Mad Max [official site], the open-world apocalypse 'em up from Just Cause devs Avalanche Studios has arrived on Steam, and so has Mad Max, the post-apocalyptic watch 'em up series from Babe director George Miller.
Seeing the four Mad Max films on Steam is quite a surprise, given that Valve's moving picture offerings so far have mostly been small indie films and documentaries about video games. It helps that Warner Bros. distributed the movies as well as publishing the game, but still, coo, Fury Road! More than ever, I wish Steam's films were games.
We didn't receive a copy of Mad Max to review before launch, but we'll be murdering away to tell you Wot We Think when we can. For now, er, here's its TV commercial:
As for Mad Max the movies, here's Wot I Think: Mad Max is a pretty great action-thriller in a society falling apart, though it drags in places like '70s thrillers will. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior is a cracking film, and doesn't get enough credit/blame for being a huge influence on video games. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome continues the series' escalation of budget and scope, losing its way in the expanding spectacle; some will moan endlessly about this film if you let them, but can't we get beyond Thunderdome? Mad Max: Fury Road is boss as heck.
I don't know if I'd buy any of the movies to stream on Steam, though. The Road Warrior and Beyond Thunderdome are £9.99 each, which seems a lot. Fury Road will launch on September 21st priced at £13.99, for which I could've seen it twice at my local cinema on a huge screen with booming sound. And the original Mad Max is only available in a bundle with the game and all the movies for £67.10. I don't buy digital movies unless that's the only way I'll get to see them, though, so I'm not the target audience. But who is? Are you? Do you buy streaming movies? What'd get you buying movies on Steam?