A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This game doesn't have any positive messages. It's a violent shoot-em-up with racing and role-playing elements. Players attack mutants and bandits and cause all kinds of graphic carnage. It's simply the player (and other survivors) against "them."
Positive Role Models
You don't know much about your character other than that he was cryogenically frozen to help rebuild humankind after an asteroid wreaks havoc on the Earth. Players help survivors, but also kill thousands of people and mutants. His very first mission upon waking up is to destroy a band of bandits, and he neither hesitates in carrying it out nor questions why.
Ease of Play
The Xbox 360 version of the game was fairly easy to pick up and play. A short tutorial explains walking, shooting, and driving mechanics at the start of the game, but some elements might take a little longer to master, such as swapping weapons or breaking locks. The game is pretty tough, though, even on the "Normal" setting.
Violence & Scariness
This is a violent first-person shooter with plenty of powerful weapons, a variety of gunplay elements (players can target specific body parts), and lots of blood and gore. You can explode enemies into red rags of flesh, and decapitate and dismember them. There are many bloody bodies lying on the ground, hanging skulls, and other potentially disturbing imagery. Enemies scream in pain when shot or killed.
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Profanity, including strong words like "f--k" and "s--t," can be heard in dialogue sequences and during battle. Examples of strong dialogue include "F--k me!" "He must be s--tting himself" and "Go kick his ass."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There are some beer bottles in the game and other references to alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know Rage is a first person shooter and violent action game with a lot of blood and gore. Using a wide variety of upgradeable weapons players can shoot enemies in the head, blow them up, drive over them, and hit them with their avatar's fists. Grenades and bombs cause enemies to explode in chunky red bits. Players can also touch dead enemies to search for money and other items. The game has strong profanity and the unrated online multiplayer modes include support for open voice chat, which means gamers can interact with strangers and hear profanity and other potentially inappropriate comments from others. Common Sense Media does not recommend open online play for pre-teens.
Is It Any Good?
Id's latest game fares very well, delivering a huge, exhilarating and gratifying adventure. That said, a few technical glitches and missing multiplayer modes prevent it from being a perfect pick. Along with the engaging, sometimes addictive solo campaign, Rage also houses many multiplayer options, including cooperative (co-op) and competitive game modes. This includes many vehicle-based games to play with friends online, such as the capture-the-flag-like "Meteor Rally," where you'll collect fallen meteors and drive them to capture zones to score. But many shooter fans may be disappointed to learn there's no deathmatch or team deathmatch options for traditional kill-or-be-killed, on-foot action.
Visually, the game looks phenomenal, with high-definition characters and expansive towns and desert patches; but this huge and near photorealistic world comes at a price: frequent and long load times. There are random graphical oddities, too. We saw a helmet that appeared to be floating off the ground after it was shot off an enemy's head. And why do fallen weapons disappear after two seconds when enemies stay on the ground? It doesn't make sense to spend so much effort to create a realistic world with incredible graphics when these little things break the immersion. Overall, however, Rage is an extraordinary adventure that surely won't disappoint demanding gamers. Given id Software's reputation and how long it took to release, there's a lot riding on this game. However, the developers have managed to pull it off with style, speed, and intensity.
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