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Rage

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Ambitious but violent action game suitable only for adults.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

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.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

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."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There are some beer bottles in the game and other references to alcohol.

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.

What's it about?

Legendary game development studio id Software, the company responsible for Wolfenstein, Doom and Quake, is back with its most ambitious offering to date: RAGE. A cinematic opening sequence introduces the premise: In the near future, an asteroid pummels the planet and forces humankind to start all over again. In a desperate attempt to preserve the human race, you are one of a few important people cryogenically frozen to help rebuild earth after the fallout. Problem is, the "Ark" facility malfunctioned and you're the only survivor. You must band together with survivors of the impact in this post-apocalyptic world and become a key player in keeping the bandits and mutants at bay.

Unlike id Software's past games -- straightforward first-person shooters -- RAGE folds many other genres into the mix, such as racing (you'll acquire and upgrade dune buggies to navigate the desert Wasteland) and role-playing elements, which include an inventory system, weapon upgrades, stores where you can buy and sell items, and plenty of side jobs. Exploration is also encouraged, with many collectibles to find. Combat plays the most significant role, however. Players will wield many powerful weapons, ranging from guns, grenades, and crossbows to boomerang-like "wingsticks" and RC bomb cars that can detonate nearby enemies. You can also use stationary sentry turrets and crawling sentry bots that automatically fire at nearby baddies.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the lack of decisions and consequences in this game. Should the player have a choice regarding whether or not to kill a group of bandits or mutants they've never met? How does your avatar know the survivors who helped him out of the Ark are the "good guys" and not the others?

  • Families can also discuss the impact of violence when playing video games.

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Bethesda Softworks
Release date:October 4, 2011
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language

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Parent of a 15 year old Written byhaloisgood October 6, 2011

pretty good

it may get slow at parts but good overall game play. It is pretty gory one example is when you use and explosive the enemy explodes and there blood goes everywhere kind of like gears of war gore if you have played that
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Kid, 12 years old November 2, 2011

too gory

even though i'm 12, this is a game that this a big no for kids, too gory cause you can shoot a bandit's head off with a shotgun and they explode when there is a explosion nearby
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written byxgamer1338x October 9, 2011

Good game, depends on child.

This is a very good game that I personally enjoy. Ultimately, whether you get this for your child depends on how mature they are and what you think is right for them. First of all, there is tons of violence in this game, which is expected in any FPS (First person shooter). When enemies are shot, blood squirts into the air, then disappears. When enemies are in melee range and shot, the blood spatters onto the camera, but disappears within seconds. Explosive ordinance will cause enemies to explode into chunks. When dead, your character can loot the bodies to obtain items. These bodies do not however, disappear. Secondly, the language. Now some parents may not buy a game because of this, but it is personally up to the parent about whether they think their child is mature enough to hear the words f**k and s**t constantly yelled throughout the game. Personally, I hear things like that at school every day, so I don't think that it is so much an issue. Also, there are some positive role models in the game. Your character fights in what he believes is right, setting a good model for fighting in what you believe for. There are also some empty beer bottles that can be collected and sold, but that is not that large of an issue. Now the asthetics of the game. RAGE has beautiful graphics and great lighting. You can see the rays of sun come through windows, and where there is no light, the screen gets visably darker. This game is not only about being a FPS, there is also intense racing portions of the game also. Through the campain, there are 2 required races you have to complete. The racing itself I would rate T because there is no blood or gore, just racing around, shooting miniguns and rockets, and other cars blowing up around you. Overall, this is an amazing game, but I do agree with its M rating because of the first person shooter action.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing