'Mad Max' Brings Cinematic Action to Upcoming Game
Back in the late 70's and early 80's, "Mad Max" dominated movie screens with crazy violence. Now, he's doing it again for video games.
CREDIT: Warner Bros.
Over 20 years ago, Warner Bros. brought us a trilogy revolving around Mel Gibson's "Mad Max," a police officer in a post-apocalyptic world who did justice his way — justified, but with no shortage of violence. Movies like "The Road Warrior" and "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" entertained action fans for years, and that's the vibe Warner is bringing to its new "Mad Max" video game experience.
Shown off at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), this new take on "Max" introduces a new build of the character — a younger version that doesn't resemble Gibson in the least. But that doesn't make him any less effective. He's still fighting bad guys his way, whether he's doing it on foot with the help of his knife and trusty shotgun, or hopping behind the wheel of a customized charger and ramming cars off the road.
The game, developed by Avalanche Software (the same team behind the popular free-roaming "Just Cause" games), features an open-world environment to explore, with indicators pointing to available missions. These can vary, ranging from chasing down a convoy of vehicles (including a "big boss" that needs to be taken out in a fiery wreck) to infiltrating an enemy stronghold with the help of a sniper rifle. The game matches the same visceral style of action found in the films. (At one point, Max takes out a straggler sitting atop his vehicle by leaning his shotgun out the window and blasting his head off.)
Avalanche has focused carefully on how cars perform in the game. For instance, you're able to customize your Charger throughout, adding new tires, bumpers and other parts to make it more effective. In its stripped down form, the Charger can do significant damage. If you add an armored bumper to the front, you slow down a bit, but can send enemies reeling in a fiery explosion when you ram into them.
Designed as a new experience for next-generation consoles (namely the Xbox One and PlayStation 4), "Mad Max" definitely looks the part. The visual effects, especially fire, are astounding thus far. When you make a car explode, it continues to burn, even as Max walks up to it in order to pull the driver out to loot him. The ability to look through a spyglass also showcases the game's exquisite detail, and lets you see things that are normally out of plain sight — such as explosive barrels that can make taking over a stronghold quite easy for you. [See also: The 10 Most Stunning Video Games]
Though "Mad Max" looks different from the movies, the experience definitely resembles the action we've come to know from the character, and the fact you have an open world to play around in certainly doesn't hurt either. You'd be, ahem, mad to turn it away.
"Mad Max" will arrive on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in 2014.