Life Is A Savage Road In New Mad Max Trailer

Savage Road, the title of the new Mad Max [official site] story trailer, is strangely similar to the name of that Mad Max movie that released recently. You might not have heard of it, it had kind of a subdued launch and response seems to have been a bit muted so far. Mad Max is so hot right now and Avalanche Studios knows this, as they’ve managed to make it just as fun as any of the Fury Road trailers, complete with guns and explosions and cars and arid wasteland as far as the eye can see. Which pretty much sums up the entire Mad Max experience. In a good way, I mean.

So from what I can see, Max travels to Car Mordor to get revenge on the Car Uruk-hai for stealing and scrapping his Car… car. Along the way there are plenty of enemies littering the apocalyptic Australian wasteland to slaughter and maim. Sounds like a good time to me. Avalanche Studios’ open world pedigree gives us even more reason to be excited than the Mad Max name.

I had no idea Mad Max was basically Lord of the Rings with cars. Now I’m even more excited about finally seeing Fury Road. This Gollum-like character, is he in the film? Is the guy who plays Max as pretty as his character model in this new game story trailer? Oh, it’s Tom Hardy. That’s a yes then.

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  1. PopeRatzo says:

    So, Shadows of Mordor with cars? OK, I guess, but I was hoping more for Rage 2 w/ Furiousa.

    • Xzi says:

      To be fair, the open-world driving segments in this look far better than they were in RAGE. The ability to get out of/on top of cars while they’re still moving is a huge improvement on its own.

    • Junkenstein says:

      All these Shadows of Mordor comparisons made me realise a Nemesis system would be perfect for this game. Imagine an enemy car coming back more gnarled, souped up and spiker each time.

    • Underwhelmed says:

      The less in common this game has with RAGE the better. Man what an over hyped turd that was.

  2. RedViv says:

    This looks about 1.51% as preposterously glorious as Fury Road.

  3. Ross Angus says:

    Silly Jem: everyone knows Fury Road is a very loose retelling of The Wizard of Oz.

  4. Cash at Folsom says:

    The treatment of Max is actually my only fear about the game at this early point. I really enjoyed the way the film handles him: he barely speaks–and when he does, it’s little more than a gravely, half-sane mutter–there’s no forced romance for him, and while he is an unquestionable badass he’s not a superhero. It’s fine not having Hardy’s likeness, but from these trailers I’m getting more of a smirking, lady-kissing, wish-fulfilling vibe. Like Nathan Drake with a car.

    But maybe I’m just looking for things to complain about to temper my otherwise high hopes for this game.

    • gwathdring says:

      No, I’m totally with you.

      • Serenegoose says:

        Looks like the mad max the MRAs wanted. Unambitious, stale ground, tread a thousand times before. The very definition of aiming low.

        • Distec says:

          Yeah… all that “MRAs vs Mad Max” and “Fury Road is a feminist tour de force” crap was a complete shitshow of a fabrication; attaching some completely unnecessary political fodder to what was just a fucking great action movie.

        • ribby says:

          It actually was a shitshow of fabrication… The guy who wrote about this was just a misogynist and not an MRA- the site has actually written a bunch of anti-MRA articles.

          But apparently the two words mean exactly the same thing (sigh)

          Why can’t everyone just get along? Why do feminists try so hard to stop MRAs coming together and talking about men’s issues? And why do MRAs dislike feminists so much? I really wish a proper equal rights movement would start up that actually put significant thought into making things fair for both genders. At the moment I don’t feel like I can really truly support anyone.

          • Tukuturi says:

            You might be confused about what MRAs are.

          • Distec says:

            Unhinged bigots. Like feminists, amirite?

