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  • Summary: Mad Max places players in the role of a lone warrior who must embark on a journey to reclaim his stolen interceptor from a deadly gang of marauders.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 71
  2. Negative: 2 out of 71
  1. Sep 10, 2015
    90
    Mad Max the game isn’t only a fantastic time, it’s a great addition to the franchise, and one of the few games that completely destroys the expectations that a movie based game has to be bad.
  2. Sep 8, 2015
    81
    Like the movie, Mad Max is the perfect summer time romp and should surely wet your appetite before the true Road Warrior inspired game releases later this fall, Fallout 4.
  3. Aug 31, 2015
    80
    Mad Max might be formed from familiar parts of other games, but the car-wrecking, skull-cracking chaos it creates is a rewarding and expansive adventure.
  4. Sep 4, 2015
    70
    Mad Max may be a bit of a mixed bag, but the faithful recreation of the film universe, the ridiculous car combat, and loads of content will keep players coming back to the desert for a long time.
  5. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Oct 16, 2015
    70
    There’s a lot here – a lot of scrap to collect and cars to push off the side of the road – but nothing gluing it all together. [December 2015, p75]
  6. Sep 13, 2015
    60
    As you wander the desert on the lookout for pieces of scrap, your enjoyment will feel like it's on a downward trajectory the longer that you play. As a result, you'll try to spend as much time as you can racing across its beautifully realised wasteland, while avoiding anything that pulls you from behind the wheel.
  7. Sep 5, 2015
    40
    When it comes to simply chewing through yet another open world game, Mad Max does suffice. It’s a substandard but largely competent “AAA” game in a sea full of them, and those who do value the idea of content above all else will find more than their money’s worth here...There’s simply no reason to pick it up, however, if you’ve yet to try The Witcher 3, Shadow of Mordor or Batman: Arkham City. There are tons of better games that go for what Mad Max went for and do so in a superior manner.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 298
  1. Sep 11, 2015
    10
    Mad Max was created with hardcore fans in mind. Tons of useful upgrades and scrap that help you build your Magnum Opus in an extremely bleakMad Max was created with hardcore fans in mind. Tons of useful upgrades and scrap that help you build your Magnum Opus in an extremely bleak world. You may find yourself overwhelmed at first by the games Map and all the side quests, but it seems just about everything you do comes with some kind of reward, big and small. Some players may be disappointed just sticking with the main story line. If you like to grind and get rewarded with some cool loot then the side quests are extremely fun. If your not a gamer but a big fan of the Mad Max movies, you will love this game. Expand
  2. Sep 3, 2015
    10
    One fun game. Really it is most fun ive had in gaming for awhile. Not a strong story but hey it's mad max it's about the action. This is fastOne fun game. Really it is most fun ive had in gaming for awhile. Not a strong story but hey it's mad max it's about the action. This is fast becoming my personal game of the year. The critics honestly have no idea Expand
  3. Sep 1, 2015
    10
    I felt compelled to write a quick review after looking at some of the artificially low Critic scores, I was fortunate enough to get the gameI felt compelled to write a quick review after looking at some of the artificially low Critic scores, I was fortunate enough to get the game early because of the bank holiday. Mad max is the most fun I've had in years on a single player game, there's a ton of things to do in each zone the game world is pretty big, the graphics are good and the game runs smooth and not had a single crash or glitch in over 50 hours play. Brutal sandstorms can hit shredding enemies and throwing max around, optional side quests to complete, story missions, death races, brutal fights this game has it all. Do yourself a favour pick it up you will enjoy it if you actually like playing games. Expand
  4. Nov 24, 2015
    9
    I am a big fan of the Mad Max universe, and this game sums it up!

    The graphics are amazing, I got overwhelmed by the beauty of the deserted
    I am a big fan of the Mad Max universe, and this game sums it up!

