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3.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: Seriously flawed for completionists..., October 14, 2011
This review is from: Rage (Video Game)
My experience with Rage started out very well. I was very impressed by the graphics and immersive environments the game creates. Everything will be ugly after playing this. Playing Black Ops reminded me of what it was like to go back to playing an original Xbox game after experiencing the Xbox 360 for the first time. The graphics in other games now seem so... simple. The Xbox 360 hardware has a hard time keeping up with this visual feast, and graphical detail draw-in is pronounced in the more complex levels (Dead City comes to mind). The game's pretty face goes much farther than being just a pretty face. Id has put an incredible amount of time and effort into this game and it shows. Clever Easter Eggs abound, and the ambiance the game creates is second to none (although others argue it's derivative, which at times, it is). So why the three-star rating? Two critical design flaws that will make you want to throw your Xbox out the window. The lack of auto-save and the inability to backtrack to closed off areas. These seem like minor complaints until they screw you over, and believe me, they will. First, the auto-save problem. Initially I thought it was just a minor inconvenience to have to save the game every few minutes, but at around eight hours in I became complacent and managed to go through an entire level without saving. At the very end of the level, as I was leaving, I became "stuck" in the ground. My character then fell through the floor to his death, giving me the joy of re-playing the entire level. The only safe way to play this game is to have the discipline of an auto-save feature. Meaning after every battle, after clearing each area, you need to pause the game and physically save it. It is beyond my comprehension why a FPS in 2011 was built with this feature omitted. My second complaint will apply to the completionists out there. There are things that you need to collect along the way that will bring the game to 100% complete. These things are VERY easy to miss, even if you scour the landscape, and will become closed off to you with little or no warning. I was foolish enough to start playing this game without this knowledge and spent several hours wasting time looking for the hidden cards in the game. After dredging my way through every level and backtracking in an attempt to find missing items, I got sick of searching and referenced an on-line guide. Low and behold, the card that I was missing was locked away in the Outrigger Outpost, an area that becomes closed off to you in the first hour or two of gameplay. Since the achievements require everything to be completed in a single playthrough, my entire playthrough was a waste. Around eleven hours... I had to take a step back and think about this when it occurred to me. In 2011, in an already over-saturated FPS marketplace, id puts out a game that (it seems) is designed to infuriate you. I understand that id is the grandfather of first-person shooters. I get it. If it weren't for Doom back in 1993, maybe none of us would be here. Much respect. Maybe I deserved to be taught a lesson by their game. But here's the problem. I already have a laundry list of games that I'm trying to get through. With plenty more coming out this holiday season, I've got my hands full. It's not 1993 anymore, and id is not the only thing going on anymore. So, instead of starting the whole miserable process of another playthrough, I asked myself, "why bother?" I decided it wasn't worth the effort. If id can't evolve, why should it be my problem? I've already suffered enough with this game. That said, if you are planning to get the most out of this game, I would urge you to start from the beginning with the use of a strategy guide. If you're just looking for a weekend distraction or a quick run-through, don't worry about the closed off areas and add another star to my review score.
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Initial post: Oct 16, 2011 12:05:49 AM PDT
Count Catula says:
I am missing one card and one schematic and both are in the now closed Outrigger settlement. Why was that settlement closed? No bloody idea. The shoddy elements on this game will make me leave a 3star review when I can be bothered to write one.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2011 4:33:08 PM PDT
We will all be waiting with baited breath for you to deign to enlighten us.

Posted on Nov 1, 2011 4:21:24 AM PDT
Nadine says:
LOL @ justsomedude.

I'm in the beginning & just finished the Wasted Garage to get my buggy.... I personally hate auto-save. I just played Dead Island w/ auto saves & it was a nitemare.
They -never- save where I want them to. I prefer manual saving, it saves SO much more time when you can go right back to the part you screwed up at. So what if you have to take out an extra 30 seconds to save. Is it that tasking? Plus, it's very fast - takes no time at all.
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