          • ribby says:

            @Tukuturi

            Oh I don’t think so. You see, presumably unlike you I’ve actually listened to them. And I’m sure there are plenty of awful MRAs who hate women but then again we live in a world where #KillAllMen was a thing… And I’m sure many of them believe silly things like that the world is becoming dominated by women or something to that effect. But there are many many feminists who still insist that there’s a huge wage gap in terms of equal work despite the fact that that’s been debunked so, so many times and that every study I’ve been shown suggesting that it does exist has admitted to missing out vital factors such as the number of hours worked on average. (Almost, I add in disgust, as if they were intentionally designed to mislead people)

            So don’t go telling me that MRAs are all anything, because I’ve actually listened to them and they are not. I’m pretty damn certain there’s good to be found in both the feminist and MRA movement and as soon as we all come to recognise that, everything will be better.

          • Karrius says:

            Let’s see here…

            -Tells people to “Listen to MRAs”, when some of the biggest MRA websites argue for things like legalizing rape.
            -Mentions the “#KillAllMen” hashtag, showing either a misunderstanding of jokes OR openly falling and spreading for operation lollipop type things.
            -Says the wagegap has been debunked, despite the fact that there’s tons of evidence it hasn’t been, like how when shown two resumes with equal experience, people will just outright say the one with a female name on it deserves to be paid less.

            But hey, considering how you’ve previously said there’s nothing racist about spreading anti-black lies made by white supremacists, or sexist about sharing revenge porn, I can’t really say I’m surprised.

          • ribby says:

            Okay… So forget the killallmen thing. I couldn’t remember whether that was serious or not… The fact that there’s feminists who say misandric things hasn’t changed just because I got that one example wrong. All it’s done is make me look silly.

            “like how when shown two resumes with equal experience, people will just outright say the one with a female name on it deserves to be paid less.”

            I’d prefer actual evidence regarding the amounts that people are actually paid rather than this- although show me the study and I’ll have a look at it.

            “biggest MRA websites argue for things like legalizing rape.” really? You’re dead sure? Well that is nasty nasty stuff. But i don’t think it devalues the sensible (sane) MRAs.

            “nothing racist about spreading anti-black lies made by white supremacists, or sexist about sharing revenge porn, I can’t really say I’m surprised.”

            Fuck you. I have not said these things.

            Thinking about it if I have said that I was probably looking at it from the point of view that it’s a disrespectful despicable act but it can be done to men and women and it’s not specifically done to a person because they’re a woman. Would you consider cheating on someone sexist?

            But I have certainly never supported these things

          • Karrius says:

            Here’s the bit on salaries, and other such stuff: link to blogs.scientificamerican.com

            So no, the wage gap hasn’t been debunked – it’s been EXPLAINED. Women work at lower paying jobs so they make less! Because they’re only offered those jobs. Because they’re denied educational opportunities. Because their work is inherently seen as inferior, so it’s shoved down. By claiming it’s “debunked”, you’re parroting sexist lies that are basically claiming women are inherently worth less. That’s BS.

            And yes – stuff like the owner of AVFM has openly said rape should be legal. And people who write for that website get heralded (by people you claim are non-sexist, elsewhere!) as “logical and factual”. That’s the MRA movement in a nutshell.

          • ribby says:

            Uh oh. Are you one of those equality of outcome not equality of opportunity guys? My original comment said ‘in terms of equal work’. The wage gap myth is not that the net earnings of all men put together outweigh the net earnings of all women put together. That is common fact and no one would deny that. It’s that women are being paid 75% of what men are for the same work- which isn’t true.

            Denied educational opportunities? Hogwash! Women earn more degrees than men. But one of the main reasons that they still earn less is that women tend to (on average) choose degrees in lower paying courses like education or psychology rather than science or maths. Are you really suggesting that some organisation looks through female-dominated courses and male-dominated courses and decides ‘Aha, so we need to give these kinds of jobs more money and these kind of jobs less money’?? Because that’s what this suggests:”Because their work is inherently seen as inferior”

            I looked up AVFM rape legalised and I couldn’t find anything. Surely there’d be some feminist/anti-MRA website talking about this? I’ll still give you the benefit of the doubt on that one though, I suppose.

