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First Look At Max In Action

Warner Bros. Interactive and Avalanche surprised us at E3 with their reveal of Mad Max, and now we've got the first gameplay trailer. In addition to a licensed NES title, the Mel Gibson films have been linked to video game culture many times. Examples include the bandits from Borderlands and elements of Rage's vehicular combat.

Now, things are coming full circle, with the Road Warrior starring in his own title once more. Combat takes place behind the wheel of the Pursuit Special and on foot, with what appears to be a combination of melee and firearms. When Matt Helgeson previewed the title at E3, he noted that emphasis is strongly on fisticuffs, which is a departure for open world titles.

Avalanche Studio's sandbox pedigree earned from the Just Cause series is enough to have us interested in what Mad Max's wasteland will have to offer. It doesn't hurt that the song chosen for this trailer, Soul of a Man is a masterful rendition of Blind Willie Johnson's classic from the 1930s.

Update: Reader Andrew Webster has identified the cover artist as Steven Stern. His version of Soul of a Man is available on iTunes and Amazon.

Mad Max is coming (likely) in 2014 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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  • I hope that song is in the actual game. It was sick! I've never played Mad Max although I've heard plenty about it. Hopefully this & the upcoming movie with Tom Hardy does this series justice!

  • Looking gooooooooood!!

    Oops, did I leave out an "o"? :P

  • The Movies were great!

    But...I was sort of hoping the game to look better.

  • I just hope this isn't another film tie in game though. Anyone else familiar with the actor on the show Dexter that plays Detective Quinn? Desmond Harrington I think his name is. Looks like him as the template for Max.

  • That looks really sick, time to re-watch all the movies haha :D

    the game play looks similar to the new Tomb Raider

  • This looks like a pretty good game so far, I'll play it.  Also should watch the movies sometime...

  • Looks...okay, nothing astounding so far

  • Looks sweet!  Finally something new that is different too!

  • Well at first i wasnt at all interested because I though it was vehicular play only, I must have mis read it before, this looks awesome.

  • Who runs Barter Town?
  • That's supposed to be a gameplay trailer?

  • That didnt really look like gameplay...I was disappointed in that aspect but it did look intriguing

  • Thanks very much for including a link to the original song. I always enjoy hearing classic songs i haven't heard before.

  • It kind of looks current gen but ok.

  • I like the feeling of mad max, they nailed it

  • wow, rage 2 looks very brown

  • Looks pretty cool.  But I don't know if the world of mad max will be a bg seller or not.

  • I can not wait for this,if this was a release game I'd be happy just to have this for a while.

    I'm there first day.

  • Wow I thought it would look awful being a movie turned game. But this looks pretty solid, but IMO a new Fallout will outshine it immensely.  

  • In addition to a licensed NES title, the Mel Gibson films have been linked to video game culture many times. Examples include the bandits from Borderlands and elements of Rage's vehicular combat.

    You forgot Fallout :D lots of elements and references to Mad Max films in the 1st and 2nd game.