Rage 2 Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Rage 2 RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network 20 Bethesda Games Headed to Game Pass for Console and PC https://www.gameskinny.com/v0u1y/20-bethesda-games-headed-to-game-pass-for-console-and-pc https://www.gameskinny.com/v0u1y/20-bethesda-games-headed-to-game-pass-for-console-and-pc Thu, 11 Mar 2021 17:37:15 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Twenty Bethesda games are coming to Xbox Game Pass for console and PC on March 12. Microsoft announced the new Game Pass games following the official finalization of its Bethesda acquisition.

Most of the included games will release on console, PC, and xCloud, though a few are console only. Here are all the Bethesda games coming to both versions of Game Pass and xCloud.

  • Dishonored Definitive Edition
  • Dishonored 2
  • Doom (1993)
  • Doom II
  • Doom 3
  • Doom 64
  • Doom Eternal
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
  • The Evil Within
  • Fallout 4
  • Fallout 76
  • Prey
  • Rage 2
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order
  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion are only on console and PC, while The Elder Scrolls Online is only on console and xCloud. Fallout: New Vegas is only on console.

Microsoft also said "a handful" of these games will take advantage of Xbox Series X|S backward enhancement and feature improved FPS. More details will be available on that in the near future.

[Source: Xbox Wire]

Best Buy Black Friday 2019 Video Game Deals https://www.gameskinny.com/jwfcq/best-buy-black-friday-2019-video-game-deals https://www.gameskinny.com/jwfcq/best-buy-black-friday-2019-video-game-deals Fri, 08 Nov 2019 15:21:09 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Following on from Target's early release of its Black Friday ad, Best Buy has made its own ad available, full of video game sales you won't want to miss.

We don't cover tech of movie deals in this piece, instead opting to focus on all of the console and video game deals in the ad. This includes online sales and doorbusters. 

We also have Black Friday roundups for PSN, Microsoft, GameStop, and Walmart

Best Buy Black Friday 2019

This list is based on the preliminary deals Best Buy announced ahead of time, so it's likely to be adjusted and updated as the outlet announces more sales, and it's just Black Friday — no Cyber Monday or weekend deals are included.

We break things down by console and price. We start with console deals (including PSVR) and follow things up with the best deals on games by console. 

Video Game Consoles

Best Buy has some of the same deals on consoles as Target, though Best Buy favors Xbox One for variety and has no free gift cards thrown in.

PlayStation 4

  • PlayStation 4 Slim (1TB), DualShock Wireless Control, and three free games — $199.99. The games shown are listed below.
    • The Last of Us Remastered
    • God of War
    • Horizon: Zero Dawn Complete
  • $100 dollars off any PlayStation VR bundle

Xbox One

  • Xbox One X (1TB) Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Deluxe Edition bundle + free 3-month Xbox Live Gold subscription — $349.99
  • Xbox One S (1TB) All-Digital Console (White), includes Sea of Thieves, Fortnite, and Minecraft — $149.99
  • Xbox One S (1TB) NBA 2K20 bundle — $199.99

Nintendo Switch

Don't get your hopes up for any big Switch discounts this season. It's going to be the same old, same old all around

  • Nintendo Switch w/ Neon Joy-Con and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle — $299.99
  • Select Joy-Con will be on sale for $59.99 ($20 off) 

Best Buy Black Friday Game Deals

Like Target, Best Buy has different sale tiers for different games We break them down by most expensive to least expensive.

PlayStation 4 Games

Games for $27.99

  • FIFA 20
  • Borderlands 3
  • Ghost Recon: Breakpoint

Games for $24.99

  • Judgement
  • Catherine: Full Body
  • Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

Games for $19.99

  • Concrete Genie
  • Plants Vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR
  • Rage 2
  • MediEvil
  • Crash Bandicoot: N.Sane Trilogy

Games for $19.99 or less

  • NieR Automata: Game of the YoRHa Edition — $19.99
  • Dragon Quest XI — $19.99
  • Resident Evil 7 Biohazard: Gold — $19.99
  • Resident Evil 2 — $14.99
  • Kingdom Hearts III — $14.99
  • Marvel's Spider-Man GOTY Edition — $14.99
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III — $14.99
  • Devil May Cry HD — $12.99

Games for $14.99

  • Devil May Cry 5
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2
  • Shemnue I & II
  • Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition

Games for $9.99

These are basically PS Greatest Hits for 50% off.

  • God of War
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn — Complete Edition
  • The Last of Us Remastered
  • Persona 5
  • Bloodborne
  • Nioh
  • Ratchet and Clank
  • Yakuza 0

Games with various discounts

  • Red Dead Redemption 2 — $24.99
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice — $24.99
  • Shenmue III — $34.99
  • Code Vein — $39.99
  • Need for Speed: Heat — $39.99
Xbox One Games

The preview ad is a bit on the confusing side with how it breaks down game categories — namely by blending them together despite separating them by console. Because of that, you can probably count on XB1 equivalents of PS4 games on sale, like Kingdom Hearts III, to be offered at the same price, even if they aren't listed directly.

Games for $29.99 and less

  • Control — $29.99
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 — $29.99
  • NHL 20 Standard Edition — $29.99
  • NBA 2K20 — $27.99
  • Madden NFL 20 — $27.99
  • Gears 5 — $24.99

Games for $19.99

  • World War Z
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood Edition
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition
  • Sea of Thieves

Games for $14.99

  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
  • Tom Clancy's The Division 2
  • Diablo III: Eternal Collection
  • Fallout 4: GOTY Edition
Nintendo Switch Games

Nintendo's official Black Friday announcement lists a number of games that will be listed for $39.99, including Best Buy as a retailer.

  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Super Mario Party
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  • Kirby Star Allies
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
  • Splatoon 2

Games for $24.99 (including Black Friday 3DS game deals)

  • Diablo III: Eternal Collection
  • Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
  • Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
  • Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
  • Overwatch: Legendary Edition
  • Persona Q2: Shadow of the Labyrinth (3DS)
  • Etrian Odyssey Nexus (3DS)

Games for $19.99

  • Crash Bandicoot: N.Sane Trilogy
  • Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair
  • Rocket League Ultimate Edition
  • Lego Harry Potter Collection
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
  • Sid Meier's Civilization VI
  • Killer Queen Black
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Dualist: Link Evolution

Games with various discounts

  • Hollow Knight — $29.99
  • Collection of Mana — $19.99
  • Spyro: Reignited Trilogy — $24.99
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition — $44.99
  • Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon (3DS) — $24.99 each


This is all just from Best Buy's Black Friday preview, so it's possible there will be even more deals as we get closer to the actual day. Make sure to check back with GameSkinny for more Black Friday 2019 deals as they pop up.

And here's the full Best Buy preview ad as well.

E3 2019 Bethesda Showcase Recap: Fallout 76, Elder Scrolls, Doom: Eternal Take Center Stage https://www.gameskinny.com/l8hgw/e3-2019-bethesda-showcase-recap-fallout-76-elder-scrolls-doom-eternal-take-center-stage https://www.gameskinny.com/l8hgw/e3-2019-bethesda-showcase-recap-fallout-76-elder-scrolls-doom-eternal-take-center-stage Sun, 09 Jun 2019 22:06:43 -0400 Ty Arthur

This year's #BE3 showcase revolved heavily around the highly anticipated FPS entry Doom Eternal, but Bethesda had a number of surprises in store for players willing to check out the full live stream.

Unfortunately, we didn't get to see much about Elder Scrolls VI, which is likely delayed to take advantage of the next console generation. That noticeably missing title aside, everything from Rage 2 to Wolfenstein received major announcements, along with a slew of news arriving for mobile titles and free updates like the Moons Of Elsweyr expansion coming June 27 to Elder Scrolls Legends.

If you missed it, we've got the full rundown on everything you need to know about the Bethesda 2019 E3 showcase below. 

Also, don't forget to log into your Bethesda account this week! In celebration of the E3 event, you can get five Ouroboros Crown Crates and a Clouded-Senche Leopard mount for Elder Scrolls Online, a Twitch Assault Rifle skin for Rage 2, and an Ancestor Moth card back for The Elder Scrolls: Legends


We all know streaming is the future and tech companies are banking on streaming overtaking physical media in the very near future. We already buy most of our games from digital stores anyway, so why not just move the whole thing into the cloud?

Bethesda is working on the new Orion technology now, which is meant to optimize any game engine with absolutely any game for playing in the cloud on platforms like the upcoming Google Stadia.

A software solution rather than a hardware option, the purpose of Orion is to reduce latency and stream using lower bandwidth, which means you can stream at max settings for no reduction in graphics quality.

We'll have to wait and see if it lives up to the promise, but that tech could be huge in seeing streaming services become more widely adopted worldwide.

Fallout 76

Oof, Todd Howard and the Bethesda Game Studios team got a very tepid cheering response at first, which got noticeably louder when they admitted the criticism the game has received was deserved.

That lackluster response turned to wild cheering when it was revealed that human NPCs are arriving with the Wastelanders update including full dialog trees — to make this more of a full-scale Fallout game.

To lure people in ahead of that update, the game will include a free trial mode coming tomorrow (perhaps precipitating the game going free-to-play...?).

Last up, in a move we should have all seen coming, Fallout 76 is getting battle royale mode with a shrinking ring of fire titled Nuclear Winter. Will the wasteland pull you away from Fortnite?

Doom Eternal

We already knew this would feature the super fast, super powerful Doom Marine slaughtering demons by the thousands, but there were some reveals tonight to get fans even more excited.

This time around we're also going to heaven, and it seems like the celestial denizens will be even more awful (and fun to kill!) than the demons in hell.

The biggest surprise was those in attendance at the Bethesda showcase got to actually play the game after the show. Lucky bastards!

The rest of us only have a few months to wait though, as Doom Eternal now has an official release date of November 22, 2019. We also got a quick glimpse of the comprehensive collector's edition, which comes with its own wearable Doom Guy helmet.

