“Life is a savage road,” Max remarks. “Out here, a man with no wheels is a man with no hope.” And with that line, he has already spoken about as much as he did in The Road Warrior and Fury Road combined
Unlike in Fury Road, Max appears to be by himself for much of the upcoming game, but it looks like he will be getting some help from one of the desolate wasteland’s sick, pale “War Boys,” who aids him in replacing his car. The majority of the crazed militants serve the muscle-bound warlord Scrotus, attacking with the traditional Mad Max armored vehicles as well as grenade-tipped spears. Max, on the other hand, is equipped with his signature sawed-off shotgun and various vehicular weapons such as the harpoon and the “demolition kill grill.”
With so much emphasis put on the War Boys, their desire for human fuel appears to feature prominently. “It’s time to let the people know, and the blood flow,” one says as he holds up a human “blood bag.” This is a clear nod to Fury Road, but it will be interesting to see how Avalanche Studios can put all the pieces together. The film is a breakneck sprint from beginning to end, and with the game obviously being several times longer, one hopes that the developers are holding a few more surprises up their sleeves to keep the game from retreading too many moments. Except for the fire-spewing guitar — they can use that as much as they want.
Mad Max launches on September 1 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.