            Another reason women earn less on average is that, yes more women work part time and more women give up full time careers to raise families than men do. The difference between you and me is that you see that in itself as a major problem. If there was evidence that they were all being pressured into this by society then it would be a problem. But I highly doubt you could make that case.

          • Karrius says:

            When outright showed evidence that women are offered less money for the same work, you repeat your claims that it “isn’t true”, and continue to rattle on the same talking points, making points that are literally directly contradicted by the cites you asked for, and totally ignore. You also totally fail to do even basic google searching, and act condescending towards me when you do it. Try to be a little less transparent with your base bigotries next time, could you? In any case, it’s obvious it’s impossible to get anywhere for you, as you only ask for evidence to waste peoples time, and ignore it, anyway, while making sweeping statements with no actual proof.

          • ribby says:

            Hey, that’s not fair! I didn’t look at your evidence because what you said you were arguing matches what I already believed and is different to what you are saying now! You said “Women work at lower paying jobs so they make less”.

            I’m realising now that there was a miscommunication here. I assumed that your link was going to be proof that men earn more because women work at lower paying jobs and that the part where you said “because they are only offered those jobs” ect was just your own baseless assumptions. Am I right in thinking that you actually meant the source supported those points? In that case I’ll take a look at your source tomorrow.

            My widesweeping generalisations such as which degrees men and women generally prefer? Just look it up and you’ll see that I’m not wrong

          • ribby says:

            Okay I lied. I had a look at the source now. It’s not even about the wage gap. It’s about the existence of gender bias in the sciences. Which I didn’t say wasn’t a thing. All it proves is that both men and women will automatically assume that a male science graduate is better at science than a female science graduate. Which is bad. But not really a point against what i was saying. Perhaps it’s because it’s a more male-dominated field. I wonder if you’d get the opposite result if you tried it with a female-dominated field? Perhaps not.

            Sorry if I was condescending earlier. Your argument had me confused because you seemed to be arguing two mutually exclusive things.

          • Distec says:

            It’s okay, ribby. You’re talking to somebody who thinks MRA’s want legal rape and then has the gall to bitch about your poor Google-fu.

            You’re debating a cartoon.

    • Stevostin says:

      I am totally with you. It has to be said the visual work is pretty awesome and even if it looks like it takes all of its inspiration from the movie, it does it incredibly well. OST sounds *better* than the one from the movie (main issue I have with the movie really, bland OST) and despite not FPV on foot I am willing to play this but the few speaking I see, the very idea of a Max comment will put me down badly. 1st rule of Mad Max movie: don’t speak if not absolutely needed.

  5. Kollega says:

    I would buy this so hard if it was more of a green and grassy post-apocalypse, as opposed to a stereotypical desert wasteland. But sadly, as this is Mad Max, and Mad Max is all about the desert, that is not to be.

    Seriously though… I find the utter lack of flora in the “classic” post-apocalyptic setting more than a little grating. A little grass would go a long way to make me like the whole genre more, because then it’d basically be a steppe, and that means “home, sweet home”.
    :P

    • tnzk says:

      Mad Max wrote the book on post-apocalyptic wasteland settings. I can understand your concern considering it’s an overused concept, but every other I.P should greenify themselves *cough*Fallout*cough* so Mad Max can keep its identity.

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        Wisq says:

        This raises an interesting issue: If you’re continuing a franchise that established a particular setting — but has since been copied so many times that it’s now ordinary and mundane — do you still “stay true” to your older work and continue to set it in your existing setting (relying instead on good storytelling and etc.)? And if you do, can you legitimately be criticised for doing so?

        Not being rhetorical here. There are several settings that have become so overplayed as to be tired and even annoying to some — for example, Tolkein-based fantasy — and whose existence (and the expectations they create) seem to stifle many attempts to create fresher, more interesting settings in the same genre. Think of the number of games that feature dwarves and elves, even if they appear to be set in completely different worlds. Yet when another actual Tolkein movie comes along, is anyone really going to complain about it being set in the traditional Tolkein fantasy world? Or be taken seriously if they do?

