By September 2015 Mad Max: Fury Road will be out of theaters but may not yet have hit DVD and Blu-ray. Luckily, Avalanche Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment are offering a way to expand the fun of the horrific post-apocalyptic wasteland in Mad Max, a tie-in video game title set in the same universe as the movies.
As seen in the new “Savage Road” story trailer, Mad Max‘s gameplay is based around driving, shooting and brawling. The player can customize their own vehicle – the ‘Magnum Opus’ – and upgrade it for a better chance of survival in the harsh landscape. More importantly, it’s also possible to grow Max’s beard out to the player’s desired length.
The video game version of Max Rockatansky doesn’t really look like Mel Gibson or Tom Hardy. Instead he’s sporting an impressively generic video game protagonist face, but on the plus side he at least has an Australian accent (provided by Swedish voice actor Kym Bradley). Those who were put off by the number of female characters in Mad Max: Fury Road should be pleased to note that the video game only seems to have one female character, and Max gets to make out with her.
That’s not to say that there won’t also be something for the ladies to enjoy. Dog, Max’s friendly canine sidekick from The Road Warrior, has apparently been reinvented as a musclebound romance novel hunk with the head of a Blue Heeler. It might be worth playing through the rest of the game purely to get context for this image.
Mad Max has a different storyline from Mad Max: Fury Road, though it was developed alongside the movie with input from director George Miller, and there are some consistent elements between the two of them. Gas Town, a location that’s mentioned but not actually visited in Mad Max: Fury Road, plays a prominent role in Mad Max and is ruled over by a warlord called Scabrous Scrotus, the main antagonist of the game.
The player, with the help of misshapen mechanic Chumbucket, must build their Magnum Opus by doing battle on the roads of the wasteland and taking trophies from boss fights to affix to their own vehicle. The story and plot structure looks fairly unspectacular, but in a title like this the gameplay is likely to be the biggest selling point.
Mad Max will be available for PC, PS4 and Xbox One on September 1st, 2015.