Rage 2 Reviews

Rage 2 is ranked in the 48th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
May 13, 2019

As a shooter Rage 2 is incredible.  It's everything around that core competency that brings the game down.  A lack of narrative, world building, and questionable design decisions in terms of progression leave the experience feeling flat.

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Josh Wise
Top Critic
7 / 10
May 18, 2019

The satisfying action and relentless chaos of Rage 2 peppers a formulaic open world with thrills.

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Unscored
May 13, 2019

I’m not digging Rage 2’s story or setting. But I still have a ways to go before completing it. Maybe the plot will win me over. Maybe the world will do something surprising and evoke something besides Mad Max. But even if it doesn’t, I still like Rage 2. Artistically, it’s uninspired. But mechanically, it’s one of the best shooters I’ve played in years. Fun wins out.

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6 / 10.0
May 16, 2019

The imaginatively gory firefights are top notch. Too bad that creativity didn't seep into the rest of the experience

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Unscored
May 14, 2019

The parts I like far outweigh the parts I don’t. I’ve got my weirdo NPCs, my Ark hunting, my Whoopinkoffs and Dimbledicks. I’ve found every Ark, now, but I still plan on gambolling between side activities. I still want to explore, even though I wish I was exploring a world that had been less generically destroyed.

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May 16, 2019

Rage 2 delivers over-the-top, action-packed FPS gameplay that's genuinely fun, but while its combat shines, the rest of the game fails to live up to expectations.

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70 / 100
May 15, 2019

The list of things I don't like about Rage 2 is much longer than the things I like about it, but the one thing it does better than I even expected is combat. Once you've filled up your toolbox of weapons and powers, you have seemingly endless ways to take on the game's foes. Unfortunately, its bland story, drab tone, and scattered open world drag it down, but the fierce firefights kept me engaged the whole way.

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May 16, 2019

Where RAGE 2 truly shines is its relentless, unapologetic, apocalyptic violence, which has long been id Software's forte. If your video game library is hungering for fresh blood, guts, and gasoline, you should definitely buy RAGE 2.

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Guardian
Top Critic
May 14, 2019

With weapons including a firestorm revolver, the shooting is thrilling and stupendously violent – but the vast post-apocalyptic setting is a letdown

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May 16, 2019

Since we took our first steps in Avalanche Studios' vision of doom, we have found it difficult to put control aside. The combination of open world, mutant freaks and superpowers is far too entertaining, actually well above our expectations. Sure, some routes get reasonably tragic sometimes, but what does it do when the world is otherwise as complete as it is? Along with the eminent control and dynamic battles, it makes Rage 2 one of the most addictive titles of the year so far.

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8.5 / 10.0
May 21, 2019

While it's a bit slow to start, frontloaded with tutorials and exposition, and generally muddled at the outset, Rage 2 shapes up into an incredibly fun time and a natural evolution of a franchise I was worried Id had written off as a dead end.

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May 21, 2019

The combat is solid, the game looks great and Rage 2 has enough polish it shines like brand new minted Ranger armour, but the plot is pretty disappointing and nothing we haven’t really seen before.

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GameMAG
Top Critic
6 / 10
May 21, 2019

The only reason you might want to buy Rage 2 right now is the bloody, bright, uncompromising fights with the best shooter mechanics in a while. The rest of the product is buried in the monotonous routine of an open world and a weak plot, and will be forgotten, as the original was, in a few months.

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7 / 10
May 20, 2019

RAGE 2's on-foot action is some of the most fun we've had this generation. As a shooter it's undeniably top tier, but the combat constantly has to fight for its rightful place in the spotlight. All the bright pink paint in the apocalypse couldn't stop the game's open world from feeling lacklustre, and the vehicular stuff struggles throughout. RAGE 2 needed the chaos and insanity that its marketing campaign was so eager to push, because we've ended up with a disappointingly safe objective-based grind, in which the excellent combat is the only thing strong enough to string you along.

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May 20, 2019

The amazing gunplay and combat of RAGE 2 shouldn't easily get so stale, but because of an open world all too familiar and a story that hardly gets going before it ends, players are left to rule over a kingdom of dirt.

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Ken McKown
Top Critic
8.5 / 10.0
May 16, 2019

It is the kind of game I shut my brain off and just go into a zone and lay waste to all enemies in front of me. The combat feels great, the powers are incredibly fun, and so much of the game just made me feel like a total badass. I can finally forgive the end of the first game, Rage 2 is simply put, a blast.

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80 / 100
May 14, 2019

Each piece holds satisfaction and joy that belies its base description, however. Combat in Rage 2 feels smooth as glass, with every gunfight playing to a violent rhythm. Travelling throughout the world is fast and engaging, with every pit stop bringing new wonders of varying quality.

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May 14, 2019

Although Rage 2 features fantastic close-quarters combat, things tend to slide downhill once you drive out into the open world.

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8 / 10.0
May 15, 2019

Rage 2 is ugly, silly, and dated, and yet, I still enjoyed the hell out of most of my time with it. The game delivers the kind of low-stress, high-satisfaction fun you don't often get from big-budget games these days. If you're willing to check your brain at the title screen, I suggest you jump into this apocalypse now.

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7.5 / 10.0
May 13, 2019

Rage 2 has room to grow, but it's also a great game to pick up and play. Combat is visceral in all the right ways, and exploration is always rewarding. A few technical issues and a general sense of sameness keep it from pure excellence, but Rage 2 still represents a good time.

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