    The graphics are amazing, I got overwhelmed by the beauty of the deserted wasteland and the big canyons and you really get the feeling of being this lone wolf rider. The gameplay is amazing and runs smooth and the thunderstroms are terrifying. There is a big open world to explore which is what I really love about the freeroam type of games. The combat fighting is amazing and the road wars are as well, there is tons of explotions and action which gives this game the real Mad Max touch.
    The costumization of Max and his car is great and I like the fact that you have to drive out in the open world to find loot to build your car ect.

    Big thumbs up from here! :)
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  5. Sep 19, 2015
    8
    I had a LOT of fun with Mad max. I played it relentlessly until i saw the credits roll. While it does have some pretty noticeable flaws, itI had a LOT of fun with Mad max. I played it relentlessly until i saw the credits roll. While it does have some pretty noticeable flaws, it was still a solid experience.

    Avalanche studios perfectly emulates the world of Mad max. It's characters, presentation, and cars are spot on. The story follows Max (obviously), and his quest to reach the plains of silence, a locale which he hopes he can escape his past. But after a fairly mediocre and rushed opening, Max makes a mortal enemy: Scabrous Scrotus, the ruler of gastown. After getting his car stolen by said ruler, Max makes a friend: chumbucket, a wasteland mechanic. Together, they must build their ultimate ride and escape to these plains of silence.

    The story is actually pretty good. It was interesting and engaging enough to want me to see it through to the end. Along the way, you meet many interesting characters, half of which are group leaders, whose strongholds you can use as a base of operations. But one thing i didn't like about the story was this one character named Hope, a slave bounced back and forth between masters throughout the game. She and her daughter, glory, are just not interesting characters, and what makes it worse is the shoehorned in love story between her and Max. It just doesn't work.

    The gameplay is split up between driving/car combat, and ground combat/scavenging. The car combat is so much fun, slamming into cars, shooting at them with explosives and shotguns, lighting them up with side-mounted flame throwers, and literally pulling off their armor and wheels with the harpoon. I always had fun when engaged in car combat. The overall driving mechanic is really solid too. Ground combat and exploration is fun as well. the combat is reminiscent of the batman arkham games, except with many major tweaks (not to mention more violent!)

    The wasteland may be the best open world I've experienced in a video game. Which is ironic, an open world that is meant to be empty feels so alive and full of personality. In this world, you'll tackle side objectives, which consist of toppling intimidation towers, taking out Scrotus convoys, partaking in vicious death runs, and taking up many jobs from the stronghold leaders. While some of these tasks get repetitive, others, like the convoys and camps, are really fun.

    Now i'm going to get into some of my major gripes with the game. Boss fights being one. There are mainly two types of boss fights, big guys that swing huge sharp things, and small fast guys that flail around dual shivs. These get repetitive. There are also several graphical quirks, such as glitching models and framerate slowdowns. And the thing that made me the most angry, was a bug that prevented me from continuing the game, forcing me to restart the entire thing. Thankfully this was early on.

