A big thing, is the game started as a Mad Max sequel. So, it was initially a serious, darker game. But... then, was morphed into a sequel to RAGE... which did have it's share of Mad Max elements. But, the tone is drastically different. So, in trying to inject the game with the more over the top tone they were going for with RAGE 2... it didn't fully meld. If the game had been built from the ground up as a RAGE sequel, I feel it would've meshed better. But, in the end, I really like the game. The combat is fantastic, and while some may hate it... I actually like the almost dead feel of the world. I think, much like Mad Max, that works better for the setting.