The New ‘Mad Max’ Video Game Looks About as Insane as ‘Fury Road’
When it was announced that a Mad Max video game was arriving later this year, most discerning gamers and movie fans assumed it would be a quick cash-in on Mad Max: Fury Road. The new trailer, our first extended look at the game, is a nice reminder that we shouldn’t be so quick to judge. Simply titled Mad Max, the game isn’t specifically based on the new movie. Instead, it seemingly borrows from all four films to create an open-world game that encompasses everything you love about George Miller’s post-apocalyptic action series.
The trailer presents a hook that should appeal to a lot of gamers. At the beginning of the game, you are stripped of everything you have left in the world, including your car, your clothes and your weapons. From there, you are free to wander the deadly Wasteland attempting to rebuild it all. You design your new car from scratch. You track down the armor that appeals to you. You scrounge for weapons and ammunition. The emphasis seems to be on letting you play the game the way you want to play it, constructing Max’s arsenal in the way that suits your play style.
Although the go-anywhere, see-anything open world will draw immediate comparisons to the Grand Theft Auto series, the game seems to more closely resemble last year’s Middle-Earth: Shadows of Mordor, which was an amalgamation of of GTA, Assassin’s Creed and Batman: Arkham Asylum. Mad Max, with its driving and fighting and shooting, seems to be built on a similar template. There is a lot of video game in this video game trailer. If the finished product is as impressive as it looks, this could be a must-buy for gamers and movie fans.
Mad Max hits shelves on September 1. Mad Max: Fury Road opens on May 15.