When the Mad Max reboot was first announced, fans of the original started bracing themselves for the worst...then, the film's trailers hit the web, and absolutely everyone lost their minds. Sure, there's no way of telling if the movie will actually be good, but the trailers did exactly what they were supposed to - sell everyone on just how awesome the movie could be.
There's no denying that the film looks great - unfortunately, the same couldn't be said for its video game tie-in. Not that the short CG trailer didn't look promising, it's just that no one had seen any actual gameplay. Fans have heard all about what the developers were promising, but it's hard to get excited for a game when you can't actually see it.
Well, after months and months of waiting, Avalanche Studios is finally ready to show off Mad Max. Nearly five minutes of brand-new footage debuted online earlier today, and it begs the question: does it look like it'll be worth playing?
First things first: this is a very brown game. While gamers are used to this sort of muted color palette, it does feel like a bit of missed oppurtunity here: the Mad Max movie reboot trailers are full of bright reds and oranges that really popped off the screen. The game, on the other hand, is nothing but brown. Granted, it's not like the game's colors are going to ruin the experience - even so, it does feel a bit generic.
Thankfully, the rest of the footage is a lot more interesting: there are some big ideas here, and with any luck, Avalanche Studios will actually pull it all off. Scavenging the wasteland for parts, upgrading your ride, then taking on bandits and entire colonies sounds like the best parts of Grand Theft Auto and Fallout combined. There's even a bit of Red Dead Redemption in there, and the combat definitely looks like something out of one of the Batman: Arkham games.
Fans still haven't seen much of Mad Max, but the short gameplay demo should do a lot to boost their confidence. There may not be anything that's truly original, but if Avalanche Studios can pull all of the different gameplay styles together, Mad Max could be one of the bigger gaming surprises of 2015...just like its big-screen counterpart.
The Mad Max game is set for release on September 1.