Viddy Well: Mad Max Gameplay Galore

Splosions imminent

At what point in the market-o-rama before a game’s release are you content you’ve seen enough and will skip over it until you can play yourself? I like to get a broad sense of a game, see an interesting facet or two, then ignore it so I can discover the game myself and be surprised. Sadly, this job rarely allows that. The sacrifices I make…

If your answer is “Everything all of it as much as I possibly can more give me more more!” then you’re in luck with Mad Max [official site], thanks to a new ‘choose your path’ trailery thing and eighty minutes of livestreamed gameplay.

This “interactive” trailer lets you choose different approaches, but basically it’s a collection of gameplay clips with links to jump between sections (you’ll need video annotations enabled to see ’em). You could just watch it as a plain old video:

I do quite like when Max grapples onto a car ahead of him then turboboosts to smash the ‘heck’ out of it. Very nice, that. Most other approaches seem to result in explosions one way or another.

Yes, explosions are a large part of the game, as a recent long livestream of straight gameplay showed. Developers Avalanche Software streamed it on Twitch but for whatever reason, choose not to archive it. This means you’re stuck with a murky stream recording with bits of the Twitch UI still showing but hey, if you want to see it all, it’s not all roses:

When Mad Max was announced, it was really exciting as the first big fancy Madthing in years. After the wonders of Fury Road, it looks a little dull. Still, I do like explosions, and Avalanche are behind the Just Cause games so they sure do know about ‘sploding stuff real good.

Mad Max is coming on September 1st.


  1. Atog says:

    “Door : Explosion required”

  2. PancakeWizard says:

    Can someone clarify, is this the one where they are being suspicously coy about whether it’ll have Steamworks integration or not?

    • Mokinokaro says:

      It’s published by Warner Bros. Of course it’ll be steamworks.

      • PancakeWizard says:

        Since the Arkham Knight debacle, that’s not a guarantee.

        • Mokinokaro says:

          You seem awfully sure.

          It’s got a steam page up already and the contracts would’ve been made well in advance. It’ll be steamworks.

          • Mokinokaro says:

            Also, all the 3rd party sites are only selling steam key prepurchases. That should tell you something.

  3. Freud says:

    It looks like a PS2 game.

  4. Koshelkin says:

    Generic open world game is generic. Suspicions confirmed. I’ll wait for November. War. War never changes.

    • Xzi says:

      What’s in November?

      Also, this hardly looks generic. Only game that seems even remotely similar is RAGE, and that was poorly designed IMO.

  5. dontnormally says:

    What good does it do to destroy a convoy? Don’t you want the things in the convoy?

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      Phasma Felis says:

      Maybe you just want to keep someone else from getting the things in the convoy.

  6. fish99 says:

    Pre-orders for this are suspiciously cheap.

    • rcguitarist says:

      They appear to be the standard $60.

      • Xzi says:

        With a little digging I found it for less than $22. Then again a lot of games can be found super cheap prior to release, with the price either going up or down after release depending on how well received it is.

      • fish99 says:

        I’ve seen it under £14. Not from Steam of course (where it’s £35), but it is a Steam key. Steam’s new game prices are just awful.

        • Xzi says:

          Steam’s new game prices are the standard $60 here in the states. Obviously not that hard to find Steam keys/gifts much cheaper elsewhere, so I couldn’t care less what Steam charges for them directly.

  7. Muzman says:

    So this is kind of Just Cause 2, kind of Far Cry 3, a little bit Arkham City. Is there some Shadow of Mordor too? If not they should write a thing where you mess with enemy tribe’s social hierarchy. There’s still time I’m sure.

    • Xzi says:

      I mean, it is by Avalanche Studios, so a lot of Just Cause 2 is to be expected. At least the driving and vehicular combat seem better than in any other open-world games I’ve seen.

  8. PopeRatzo says:

    I don’t really pay attention until the system requirements are announced. If it needs more computer than I have, I can just move on. If my machine will run it, then I start to care.