MAD MAX Xbox One, PS4, [...]; Games.
Byline: With KEVIN LYNCH
Xbox One, PS4, PC PS49.99
With Fury Road tearing up the box office this summer, the Mad Max franchise has been searingly branded into the public consciousness once more.
From Just Cause developers Avalanche comes this all-new Mad Max tale. Brutal, bombastic and harrowingly beautiful, its wasteland action is a credit to the source material, a deftlymanaged combination of junk car combat and postapocalyptic punch-ups. The troubled 'Mad' Max Rockatansky is left for dead by gang of marauding scavengers who steal his iconic Interceptor car as a prize for warlord Scabrous Scrotus, son of Fury Road villain Immortan Joe. Teaming up with deformed mechanic Chumbucket, Max seeks revenge while aiding Chumbucket to create the desert's most dangerous vehicle, the Magnum Opus.
Mad Max fully embraces the chaotic nature of its source material, thrusting you headfirst into George Miller's decrepit, salvaged world. A 50/50 split between explosive car chases and open-world exploration, it's a magpie of sorts. It takes a chunk of Batman: Arkham's combat and the check-box ticking approach to liberating the landscape from enemy camps and collectibles as seen in Far Cry.
It's all satisfyingly stitched together - the car combat in particular is literally a blast - but it suffers from padding.
Whereas the best Max movies are intense bursts of inventive action, Avalanche needlessly stuffs the game full of rote, repetitive open-world objectives which quickly wear thin.
In terms of inhabiting the Mad Max fantasy, Avalanche has created a nitro-charged rendition of the eclectic cult franchise. As an expansive open-world title it gets stuck in third gear, although adherence to the insane source material keeps it elevated above the pack.