We did not see them coming, a continuation of Rage. But he is still there and was also playable on Gamescom. And that was not disappointing. For the people who do not (no longer) know it: Rage 2 is a first-person shooter in a post-apocalyptic world where you can shoot a lot of mutants.
Not yet an open world seen
Despite the trailers promise that Rage 2 will become more open world and there are even Mad Max-like vehicle fights in it was the demo (which is the same as on the E3 was shown) just a linear level. It all looks good on a decent machine: the sand, the mess and the mutants that you are trying to help are all crystal clear in the picture and also the light that filters through the windows in the Space Center where the demo largely playing looks good.
There is also a lot to enjoy in the open air, especially since the game is surprisingly colorful for the setting. Of course it is unfortunate that we have not got a look at the vehicles and the combat that goes with it, but the combination of ID that the technique does and the Swedish Avalanche Studios (who previously made Just Cause and Mad Max ) for the gameplay and open world seems so far a golden combination.
Just shoot nice
Of course, you have different shooting rods, but also a number of special forces with which you can push enemies over or even clean a whole circle around you. There is also an ‘overdrive’ that you can activate where you can move even faster and thus clean up enemies even faster.
However, the best thing about all of this is a kind of boomerang that you can keep enemies with by holding on for a moment so that even if you are still hiding behind a wall, you can hit them. The fights are nice and fast and if you switch between the boomerang, your regular weapons and your special powers, Rage 2 is already a joy to play. Anyway, that is of course only for one linear level in a game that promises to be much more open. Rage 2 has to be released in the first half of 2019 on PS4, Xbox One and PC.