Excerpt: While Sonic was the face of the Sega Genesis, the system had a wealth of awesome games, including the classic Streets of Rage series. Streets of Rage tasked you to take to the mean streets and clean up the thugs, using your fists, pipes, knives, baseball bats, even phone booths, whatever you could lay hands on. If you’re under fire and need a helping hand, call in a powerful attack from off screen, but these are limited.
Summary: : Look, I don’t know what to tell you here. Rage is a game I expected would be a Borderlands clone without the RPG elements and it ended up being a game I literally didn’t want to stop playing until I completed it. The car battle multiplayer might not be for everyone, the last mission was a little weak in comparison to everything leading up to it, and it’s taking up a decent amount of space on my hard drive, but really?
Ambitious but violent action game suitable only for adults.
Common Sense Media
9 November 2011
Summary: 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.
Conclusion: the game hands you is to kill a bunch of guys. For some reason. Because they're bad or because they look funny. It doesn't matter really -- there are things that move and they must die, which is kind of what id shooters have always been about. And it helps to remember that the "by-the-numbers shooter" was basically patented by id Software. The company knows what it's doing and does it well.
Summary: Fantastic combat and an interesting post apocalyptic world are let down by a feeling that your interaction is only ever surface deep. As a pure shooter its hard to fault (bar the parts where there is no shooting) and all of the side tasks are certainly well constructed, but they never quite connect together as well as they should.
Summary: Rage is an enjoyable adventure that features decent gunplay, surprisingly good driving mechanics, and an entertaining if underutilized world. The story leaves something to be desired, not to speak of the weak end area and finale, but for all the stiffness of the characters there is a great variety to the gameplay.