Finally, Bethesda decided to show off a bit of the new multiplayer mode, which lets you frag away as either the Slayer or a demon in a 2 vs 1 asymmetric mode.

Elder Scrolls Blades

If you've been religiously opening your chests every day, you'll be excited to know a major update launches tonight in celebration of E3. That patch features new jobs, solo arena battles, a custom jewelry system, and an extra dragon questline.

While not many details were revealed, we also found out an arena mode coming later this year for PvP content and visiting the towns of other players.

Hands down, the biggest news is that Blades is coming to Switch where it will still be free and will feature cross-progression with mobile, so you can take your mobile account to the Switch version when it arrives this fall.

Ghostwire Tokyo

There weren't a ton of details beyond a cinematic trailer, but this new title from Tango Gameworks looks very promising and seems to indicate an open-world nature with a mix of investigative and combat mechanics.

All we really know for sure is that it's a "spooky" action-adventure title that takes place within a supernatural haunted Tokyo, although they specified it's not a survival horror game.

Elder Scrolls Online

The Season of the Dragon for Elder Scrolls Online will cap with the upcoming DLC Dragonhold, featuring the return of the iconic Dragonguard. In addition to an epic story trailer, we're told more info is coming at Quake Con this summer, but they did reveal the dungeon DLC Scalebreaker is set to arrive in August.

Commander Keen

I don't think anyone saw this coming... we're about to see a return of the old school Id Software '90s side-scrolling game Commander Keen, reimagined as a free-to-play Saturday morning cartoon homage on iOS and Android where you build wacky gadgets.

There's a fun tongue-in-cheek tone here, although I kind of wanted to go find Arnie so we can get our memories wiped at Rekall after hearing lines like "get your anus to mars" and "kick some asteroid."

This new version of Commander Keen will soft launch this summer on mobile devices.


Finally, a new title from Arkane was just made official, so if you've missed games in the style of Prey or Dishonored, get ready for a whole new iteration of the stealth assassination genre. 

This noir sci-fi shooter puts you in an endless loop where two assassins relive the same day over and over trying to kill each other. The typical Arkane style of offering multiple options to tackle levels will be available, but we're also getting a bit of a Tarantino vibe in the font and style on display.

Rage 2

Need ever more insanity? It's on the way with the Rise Of The Ghosts expansion, including impending features like low gravity, additional enemies, a new pilotable mech, extra areas, and a new enemy faction, as well as weekly content additions.

Two New Wolfenstein Games

Yep, we're getting two new games this summer, starting with the Cyber Pilot VR title coming next month. That's not the big news though, as we already knew about that. 

The more exciting announcement is Wolfenstein: Young Blood set 20 years after The New Colossus and very clearly embracing the 80's aesthetic with wild abandon. Aside from the time shift, this time around we'll get to kill Nazis with a friend in co-op mode!

It's a pretty good bet that BJ Blazkowicz's twin daughters are going to collect a whole lot more than 100 Nazi scalps, that's for sure!


What upcoming expansion or brand new franchise are you most looking forward to checking out this year? Sound off in the comments below!

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on all of these games as they develop. Check out more of our E3 2019 coverage below: 

Rage 2 Guide: All Trade Town Locations https://www.gameskinny.com/duc7b/rage-2-guide-all-trade-town-locations https://www.gameskinny.com/duc7b/rage-2-guide-all-trade-town-locations Fri, 24 May 2019 09:38:21 -0400 Sergey_3847

There are five regions in Rage 2, each with a single trade town. These locations are essential for getting side-quests and trading for profit. Finding these places of interest can be a daunting task unless you know exactly where to go, but we can help you with that.

If you're looking for a trade town in Rage 2, then follow our guide below for a complete list of all trade towns available in the Wasteland, including maps and lists of shops. 


The Wilds region in the northern part of the Wasteland has a trade town of Dreadwood, which is located in its northern area. It is located right next to a Greenhaven Lookout (see the map above for exact location).

Dreadwood is mainly inhabited by Prospectors and Scavengers, who are on the constant lookout for some dirty trading. Be careful.

Here are all the shops available in Dreadwood:

  • Pepper's Palpable Promises
  • Angus the Mechanic
  • Dreadwood Market


The most trader-friendly and richest trade town in the game is Wellspring. You can find it on the western border of the Broken Tract region.

It is the center of the Trade Coalition and is controlled by the Trade Barons. If there is one good place for trading in Rage 2, that would be Wellspring.

Here are all the shops available in Wellspring:

  • The Cyber Doc
  • Gar-illa Gear
  • Bloody Mary's
  • Fleur's Fantastic Advice
  • Rusty's Autoparts
  • Bon Bon Boom!
  • Jack of the Trade


In the middle of the Sekreto Wetlands region you will find Lagooney, the center of food trading in Rage 2.

Shops available in Lagooney:

  • Mama Jo-Jo's Friendly Advice
  • Boomer's Goods
  • Jinx Riggery


The trading of the Torn Plains region is represented by Gunbarrel, one of the oldest towns in Wasteland.

Shops available in Gunbarrel:

  • Clawhand Mechanics
  • Chad's Reliable Information
  • McDuff General Store


Oasis is the smallest trading town in Rage 2. It is located in the central area of the Dune Sea region that belongs to the Immortal Shrouded.

Shops available in Oasis:

  • Engine Healer
  • Jazz's Watering Hole
  • Oasis Trading Post

For more Rage 2 guides, check out the list below:

Rage 2: On the Limit of a Neon Lie https://www.gameskinny.com/1m8k5/rage-2-on-the-limit-of-a-neon-lie https://www.gameskinny.com/1m8k5/rage-2-on-the-limit-of-a-neon-lie Fri, 24 May 2019 11:00:04 -0400 Jason Coles

There can be a strange disconnect when a trailer frames something as different from what it truly is. Often, you end up with this strange nagging feeling, one that whispers, “This isn’t what they sold me,” as you make your way through an experience.

This can happen with films, TV shows, and games. In games, though, it tends to feel more like you’ve been conned thanks to the time investment games inherently demand from you. I say "conned," but you have to acknowledge the brilliance of the marketing team and the video editors when things like this happen.

They are, after all, doing the best job they can. 

When the Rage 2 trailers began to release, they showed a vibrant world filled with a neon color scheme, over-the-top abilities, and constant chaos. Every second in every trailer was pure, undiluted fun, and there was no reason to believe that the game would do anything other than live up to that expectation. After all, that’s what you expect from a trailer, a taste of what’s to come.

With the bright colors and super-powered protagonist, it was hard to feel anything other than exhilaration for Rage 2; they even got Danny Dyer in for a hilarious voice over.

Filled with the excitement that always comes with a new game, plus the hope that it will be different, you jump into Rage 2. As you get through the first mission, you realize this is a severely messed up world, one in which humanity is on the brink and struggling to survive. You step up, ready to help lead your people into a brighter future. A neon pink world that is so colorful it borders on gaudy.

You leave your ravaged home in search of a way to fight back, finally, a chance to explore the world you were shown in the game's trailers. You drive into the wilds, completely ready for your eyes to be assaulted with awesome, maybe you even put on sunglasses, both to look cool and for protection. Then, you wait for the color to come… but it never does.

Much like your Dad’s approval, it simply never actually happens.

Instead, you drive along beige roads that thread themselves through a beige world like a giant beige treacle lattice. There are occasional bright spots in the form of the game's towns and the odd bandit outpost, but 99% of the world is dreary and washed-out.

The trailers lied to you, to me, to all of us. We are all in this dull soup together, floating around looking for the game that the trailers sold us.

Nevertheless, you push on, certain that the gameplay will make up for things. After all, there are superpowers in this game; imagine the crazy things you can do with this (honey, where is my) super suit. Of course, by this point, you’ve already unlocked the mighty… dash? That’s fine, a dash ability isn’t a bad thing.

One dash ability can help a lot, but Rage 2 asks, “What happens when you have two dash abilities? Wouldn’t that be off the hook?”. No. No, it wouldn’t, that would be incredibly dull when I wanted to be able to throw cars at people or vomit rockets.

The abilities you get are so run of the mill. The highlight of all the powers is the double jump, which is an ability that is everywhere else in gaming. Every. Where.

You don’t feel like you’re wearing a legendary piece of powerful armor, you feel like you’re being conned. “Oh yeah, if you wait you can run, like really fast, but in two different ways." What?

It’s like ordering an ice cream sundae in a restaurant only to be given two scoops of vanilla ice cream and nothing else. Not what you ordered, and incredibly disappointing.

I was going to write about how there is a disconnect between the trailers and the game itself, but that may be underselling it. Ultimately, the game is not what it claims to be. There is fun to be had with it for sure, but it isn’t the OTT game it should have been.

It should have had bright pink trees, neon yellow grass, a stained green sky, and just fire everywhere. The abilities should have left you feeling like a god, not like someone in a slightly fancy suit. Abilities that have you teleporting around or ripping out spines from afar with your mind. There is so much that could have been done to make Rage the bombastic and utterly absurd experience it appeared to be, but they just weren’t done.

The result is a game that is objectively fine, but nothing special. It doesn’t do enough to push the boat out, instead being comfortable tied to the docks and bobbing up only when the tide rises.

It lacks the oomph of a game like Dishonored or Borderlands because it lacks ambition. It’s a shame really, because if we got the game that the trailers were showing it could have been exceptional.

It could have been all the rage.  

GameSkinny Weekend Download: Sony Partners With Microsoft, Plus Rage 2, Super Mario Maker, More https://www.gameskinny.com/ht81n/gameskinny-weekend-download-sony-partners-with-microsoft-plus-rage-2-super-mario-maker-more https://www.gameskinny.com/ht81n/gameskinny-weekend-download-sony-partners-with-microsoft-plus-rage-2-super-mario-maker-more Sat, 18 May 2019 09:00:01 -0400 GS_Staff

We skipped last week, but GameSkinny's Weekend Download is back.

