Mad Max Eyes On

Away from the harsh light of the Californian heat, it seemed appropriate to then sit in a darkened theatre with a screen filled with sun-drenched deserts. One of the surprise announcements of E3 was the up-coming Mad Max game. It was first revealed at Sony's press conference in the form of a teaser video, but I was lucky enough to get a run-through of pre-alpha code at the Warner Bros. stand in LA.

Showing us the ropes was Creative Director of the game, Frank Rooke. The gameplay demo opened up with an in-game mission, one of many set in the sprawling open-world of The Wastelands. Anyone who watched the original movies will know that this is a desolate and harsh environment. Sand dunes spread for miles, only differentiated by the occasional tomb of wrecked cars. The developers have done a beautiful job of bringing this all to life and just looking at the environment design was thirsty work.

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To survive The Wastelands, players will spend a lot of their time traversing in their own custom built vehicle. As seen in the movies Mad Max, these cars are like an extension of your own person. You'll be able to fully customise your ride, adding on battering rams to infiltrate enemy out-posts, armour-plates for protection and a variety of offensive weapons such as spikes or turrets.

The gameplay is broken down into two key areas, both of which play an equally important part. One is car combat, where Max will need to chase down and take out other mercenary drivers in The Wastelands. On top of your own driving skills, here the physical attributes of your vehicle will play a large part as well. For example the weight and balance of your car will affect how effective it is to ram rivals off the road.

While driving, there are plenty of combat controls too. For instance Max can target enemies and shoot from his windows, or even activate built-in harpoon guns to grapple with enemy vehicles. We watched as Frank's colleague ripped a tyre from an enemy's car to send them crashing into a large rock. Later on, we saw fuel tanks being targeted to engulf a car in a fiery ball of high-octane death. It looks like high-octane brutality, and we liked what we saw.

The other section of the game takes place on foot and Max is equally deadly without his automobile. Along with his trusty shotgun, which appears to be his primary weapon, you'll get the chance to use sniper rifles, as demonstrated against outpost defences from afar. His melee abilities are equally brutal too, as we saw Max using close-quarter weapons and his bare knuckles to take down enemies stylishly and gratuitously. Without hands-on experience, it's hard to say how fun it is to play. But it looked damn inviting and we can't wait to play it for ourselves.

Because of the setting and cowboy-esque persona of Max, it could almost be described as Red Dead Redemption on wheels. The game's decent sized map is full of enemy outposts, missions, side objectives, key characters and areas to explore. After just a short while, Mad Max the game, which is intended to tie in with an up-coming reboot movie, is shaping up to be a lot of fun. We don't have release details yet, but the game is stylish, gritty and raw. Just like the original films, but without a Mel Gibson in sight - which is a good thing indeed.

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Comments Comments (22)

Posted by shadowshaded
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 7:36 PM
This looks so cool. woah why is it stated the good: no mel gibson. he made mad max what it is.
Posted by AsianFella
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 7:45 PM
The custom built vehicles idea sounds intriguing, I'd need to see more before I decide if I want it or not though. I shall be following this closely
Posted by ssjroneel
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 8:06 PM
This looks really cool, now, when does the next movie come out?:P
Posted by sick_wierdo
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 8:14 PM
12 June 2013, 07:36 PM Reply to shadowshaded
This looks so cool. woah why is it stated the good: no mel gibson. he made mad max what it is.
Exactly. To me that should be under The Bad. Mels a d*ck now for sure but he was the man in Mad Max
Posted by kiwibadboy
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 8:34 PM
The trailer was so cool haha
Posted by dark_hadou1
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 8:42 PM
Called this as soon as I saw the trailer. I was watching it with a friend, and I said "man this looks just like mad max, check out the makeshift clothing/armour and the rusted out windowless mustang.

Them boom. Looks like it could be worth a look :)
Posted by piratemonkey
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 8:54 PM
i feel like this is about 20 years too late
but then it would be a 16 bit side scroller :)
Posted by wharekura
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 8:57 PM
Around 30 years ago I was able to sneak a watch of Mad Max - a bunch of high school boys crowded around a vcr and 14" tv. It inspired me to play games like Fallout 3. The reviewer probably wasn't born when it Mad Max came out - Mel Gibson made Mad Max and Mad Max made Mel Gibson.

And the Mullet comment? How about 1D hair - looks like the boys stood to close to the bus stop when the bus went passed, just before the hairspray set.
Posted by gh567
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 9:24 PM
Yeah I have to admit I'm slightly dissapointed there's no Mel Gibson.... oh well.. looks good anyway....
Posted by Deanology
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 9:40 PM
Why wasn't this made years ago..
Posted by kiwimike87
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 10:52 PM
Its going to have a hard time competing with other open world games coming out. Custom death cars though hells yess!!
Posted by RealmEnder
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 11:01 PM
I usually avoid movie tie in games like the plague, but Avalanche Studios did such a fantastic job with Just Cause 2 that I'm keen to check this out. Also looking forward to the new movie.
Posted by predatorhunter
On Thursday 13 Jun 2013 9:28 AM
this looks like it could be pretty fun
Posted by lax1
On Thursday 13 Jun 2013 11:15 AM
12 June 2013, 08:06 PM Reply to ssjroneel
This looks really cool, now, when does the next movie come out?:P
Movie is out next year , guessing the game characterization will be based on Tom Hardy as the new Max.
Posted by tom_nz
On Thursday 13 Jun 2013 12:55 PM
As soon as the video started I thought it was mad max. I am so stoked.
Posted by nimrod76
On Thursday 13 Jun 2013 3:33 PM
WHAT THE HELL!! This will teach me not to pay attention, a Mad Max game! It's like a dream come true.
Posted by Budinski420
On Thursday 13 Jun 2013 8:11 PM
Where did this come from? Looks pretty cool. Will be following it closely.
Posted by dark_hadou1
On Thursday 13 Jun 2013 9:04 PM
Singleplayer only..

Can't help but think that this would be an awesome platform for the devs to create a multiplayer scene
Posted by LoftyDog
On Friday 14 Jun 2013 10:36 AM
first or 3rd person? basically is it going to be rage sans mutants?
Posted by nos4r2d2
On Saturday 15 Jun 2013 4:28 PM
Can this capture the movies essence?
Posted by grieving
On Sunday 16 Jun 2013 7:35 PM
Douchey preview comes off as douchey. Drop the jabs at Gibson.
Posted by Getsum
On Friday 5 Jul 2013 7:10 PM
Definitely interested with this one. But it needs to show 'Rage' how it's done, that game had lots of potential. Rushed ending didn't help none. Fallout 3 crossed with Rage graphics and I'd be happy. And it's gotta have that little feral kid with the steel boomerang, out of Mad Max 2