Mad Max PS4 Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on the PS4 version of Mad Max by Avalanche Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
Disclaimer: I received the game for free on PS Plus so I didn’t receive the game from the developer this time around.
Mad Max is an action adventure game that puts you in the shoes of the fabled Road Warrior, Mad Max. The game’s story isn’t based on any of the movies, instead it’s based on it’s universe and offers a unique take on the Mad Max story.
The story begins with Max journeying to the Plains of Silence in search of fuel. His journey is interrupted when he is attacked by a group of War Boys led by Scabrous Scrotus. Max manages to defeat Scrotus but he loses his car in the process. Throughout the story Max is aided by a hunchback named Chumbucket who calls Max, The Driver of Legend. With Chumbucket’s help Max obtains a new vehicle named the Magnum Opus. Max’s ultimate goal is to defeat the leader of Gastown named Immortan Joe but his journey takes him all across the wasteland.
One of the game’s main elements is it’s driving and vehicle system. The Magnum Opus is Max’s main vehicle and Chumbucket comes along for the ride. The Magnum Opus is also the only vehicle that can be fully upgraded with new parts. There’s a wide range of different parts that you can equip the Magnum Opus with including engines, side burners, border spikes, mufflers, armor, and bodies to name only a few of the upgrades you can purchase.
Max can also drive any of the vehicles driven by enemy factions as well. If you return the vehicles to a stronghold you’ll add the vehicle to your collection and you’ll be able to drive them at any time in the future. Some enemy vehicles will also be carrying large bags of scrap and if you return these to your base you not only get to keep the vehicle but also you get a big bonus in scrap as well.
Another key feature is the game’s fist fighting system, or ground combat, as it’s called in game. The fist fighting in Mad Max is easily the most satisfying thing about the game and each punch feels like it has weight to it. You can also upgrade max’s abilities using the upgrade system so he’ll be able to perform more devastating attacks on enemies. Max’s clothes can also be upgraded to allow him to do more damage to enemies or the ability to take more damage. You can also change his appearance for free when you unlock them as well.
The game is largely exploration based and if you get bored of doing the same things repeatedly then you probably won’t enjoy this game a whole lot. There also isn’t a whole lot of story elements because the game mostly revolves around said exploration. Once you get to a certain point in the game, you’ll also be required to acquire the same materials and upgrades for a new stronghold which really adds to the repetitiveness.
Overall, Mad Max will likely appeal to those that enjoy exploring game worlds (Something I actually enjoy doing in truth). For most people, after the first few base takeovers and scavenging locations, the repetitiveness will set in and you’ll wind up getting bored. I will say that for those that enjoy driving around and beating up enemies, you’re in for a treat since both are very well done in this game. I recommend the game more for those that like exploration, driving around, and fist fighting enemies.
Thanks for taking the time to read the review folks and I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks.
Shaun Meyers out!