This week we have Sony partnering with Microsoft, PUBG getting slapped with restrictive modes, and Nintendo dropping way too much news on Super Mario Maker 2.

Outside of that, World of Warcraft Classic finally got a release date, news games were announced for the Genesis Mini, three big digital storefronts have three big sales going on. We also spoke to Asobo Studios about A Plague Tale: Innocence, reviewed Sniper Elite V2 Remastered, and wrote way too many guides on new and old games alike. 

Sit back. Relax. Enjoy. It's the weekend. What else are you gonna' do? Play video games? 


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Here There Be Deals: Sales on Epic Games, Fanatical, Green Man Gaming Store Fronts https://www.gameskinny.com/8bjmu/here-there-be-deals-sales-on-epic-games-fanatical-green-man-gaming-store-fronts https://www.gameskinny.com/8bjmu/here-there-be-deals-sales-on-epic-games-fanatical-green-man-gaming-store-fronts Thu, 16 May 2019 15:42:33 -0400 GS_Staff

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While rumors abound of Steam's upcoming Summer Sale, which we know is coming sooner rather than later, other digital storefronts have some pretty epic deals going on now. 

From the Epic Games Store to Fanatical and Green Man Gaming, we highlight some of the better deals currently available. We also link straight to the sales for more deals if what you're looking for isn't here. 

What's more, some storefronts are offering flash deals. We won't include those here, but they're worth being aware of. Dates for individual sale end dates are also provided below. 

Prepare your wallets. 

Epic Games Store Epic Mega Sale

Dates: May 16 to June 13

The EGS might not have a ton of games yet, but it has some very good ones. Alongside offering up to 75% on a handful of titles, Epic is also offering $10 off every game $14.99 and up. Here are some of the better deals. 

  • Satisfactory: $19.95
  • Ashen: $19.99
  • Hades: $6.99
  • World War Z: $19.99
  • Subnautica: $7.49
  • Subnautica: Below Zero: $9.99
  • Metro: Last Light Redux: $4.99
  • Super Meat Boy: $4.99
  • My Time at Portia: $13.99
  • Slime Rancher: $4.99

You can see the entire sale by visiting the Epic Games Store

Fanatical Sale

Dates: May 14 to May 26

Fanatical is heavily discounting tons of PC games, some as much as 93%. In addition to those, the storefront is also holding a bunch of flash deals. There are also daily deals. 

To take full advantage of the sale, be sure to use the code "MAY10" at checkout. However, know that the code does not work for Star Deals or the following titles: 

  • A Plague Tale: Innocence
  • Imperator: Rome
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Rage 2

Now onto the deals. Note, some of these prices may fluctuate. Some titles are on sale for 10 days, while others are on sale for 24 hours, before changing to a different sale price. 

Curiously, some big-name games aren't discounted at all. As of this writing, there's no confirmation if they will eventually go on sale or not. You can find more deals on the Fanatical website

Green Man Gaming Birthday Sale

Dates: May 16 to May 26

As with Fanatical's sale, Green Man has a ton of flash sales going on. Additionally, the storefront also has daily deals. That means the prices listed below might fluctuate, but that doesn't mean you still can't grab them at a steal. 

Find even more deals on the Green Man Gaming website


Again, it's worth noting that these aren't the only deals available on each storefront. From new games to old, there are literally hundreds of games heavily discounted across just these three storefronts. 

Be mindful, though, as Steam's Summer sale is just around the corner. 

How to Unlock All Cheat Codes in Rage 2 https://www.gameskinny.com/zuted/how-to-unlock-all-cheat-codes-in-rage-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/zuted/how-to-unlock-all-cheat-codes-in-rage-2 Thu, 16 May 2019 10:12:02 -0400 Sergey_3847

Some time before the official release of Rage 2, the developer announced that there will be cheat codes available in the game. Some of them were even revealed before release, which made a lot of players super excited about all the new cheat possibilities.

Now you can unlock these cheat codes for a certain price. But first you need to find Mangoo, the Wasteland Wizard, the only merchant in the game that sells these cheat codes.

You may need to find him several times on different locations if you want to grab up all of the cheats, since the contents of his secret store change depending on his location.

Yep, you guessed it: Mangoo does move around the map at all times in his hot air balloon.

There are six possible locations to find the Wasteland Wizard, which can be found in four different regions of the map. So keep on reading if you wish to find them all.

Note: By using the codes all trophies and achievements will be automatically disabled.

Location 1: The Wilds

The first location is the northeastern part of The Wilds, a region where the bandit clan of River Hogs rule over the swamplands.

Usually, the Wasteland Wizard lands on a small island near the northern road indicated by a red dot on the map above.

You can get there using either a Monster Truck or a Hover Boat.

Location 2: Broken Tract

The next possible location of the secrets shop is the northwestern area of the Broken Tract region near the southwestern border of The Wilds.

The easiest way to get there is to travel to the Wellspring trading post, and then use the road heading north.

Pretty soon you should see the familiar air hot balloon in the distance, and that's where the Wasteland Wizard usually stops for trading.

Locations 3-4: Sekreto Wetlands

However, your best bet would probably be the Sekreto Wetlands region that has not one but two spots where you can unlock all the cheat codes in Rage 2.

First, check the western part of the Wetlands. You can check out the trading post at the Lagooney town in the very center of the region, and then head straight to the west. If the Wizard landed there, you will undoubtedly spot his location.

But if there is no luck there, then check the southeastern part of the Sekreto Wetlands. This second spot is a bit more dangerous as there is a bandit den nearby, so be very careful when trying to approach the merchant here.

Locations 5-6: Torn Plains

Lastly, you can check another two spots in the Torn Plains region of the Wasteland.

The first one is the easiest to locate, as all you need to do is go to the Gunbarrel town located in the center of the region and exit the town through the southwestern road. That is where the secrets merchant likes to stop.

But on the other side of the map, in the easternmost area of the Torn Plains, there is another possible spot, which can be located between the Forlorn Shack and Eden Space Center.

List of All Cheat Codes

Once you've been able to get the merchant's attention and take a look at his inventory, here's what you can purchase for in-game cash.

Cheat Code Price Effect
Klegg Support $0 Summons a friendly ally to help you in combat.
Progress Booster $500 Double all Feltrite collected for four hours.
Git Gud $1000 Stop being a casual and git gud. All enemies go down in one hit!
Super Phoenix $1000 You thought the Phoenix was already overpowered? Well then, think again!
Phoenix Rejector Seat $1000 When you hit eject, your car flies off into the sky instead of you. Perfect.
Super Overdrive $1000 Rage even harder and boost the power of your Overdrive!
Super Wingstick $1000 Unleashes a spinning blade that tracks and cuts down enemies on its own.
Diamond Geezer $2000 Cockney geezer Danny Dyer narrates as you play. Proper naughty.
Red Barrel Rain $2000 It's raining explosives, hallelujah! Drop in a cluster of red barrels in front of you.
He's On Fire $2000 The Announcer from the NBA Jam game will commentate on your actions and kills.
Son of Thor $2000 You've been thunderstruck! Now redirect it to your enemies and electrocute them.


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All Ark Locations in Rage 2 https://www.gameskinny.com/f0cxj/all-ark-locations-in-rage-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/f0cxj/all-ark-locations-in-rage-2 Thu, 16 May 2019 11:54:18 -0400 Jonny Foster

Rage 2 is here and, as you may know, the game can be completed in a short amount of time if you rush through everything. But where's the fun in that? Exploring the map and finding all of the game's Ark locations has its benefits. 

This guide will show you how to find every Ark in the game, some with maps to their specific location. Heading to these will unlock every ability and weapon in the Rage 2, except for the exclusive BFG 9000, which has its own guide. 

We also include each Ark's name, what's inside, how difficult the ark is, and how useful its contents are. 

Ark Names and Locations

Blackout Ark (Shotgun)
  • Ark: 402a
  • Weapon: Shotgun
  • Difficulty: n/a
  • Usefulness: 4/4

The Shotgun is amazing; you have to get this weapon as soon as possible, as it's possibly the best weapon in the whole game.

It's found during the Blackout mission after you head to Gunbarrel in Torn Plains, so you can't miss this one.

Junkers Pass Ark (Shatter)
  • Ark: 416a
  • Ability: Shatter
  • Difficulty: 2
  • Usefulness: 1/4

Shatter is found north of Vineland in the starting region, Twisting Canyons, and should be on your map from the start.

It's a pretty weak ability, though, as it's only a little stronger than your melee attack. 

Quake Hill Ark (Vortex)  

  • Ark: 403a
  • Ability: Vortex
  • Difficulty: 2
  • Usefulness: 2/4 

The Vortex ability can be also be found in Twisting Canyons, the hills northeast of Vineland.

It's a nice ability to have, but ultimately, it isn't much use against anything but low-level mutants. Its best use is to boost you into the air to get off a stronger Slam attack.

Great Crack Ark (Grav-Jump)

  • Ark: 408a
  • Ability: Grav-Jump
  • Difficulty: 3
  • Usefulness: 2/4 

The Grav-Jump ability is due south of Gunbarrel, just across the border into Torn Plains. It should be on your map as soon as you leave Vineland.

Again, it's nice to have  allowing you a mid-air jump that's good for climbing and exploring  but it won't really impact your combat.

Earthscar Ark (Slam) 

  • Ark: 422a
  • Ability: Slam
  • Difficulty: 3
  • Usefulness: 4/4 

North of Gunbarrel and up into the Broken Tract region, the Slam ability can be found near the border

Not only is Slam the strongest ability you'll find, but it's also the most fun. You should absolutely get this one early in your campaign.

Jump off something high and activate it for maximum damage.

