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Games of 2019 – Rage 2

With the passing of the old year and the dawning of the new comes renewed hopes and expectations for the year ahead. Lord Alfred Tennyson, Queen Victoria’s Poet Laureate, once wrote: Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier.’ Ah, but who cares about all that, a new year means new games!

2018 was a little disappointing for Xbox fans, so we’re hoping that 2019 proves to be a lot better. Over the next couple of weeks, we’re going to be highlighting a different game each day, giving you all the relevant details and salient talking points for big games of the year. With so many upcoming titles we’ve decided to do this in order of release date. Today, we’re talking about that no one expected until it was announced, Rage 2

Game Details

Title: Trials Rising
Publisher: Avalanche Studios
Developer: Bethesda Softworks
Release Date: 14th May

What is it?

A sequel to 2010’s Rage, this takes place 30 years after the original. In fact, the only real connection to the original game is the world and the name. Development duties have been handed off to Avalanche Studios (rather than being handled by id Software) who have a history of making open-world games. We don’t know much about the story other than you will play as the last Ranger, called Walker.

What could go right?

A shooter, from Bethesda, what could go wrong? They’re on quite a roll right now with the Doom and Wolfenstein franchises. Rage 2 is obviously a little different with development outsourced to Avalanche Studios. They have a history with their open-world titles, Just Cause and Mad Max. In fact, those two games fit in perfectly with Rage. The post-apocalyptic world and vehicular combat of Mad Max added to the chaos of Just Cause sums up Rage pretty well. If the game can combine the shooter prowess of other Bethesda properties, with id Software’s technical know-how for the game engine, and Avalanche’s skill with open-worlds and car combat, this could be something very special

What could go wrong?

While the original Rage wasn’t a bad game, it didn’t exactly set the gaming world alight either. This game also comes across as a sequel in name only. There don’t appear to be any returning characters or locations. The only real connection is the post-apocalyptic world as well as the mixture of shooting and driving. It’s also not like we’re short of games set in a post-apocalypse. Avalanche has their work cut out to make this stand out from the crowd. Speaking of Avalanche, as much as I have enjoyed the hell out of their games, I do recognise that they often have flaws. It wouldn’t be a Just Cause game without random physics glitches. And it’s not like Mad Max was a huge hit. As much as we want Rage 2 to turn out really well, we are keeping our hopes in check.

That’s what we think about Rage 2. Were you a fan of the first game? Are you looking forward to more post-apocalyptic carnage? Be sure to leave a comment below and look out for more coverage throughout the month regarding the games that will launch on Xbox One during 2019.

Steve Clist
Joint Editor-in-Chief at Xbox Enthusiast as well as a contributor for Nintendo Enthusiast and PlayStation Enthusiast. Steve is a musician and gamer who loves sharing his passion for each. You will normally find him at the front of the grid in racing games or on the other end of the kill cam when you've just been killed in a first-person shooter.

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