        • LionsPhil says:

          The last time I watched Aliens I found myself thrown out of it a bit by how cliche it now was. Success is a terrible burden to bear. :(

      • Jason Moyer says:

        “Mad Max wrote the book on post-apocalyptic wasteland settings.”

        What was the first film that actually used the post-apocalyptic desert setting? The earliest one I can think of offhand is A Boy And His Dog (which is basically Fallout: The Movie), but there has to be something earlier.

    • BLACKOUT-MK2 says:

      For what it’s worth, the developers have said that there are going to be multiple zones in the game, and the desert wastelands are just one of them. I think they said there’s also going to be a more water-based area,to name one.

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      phuzz says:

      I do remember this mod for Fallout 3 which added trees all across the wasteland. Definitely one I’ll be adding if/when I replay.

    • Ross Angus says:

      One of the many things I love about the STALKER series is that nature explodes over everything.

    • Splattercakez says:

      I’ve been playing The Last of Us recently, the art direction in it is fucking phenomenal and a really standout example of how do a unique, interesting take on post-apocalyptic landscapes.

    • Jackablade says:

      Amusingly, the new Mad Max’s production was delayed because of that flora.

      Back early in the production they were filming out in the desert here in Australia, back (I believe) before they moved most of the production to Namibia. They had a big rain storm which resulted in the desert going from a barren dust bowl to being covered in wildflowers.

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      Dukey says:

      In fairness though, large chunks of inland Australia are literally like this already.

  6. Random Integer says:

    Max already says more in that trailer than he does in the entire movie and what he’s saying is decidedly Mediocre.

  7. PancakeWizard says:

    Joel from The Last of Us playing Max Rockatansky?

  8. GameCat says:

    I think this game would be much better as multiplayer game.
    2-3 stronger cars like War Rig from Fury Road manned with a few players vs. another bunch of players in wacky smaller cars and bikes chasing them through endless desert.

    • frightlever says:

      I like pony sims so I think this would be better if they replaced the cars with ponies.

      Okay, that was a lie, but now I’m thinking about it…

  9. AlexV says:

    3rd person linear adventure? Well, OK. I suppose. It is a film tie-in after all. I was just hoping for something more interesting.

    How about a nice tactical and design game? Or maybe some RTS elements? Build your warband, populating it with various classes of warboys, design outrageous vehicles from an increasing library of parts. Scavenge parts from defeated vehicles for re-use in your own. Vehicular stats to include a modifier to battle lust and insanity buffs to nearby units, for example (give us a good *reason* for having a flamethower-guitar wielder mounted on a rock-out wagon!).

    How about the warboys belief system? Plenty of good material there. A warboy has gains experience (and special abilities?) from battle, but has a strictly limited life. If it dies from old age, it just dies and is wasted. However, in combat, kamikaze action is always available, and if ‘witnessed’, results in the next warboy to spawn starting with the experience of the one that just died, rather than zero. “I live, I fight, I die, I live again!”

    The world and setting, and style, is so rich there’s plenty of good game system fodder there. Basing a game on the Mad Max character himself, rather than the world he inhabits, is just, well, mediocre.

    • tnzk says:

      No offence, that sounds rather horrible. No thanks.

      I thought it was open world action, but if it really is a linear action game, I hope they pull it off. I’ve been craving something as brilliant as Gears of War or Resident Evil 4. Pure, focused, unadulterated action could do Mad Max justice.

      • Luciferous says:

        It is an open world action game, it also has a linear story you can follow if you so desire.

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      Wisq says:

      You could always just play Convoy and pretend it’s the official Mad Max tie-in rather than this. Honestly, it fits the movie way better.

      • ribby says:

        Or Darkwind War on Wheels. Still playing the free version of that and it’s good fun. Janet, my one legged gunner just got her head imploded (mourns)

        And yes, she did have two legs when she joined the gang.

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      Qazinsky says:

      The good reason for “having a flamethower-guitar wielder mounted on a rock-out wagon” is “having a flamethower-guitar wielder mounted on a rock-out wagon”.

