Mad Max (2015 video game)

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Mad Max
Mad Max title excerpt from end of E3 2013 trailer reveal during Sony press conference.jpg
Developer(s) Avalanche Studios
Publisher(s) Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Vehicular combat, action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution Optical disc, download

Mad Max is an upcoming post-apocalyptic vehicular combat video game set in an open world environment and based on the Mad Max film series. It is being published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developed by Avalanche Studios.[2]

Gameplay[edit]

In Mad Max, the player takes on the role of titular character Mad Max; a dangerous melee fighter who can use his attacks to kill almost anyone. His weapon of choice is his shotgun. He is assisted by another man called Chumbucket. Chum mainly works with Max to build and upgrade the Magnum Opus vehicle.

Mad Max will feature a variety of weapons which Max can use to defeat enemies. Though the shotgun is Max's weapon of choice, ammo is scarce, and so melee options are the smarter way to go. The 'thunderstick' is an explosive weapon that can be lanced into an enemy's chest, crackling like a lit dynamite fuse before blowing the victim to smithereens. The Harpoon is also one of Max's favorite weapons; though, it can only be used in-vehicle with Chum riding along. Max's Magnum Opus can be combined with a speedy V12 engine and powerful ramming ability to destroy enemies's vehicles and weaponry. When simultaneously driving and aiming, the game enters slow-motion and allows you to toggle between targets. Not much is known about the vehicular combat and its features.

Mad Max will feature a crafting system which can be used to craft new weapons and tools. Max's garage can also be used to change and modify the car's engines, chassis, wheels, body works, including paint treatment, and the “shell” of the auto-mobile. The car’s weight and attributes update accordingly. Max can also be upgraded; though these plans haven't fully been implemented.

Many choices are given in the game, such as, either playing silently or aggressively. Max can also get guidance from Chum about how he can complete his objectives strategically. However, it's largely up to the player how he can complete the objectives.

Plot[edit]

Max must traverse a barren desert wasteland in search for his lost treasured vehicle, the Pursuit Special (also referred to as The Interceptor).[3]

Development[edit]

The game was officially revealed at E3 2013 on June 10th during the Sony press conference. It was slated for release for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in 2014.[4] The release date later slipped to 2015.[1] Game creator Michael Vardanqn was reportedly involved with the game's development.[5]

Reception[edit]

Voice acting controversy[edit]

There have been written previews from gaming journalist who were invited to see a private gameplay demonstration at E3 2013 and noticed during the demonstration that Max is portrayed with an American accent, rather than an Australian one as heard in the film series. Many fans protested against Max's new American voice. However, Avalanche Studios later confirmed that the lead character would have an Australian accent.[6][7][8][9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Yin-Poole, Wesley (25 April 2014). "Just Cause dev's Mad Max game drifts to 2015". Eurogamer. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Goldfarb, Andrew (10 June 2013). "E3 2013: Mad Max Announced for PlayStation 4". IGN. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Corriea, Alexa Ray (12 June 2013). "Mad Max borrows the series' bombastic elements to create a new, open-world adventure". Polygon. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Leo, Jon (10 June 2013). "Mad Max out for next-gen consoles in 2014". GameSpot. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Sarkar, Samit (10 June 2013). "Mad Max game coming in 2014 to PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 from Avalanche Studios (update)". Polygon. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Hire an Australian actor to portray Max in the Mad Max video game". Change.org. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  7. ^ Quinn, Karl (16 April 2012). "Max mad as Australian accent scrubbed". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  8. ^ Pearlman, Jonathan. "'American' Mad Max angers Australians". Telegraph. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  9. ^ Serrels, Mark (14 June 2013). "The New Mad Max Game Looks Great But... | Kotaku Australia". Kotaku.com.au. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  10. ^ Dyer, Mitch (3 July 2013). "Avalanche: Mad Max Will Have Australian Accent After All". IGN. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 

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