So far, 2015 has been a great year to be a fan of Mad Max. Not only did Mad Max: Fury Road release to rave reviews and success at the box office, but a video game featuring the titular Max is set to release in just a couple of weeks time, from the developers of Just Cause, Avalanche Studios.
The Mad Max video game has big shoes to fill considering the near universal acclaim of Fury Road, and hopefully Avalanche is up to the task of delivering a video game that lives up to its namesake. Recently, Avalanche decided to stream the game themselves on Twitch in order to showcase its expansive open world, brutal hand-to-hand combat, and explosive vehicular gameplay, in an effort to show that they do indeed have what it takes to deliver a satisfying Mad Max gameplay experience.
The stream, which went on for over 80 minutes, can be viewed in its entirety at the top of this page. Some of the highlights include Max taking on multiple foes simultaneously in a manner that would make Batman proud, and also snippets that show the huge desert wasteland isn’t quite as empty as previous trailers may have made it seem.
Yes, there’s a lot of driving around in vast emptiness, but occasionally during the gameplay stream, we see the developers zoom past NPCs just going about their business in the wasteland. One particular NPC they drive by has a water icon above their head, and the developers remark, “These guys want water; they can look for water somewhere else.” Perhaps providing aid to citizens in the Wasteland can yield rewards or will have implications that have yet to be really discussed?
As eye opening as this gameplay footage is, it doesn’t go deep into the game’s story. This is not surprising, as the developers would want to avoid spoiling the experience for potential customers. With the exception of the “Savage Road” story trailer, the plot of Mad Max still has a lot of unknowns, as most of the time the developers have focused on driving through the dangerous wasteland, a trend that continues in this extended look.
Judging by this footage, Mad Max looks like a solid open world adventure game. While it is facing seriously stiff competition in the form of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain on September 1st, the folks at Avalanche Studios have proven in the past they are more than capable of delivering exciting action gameplay, and perhaps the brand name will help it become legitimate sales competition for MGS come September.
Does this extensive look at the gameplay of Mad Max sell you on the game? Are you planning to pick it up in a couple of weeks, or are you going with Metal Gear Solid 5 instead?
Mad Max will be available on September 1st for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.