  10. Kefren says:

    After being impressed by the film this weekend I’m actually a lot more excited about this game. The comments above about the dialogue and differences from the film are valid points though. I hope they trailer-makers aren’t just tricking us with advertising to look like something else when the end product is very different (a la Dead Island). I think it’d be good if Max spoke very rarely. Anyway, I mentioned a few thoughts about the film at
    link to facebook.com

  11. Zallgrin says:

    While I like apocalypse and like driving around, this game looks far too similar to Shadow of Mordor in approach. You can barely see the ground from all the notifications, collectibles, objectives, pop-ups and mini-maps. You’re not experiencing the world with your own eyes, but through the smooth glib interface of a game.

    And that’s a shame. Such an approach ruins every chance of immersion that it ever had.

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    Al__S says:

    this doesn’t look as good as the film… Max talks too much and is too comprehensible. Plus it looks like female character is standard love interest #323783 rather than the far more interesting ladies of the film

  13. DrollRemark says:

    The plot to this is going to be so Generic Video Game Story that it’s going to make me upset.

  14. Darth Gangrel says:

    If this is Lord of the Rings with cars, then the bad guy is probably called Saabron and the hero of the story, Fordo, is trying to destroy The One Car Keyring.

  15. blur says:

    But will it use megatexturing?

    Wait, what? This isn’t Rage 2?

  16. ramirezfm says:

    The movie was AWESOME. This is just… meh. I’m afraid this’ll just be another movie game. Did I mention that the movie was AWESOME?

  17. hamilcarp says:

    I want this to be be shiny and chrome but it just looks mediocre

  18. Ogun says:

    This looks like Mad Max DLC for Just Cause 3, and I agree with the previous posters that the trailer already has too much dialog.

    Tom Hardy did a much better job of studying all of Mel Gibson’s mannerisms, then using both of them to bring the character back to life. Not sure that Rico Rodriguez with a shady Oz accent can do the same.

  19. Daniel Klein says:

    **SPOILERS FOR THE MOVIE AHEAD**

    A big part of why I loved the movie so much were the Mothers (“no unnecessary killing!”) and the kickass old ladies. Also the fact that there was absolutely no gratuitous romance pushed on anyone and all the female characters had just as much agency over all of their actions, including the bad-ass old lady with her purse of seeds owning her death, and her death being about her and her stubbornly holding on to a hope for a better future until the last second and decidedly NOT about motivating anyone else at all–all of that made the movie so, so much better than I ever dared to hope.

    In a way the game may suffer, at least to my eyes, from being associated with the movie. It sets the bar impossibly high. There are ways of achieving similar narrative impact in a movie, but we’re years, if not decades, away from a mainstream game attempting these. Spit-balling here, but something like a multiple pass narrative where you play one type of character until you die and based on your choices and actions in that playthrough you go one way (more savage) or the other (more hopeful); where you could have successive playthroughs with minimal violence to move you closer toward an old lady style character, or go more and more bloodthirsty to ascend farther and farther in the hierarchy of the warboys, if that’s what you’re after. There could be separate end-game states of either being an Immortan Joe type character and absolutely crushing the last of the tribe of the hopefuls or going all the way the other direction and taking over the Citadel, like they did in the movie.

    • cpt_freakout says:

      Now there’s a worthy Mad Max tie-in.

      • KenTWOu says:

        Yeah, but it’s way too ambitious, so no one could pull it off.

    • ribby says:

      I hate it when a romance in movies feels forced- I don’t mind a lot of the time when it’s a girl and a guy spending a lot of time together and they fall in love more quickly than they would in real life (like in the first Bourne movie as a random example). Even though it’s cheesy and unrealistic I still quite like that.

      But when romance just comes from nowhere like (from what I hear) in the new Avengers movie? Thumbs down from me

  20. lordfrikk says:

    The game trailer pales in comparison to what is probably one of the best movie trailers ever made. Seems like the game will be pretty similar in that regard.