Mixed RAGE review ratings, stunning yet confusing

Today sees the release of RAGE, and while yesterday we were waiting for reviews to start appearing, we can finally say that they have now started to appear online. We have noticed that the review ratings for the game is mixed, as one will say that it is stunning while another would argue that it is confusing. One thing we do know, id Software has done all they can to start a new franchise up, let’s hope that they’ve not wasted their time?

Joystiq gets right down to it when saying that RAGE is a little confusing, as it is not an RPG, even though Id says that it kind of is. We do like the story behind the game, where the main character falls unconscious when an asteroid hits, and wakes up 106 years later to a very different world. The scenes in which you have to walk around look huge and impressive, but it is not until you get close that things begin to go bad.

RAGE is more of a novelty, as things start of well, but it does not take long before it all gets a bit tiresome. Id could be in trouble here, it just doesn’t deliver, which is bad when there are a few big titles coming to market in the coming months.

You would have thought that IGN had been playing a completely different game, as they believe that it is “visually stunning.” They say that the new Tech 5 engine used has set new standards in the industry, as it is fast, smooth and has great animation. While Joystiq only gave RAGE 3 stars out of five, IGN has given the game a total of 8.5 out of 10. What could shock you the most is the fact that they have given the graphics a 10 out of 10.

GameSpot explains that RAGE has some compelling characters, along with a superb range of weapons. However, this is let down by a few issues, such as a weak story, and the fact that you have to manually save your progress. It’s for these reasons that they have only given RAGE an 8 out of 10. See how the Xbox 360 and PS 3 versions compare against each other.

Have you managed to play RAGE, if so what is your verdict?

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