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E3 2013 | “Mad Max” Hits Consoles In 2014

Posted on June 13, 2013 AT 10:07am

Max Rockatansky is an icon in the movie world. From its post-apocalyptic story to the memorable characters and quotes there are so many reasons why the character made famous by Mel Gibson is beloved to this very day. This past week it was revealed that Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Avalanche Studios (Just Cause series, Renegade Ops) will be bringing Mad Max to game consoles for the first time since 1990.

At the Warner Bros. booth the folks at Avalanche Studios gave viewers a peek at what to expect from this open-world game. In Mad Max you’re tasked with building a new vehicle, after the Inceptor is taken from him by bandits. With Chumbucket the mutant car mechanic on your side you will have to scourge the massive deserts to find wheels, bumpers, and even some killer weapons that can be used to take down enemies and break down barriers that block new areas to explore. Also unique to the game is the fact that when you upgrade your vehicle the enemies will soon start attacking you in a different way each time. During the video presentation one such bandit jumped on top of the vehicle and proceeded to stab Max through the sunroof. With some clever driving skills (and a shotgun to the face) Max is able to get the nasty enemies off his trail.

Max is still handy with his gun, but the more fun weapons can be found on the vehicle. In one point during the demonstration the car had the harpoon set up on the front part. When shot the weapon beautifully impaled an enemy through the face, with blood and even some brain splattering across the desert sand. Max can take down enemies using stealth techniques, although the developers themselves said they don’t quite encourage it. By sneaking up on his opponents he can take them down silently or, in the case of a special explosive weapon, blow them up and startle the others. Sniping enemies can be fun, too, but if you see an explosive barrel around be sure to take it out and watch the fiery carnage reign.

So far Mad Max looks very impressive, and for a licensed video game it appears that it’s steering clear from the usual bad movie-based game curse that befalls most of these titles. Some will pull out comparisons to id Software’s Rage, although people will be quick to note that Mad Max did play an inspiration role in the development of that game. Mad Max is due late 2014 on Xbox One, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, and PC, which should also be around the time the new film Mad Max: Fury Road hits theaters.

An accomplished music, anime, and video game critic, Evan Bourgault has been a Contributing Editor and Podcast host with ElectricSistaHood since 2008. His passion for discovering new bands, developers, and Japanese pop culture began in his college radio days and continues on today. Follow Evan on Twitter at twitter.com/King_Baby_Duck

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