Strongbox Ark (Smart Rocket Launcher)   

  • Ark: 415b
  • Weapon: Smart Rocket Launcher
  • Difficulty: 4
  • Usefulness: 3/4 

Still in Broken Tract, the Smart Rocket Launcher can be found just southeast of the Slam ability

It's a powerful weapon that can disperse crowds with ease and deal a good chunk of damage to bosses, so pick this one up reasonably early.

Canyon Cove Ark (Defibrillation)

  • Ark: 404c
  • Ability: Defibrillation
  • Difficulty: 5
  • Usefulness: 2/4 

The Defibrillation ability is about halfway between Vineland and Gunbarrel, on the border between their regions, and should be signposted on your map.

It is Difficulty 5, though, so you might have some trouble if you head straight there without some of the better weapons. 

The ability is good for saving you in a pinch, but the game doesn't take that long to respawn you after death, anyway, so it isn't the ultimate boon you'd expect.

Dealypipe Ark (Rush)  

  • Ark: 407a
  • Ability: Rush
  • Difficulty: 6
  • Usefulness: 1/4 

Heading west into the Sekreto Wetlands, the Rush ability can be found south of the region's town, Lagooney.

Rush just lets you sprint faster for a short period of time. Good for traversing the wasteland, but there's a slew of vehicles that can do that better.

Spikewind Ark (Barrier)

  • Ark: 412b
  • Ability: Barrier
  • Difficulty: 6
  • Usefulness: 1/4 

The Barrier ability is another lackluster skill that you probably won't use very often. 

It can be found due east of the Rush ability, near the border between Torn Plains and Sekreto Wetlands.

Shrouded Vault Ark (Charged Pulse Cannon)

  • Ark: 411c
  • Weapon: Charged Pulse Cannon
  • Difficulty: 6
  • Usefulness: 3/4 

The Charged Pulse Cannon can be found near the bottom of the southwest region, Dune Sea.

It's a heavy-hitting plasma weapon that's great against bosses and cannon fodder alike. I strongly recommend finding this one early on.

Dank Catacomb Ark (Firestorm Revolver)

  • Ark: 410b
  • Weapon: Firestorm Revolver
  • Difficulty: 7
  • Usefulness: 2/4 

The Firestorm Revolver is located north of Lagooney, at the top of the Sekreto Wetlands. 

It's a stylish weapon that can set enemies alight but does very little damage. Often best used as a crowd control tool, it's a worthy addition to your arsenal, but don't rush to find it.

Needle Falls Ark (Grav-Dart Launcher)

  • Ark: 421c
  • Weapon: Grav-Dart Launcher
  • Difficulty: 7
  • Usefulness: 3/4 

The search for the Grav-Dart Launcher takes us north into The Wilds. This can be found just across the border from Broken Tract.

Another weapon that's more fun than functional, the Grav-Dart Launcher is worth finding early mainly due to the shenanigans you can pull of with it. 

It does fare slightly better than other weapons, though, as you can kill large crowds of weaker enemies if you boost the ammo capacity.

Greenhaven Ark (Hyper Cannon)

  • Ark: 409c
  • Weapon: Hyper Cannon
  • Difficulty: 10
  • Usefulness: 2/4 

The northernmost and final Ark houses the Hyper Cannon, right at the top of The Wilds. 

Rage 2's closest answer to a sniper rifle, the Hyper Cannon is punchy and brutal, but not all that useful in most situations. Other weapons and abilities will kill a crowd quicker. 


Can't get Rage 2 to start? We've got a guide for that. Looking for a full list of the game's cheat code? We've got you covered. And if you're looking for more tips and tricks for Bethesda's latest shooter, head over to our Rage 2 guides page

Rage 2 BFG 9000 Location Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/o5fv7/rage-2-bfg-9000-location-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/o5fv7/rage-2-bfg-9000-location-guide Wed, 15 May 2019 15:23:22 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Rage 2 is out. If you're playing the game, you know that for two reasons: because you're playing it and there's an in-menu ad telling you the game is out. The funny thing is that the game isn't so clear on how to get the BFG 9000. The weapon's location isn't readily clear. 

Straight from the hellish halls of DOOM, the BFG 9000 is a powerful weapon. It's meant to quickly obliterate many of Rage 2's enemies. Because of its ability to chain damage, the weapon is perfect against groups of enemies. 

However, there's one major hurdle to getting the weapon in your hands. 

How to Get the BFG 9000 in Rage 2

As of now, the only way to get the BFG 9000 is to buy the Rage 2 Deluxe Edition or the Rage 2 Collector's Edition. There is no other way to find the gun in the game. If you bought the Standard Edition, you're simply out of luck. 

Bought the Deluxe Edition but still don't see it in your inventory?  

Follow these steps to get the gun: 

  1. Start Rage 2
  2. Go to settings
  3. Choose Bethesda.net near the bottom
  4. Link an active Bethesda account 
  5. Completely exit Rage 2
  6. Relaunch the game

If you followed these steps correctly, a pop-up will appear when you relaunch. It will confirm that your Deluxe Edition content has been successfully activated. 

BFG 9000 inside a crashed meteor in Rage 2

How to Find the BFG 9000

Of course, the BFG 9000 won't automatically appear in your inventory. You have to find it. However, that's easy enough.  

Load up your game (or start a new one). Go to the crossroad just north of Vineland in Twisting Canyons. Look for a meteor falling out of the sky; it will land on a small hillside right next to the crossroad. It's also possible the meteor lands before you get to the location, so look for the smoke coming from the hilld side. 

Inspect the meteor after it lands. The BFG 9000 is inside. 

How to Get More BFG 9000 Ammo

The BFG 9000 initially comes with three rounds. However, that's not enough to lay waste to all of your enemies and all of Rage 2's bosses.

Unfortunately, enemies don't drop ammo for the gun. Instead, you have to buy it for $1,000 per round, and it holds seven rounds. 

To get more ammo, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Wellspring in the Torn Plains region
  2. Go to the Wellspring market
  3.  Find the ammo shop called "Boom"


That's all you need to know about getting the BFG in Rage 2, as well as getting more ammo for the big f*^!&ing gun. Having trouble starting Rage 2? We've got a guide for that. You can also find all of the game's Ark locations and a full cheat code list over on our Rage 2 guides page

Rage 2 Won't Start? Here Be Fixes! https://www.gameskinny.com/i14a7/rage-2-wont-start-here-be-fixes https://www.gameskinny.com/i14a7/rage-2-wont-start-here-be-fixes Tue, 14 May 2019 15:56:48 -0400 Ty Arthur

It wouldn't be a Bethesda release without a host of bugs and problems on launch, now would it? Unfortunately, this time around the issue isn't dancing corpses, invisible weapons, or getting stuck in elevators. 

While Id Software delivered on the fast-paced carnage, the big problem with Rage 2 is that a portion of players flat out can't load the game right now. You might get a black screen with audio playing, or even see the cursor on the loading screen, but that's as far as you'll get if you experience this bug.

While we wait on an official patch to fix the issue, there are a few workarounds that have managed to get the game up and running for most players, so let's dive in and see what you can do to play.

How To Fix The Can't Start Rage 2 Bug

The main issue right now seems to involve graphics card drivers not playing nicely with Rage 2, so your first order of business should be to update your drivers.

Fixing Driver Problems

For NVIDIA users, this can be done by opening the GeForce Experience tool and navigating the Drivers tab. If you don't currently have the program installed, you can grab it at this location. For AMD users, you can download the tool to auto-detect and update drivers for your Radeon card over here.

If you aren't sure what kind of card you have, type Device Manager in the search box and click the icon, then open the Display Adapters entry to see the specific name of your graphics adapter.

After updating to the latest graphics driver, restart your computer entirely and then boot up Steam again to see if the problem is resolved.

If it isn't, there may be an issue with the game looking for the wrong graphics card that has vexed some player. Search for the file named amdvlk64.dll using the Windows search bar. If this file is present, delete it and then restart your computer.

If the file doesn't show up due to your search settings, you can find it by navigating to the file path C:\WINDOWS\System32\amdvlk64.dll. Although the file contains the letters "AMD" in it, you should still try this even if you have an AMD card and not an NVIDIA chip.

Fixing Launcher Issues

After taking that step, its time to look at if the launcher for the game is the culprit. If you are using the Bethesda launcher, uninstall and then re-install the Bethesda launcher entirely to make sure you aren't using an out of date version (don't forget to take note of your user name and password first, since you'll have to re-enter them again).

If you use Steam instead, go through the standard process of right-clicking Rage 2 in your library, selecting Properties, navigating to the Local Files tab, and then click Verify Integrity Of Game Files. This process lets you know if any files required to properly load the game are missing or corrupted, and it will automatically re-download those files.

Troubleshooting Other Potential Problems

Some players are finding their anti-virus program is immediately quarantining the Rage 2 executable file, which prevents it from launching.

To see if this is the problem you are having, either temporarily disable your anti-virus and try to load the game, or open your anti-virus tool and select the option to create an exception for the Rage2.exe file to run normally.

Finally, if you use a multiple monitor setup, the game doesn't seem to run well in full screen or borderless mode. What you need to do here is force the game to launch in windowed mode, but obviously, you can't change that setting in the game since the game won't launch.

To work around this problem, right-click Rage 2 in your Steam library and choose Properties, then click Set Launch Options on the General tab. Type the phrase -windowed in the text box, then click Apply and re-launch the game.

Have you found any other workarounds to the Rage 2 loading problem, or are you still unable to launch the game after going through our troubleshooting? Leave us a comment with your issue and we'll try to find a solution!

For everything from cheat codes to Ark locations and where to find the BFG 9000, head over to our Rage 2 guides page for more. 

