RAGE Box Art

This game was released on October 07, 2011 and is no longer available to pre-order. Any incentives that were offered are listed below.

RAGE is an upcoming post-apocalyptic game developed by id Software and published by Bethesda. It is going to be primarily a first-person shooter, but it will also have some extreme dune buggy racing thrown into the mix.

The players will be able to upgrade their vehicles using the money won from races – and these upgrades are going to offer not only more durability and speed, but some serious firepower in the form of chaingun and rocket launcher turrets, too. Likewise, it will be possible to upgrade your own weapons with things like clip extenders and aim stabilizers.

RAGE Anarchy Edition bonuses

Unlike many other new games coming out these days, RAGE will have the same pre-order bonuses, no matter which store you buy it at. As long as you preorder RAGE from a participating retailer before the release date, you will get upgraded to the Anarchy Edition which includes the following downloadable in-game items: a Double Barrel Shotgun, the Crimson Elite Armor, the Fists of RAGE, and the Rat Rod Buggy. See the screenshot below:

RAGE Anarchy Edition Pre-order Bonuses

US retailers offering the Anarchy Edition include your usual Amazon (also gives $10 promo credit), GameStop (offers a discount on the strategy guide), and Direct2Drive.

In the UK you can grab it on Play, Amazon, HMV, and most other video game retailers.

RAGE plot

In this particular game, the apocalypse that turned most of the planet into a wasteland was caused by a meteor impact in December 2029. Interestingly enough, the asteroid responsible for the catastrophe – 99942 Apophis – actually exists, and it will pass Earth within the orbits of geosynchronous satellites in 2029. id Software developers have done their homework.

Years before the asteroid strike, the scientists have come up with the Eden Project which involves placing thousands of people underground in small groups (Arks), injecting them with nanotrites (experimental healing nanobots) and putting them in a cryogenic sleep. However, when the protagonist of the game wakes up years later, he finds himself the only survivor of his Ark, apparently due to an equipment malfunction.

The post-apocalyptic world you will find yourself in is populated by human survivors who are doing their best to stay alive and defend their ramshackle settlements. As expected, you’re going to have to face a variety of enemies such as different bandit clans, the formidable Authority, and, typically enough, the mutants. Those nanotrites mentioned earlier will definitely come in handy here, because if you die in a fight, you can actually de-fib yourself back to life.

Gameplay trailer

The trailer below contains around 7 minutes of actual in-game footage, including combat. It previews a mission called The Well where you will have to protect the town of Wellspring from a bandit clan. The graphics certainly look impressive:

The game will launch on October 4th, 2011 in the US, and October 7th in Europe and Australia. For RAGE news, developer interviews, screenshots, and trailers, visit the official homepage of the game which can be found at RAGE.com.

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