Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Ambitious but violent action game suitable only for adults.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 12 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

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 & Representations

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.


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.


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."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 12-year-old Written bymichael12123 October 6, 2015

12 and up!

This game for sure is not as bad as people claim, and yes this game is almost non-stop action but it has an interesting story. Now how bad is the violence?
Well... Continue reading
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 everywh... Continue reading
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... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byHalomationdude14 August 5, 2016

Good game for "Mature" Gamers...

Let's start out with the fact that I am a PC Gamer for the most part. This game reminds me slightly of Borderlands in the general sense but just a little m... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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

Our editors recommend

For kids who love fast action

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