Insanity Rules in Rage 2's Launch Trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/fxl4q/insanity-rules-in-rage-2s-launch-trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/fxl4q/insanity-rules-in-rage-2s-launch-trailer Thu, 09 May 2019 15:20:34 -0400 GS_Staff

As we edge closer to the release of Rage 2 on May 14, Bethesda Softworks has released the game's (crazy) launch trailer. It can be seen above. Like the game's other trailers, this one is a tad bit NSFW, so be forewarned. 

Full of skimpy saviors, potty-mouthed thugs, giant monsters, and gratuitous giblets, Rage 2's launch trailer redoubles the ass-kicking and explosions we've already seen. However, that's A-OK.

What's more important, though, is that the trailer provides a closer look at the game's frenetic combat and pulverizing powers, such as the ground slam, shatter, and vortex grenade.

Of course, there's also plenty of lopped limbs courtesy of the series' infamous boomerang. From the looks of it, players will have plenty of death dealers at their disposal when everything's said and done. 

Rage 2's gameplay trailer brings the thrills and blows up the big bads.

As the only living ranger, it's up to players to tame Rage 2's savagely insane world by any means necessary. To quote Walker, the game's smarmy protagonist, this newly released gameplay trailer looks "even better than I thought." 

Earlier this year, we were able to get our hands on the newest shooter from Bethesda, id Software, and Avalanche Studios. From what we were able to play, we were left impressed, saying: 

Rage 2 is Sunset Overdrive if it had a crazier and edgier cousin that loved the color pink. The open-world of the Wasteland is full of entertaining people and a lot of missions to complete besides the main story. This is a fun game. 

For those playing on PC, Bethesda recently released Rage 2's PC specs. Unsurprisingly, the game will require the same amount of power required by other recently-released FPSes. However, 2K and 4K specifications have not yet been released. 

Despite the lukewarm reception the original received, Rage 2 has quickly become one of the most anticipated shooters of 2019

Rage 2 Minimum and Recommended PC Requirements https://www.gameskinny.com/6howm/rage-2-minimum-and-recommended-pc-requirements https://www.gameskinny.com/6howm/rage-2-minimum-and-recommended-pc-requirements Mon, 06 May 2019 10:01:22 -0400 GS_Staff

Rage 2 is set to release on May 14 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. While chances are high that most PC gamers have a rig that can well-handle Rage 2, we outline the game's minimum and maximum PC requirements below. 

From the information Bethesda has released, Rage 2's PC specs aren't that surprising. Recently-released shooters like Far Cry New Dawn and Metro Exodus required similar setups to play. Keep in mind that "recommended" settings typically refer to 1080p at 60fps, although Bethesda has not yet specifically revealed requirements for 2K or 4K.  

Like Metro Exodus, it's possible that those resolutions will demand GPUs commensurate to NVIDIA's latest 2000 series and CPUs equivalent to a high-end Intel I9 processor.  

Rage 2 Minimum PC Requirements

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Win7, 8.1, or 10 (64-Bit versions)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-3570 or AMD Ryzen 3 1300X
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 780 3GB or AMD R9 280 3GB
  • Storage: 50 GB available space

Rage 2 Recommended PC Requirements

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Win7, 8.1, or 10 (64-Bit versions)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4770 or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1070 8GB or AMD Vega 56 8GB
  • Storage: 50 GB available space


Alongside Rage 2's minimum and recommended PC requirements, Bethesda also confirmed that the game will support widescreen and ultra-widescreen monitors. 

The original Rage released in 2010 to middling reviews. However, in the nine years since that game's release, Bethesda, id Software, and Avalanche Studios have worked to fix some of the original's more grating issues

Earlier this year, we were able to get our hands on the game, and we had a great time

Last Chance: Green Man Gaming's Spring Sale Enters Final Weekend https://www.gameskinny.com/zj4oc/last-chance-green-man-gamings-spring-sale-enters-final-weekend https://www.gameskinny.com/zj4oc/last-chance-green-man-gamings-spring-sale-enters-final-weekend Fri, 26 Apr 2019 12:44:00 -0400 GS_Staff

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Greenman Gaming's Spring Sale is about to wrap up. However, there's still a chance to grab some great deals on some stellar PC games.

From now until April 30, almost everything on Green Man's storefront is discounted in some way, shape, or form — even pre-orders on games like Rage 2, ESO: ElseweyrAge of Wonders: PlanetfallA Plague Tale: Innocence, Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2, and Wolfenstein: Youngblood.

Unfortunately, Borderlands 3 isn't on that list, but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

Below, we've put together a list of some of the sale's better games, ranging from third-person shooters to fighting games, RPGs, action-adventure games, and strategy games. We've also provided direct links to each game in case you're interested in picking them up. 

Fighting Games

Mortal Kombat 11
Soul Calibur VI
Dragon Ball Fighter Z
Jump Force
Dead or Alive 6
One Finger Death Punch 2
My Hero One's Justice


Borderlands: The Handsome Collection 
Wolfenstein: Young Blood
Rage 2
Tom Clancy's The Division 2
God's Trigger

Action Games

Grand Theft Auto V
Devil May Cry 5
Gode Eater 3
Resident Evil 2
Hitman 2
Assassin's Creed Odyssey
Middle Earth: Shadow of War


Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2
Ni No Kuni 2
The Elder Scrolls Skyrim
The Elder Scrolls Online Elsweyr
Tales of Berseria 
Tales of Vesperia 
Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Strategy/Sim Games

Cities: Skylines
Civilization 6
Kerbal Space Program


That only scratches the surface of Greenman Gaming's Spring Sale. To see everything available, be sure to head over to the storefront between now and April 30. 

Inside Xbox Coming April 16, Promises Rage 2, Pre-E3 News, and More https://www.gameskinny.com/pb866/inside-xbox-coming-april-16-promises-rage-2-pre-e3-news-and-more https://www.gameskinny.com/pb866/inside-xbox-coming-april-16-promises-rage-2-pre-e3-news-and-more Thu, 11 Apr 2019 11:36:41 -0400 Josh Broadwell

The next Inside Xbox presentation is set for April 16 at 5 p.m. EDT, according to a new Xbox Wire blog post, and it promises a wealth of new information, along with pre-E3 news.

Xbox Wire Editor-in-Chief, Will Tuttle, says the episode will last an hour.

One of the focal points of the presentation will be the upcoming Anniversary Update for Sea of Thieves, which also features in the "Road to E3" trailer provided with the Xbox Wire blog post.

In an extra bit more Sea of Thieves news, Tuttle mentioned that thanks to high demand from fans, the Ebon Flintlock will be making its way back to the game, though he didn't mention when.

However, he also promised exclusive Rage 2 footage in the upcoming presentation, new details about the game, a look at the Warhammer Chaosbane beta, and "exciting Game Pass news."

On top of that, there will be some backwards compatibility news and additional announcements Tuttle says are being held back for the presentation as well.

Rage 2 is getting a special tie-in with the presentation. Those who watch the Xbox Live presentation via Mixer while logged into their Microsoft account will receive a unique avatar item for the game.

Rage 2 is one of the year's more anticipated titles. It's a follow-up to 2011's Rage, developed by Bethesda. The game divided fans and critics with its seemingly bland presentation and overall lack of content, among other things.

However, early Rage 2 impressions suggest id Software and Avalanche have taken note of those problems and provided a more seamless world full of content — and vehicles.

Those interested in watching the April 16 Inside Xbox livestream can do so in a variety of ways. Along with viewing it on Mixer, it can be seen on Twitter, Facebook, Twitch, and YouTube.

Rage 2: Hands-On First Impressions https://www.gameskinny.com/uc89g/rage-2-hands-on-first-impressions https://www.gameskinny.com/uc89g/rage-2-hands-on-first-impressions Wed, 30 Jan 2019 10:00:01 -0500 Joey Marrazzo

In 2011, Bethesda came out with a brand new IP titled Rage, which was developed by id Software. It was an open-world adventure game set in the post-apocalypse, and it received decent critical response.

However, at first glance, many players may have thought it looked bland and not that exciting. I for one passed on the game due to it seeming pretty boring.

Fast forward to 2019 where id Software has partnered with Avalanche to develop a sequel to the game in Rage 2. I was able to get hands-on with the new title last week to see if it feels more interesting than the original from eight years ago.

The Story

You play as a character named Walker (who is a lefty by the way), and you can decide whether you want Walker to be a male or female at the very beginning of the game. You are now in the post-post-apocalyptic world where you have the basic necessities to survive and go on with your day.

The Authority from the first Rage entry is back and taking on your home town. You and three other secondary characters work together in order to bring down the Authority with something called the Dagger Project.

Despite the return of the Authority and the Wasteland itself, you won’t feel lost in the new game even if you didn’t play the first Rage, as Rage 2 is set up to be a stand-alone title.

The Missions

While there is a lot of story you can play through, there are a lot of side missions available as well. The two optional mission types that I was able to play were a bounty mission and a car race.

To find a mission, you can pause the game, look at your map, and see a bunch of different icons appear on what seems to be a pretty big area of land. When I asked id Software Studio Director Tim Willits about the size of the map, he mentioned that it wasn’t the company's goal to create a big map, but instead it focused on making the world dense with a lot of activities and side missions to play.

Whether you are taking down enemy camps or just driving around in the Wasteland, you will always find something to do in Rage 2.

The Combat

Killing enemies, whether they are weird looking creatures or just ravagers in camps, was a lot of fun. Using a combo of weapons and abilities, taking down opponents never got old in my time with the game.

Furthermore, there are a vast array of weapons available in the game that you can access through your weapon wheel (think Doom). Each weapon has an iron sight equipped and an alternative fire option. 

My favorite weapon was the Firestorm Revolver, which allows you to shoot charges at enemies, and then you get to watch the enemies blow up. It was always a satisfying view.

There is also something called a Wingstick. It basically acts like a badass boomerang that can do serious damage and sometimes kill the enemy. 

Then there are the abilities that I mentioned — freaking awesome. These abilities are called Nanotrites, and they are the core of the progression system in Rage 2.

