In this Public Service Announcement brought to you by RealGamerNewz, find out what you can do to prevent having the side-content locked out of your RAGE play-through and when exactly this event is triggered.
RAGE has released and reviews and articles of all kinds are pouring in both positive and negative regarding the game’s quality, fun factor, and various other attributes. While all in all, the game’s engine looks amazing to us in terms of hit detection and graphics, we are sad to report that a major bug mentioned by only a small number of the available review material has been discovered. It has been discovered by RealGamerNewz member BoodyBandit on the Xbox 360 version of the game and appears to have a workaround. Consider this article a Public Service Announcement to gamers worldwide who might otherwise not have known about it and thus suffered a massive inconvenience to say the least.
Without giving away any spoilers, anyone who has been playing through the game for some time now knows that halfway through the area called Subway Town’s missions a shadowy entity largely changes . At this point in time, doors that were once open in the game become locked, and people who gave out side-missions and races are either gone or refusing to do so from now on. This renders all of the side-content in the game useless and prevents 100% completion from taking place! The precise time in the game that this happens is about 3 missions into Subway Town. Everything must be done before then.
Further information we can provide beyond this is that the Final Mission, once completed, will never be removed from your objectives and instead the game will always pit you against the final mission every time you load after completion.
It also appears that the dialog in the game would suggest you were supposed to be able to go back to complete the side-content after the final mission. For example, characters are found saying that they will re-host races when “The Authority” leaves, yet this never happens due to the save file always pitting you against the final mission as stated above. If this is something Id can fix then by god we pray that they make a statement soon. For now, play at your own risk and consider using one of the following workarounds which may be able to help avoid the same situation BoodyBandit found himself in.
Workaround #1: Create many save files. Some people do this instinctively when playing games but you really never know which files you will end up needing plus some games limit the amount of saves you can create. So now you know not to overwrite the ones that take place before Subway Town because of this article. Keep some on hand with good weapons and all of the side-content still available.
Workaround #2: Start a second play-through. This may be a pretty brutal workaround for most people, especially if you have already completed a great deal of the side-content. Unfortunately, if you didn’t happen to create spare save files and likewise didn’t know about this glitch before now it may be too late to do anything else. Until a patch emerges from Id or at least an acknowledgement of this issue, this will have to be the recourse for many who discovered the glitch after already triggering the side-content to be locked out.
Workaround #3: Look for mods (PC Version Only). If you have the PC Version you may be able to create or find some type of modification to the game that would allow for side-content to be accessed again. This is essentially cheating and will most likely not help you earn achievements on Steam or anything, but at least you won’t have to start all over again or use some one else’s save files.
There are also a number of glitches reported including falling through the map when fighting through the final missions such as the bandit car missions, lock-on failures, vehicle glitches, and save data corruption causing glitches to be saved. So be careful and aware about when and where you are saving in the game!
Despite the graphical and gameplay quality being great, the bugs being reported are rightfully labeled as outrageous by many. It is quite sad because this game seems like it had the potential to be a flawless masterpiece but may have been rushed at the last minute. This is yet another example for gamers to witness that our industry needs to be doing way more testing on the games they release to the public at top dollar pricing.
In conclusion the game still has a lot of positives to it and every shooter fan should experience it at least once. We are not attempting to refute that. The creatures and weaponry are very diverse. The difficulty, gameplay, and graphics are great as well. However people deserve to know if their game will lose functionality at some point and here we feel that these simple workarounds need to be presented since at this time RAGE side-content cannot, in fact, be completed after Subway Town.