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Game Review: Mad Max

The vast expansive open-world map of Mad Max offers players more than enough to do but it lacks that special something to stand out from the crowd.

Atul Kumar Sep 30, 2015

With a host of items to collect and lots of enemies to slay, the open-world of Mad Max will keep players busy for a long time.

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Contrary to popular belief, Mad Max is not related to the movie, Mad Max: Fury Road despite being released in the same year. So if you were expecting a game based on the movie [which in itself was just one long car chase], prepare to be pleasantly surprised.

Nonetheless, you’ll still find yourself in the role of series protagonist, Max. You find yourself in the desolate wastelands partnering with Chumbucket, a mechanic obsessed with building the perfect car. You’ll destroy enemy outposts, collect parts, and punch and shoot your way through hordes of deranged lunatics in a quest for revenge against Scabrous Scrotus, a warlord who stole your car, weapons and supplies.

It’s a decent enough set up complete with a seemingly infinite number of things to do long after you’re done with the main story. With a host of items to collect and a vast expansive map to explore, Mad Max gives you more than enough to do.

But it isn’t without its shortcomings. For one, most of the missions repeat itself. They’re in a similar mould to other open-world fare such as Far Cry 4, devolving it into rote tasks. Lay waste to enemy locations, scavenge items, kill a bunch of enemies, it all becomes rather too familiar all too soon.

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The game’s first few hours are problematic as well. Many of the objectives aren’t exactly clear and the game’s pacing meanders quite a bit. And while it’s high on impact what with gory combat and visceral gunplay, these moments feel few and far between at the beginning. Persist and you’ll find a more than competent open-world experience.

But in a year that’s seen Batman: Arkham Knight, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, is it enough? Not quite.  The fact is, Mad Max is merely yet another entry in a genre that’s seen way too many open-world games this year and lacks that special something to stand out from the crowd. If you’re a fan of the movies, you’ll be right at home. Everyone else, wait for a price drop.