Throughout the map, you will see Arc Centers, which can be a bit difficult to complete, but they reward loot and Project Points. Those Project Points allow you to upgrade your group's stats on the Project Tree and unlocking abilities — Willits mentioned that you will be able to deal serious damage once your abilities are fully unlocked.

There are a few abilities that stood out to me. One of those abilities is called Slam, which allows you to rise above the ground and then slam down, killing or injuring the surrounding enemies. Another one is called Shatter, where you basically use the Force to kill any enemies that are right in front of you.

You are allowed to continually use these abilities, but there is around a 20 second refresh time. You can’t just spam the same ability over and over again.

A refresh timer is in place for the dash mechanic as well, but it is only around five seconds here. Dash allows you to quickly move forward, backward, or side to side with a press of a button, and you will definitely want to use it in combat when a giant monster is running towards you.

Furthermore, after using your guns, grenades, and abilities to go on a nice killing spree, your Overdrive meter will fill up. When filled, you can unleash your Overdrive to get full health and make your weapons do extra damage. You should definitely save this for when you are surrounded by a good amount of enemies, or a single enormous one, because it helps out a lot.

The Gameplay

This game is a lot of fun to play, and while I didn’t get to choose a difficulty, the game had challenging moments. For example, enemies don’t just stand there and wait for you to move, they rush you and will deal damage.

The part of the game I played was about 25% into the story, and I had to get into a club owned by Klegg Clayton, a rich, celebrity loving egomaniac. Why does that sound so familiar?

In order to get into his club, I had to be famous, and, in order to become famous, I had to go on two television shows. The first TV show turned out to be test to see how good I was at killing enemies, and, using a combination of the rifle, shotgun, and abilities, I was able to take down most of the enemies.

The next TV show I had to appear put me in a car race. Casually driving around the Wasteland was a lot of fun and felt pretty good — it wasn’t wonky to me like the driving in Just Cause 4 — but, when I was racing, the controls did feel a little weird.

To be fair, I was boosting to gain extra speed for most of the race, so that could be the reason for the strange handling. Or I may just be a terrible driver in video games. In either case, I was able to win the race, despite being in last place and getting derailed for the majority of it.

The World

The world in Rage 2 is something that you want to take in. There are different biomes throughout the map, and you will see many items that can assist you as you explore. 

That might be giant barrels that you can shoot to blow up near an enemy or ammo and health crates that always come in handy. There is also some humor here, and I found a box that was labeled "Just a Box." Of course, I had to pick that up.

This humor extends to talking with NPC’s and reading signs that say things like “Don’t clap back. If you basic, you basic.” You can immediately tell that this game is a lot of fun from its world.

Additionally, the characters that populate the world have a cartoony look to them and varied personalities. The graphics are not in the style of The Last of Us, but they are good and fit with the tone of the game.


In a Q&A, Willits basically said that there is going to be DLC for Rage 2. He couldn’t say what the DLC will be because even the developers don’t know at this time, but they are going to create the post-launch content based on what the players seem to be enjoying. So if players say they are enjoying going to enemy camps and causing chaos, then that may be the focus in future DLC.

It was also stated that there will be free and paid DLC. This was not elaborated on since the developers are still finalizing details. It is also being decided if microtransactions are going to be included in the finished product.

The Specs

If you are an owner of the Xbox One X or PlayStation 4 Pro, you will be playing Rage 2 at 60 FPS. It will not be in 4K because they wanted to focus on making the game super smooth to play.

Before I even asked if the game was coming to Nintendo Switch, Willits led off the Q&A session by saying that they are investigating it. While they were able to put Doom and the upcoming Doom Eternal on Switch, I really hope that they find a way to bring this open-world craziness to Nintendo's console as well. 

Final Thoughts

Rage 2 is Sunset Overdrive if it had a crazier and edgier cousin that loved the color pink. The open-world of the Wasteland is full of entertaining people and a lot of missions to complete besides the main story. This is a fun game. 

Rage 2 releases for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on May 14.

I definitely had a great time playing Rage 2, and thank you to id Software and Bethesda for letting me check out the game.

8 Most Anticipated FPS Games of 2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/2lr0f/8-most-anticipated-fps-games-of-2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/2lr0f/8-most-anticipated-fps-games-of-2019 Wed, 12 Dec 2018 09:00:01 -0500 John Schutt


This coming year, there's an FPS to fit almost every playstyle, every niche, and every sensibility, so long as you like big open worlds. Some are breaking new ground, some finding new ways to tell old stories, and some are just new. 


No matter which way you swing, if you're a fan of the genre, it's going to be a good time. 


Cyberpunk 2077

  • Developer: CD Projekt, CD Projekt RED
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  • Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
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  • Release Date: TBA
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CD Projekt Red has always gone the extra mile, and from everything we've seen about Cyberpunk 2077, they've pushed their limits even further.


What have they shown so far?

  1. A vast, interconnected world where almost every choice, no matter small, echoes outwards

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  3. Fully explorable... everything

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  5. More customization than you can shake an augmented bioweapon at

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  7. CD Projekt Red's strong storytelling

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  9. The creator of the series itself on board as a design consultant
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  11. What appears to be solid shooting and first-person movement mechanics

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  13. A hundred other little details
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Most importantly is a lack of a firm release date. A game this big should only release when everyone on the team is satisfied. Deadlines will only get in the way.


DOOM Eternal

  • Developer: id Software
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  • Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
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  • Release Date: TBA 2019
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The Doom Slayer returns from exile. He's angrier, equipped with grappling hooks and arm blades, and wants nothing more than to tear Hell a new one.


Mobility and gameplay variety seem to be id's modus operandi once again, and now players can dash about the maps. It might not look like much on paper, but if you've played the recent Shadow Warrior titles, you know how a simple, quick boost of speed can change an entire gameplay loop.


That, and it looks like Doom Slayer has a host of new ways to make his enemies explode into gibs, with tons of new uses for his various weapon abilities.


If they can get the Super Shotgun right again (which would be shocking if they didn't) and pair that level of satisfaction with more Mick Gordon metal, there's no way this won't be one of the most rewarding, cathartic shooters since... well, DOOM 2016.


Wolfenstein: Youngblood

  • Developer: MachineGames
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  • Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
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  • Release Date: TBA 2019
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Though New Colossus disappointed some, Youngblood appears to be taking the series in another new direction, both in terms of narrative and gameplay. While we don't know much about the game save for what's in the trailers, we do know it's going to have co-op elements to make use of the two main characters: the Blazkowicz sisters. 


There will still be plenty of Nazis to shoot, and with MachineGames at the helm, the gunplay will likely be as tight and frantic as we've come to expect. How the series will fare without one of the first identifiable FPS protagonists at the trigger remains to be seen, but if the developers can recapture the magic of the first Wolfenstein reboot with a new cast of characters, this entry will be something to see.






Metro: Exodus

  • Developer: 4A Games
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  • Release Date: February 22, 2019
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The long-awaited return to post-apocalyptic Russia is almost upon us.


Unlike the previous games (sans Halo), the Metro series is defined not by its vastness but its focus. Not its gunplay but its story. Both Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light were purely linear experiences. There were open areas to explore, but both games were dedicated to their narrative.


Metro: Exodus is the franchise's first foray into the open world, but things are shaping up to still be story focused. One of the main complaints — or selling points — of previous entries was the scripted story sections that gave us short walking simulators before that genre even existed. 


In any event, the environment is full-on snow level and there look to be plenty of rusty nooks and crannies to explore. That's half the point of a post-apocalypse: find the hidey-holes filled with ancient secrets.


Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass

  • Developer: Croteam
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Always a welcome return to a simpler FPS era, the Serious Sam series is an unapologetic rush of testosterone, almost endless enemies, and even more endless bullets.


The developers were quite clear on one matter, however: Planet Badass is not an open-world game, but a linear experience of large, linked levels. Big enough, apparently, for Sam to need vehicles this time. That opens up tons of different options for play the series hasn't seen before, and an opportunity for the game to throw an as-yet-unheard-of number of enemies at the player.


When describing the gameplay, the developers also emphasize that it's still the same fast, always-on-your-feet style the series is known for.


Also, it's being published by Devolver Digital, so almost all bets are off as to what the game will be getting away with. 



  • Developer: id Software, Avalanche Studios
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  • Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
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  • Release Date: June 2019
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What was once an ambitious but ultimately lackluster showcase of the id Tech 5 engine has blossomed into an apparently huge open world FPS with influences from Sunset Overdrive and Just Cause


Gameplay is typical id fare: fast, frenetic, and immensely satisfying. Add in some melee and throwable mechanics, plenty of crazy vehicles and even crazier weapons and enemies and, by all appearances, there's real potential to right the Rage ship. At the very least there's more color, and while I doubt the story will make much sense or have significant depth, that's not really the point.


If Rage 2 delivers on the fun factor, I doubt anyone will care.


Generation Zero

  • Developer: Avalanche Studios
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  • Platform: PC
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  • Release Date: TBA 2019
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Avalanche is all about their gigantic open worlds, but they've never attempted a game like Generation Zero before. A mix of survival, stealth, FPS, and crafting, there's a kind of Horizon: Zero Dawn feel if the main character was a normal person and the machines were more post-grunge and less science-fantasy. 


Everything about the game screams "deadly," and the developers emphasize that guerilla warfare and smart co-operative play are better options than head-up fights. Their dedication to a persistent game world is also intriguing, as every enemy will remember the damage you've done to it and will thus be weaker the next time you decide to face it. That hints at a very hit-and-run style gameplay loop.


Add in weapon crafting and plenty of customization options and Generation Zero looks like it will break a few new barriers, or at least be a fun, tense romp on a gigantic map filled with deadly machines.








Halo Infinite

  • Developer: 343 Industries
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  • Platforms: Xbox One, PC
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We're starting off big, so let's set the ground rules: there aren't any. We don't know when Halo Infinite is coming out, but we can hold out hope, right?


