Movie related games have always been hit-and-miss throughout the generations of consoles, and it is very rare to get a game that can pay decent tribute to the movie while not being an absolute pile of trash. Mad Max is an exception to the norm though; a high-octane adventure through the dustbowl of the Wasteland, building on George Miller’s lore and throwing players into a literal sandbox environment in the shoes of the titular character. Mad Max not only breaks the stereotype of bad tie-ins, it smashes it into the ground and leaves it for scrap.
The world is in ruin, the end has come and gone, and now only the stragglers survive. Well, if you can call it surviving. Welcome to the Wasteland, the remnant of a civilization long gone. Out here, only the crazy ones make it through, and the craziest yet sanest of them all is Max. After losing his family, Max drifts through the wasteland hoping to find a purpose, until he is attacked by Lord Scrotus (yes that is his real name) and his band of Warboys. His only possession, the vehicle “The Interceptor” is taken from him, and he is left for dead. With the help of the prophesising mutant mechanic Chumbucket, Max must build a newer and stronger car, the Magnum Opus, and defeat Lord Scrotus at all costs.
Mad Max sits visually between two of its related films – ‘The Road Warrior’, with its bleak and broken deserts and blacktop roads; and ‘Fury Road’, with its bright burning sands and terrifying storms. It truly feels like a destroyed world; remnants of scrap and makeshift hideouts litter the landscape amongst barely-identifiable roads and barren rocky outcrops. Don’t expect to see excesses of green or vibrant blues anywhere here, this is truly a deserted landscape; and the developers have done well at really adding a sense of emptiness to the world. This goes the same for structures and vehicles; the same red and orange hues of the land are incorporated into the rusted out vehicles and desolate metal structures and hideouts encountered. The only flashes of brightness you will see are either from the scorching sun bearing down, or when you destroy an enemy and have their vehicle explode into flames before you.