Ok so I beat Rage a few days ago and I've been doing some thinking.
For starters I still like the game. I did not have any techincal issues with the game at the time of launch maybe because I had a retail version. All I had was an occasional slow texture loading when looking around in some areas. However, after the STEAM update a couple of days ago i started getting blu screens of death. Eventually, I had to have my old crappy medium tower case replaced with a new Antec Full Tower and all problems went away. I know that when I really like the game I try to get as many achivements/trophies for it as possible. There's a thin line between enjoying the game for what it has to offer and just being an achievement wh0re. It first happened with METRO 2033 (where I got the 100% achievement and at the same time absolutely loved the game). Now I know that RAGE is going to get another playthrough from me, a rushed playthrough on easy however just to get all recipies and cards.
I will still say that the extremely detailed graphics were well done, I took about 200 screenshots. HOWEVER, the graphics still feel 'static'. It's always daylight, the sky does not change, the SSAO sun rays are nonexistent, there's no dynamic lightening, 95% of shadows are pasted on the textures (hence the high FPS). The only real shadows are those of moving vehicles, enemies and some miscellaneous items. The indoor graphics are much better however. There's volumetric smoke, steam pipes hissing with gas when you shoot them, water drips, sparks, but not much else. But hey, when was the last time that we saw a new engine, right? It's cartooney and at the same time "new stylie", but it COULD be better. All they have to do is add the above mentioned things and use it for DOOM 4.
The gameplay is everything in this game. The controls are smooth and you will be able to easily kill hordes of mutants with a wingsticks and some custom made ammo. I'd have to say that almost every other kill felt as satisfying as a kill in Killzone 2 and 3. The enemies roll over, evade, use the environment to slide, hide, retreat, advance, communicate with each other, hit each other (mutants accidentally do that), and die in amazingly flamboyant fashions.
Ok so the story is still pathetic. The ending was horrid. The last 30 minutes felt rushed and too fast paced to warrant any interest. Even DOOM 3 had a better story. I just hope that the DLC will make up for the story and let us play single player more. However, the Co-op missions are a blast and they sort of fill in the blanks in the main story in my opinion. These missions are not just about running a gunning, but also about cunning. You can flank your enemies, lure them, use RC car bombs, oil barrels; you can go on the offensive and you can (or rather have to) defend when they counter-attack en force. There are 7 missions and all of them are fun to play. More so, the missions are harder than the single player campaign which is good.
Does anyone remember that GS article that mentioned the special Sewers mission and how only those who purchased a new copy of the game could play it? Well, let me tell you something that Gamespot didn't, the mission lasts 2-3 minutes on Nightmare difficulty. I kid you not. The initial installation showed that the mission was at 333 MB capacity so I assumed it was a worthy enough mission, it's not. You kill about 50 mutans and get a few hundred bucks as a reward. DONE. Ergo, purchase a used copy and save money.
I would most certainly enjoy team deathmatch here. I am not a big multiplayer person. The only multiplayer games I play are Battlefield 2 BC as well as GOW 3. However I just know that I would enjoy RAGE's multiplayer because of great environments as well as gameplay which is the crown of RAGE. All they had to do was throw in the rare secondary weapons like wingsticks and car bombs and you could have a great experience, alas.
Overall, as I stated in my review, the game by itself probably deserves around 8.5. A lot of work went into RAGE, some of it was sloppy however. In the end, I enjoyed the game a great deal, the only drawback is that the game did not sit well with so many PC gamers mostly because of the initial graphical issues. Since they are fixed, I believe the game deserves another chance.