Rage ain’t nothin’ but a number. Two, in fact
These days, everything seems to be about the apocalypse. Maybe it’s the melting of the ice caps. Maybe it’s Brexit, or Trump, or the kind of existential despair you get when you can’t find a single matching pair of socks, and it’s Monday, and all you’ve got is two socks, one of which says ‘Thursday’ and the other ‘Saturday’. Whatever, doom is big in videogames – Fallout 76, Far Cry: New Dawn, Metro
Exodus and a million others whose premise is the aftermath of a big atomic or environmental catastrophe. Still, if something must one day put an end to our comfortable existences, we certainly prefer the idea of picking up some bloody big guns and having a little fun with it.
Thankfully, Rage 2, Avalanche and id’s post-apocalyptic shooter, looks like being the most joy you can possibly have following the breakdown of society’s morality and the total collapse of the rule of law. It’s Mad Max in all but name – though more
Beyond Thunderdome than Fury Road – and new details from last month’s Game Awards have ramped up our expectations of its grand-scale carnage still further.
Set in a huge, open-world wasteland following a catastrophic meteor hit,
Rage 2 throws everything at the player and enjoys the ensuing mayhem.
The teaming of Avalanche, experts in open-world destruction courtesy of the Just Cause franchise, with FPS dons iD ( Doom, Wolfenstein, Quake), looks like it will result in one of the most perfectly insane games of 2019. And when we say ‘open world’, Rage 2’ s world really does look massive. Luckily there are Mad Max- style armoured dune buggies, trucks and other vehicles to tear around in – including the newly unveiled monster trucks and gyrocopters, the latter of which will be particularly handy if you want to get around and see all of the world’s varied post-apocalyptic biomes.
Act your Rage
It’s no surprise that the game throws a crazy range of weaponry at you, including the return of the threebladed boomerang, aka Wingstick, from the first Rage. Everything looks wonderfully destructible, and of course your arsenal of vehicle-mounted guns, hand-cannons, automatic laserblasters and missile launchers are going to need a good amount of fodder to take it out on. Fortunately, the game throws enemies at you, and it looks like colourfully-garbed psychos, armoured raiders and other bad guys will never be in short supply as you burn through the world following the loosest kind of revenge story. Your character is Walker, the last of the Ranger faction, out for vengeance against the Authority, who would impose order on the wasteland through force, and the chaotic factions of raiders who, to give them their due, at least look like they’re having a lot of fun in the post-apocalypse.
You also have something called ‘nanotrite’ powers. In the first Rage, nanotrites were tiny ‘robots’ injected into your body that work to repair damaged cells, revive you and even send out a destructive electric pulse to kill everyone in the vicinity, so we’re excited to see how far you can push these super-science powers in the new game. There’s also something called ‘Overdrive’, which will allow you to push your guns beyond their limits. Publishers Bethesda boast that Rage 2’ s ‘shooterverse’ will allow you to go anywhere, shoot anything and explode everything, which certainly sounds good to us, and we can’t wait to be let loose in said Shooterverse when the game releases on May 14.
“You burn through the world following the loosest kind of revenge story”