG’s 8.9/10 review reads.
“It might not be the perfect FPS those four years of development suggested, but get your hands on that shotgun and you'll know it was worth the wait.”
IGN scored it 8.5/10, observing: “Despite the lack of genuinely exciting context, all the content packed into Rage is still a blast to play, including the surprisingly entertaining car combat mode and co-operative challenges. Rage isn’t revolutionary, but is an expertly crafted, beautiful shooter.”
Eurogamer want slightly lower at 8/10, adding: “Judged on game design and content, then, it's slightly anachronistic, but as a toy box full of things you can only do in games, Rage is warm-hearted and refreshing.
“It's not going to change the world, but it does serve as a timely reminder of that other thing id Software games always did besides smashing through some new technological barrier. They made shooting things fun, and it's nice to have that back.”
Destructoid posted one of the least enthusiastic reviews, awarding Rage 7/10: “RAGE is fast food, the kind of fast food that looks much more satisfying on the menu than it does once served. It's tasty, for sure, but you'll be starving almost as soon as you've finished.
“By no means is RAGE not worth your time – it looks stunning, the combat on both wheels and foot is fun, and there's a tremendous sense of atmosphere that deserves to be experienced. However, RAGE's quality only makes its lack of ambition more painful in the long run, as it could easily have been better than it is. It's a good game, most definitely, and one that id fans will enjoy ... just don't expect it to do half of what it looks like it can do.”