Almost every game on this list is a massive open-world game, and Halo Infinite is no exception. It's been built with a new engine 343 constructed specifically for Halo Infinite because they couldn't make the game without it. We don't know much more about the game than what's shown in the trailer, but we probably expect a solid — and beefy — single-player campaign with plenty of Chief being a badass.


One thing we can be sure of is another return to classic Halo multiplayer, though there will probably be some 343-style modifications and evolutions to the formula. There won't be a battle royale mode, but the battle rifle isn't going anywhere. 343 learned their lesson after Bungie's Halo Reachnever take away the battle rifle. 


And finally, after 14+ years, PC is getting the full Halo treatment rather than being stuck with a stripped-down version that lacks a proper single-player campaign or robust multiplayer support.


In 2019, the first-person shooter is poised to take the grand spectacle the genre is known for to new heights. Featuring titles with bold new takes on established mechanics and plenty of innovations to boot, next year is poised to be a great one for anyone looking to sate their hunger for virtual mayhem and destruction.


Check out our list for eight FPS games you'll want to put on your wishlist today. They'll be here before you know it.

Rage 2 Review: A Splattering of Neon in a Bland World https://www.gameskinny.com/hcwuc/rage-2-review-a-splattering-of-neon-in-a-bland-world https://www.gameskinny.com/hcwuc/rage-2-review-a-splattering-of-neon-in-a-bland-world Tue, 21 May 2019 13:05:01 -0400 John Schutt

Rage 2 wants to be many things. A living, vibrant open world. A parody of the many FPS cliches we've all come to take for granted. A narrative experience that hooks the player and never lets go. Perhaps most of all, it wants to be 2016's DOOM reboot with all those other things as a part of the package.

Unfortunately, it fails on every count. Its open world is desolate, uninteresting, and bland. In its attempts to be a parody, it goes too far and only ends up parodying itself. The story is underwhelming.

And it will never be DOOM

In short, while the game isn't horrible, it isn't good either, and it reaches much higher than it's capable of jumping. Let's look at why.

Rage 2 is a Shooter

A competent one. Sometimes even a great one. Or I should say, the shooting is extremely fun. Like DOOM, the rush of mowing down hordes of enemies using your ever-expanding arsenal of weapons and abilities never gets old. 

First of all, guns are incredibly satisfying to use. The shotgun has plenty of the meaty crunch you want from a boomstick, and the alternate fire mode turns it into a short-range sniper rifle. I'll admit, I was surprised by how much fun I had picking apart trash mobs with a railgun-fired slug. 

The bigger, badder weapons like launchers and rockets create the kinds of explosions they should, too, and the splat of bone and flesh as bodies fly apart is precisely as it needs to be.

Avalanche Studios also added additional movement options even DOOM doesn't have, including a side dash and a lunge. The overall flow of combat is plenty satisfying without these abilities, but as with the shotgun, I can't say double jumping over a rock, dashing toward an enemy before knocking them flat against a wall isn't some of the most fun I've had with a shooter in a while.

While I'd like to say that there's a ton more to dig into when it comes to the chaos of combat in Rage 2, it just isn't true. While in DOOM and other twitch shooter campaigns the AI forces you to think and rethink your strategy — even if you're going through the same encounter multiple times — in Rage 2, the enemies aren't designed with intelligence in mind.

First of all, they don't move much, content as they are to stand and lob endless grenades your way. Many of your foes are slow even when they do move, and though they're laser-accurate with their shots, lining up a kill shot is almost trivial 99% of the time.

Even in a game like The Division 2, where the shooting is functional at best, you have to stay on your toes, and no two fights are ever the same. You can expect your enemies to flank you, use the environment in different ways, and generally be a nuisance whenever possible.

However, in Rage 2, even bosses don't do much more than stare and beg to be killed. To compensate, even on lower difficulties, it feels like enemy weaponry does an enormous amount of damage. Though you're encouraged to take the fight to your foes, there's little incentive to do so.

And enemy variety needs work, too. Though there are different-looking mobs scattered across the game, they all boil down to just a few basic types. Even when you're fighting a new faction, because enemies are so generic, you might as well be shooting the same things endlessly.

And all that's a shame because some of the arenas where you fight are interesting and create opportunities for emergent gameplay. If the enemy AI made better use of the space or force the player to adapt from moment to moment, there'd be something more here to enjoy.

As it stands, all Rage 2 offers is id Software's patented, quality shooting and traversal mechanics with nothing to test them against. 

Sadly, it only goes downhill from here.

Rage 2 Has a Story

One could be forgiven for thinking Rage 2's story would be worth the time investment the game demands, but it sadly is not. This game's story is predictable, averagely written, and tremendously overwrought.  

I mentioned above that Rage 2 wants to parody many of the tropes that define a AAA shooter in today's market. From the main character as the chosen instigator of all plot to the rampant machismo and badassery, it's all here, dialed up to 11. 

The trouble is, the developers saw 11 and didn't think it was enough, breaking off the dial and considering that fact a job well done.

In Rage 2, you are Walker (no first name given), a regular soldier in training to be more. After deciding on the gender for your character, you are thrust into an attack by The Authority, a race of superhumans and mutant beasts hellbent on wiping regular humans from the planet and starting over.

Over the next few minutes, you gain the Ranger suit — which, coincidentally, also makes you superhuman — and proceed to flow through a series of action movie cliches. Once the introductory sequence is over, you're tasked by your best friend and adoptive sister to use your badass-ness to rid the Wasteland of The Authority once and for all. 

At this point, as with all open-world titles, you are free to pursue the main story at your leisure, though not without the occasional radio call reminding you that you should totally be over there doing the story thing we talked about

And while the story is undoubtedly weird, like so many shooters — most of them really — your job is to go to a place, shoot the people, watch a cutscene or listen to someone talk — usually both. 

The difference here is in the writing. Where in a more competently crafted game the player would find somewhere to identify with the characters they interact with, in Rage 2, the important people are cardboard cutouts from the stock character book.

The old soldier is precisely that, as is the mad scientist and the slimy tycoon, and even the Evil Overlord is exactly what it says on the box. Everyone's defining feature in Rage 2 is that they aren't people: they are plot devices. They are a means by which the plot moves forward.

And I could forgive even that if the game wasn't trying so freaking hard. I don't come into a game like Rage 2 expecting the next Shadow of the Colossus or Bioshock. I want an amusing, well-constructed but fairly standard story that still manages a twist or two to keep me hooked.

Ultimately, the best counterpoint I can think of to Rage 2 is Spec Ops: The Line. I entered both games completely blind, but with the expectations I laid out above. Both of them began how I expected: predictable, slightly humorous, straightforward.

Then one of them went off the rails, forcing me to rethink everything I thought I knew about military shooters, and in some ways game narrative as a whole. The fact the story was an incredibly well-realized Heart of Darkness retelling helped as well.

The other one rarely deviated from what I thought it would be, and at times made mistakes I thought were too obvious to ever make again. For instance, calling your game world "neon-soaked" and then make it mostly empty, brown nothing is a good way to make me rather cross.

Rage 2 Has a World

On that note, I was hoping a series with nine years between entries — and from the creators of Just Cause — would have more to offer in its now completely open-world. I'm sad to say, as with most things Rage 2, it doesn't.

The game's map is frighteningly small, especially for a title with fast-moving vehicles. The various locations littered across the world are equally underwhelming. I found bandit camps, roadblocks, and dilapidated cities so generic and lifeless that I wasn't sure what purpose they served, and the occasional lonely boss mob just waiting to die.

If Rage 2's world is meant to be depressing and decrepit, it succeeds on both counts, but for all the wrong reasons. It is depressing in its emptiness, and it is decrepit in the sheer lack of love given to almost any of its details.

And even if the main cities are meant to be the last bastions of humanity in a world that's all but left us behind, I would be lying if I said they shouldn't be metropolises reaching for the heavens — because there is no threat to them

The "goon squad," the game's name for the clown-faced bandits littering the map, are almost nowhere to be found outside of their camps and roadblocks. Occasionally, they'll drive by in a small group or pop up randomly on the side of the road, but they fail to be more than a blip on the radar.

We're meant to believe this group is the cause of many of the world's problems, with The Authority just being one more weight on the pile. But even that group, more powerful and equipped as they are, never shows up to cause more than a single battle far outside the city walls. 

Perhaps most disappointing of all are the ArksRage 2's lore, which it goes to great lengths to explain in text windows and exposition, states that the Arks are meant to breathe life back into the world, and each of them is filled with the technology of humanity before the fall. Vast troves of advanced weaponry and sciences lost to time and the environment. These are the tools of gods, and only you, the Chosen Hero, can access their full might.

The Arks are single-use character upgrades and nothing more. You walk in, go through a tutorial, walk out with a new ability or gun. That's it. It's a single room with a sole purpose.

It's the biggest wasted opportunity I think Rage 2 has to offer. Make these places mini-dungeons filled with the ruins of old. Make us work for our new kit, let us use it in some crazy new way, even if it's only the one time. Show us that what we're picking up is amazing and will change how we play the game. Tell us the story of the world through gameplay and environmental storytelling.

Nope. Just a simple ability or gun, nothing more.

  • id Software gunplay that's fast, frenetic, and incredibly fun
  • Solid optimization and performance
  • Listenable soundtrack
  • Predictable, poorly written story
  • Flat characters and an empty open-world
  • Wasted opportunities around every corner

Rage 2 feels like a game out of time. If it had come out in 2006, I think it would feel like a more complete game, something worth digging into and mastering, if only for the gunplay. If it had come out then, without so many of the lessons learned from other titles — successful and not — I could see people enjoying it for what it is. 

As it stands, Rage 2 is below average at best, even with the tight, enjoyable gunplay. There is simply too much getting in the way to make this package any more than something you pick up on a deep discount because you have nothing else to play.

