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POSTED 10/9/15


MAD MAX

Avalanche/WB Games



You can get it driving, you can get it surviving, or hooning through deserts headfirst. You’ve sure got a thirst...

George Miller’s classic character Mad Max hits our screens with more interactivity than mere play and pause buttons. You plop into the dusty shoes of Mr Rockatansky and take to the wastelands in search of your precious Ford Interceptor, which has been nabbed by Immortan Joe’s bastard (in that he’s a right arsehole) offspring Scabrous Scrotus. You can mess with the man, but not his bloody car!

While oozing pure Mad Max vibes and lore – and looking as incredible as the movies - this is a standalone story. You soon hook up with Gollum-meets-Riff Raff mechanic Chumbucket, who sees you as some sort of motorhead messiah. Luckily he knows his shit, so with him in tow you set about creating the Magnum Opus – the greatest car the world has yet seen.

If you were expecting a non-stop action rampage like the majestic Fury Road movie you may be left scratching your head – or other regions depending upon where you may get itchy. This isn’t balls-to-the-wall action, rather there’s a lot of often repetitive open world fetch quest schlepping and – shock, horror - walking. Essentially it’s Far Cry, but a shitload dustier.

There are also combat interludes, basically taking Batman’s Arkham battle system wholesale, but upping the brutality ante considerably.

The best bits for petrolheads are the manic car battles – RoadBlasters gone 21st century, with added gruesomeness in the form of tow hook fishing, shotguns and more. These bits make up about half the game – many will wish there was more.

Faithful to Miller’s established filmic vision, if not to Aussie pronunciation (“Dinky-dee?” WTAF?!) – although Max is voiced by Aussie bloke Bren Foster (a star of unending soapie Days of Our Lives no less) - Mad Max is a deeper game than many will expect. Plus you eat maggots. Larva-ly!

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