I don't know why so many people harp on Rage or say so much negative stuff about it. I found the game to be PERFECT for what I wanted. I am so tired of sandbox type games, I don't have that kind of time to complete every little fetch quest on the map, I sometimes just want to sit down and do missions that ACTUALLY ADVANCE the game plot. Rage did that perfectly. The graphics were gorgeous and shooting mutants was SO MUCH FUN! The races weren't the greatest, but were fun enough, and they let me get to know the world map so I wasn't lost all the time. All in all a fun game.
It was a really good game, but it could have been amazing. It lacked depth and story. Everything looked awesome but once you get past that you realize how shallow the game is. The story was generic and impersonal and the pacing was weird.
However it was a gorgeous game and everything looked so cool. I loved the artstyle and the gameplay was really smooth. The characters had seemed cool and exciting but Id didn't flesh anything out.
First example for me was the girl who teaches you to use the Wingstick. She looked really cool and seemed interesting (the animations are awesome in the game), but there was nothing beyond that. She was really just a mini-game basically.
I wished it was longer and had more soul. Hopefully they'll realize this and make an awesome sequel (doesn't need to be the same character or anything just set in the same world). Next gen perhaps.
I definitly feel the same, everything you said is true, that's why this game is disappointing. The beginning of the story is good and could have done a great story, but the end is simple and makes no sens !