    Overall, i really did like Mad Max, 8/10.
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  6. Sep 14, 2015
    8
    Mad Max
    A game about picking up litter.
    I joke, but that’s essentially what this game is. You start the game losing your precious black on
    Mad Max
    A game about picking up litter.
    I joke, but that’s essentially what this game is.
    You start the game losing your precious black on black, and it’s up to you, because who else is gonna help you?
    To get it back.
    Maybe a hunchback with magical black fingers will help since he believes you’re essentially the Dragonborn.
    You set out on your journey for redemption with the entire world full of scrap metal at your disposal.
    Having to live off of small water pumps, maggots, lizards, and dog food.
    Offering yourself to stronghold leaders in return of some help to continue your quest.
    Mad Max is a massive open world with well over 50 hours of content.
    The good or the bad is that this massive world is just that.. a massive world that stays the same, keeps the same rules from beginning all the way til the end.
    By the rules of the game staying the same since the start, the world feels even more as one,
    you’re introduced to everything that the game is going to throw at you very early on
    but the downside of this is that it’s easy to feel repetitive…. After a while you’ll realize, wait a minute…
    No matter what I do, I’m really just going to location after location and picking up its collectibles and killing all of the bad guys there and doing it over and over and over until the credits roll.
    A side mission, a main mission, scavenge locations, it doesn’t matter, it’s the same thing.. collect scrap, kill everything there.
    Luckily though, you have to really concentrate on the repetitiveness to notice it, because while the world of mad max is one giant collectathon, the locations are surprisingly unique considering the game takes place in a desert.
    I actually loved exploring the open world, it never felt to me like the design team got lazy.
    If you stop to just soak in your surroundings, you may actually find them to be quite beautiful.
    Even the devastation and destruction is beautiful.
    Without warning you’ll see a dark cloud approaching you, and you know you have to find shelter fast,
    The skies are about to get dark, the wind is about to pick up, and lighting is going strike the ground around you.
    The storms are terrifying, but bring so much excitement to the game, really adding a layer of immersion to an already super immersive game.
    After a storm has passed you can set out into the world to find scrap crates it blew around or get back to looting.
    While this really is just a game about map cleaning like assassins creed has become, there is reason to the mad maxness.
    The scrap is used for upgrades.
    You get scraps from exploding enemy cars, from scavenging, upgrading strongholds, and constantly like a bank system by claiming enemy camps, which is done by clearing them of their leader, fighters, or by destroying their pumps or tanks inside.
    You can freely upgrade max, your weapons, or your car as you level up and decrease the threat in each territory.
    You decrease threat by eliminating snipers, claiming camps, pulling down scarecrows, taking out convoys, and defusing landmines.
    and You level up by completing combat, environmental, and car based challenges.
    Leveling up really happens for the most part naturally.
    Car combat is surprisingly fun, you can rip off doors, tires, explode tanks, or just ram into opponents until they explode or run away.
    Hand to hand combat is a less satisfying version of the arkham games.
    Mad max on foot and in combat feels very stiff. So think skyrim in 3rd person but with batman style prompts. The camera doesn’t pull out like in batman, which can lead to some hits that feel pretty cheap since the enemy is off camera.
    enemies do die quickly in hand to hand, so weapons aren’t all too necessary outside of completing challenges and luckily neither is your shotgun.
    And I say luckily because you can only hold 2 shotgun shells with you in the beginning until you upgrade yourself to being able to carry a whopping 7
    Making the shotgun really only useful for hard to reach collectibles.
    But then there’s the racing, the sections that if you’re like me you’re not going to enjoy even a little.
    They’re cheap, luck based, physics don’t exist, your car seemingly has no weight, and handling in this game sucks, there’s a particular spot in the game where you die almost instantly from the never ending enemy cars in this quote unquote race that seem to do nothing but hinder you and are given a laughable 6 minute time limit to try and take out a larger truck.
    And for some reason when you’re about to deal the killing blow, you will start locking on enemies behind you instead.
    Mad Max breaks in the spots it needs to work most.
    The racing in general and this section sprinkled into the main story really ruin what otherwise is a decently fun and relaxing experience.
    It becomes a frustratingly cheap ps2 era time trial out of nowhere.
    Luckily races are optional…but the one I had issue with the most unfortunately isn’t
    While mad max stays the same game from hour 1 until hour 80, you’ll find yourself enjoying every second lost in this desert world claiming it for your own as you set out for a bit of revenge.
    The racing sections though, not so much.

    For what it is
    Open World Action Adventure:
    8.0/10
    Overall: 8.0/10
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  7. Jun 29, 2018
    0
    Never buy an Avalanche Studios game. They release broken, and often impossible to complete, and are never, ever patched. This is a terribleNever buy an Avalanche Studios game. They release broken, and often impossible to complete, and are never, ever patched. This is a terrible studio that needs to be severely punished for its hostile business practices. Too bad, too, because Mad Max is a halfway decent game worthy of a 7, and was fun until it broke - which is the point. A game that breaks the way this game breaks, the way Just Cause games break, in becoming unplayable and broken in ways that never get fixed and for a very significant amount of players - deserves a 0 score, and 0 of your dollars. Expand

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