A worthy sequel despite its flaws.
It’s been 8 years since the first Rage game, and while the first-person shooter did get a decent following, we didn’t realize that a sequel would arrive a couple of years later. Rage 2 takes place 30 years after the first movie, where an asteroid decimated much of the human race, and the survivors now fight for their lives against mutants.
You play Walker inside the open world setting of Rage 2, and you have a plethora of various firearms and tools that you use to fight your enemies. These are upgradable of course, and skills are also earned with each successful mission that you can use to upgrade Walker’s abilities. Aside from the first-person action, you’ll also get the chance to drive vehicles and trucks including gyrocopters. General Cross, who was presumed dead from the first game, makes a comeback with a new upgraded robotic body and an army of mutants that you would need to face to progress through the game.
Rage 2 evokes a sense of Doom and Mad Max fused together – which is evident by the post-apocalyptic world the game is set in. Roaming the open world also means you’d encounter various enemies and collect various weapons and skills. It’s a vast wasteland, and while it is completely fine to roam around it on foot, having a vehicle is still the best way to travel.
The various weapons are a joy to use – letting you go crazy on your enemies by raining down thousands of ammunition. This also lets you rack up combo points that will put your character into Overdrive where you become one crazy and unstoppable army. The gameplay is satisfying, and after finishing the main campaign on the 12th hour, you’ll still get plenty of side missions to do.
Unfortunately, these side missions become repetitive and after 3-4 missions, I just gave up. But that’s a small quip on otherwise a worthy sequel to the first game.
Rage 2 is solid follow up and gamers looking for crazy action and mayhem will find something to like about this sequel.
+ Excellent gameplay
+ Engaging storyline
– Side missions can get repetitive
Final Rating: 4/5