[Note: A copy of Rage 2 was provided by Bethesda for the purpose of this review.]

5 Ways Rage 2 Can Improve Upon Its Predecessor https://www.gameskinny.com/wpi3p/5-ways-rage-2-can-improve-upon-its-predecessor https://www.gameskinny.com/wpi3p/5-ways-rage-2-can-improve-upon-its-predecessor Mon, 22 Oct 2018 15:42:02 -0400 William R. Parks

With 2011's Rage, id Software served up a unique cocktail -- one part first-person shooter, one part role-playing game, and one part vehicular combat game -- a compelling hybrid that ultimately fell short in its delivery.

After a recent play-through, I knew I loved the ideas at Rage's core, but I felt as though I had played through three incomplete games rather than the cohesive thrill-ride the game could have been.

At this year's E3, Bethesda announced Rage 2, a collaboration between id Software and Avalanche Studios (scheduled for release in the first half of 2019).

This joint development is a chance for Rage's missteps to be corrected, and, with a bit of attention to its foundation, I am confident that these two studios will make the sequel something exceptional.

Here is how they could do it.

A More Seamless, More Explorable World

While Rage is technically an open-world game, its world is rather limited.

There is an over-world here (the Wasteland) that players can freely move through to reach the enclosed levels where a majority of missions are housed. However, the Wasteland feels very small. So small, in fact, that you never need to access a full map to locate yourself or your objectives.

This is fortunate because the game does not actually provide a full map to reference. As a result, navigating the Wasteland is primarily relegated to moving from one objective to the next, as those are demarcated on your mini-map.

Perhaps id did not include a full map in order to obscure exactly how small Rage's map is, but its exclusion is certainly not conducive to exploration.

That said, I do not necessarily believe the size of the Wasteland is a major failure, though an increase in size would be nice if the larger Wasteland was adequately populated. However, the hard distinction between being in the over-world and in the levels should certainly be eliminated in the sequel.

Seamlessly transitioning between the interstitial spaces and those where the missions are located would make the world feel big and alive, and allowing players to access a full map would let them choose how to explore it.

Additionally, a more subtle blending of these boundaries could allow players to use their vehicles in portions of the mission-focused areas -- something that is not done in Rage. If vehicles are to be a critical element of the game, they must be useable for more than moving between missions in Rage 2.

Show Vehicles Some Love

On the topic of vehicles, Rage postures that their customization, combat, and utility are as important as the game's gunplay, but that simply does not feel true. Every time you sit behind the wheel, it feels like an opportunity squandered.

These should be high-speed, adrenaline-pumping moments with the punk-rock attitude of Mad Max: Fury Road. Instead, vehicular combat in the Wasteland is lackluster, and the races and mini-games are a bore.

Playing on PC accentuates these problems, as the vehicular controls on mouse and keyboard leave something to be desired. This is a rare occasion where a first-person shooter may handle better with a controller.

These aspects are the perfect opportunity for Avalanche Studios to shine. While their 2015 action-adventure Mad Max received lukewarm reviews, its take on vehicles stands out, providing fast and furious gameplay and deep customization.

Simply transplanting this system to Rage 2 would be sufficient, but if Avalanche has more to offer, it might be magic.

Doubling-Down on RPG Elements

Rage is filled with elements that are very familiar to fans of modern RPGs: cities filled with NPCs to interact with, a quest log that keeps track of multiple objectives simultaneously, and a gear system that requires players to purchase their new weapons and modifications. It even has its own card game.

However, the developers stopped short by not including one crucial element: character progression that is not gear-based.

I would love to see skill trees that allow specialization in gunplay, engineering, and vehicles make an appearance in Rage 2.

While adding skill trees may put Rage a little too close to Bethesda's newest Fallout entries, I believe, with a robust vehicle system and exhilarating corridor shooter gameplay, it would feel distinct enough to really benefit from the added depth to character progression.

Additionally, an increased focus on the game's RPG-esque side quests would be appreciated. To start, demarcating the NPCs that actually have non-story missions for you would be a huge improvement - again, this is not done in Rage.

However, for the side-quests to really shine, Rage 2 needs to locate them in unique locations -- simply, too much of the optional content in Rage takes you back to places you have already visited for story missions.

Widen the Rails

One of Rage's biggest failures is the design of its levels, which play out extremely linearly.

While the standard for FPS level design has certainly increased dramatically since Rage's release, moving through the game's prisons and hideouts feels like a big step back from games released years prior. I am looking at you, Half-Life 2.

Often it is as though you are walking straight down a hallway, and it is rare to be able to jump on or over a set piece. The game asks you to shoot and keep moving forward until it eventually spits you back out into the Wasteland.

At least there is always a shortcut that, upon completing the level's mission, takes you straight back to the level's beginning, as needing to backtrack through these undeviating stages would be a painful undertaking.

Since Rage, id has shown us that they can knock corridor shooters out of the park with 2016's Doom. If Rage 2 can find this delicate balance of on-the-rail spaciousness, it is certain to be a success.

Give Us More

In general, Rage feels stingy.

As stated, I find myself continually asking for more from almost every aspect of the game (its map, vehicles, and mechanics), and my last request is no different: more diversity.

To begin, Rage's barren over-world needs to be enriched for the sequel. While I certainly appreciate the game's commitment to the post-apocalyptic world it inhabits, the entirety of the over-world need not be sandy desolation. Make the map's regions distinct, and a world worth exploring will follow behind.

Further, the mission locations need some definition. There is usually a superficial distinction between the areas, but a bandit camp often feels fundamentally identical to a power plant. There are some exceptions -- the Dead City and Jackal Canyon in particular -- but that needs to be the standard in Rage 2.

Finally, more unique enemies. Please.

With "mutants" as an enemy type, there is no excuse for anything but a slew of off-the-wall and exciting opponents to slay, and I expect nothing less from the next installment.

Despite all of these issues, Rage's foundation is an extremely solid staring point. With a bit of embellishment and elaboration, I know that id and Avalanche can deliver an experience that will put Rage 2 in 2019's conversation for Game of the Year.

QuakeCon 2018 Friday Showcase Recap: Quake Champions, Doom Eternal, and More! https://www.gameskinny.com/jegcu/quakecon-2018-friday-showcase-recap-quake-champions-doom-eternal-and-more https://www.gameskinny.com/jegcu/quakecon-2018-friday-showcase-recap-quake-champions-doom-eternal-and-more Fri, 10 Aug 2018 13:59:30 -0400 Ty Arthur

For id Software and Bethesda fans, QuakeCon is probably a bigger deal than E3, and the 2018 edition hasn't been a let down so far with its reveals, announcements, and exclusive trailers.

The Doom Eternal trailer is of course what everyone wanted to see, but major news arrived even before that anticipated reveal, with the Quake community managers revealing that Quake Champions is now free to play permanently. If you haven't tried it out yet, jump on Steam and give it a go!

Below we've rounded up all the info you need to know if you missed the first day of QuakeCon. Don't forget that Bethesda is also celebrating the festivities with all their releases on deep discount at the usual places like Steam, GOG, etc. so now is the time to pick up anything you don't already own.

QuakeCon Elder Scrolls Online

If the audience reaction and Twitch comments were any indication, most people weren't exactly stoked to have to sit through the ESO announcements before getting to Doom.

For those who love exploring Tamriel in an MMO however, there was plenty to get excited about. All new werewolf-themed dungeons are due to arrive in the Wolf Hunter DLC for Elder Scrolls Online coming Monday, August 13th to PC.

Console players will sadly have to wait a bit longer, with the DLC arriving August 28th on PS4 and Xbox One. If werewolves aren't your favorite, you'll get to delve into Argonian culture with the Murkmire DLC this fall as well.

Although there weren't any specific details yet, we also discovered new in-game events are slated to arrive later this year, with greater rewards if more players take part at the same time.

QuakeCon Rage 2

If you want open world mayhem with loads of weapons, then the Rage 2 trailer will have gotten your blood pumping!

We discovered today there will be no in-world load screens and saw a sneak peak of the many factions to fight against, from the Shrouded to the Goon Squad.

Much of the trailer focused on vehicular combat in particular, with convoys of enemies clearly playing a large role. Fans of the first game will also be quite pleased to know the wingstick is returning, with a few upgrades. You can expect Rage 2 to land in the Spring of 2019.

QuakeCon Doom Eternal

it was very clear this is what people were really at QuakeCon for, going nuts when that Doom logo appeared after a very tepid response to the ESO reveals.

We got that first Doom Eternal teaser at E3, but it's been radio silence since then. While it was a cool teaser to be sure, it didn't really show us anything about how the game will play.That issue has officially been rectified at QuakeCon today.

It's clear Hell has left Mars behind and made its way to a shattered earth. Destroyed skyscrapers and broken concrete make for some interesting level design that has a much different aesthetic than the previous Doom entry. 

A new game needs new ways to kill, and we weren't disappointed there, with major upgrades and modifications to the Slayer along with a slew of new weapons.

If you missed some of the classic creatures, we got advance looks at concept art for monsters from the early games re-imagined in modern graphical style. Of course there are now even more ways to tear apart demons, with the Destructible Demons system letting you hack apart and blow off specific parts of each creature before they die.

The gameplay looks to still be as fast and frantic as ever, with loads of ways to execute zombies and demons. The biggest reveal wasn't on the weaponry or creature models though, but on how Doom is changing to be a larger universe where players can now invade each other's playthroughs.

Anyone will now be able to take control of a demon and invade another player's campaign. You could even team up for a Slayer hunting party of demons chasing down a poor Doom Marine.

What do you think of the changes to the Doom universe, and are you looking forward to playing Doom Eternal?

Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to come back tomorrow for the roundup of Saturday's festivities, where we can expect to see a whole lot more on Fallout 76!