Mad Max (PS4)
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Mad Max delivers open world gameplay in a post-apocalyptic setting where cars are the key to survival. Gamers become Mad Max, a lone warrior who must fight to stay alive in The Wasteland, using vicious on-ground and vehicular combat against savage gangs of bandits. Following the theft of his iconic Interceptor, Max must align himself with a gifted, but peculiar, mechanic named Chumbucket and others to build the ultimate war vehicle as he works to escape from the dangerous Wasteland.
- Be Mad Max - Become the iconic post-apocalyptic warrior, crafting and upgrading Max's equipment and weapons to survive by combining melee combat, gunplay and tactical techniques. Gamers must make difficult decisions as they work towards the goal of escaping The Wasteland.
- Immersive Primal Wasteland - Explore the gritty, dynamic world while braving the treacherous landscapes, hostile weather patterns and deadly gangs of marauders.
- Trash is Treasure - Every scrap that's scavenged is important and can be utilized to upgrade and enhance equipment, weapons and vehicles. Gamers raid enemy encampments to gain access to valuable resources.
- Survive the Open-World Landscape - Staying alive isn't easy. Players clash with deadly factions and gangs through scores of dangerous side-missions and quests in the dynamic open-world full of exploration.
- Intense Vehicular Combat - Engage in dynamic inter-vehicular combat, taking down enemy vehicles with a range of powerful weapons. Car combat is entirely physics-based, so no two battles are ever the same.
- Build the Ultimate War Machine - Players design, customize and upgrade their ultimate combat vehicle-the Magnum Opus-choosing from different car bodies and a slew of upgrades including mounted weapons, armor and engines to survive another day.
Who doesn't enjoy a little mayhem?
Che K onReviewed by
The dialogue and storyline might not be the best I've ever come across but the action is plenty, furious and non-stop.
Mad Max Review [Spoiler Free]
larch onReviewed by
The game kicks off with Max in the midst of Scrotus and his war gang. While Max leaves his definite “mark” on Scrotus during the ensuing battle, he is ultimately beaten, robbed of his Magnum Opus (car) and belongings and left for dead. Luckily for him, he runs into the quasimodo of the wastes, Chumbucket. A mutated man who while looks like a mutated abomination on the outside, has the skills and knowledge in order to rebuild his car, the Magnum Opus and gather allies in the fight against the war gang’s. At its core, Mad Max is an open world action adventure that has parallels to Grand Theft Auto and Fallout. Story wise, Mad Max is on the light side. But then again the Mad Max franchise never was about insanely in-depth plots or stories.
The stories told in Max Max catered more to the crazy post-apocalyptic world and the characters in its world, the same applies to Mad Max. The story is a fairly slow burn for an open world game until later, where it gets ramps up considerable and really offers a bit more of a in depth story. But in a way feels very appropriate for the franchise. The core elements of Mad Max’s tale revolved around getting all his belongings back, building his Magnum Opus, and scavenging the land as he helps various drifters and other leaders build a bigger and better strongholds. The environment in the game is absolutely massive which allows you to explore it at your own leisure using whatever car you have built for yourself.
And while you might think that the idea of a completely desert setting sounds like it could be boring, it is anything but. Visually the world is simply stunning. At times it felt I was driving through an oil painting with huge vistas showcasing a decaying world, day and night changes with famous crumbling landmarks from a time past. And sprinkled with hints of life past. Although the environments can be a little bland at times for some, there is some great attention to detail to be found in the game. And I would highly recommend doing some exploring first before charging through the games story. The voice acting in Max is pretty good and Max sounds like well Max should (Australian) considering the characters history.
And while the theme song “Soul of a Man” by Steven Stern that plays during the opening credits I do wish the rest of the soundtrack in the game followed the same theme. As most of the music during the game was just white noise to me. Not that it is bad by any stretch of the imagination as it fits the games overall theme, but it really did not do anything for me. The in-game currency in Mad Max is scrap that you can collect throughout the world, either by picking it up at certain locations or by destroying other war gang’s cars and by doing side quests. Scrap can be used to upgrade Max skills e.g weapons and abilities not to mention it being used to upgrade his Magnum Opus. Mad Max has two main combat elements which include hand to hand and vehicles.
Mad Max consist of two gameplay elements which is hand to hand combat and vehicle combat. The hand to hand combat in Mad Max is extremely similar to the Batman games albeit way more brutal and satisfying as Max does not maim and cripple but outright murders his opponents, with suplexes and shiv’s to the neck. The game also sports a flawless combo attack system that just feels so smooth on the PS4 controller. Sure, I have seen this system countless times before but it’s thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable in Mad Max. Then you have the vehicle combat which is quite spectacular at times, particularly when you have a group of raiders who ambush you while you attempt to ram them with your car, it really harks back to the Carmageddon days of auto carnage.
Add in the upgradeable harpoon gun & sniper rifle and the ability to shoot at your enemies while driving, and this allows you to unleash total carnage on your enemies as bodies and cars fly all over the place as you try and gain supremacy over your enemies on the road. Director George Miller would be pleased by the automotive carnage on display because it is equally as enjoyable on both an achievement and visual level as his movie. The amount of variation in between hand to hand combat and car combat is just so extremely satisfying. And between sniping, pulling down guard towers with your harpoon and car, and then pulling the front gates off with the same harpoon will keep you coming back for more.
The biggest issue for some people would definitely be the repetition that creeps into the game. While Mad Max offers quite a bit when it comes to the various side missions, like most open world titles being released today. Inevitable the content that you will have to run through will be repeated throughout most of the game. While it won’t bother people like myself who love the world, exploring, and adding to the constant scrap amount in order to continually keep upgrading, others people might find it boring, or even trivial at times. Which for me was not the case. Mad Max is a game that takes its world and IP extremely serious. It turns the idea of the franchise into a fully-fledged game and does not cut corners like some other movie to video game adaptations we have seen in the past.
If you are like me, who absolutely loves the franchise, loves the world, and loves the setting of the game. Then you can expect 50+ hours of video game entertainment, which is money well spent in my books. Mad Max isn’t only a fantastic game, it is a great addition to the franchise, and one of the few games that completely destroyed my expectations that a movie based game is always bad. In the end, despite what some mainstream reviewer might have you believe. Mad Max is a great addition to the open-world action adventure genre that is as slick and memorable and would make the creators of Mad Max Fury Road proud. So if you are on the fence about this game, I recommend you go get it now as I can’t recommend it enough.
What a game! What a lovely game!
Reviewed by Wayne W on