||Warner Bros. Interactive
||September 01, 2015
Mad Max is an action-adventure video game set in an open world environment and based on the Mad Max film series. It is developed by Avalanche Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. It was released on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on 1 September 2015 in North America, 2 September 2015 in Australia, 3 September 2015 in New Zealand, and 4 September in Europe... See more.
The game is set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, which features terrain like deserts, canyons, and caves. Players control Max Rockatansky as he progresses through the wasteland to seek revenge on a gang of raiders who robbed him, and to build the ultimate car, called the Magnum Opus. The game puts heavy emphasis on vehicular combat, in which the player uses weapon and armor upgrades on their car to fight against enemies. The game features soft boundaries leading to an area called the "The Big Nothing", a theoretically endless place players can explore. The game's story is not based upon the films in the series, but took inspiration from its universe.
Avalanche Studios found developing a vehicular combat video game "a challenge" due to their inexperience with creating games in that style. Mad Max's narrative and story is more "mature" than other titles developed by Avalanche like Just Cause. Announced at the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo, the game was "retooled" during development, and the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions were cancelled due to their hardware and graphical limitations. Originally set to be released in 2014, the game was later delayed to 2015. Upon release, the game received mixed to positive reviews from critics. Praise was generally directed to the game's environment, direction, vehicular combat and graphics, while criticisms focused on the game's quest design and story.