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Stop me if you have heard this one, you play a character who has gone underground in order to survive a disaster that would supposedly kill all of humanity only to leave and explore the post-apocalyptic world filled with mutants and raiders.  No it’s not Fallout 3, I’m talking about RAGE, from id Software, but don’t let the fact that it has a very similar setting turn you away from this possibly amazing game.  There is a lot to love about this game, one of which is just the look of it.  From the screen shots you can see that this game looks really amazing and impressively, it runs at 60 frames per second, something that makes any game better.

So what else sets it apart from its counterpart?  Well for one, the circumstances are different; this time the world isn’t in danger of a nuclear holocaust but an asteroid heading straight towards Earth.  Instead of trying to stop it, the government decides to put most of the population underground in what they call Arks. You are put to sleep to awaken years after the impact to help rebuild the world, only to wake up and realize that your Ark malfunctioned, and you are the only survivor.  You leave the Ark to explore the world to find that there are a lot more survivors than originally expected, some being raiders and others living in towns just trying to survive.  Some survivors have even set up a new government called the “Authority” who apparently are not your friends.  Also, while it still scarce, there is still some clean water in the world like around Well Spring, a town you visit early on, which is built around one of the few sources of clean water. 

Another thing that sets itself apart is vehicles and it’s not just a simple mechanic to get you from point A to point B, it’s a full on game mechanic with intense car battles.  Id Software seems intent of letting the player know that vehicles will be playing a big part in RAGE, to the point where you’ll be doing races to gain upgrades to your car.  So you can build up your car to destroy your enemies no matter what size, and there are some big monsters in this game.

With games like this you expect a lot of weapons, and there are, but you also get a large selection of ammo types.  While we don’t have any specifics yet, we can only assume that each type has different affects with different enemies and environments.  They also mentioned a multiplayer component to the game as well as a cooperative, but with no real details yet.  There is definitely a lot to look forward to with RAGE, but we still have a long wait to go, being the release date is 2011 with no indication of whether it will be an early or holiday release.  Be sure to check back at Player Affinity for more information about RAGE, along with all video game related news.


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