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Rage 2 official gameplay reveal shows off mind-blowing action

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Bethesda has recently begun teasing the sequel to one of their more unappreciated titles, RAGE, released all the way back in November 2010. Last night, the publisher officially revealed RAGE 2 to the world in an awesome announcement trailer, and we reported about the first details on the game as well as the cool-looking boxart this morning.

The game promises to be “a true open world FPS experience” where the player can go anywhere they like, make everything explode and shoot anything they want. That already sounds like a big step up from the original and I, for one, am excited what developer Avalanche Studios (the studio behind Mad Max and Just Cause 3 to name a few) can do for the RAGE IP. Avalanche is working together with industry greats, id Software, who need absolutely no introduction at all.

Sure, the trailer we saw last night might look good, chaotic and like the game will be a whole lot of fun, but let’s face it, without seeing actual gameplay many gamers wouldn’t be convinced. That’s why I am happy to report that the official gameplay trailer has blown my socks off, stuck me in a tumble dryer and shot me out with a smile on my face and an unquenchable thirst for RAGE 2.

The gameplay reveal, which you can view at the bottom of this article, looks absolutely stunning. The game is most likely running on an upgraded ID Tech 6 engine (which powers DOOM) by the looks of things and unlike the original RAGE, it doesn’t seem to be suffering from any kind of texture pop-ins.

One thing is for certain, the action-packed, explosive gameplay is there and the gunplay looks even better than that of the original, which was one of the game’s high points. The level of detail is just amazing as the player blasts mutants to bits, but my favourite part about the gameplay is that glorious dust and explosions as the player races around the vast environments. Also, there are giant mutant looks equal parts frightening and incredible.

It looks like vehicular combat will play quite a big role in the game and if the vehicles handle as good as it looks they do, we are definitely in for a treat. There is even a mech type vehicle shown for a few seconds and hopefully, the player will be able to control that and wreak havoc. The gameplay trailer also shows off a lot of shooting and importantly, some very impressive physics and bodies get knocked up into the air, explosions blow mutants to smithereens and some trees falling down in a forest type area. It also looks like the player will have access to some gravity manipulation grenades and gadgets, so the world can really open up and become your playground of destruction. Basically, insanity ensues, and it is glorious.

The trailer also comes with a nice little bit of extra description about the game's story, which reads:

"In the year 2185, humanity’s numbers are dwindling. Ruthless and bloodthirsty gangs roam the open roads and the tyrannical Authority seek to rule who remains with an iron fist. You are Walker, the last Ranger of the wasteland. Robbed of your home and left for dead, you’ll tear across an unforgiving wasteland battling bloodthirsty gangs to find the tools and tech needed to take the fight to The Authority and crush their oppressive rule once and for all!"

At the time of writing no release date for RAGE 2 has been announced but maybe we will get either a date or a release window at E3 this year. If this is what Bethesda is showcasing ahead of E3 2018, then colour me magenta-impressed.

Check out the gameplay reveal below and then tell us what you think about RAGE 2 in the comment section.

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