Mad Max

Mad Max trailer shows exploding cars, makes lofty claims

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Look, I don't want to waste your time here: this is not the most revelatory game trailer you will ever see. Across the thirty seconds of Mad Max footage, we get cars, crashes, swirling cameras and big text saying things like "THIS IS MORE THAN A MACHINE," while doing little to back up that statement.

It does have a few things going for it. Firstly, it's a brief chance to catch a glimpse at Avalanche's next game—something I have high hopes for given their work with Just Cause 2. Secondly, if you play the video and then start tapping the number keys on your keyboard, the time-stamped sound effects make for a great industrial music soundboard.


Mad Max trailer shows vehicular combat, violent flourishes and dark brooding

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In an unusual move, Avalanche have filled their *sigh* 'Gameplay' trailer with next to no footage of the game being played. There are brief frames of video that might correspond to what you'd see while directly interacting with the finished product, but for the most you're getting in-engine scenes of the bits in between the playing. Cutscenes and cinematic finishers acted out by some brooding stubble attached to a leathery sack of hair-trigger violence, who seethes through a dust strewn wasteland.


Every game at E3 2013 and its PC release outlook

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Now that the blinding glare of every major publisher simultaneously projecting marketing at us has dimmed, we have a clearer picture of what E3 2013 revealed, what's important to us, and what we expect to be playing on PC within the next couple years. And here it all is.


Mad Max game finally announced, being developed by Just Cause studio

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After months of blurry images and garbled messages in the sand, we finally have some concrete details about the Mad Max game Avalanche Studios is definitely making. Those details are about as barren as an Australian desert, but here’s what we know:


What we want to see from Avalanche's rumoured Mad Max game

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Last year filming finally wrapped on a fourth Mad Max movie, subtitled Fury Road, after decades of stop-start development. We’ve known for some time that a tie-in game was also in the making, with God Of War 2 director Cory Barlog mentioning the project as early as 2008.

Since then Barlog has moved on but the screenshot above, tweeted by Avalanche Studios founder Christofer Sundberg, seems to give weight to persistent rumours that the Just Cause developer is now making the game. This would be a good thing, Just Cause having a blend of open-world freedom, vehicle-heavy mayhem and attaching people to exploding objects that scream “YES, THIS” to anyone familiar with Mel Gibson’s pre-sugar titted big screen heyday. Here are some other things we think would make for an excellent Road Warrior game.


Just Cause creators tease new project with blurry shot of blurry men doing blurry violence

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"We've got our publisher's PR crew here today. Maybe I should shake them up a little bit and leak something just for the fun of it," Avalanche founder Christofer Sundberg tweeted yesterday. Minutes later, he uploaded the instagram shot above saying "We're making awesome games at #avalanchestudios! This year will be awesome!"

But will it be Just Cause 3 awesome, or Mad Max awesome? Rumours of an Avalanche Mad Max project have been circulating for years, and a movie reboot starring Tom "Gotham's reckoning" Hardy is due next year. The battered motorbike/sidecar combo and the crowbar thing the driver's wielding fit in nicely with the regressive post apocalyptic tech of Mad Max, but the driver also sports the dark shirt and shoulder straps favoured by Just Cause protagonist, Rico. Hmmm, what do you think?