Max is back, and boy is he mad…someone’s taken the Interceptor, he doesn’t even have an Australian accent, and everything he knew and experienced has ceased to exist.
At least that’s what Avalanche will have you believe in their upcoming title Mad Max. Whilst cashing in on the famous Aussie franchise, they’ve already confirmed that the storyline will be an original, all new adventure, with virtually no tie in to any of the movies. That’s okay though, because I think Mel Gibson and Tina Turner are far too old for a comeback anyway! Max does have his faithful car, although this time it isn’t a Pursuit Special with a fake supercharger. It’s something that the game call a ‘Magnum Opus.’
Whatever that is. Mad Max is, as the game designers put it, an open world, post-apocalyptic vehicular combat game. Players have the opportunity to design, find parts for, and build their very own Mad Max vehicle, which they can customize and build to their own style of combat. Whilst the game is marketed as vehicular combat, fear not, this isn’t the original Driver where you’re stuck in the car. Being open world, you can stroll throughout the wastelands at will, discovering all sorts of weird and sinister characters. Max also has a mechanic sidekick named…Chum Bucket (Avalanche warned that many of the names throughout the game are a little left field), who helps Max throughout his quest. Just what exactly the end result of this quest is, we are yet to find out.
The wasteland is your own, eradiated playground. There are seemingly infinite side quests, random encounters and settlements to either make friends with or burn to the ground. Mad Max’s developers also promise an immense and broad single player experience, something that a lot of games tend to leave out nowadays. Multiplayer hasn’t been confirmed or denied, though with the single player promising to be hours of exploring and fighting this may not be an issue. Since when did Max have friends anyway?
Having the guys who brought us Just Cause 2 behind it, you can expect a heck of a good time exploring the environment. The map has been confirmed to be the same size as the immense JC2 map, only this time it isn’t all islands and tropical paradise. You’re alone, in the desert, surrounded by death, destruction and weird people. This is the Bad Lands, and you can either fight those who populate it…or become one of them. JC2 also didn’t feature multiplayer, and we all saw how much of a hoot that was. This time around though, don’t expect any Zeppelin strip clubs…well, at least that we can confirm anyway. Max will have access to weapons, both on foot and for his motorized arsenal, which he can scavenge for as he explores the world’s most violent sandbox. And from what the developers have promised so far, he is certainly going to need them…
Mad Max will be out across all next gen and current gen platforms and PC. Exact release date is yet to be announced.
Written by Ben Rachow