Rage is the largest name on this list, but it still doesn’t receive the love it deserves. Its sequel, Rage 2, didn’t live up to expectations and I believe it may have swayed some people away from going back and trying the first game. Developed by the father of FPS games, id Software, and published by Bethesda, Rage released over a decade ago now but it can stand among the giants of today. The graphics hold up incredibly well for a decade old, open world, FPS title, and the gameplay continues to feel fresh. The game’s style and plot have garnered it many claims regarding how it resembles hit post-apocalyptic media such as Mad Max, Fallout, and Borderlands. In Rage you play as a U.S. Marine named Nicholas Raine after emerging from an underground Ark (think Fallout Shelter), 106 years after entering it. The world is now a wasteland and you’re quickly thrown into the conflict between the free people of the Wasteland, and the fascist government entity known as the Authority. While you are out gunned and have inferior technology when compared to the Authority, the technology you were injected with prior to entering the Ark has given you superhuman abilities, which has caused the Authority to hunt down and eliminate all Ark survivors. You have a target on your back from the moment you step foot into the wasteland, but with the help of the Resistance, you wage war across the wasteland, fighting Authority super soldiers, grotesque mutants, and desperate raiders all along the way.
There are plenty of weapons, upgrades, and abilities to keep you entertained, plus Rage has a great Mad Max styled vehicle gameplay loop that has you upgrading your wasteland war-machine, participating in death races, and more. The mutants are also diverse and many are unique to Rage, providing players with some interesting, and rather difficult boss fights throughout the story, with plenty of standard enemy variety to prevent the gameplay loop from growing dull.