I will be honest and say that I found the first Rage game to be rather underwhelming. It was not a bad game by any means just a little on the “meh” side for me. So, while I was interested in Rage 2, it was not exactly one of my most wanted games of 2019. Then came the trailer and I got more and more excited about it and after spending around 12 hours with it I can say, I am very impressed!
Rage 2 does not require you to have played Rage 1 at all to get any enjoyment from it. There are nods here and there that if you played the first game you will think is cool, but for the most part, you do not miss out on anything by coming into this blind.
The story of Rage 2 is that you play as a Ranger, you are basically a super-powered cop, the last of your kind. You are determined to bring peace (well what classes as peace in this post-apocalyptic wasteland) and put a stop to this mutant/cyborg race of “elite” beings called the Authority who see themselves as the ultimate rulers and mankind’s next evolution.
I actually thought that the story in Rage 2 was kind of cool, but like all the other Rage 2 reviews have said. Rage 2 is all about the gameplay! This game is massive and when you look at your map, it is jam-packed with beacons that are things you can do! There is so much to do it can be hard to know where to start.
Getting through the story will take you around 8 to 10 hours, but there is so much more than that. You have side missions you can do, stuff you can go and find and lots of weapons to track down and unlock. Actually, the way the game makes you get new weapons requires quite a bit of work and I really liked that.
Rage 2 also has a lot of vehicles for you to make use of. These can lead to races and other vehicle-based missions. The handling of these is great and I love how there is a lot of variety to the vehicles that are scattered around this very diverse wasteland.
The game design of Rage 2 is very clever. You are always moving forward and it always feels like you are progressing in some way. This can be through the actual story, leveling up in one of the three skill tree type systems and locating new areas on the map. Rage 2 always feels like it has something new for you to do and that keeps the game fun and interesting even after you have put a lot of hours into it.
The actual shooter mechanics are some of the best I have encountered in quite some time. The different locations in the game have clearly been made with gunplay in mind. It is like you are in a giant playground and gunfights are what the playground was created for. Even the bosses are fun, challenging and require some strategy to take them down.
While many people were looking forward to Rage 2. I think it is safe to say that not many had any idea that it was going to be as much fun as it is. If you like games that are just dumb, loud and over the top fun, you really will struggle to top this game. Rage 2 for me is one of the best games of 2019!