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Fury Road is everything. It is the realisation that every action film before it was missing something. It is the pulsating heart of our hopes and dreams, beating at a million miles per hour. It’s a hell of an act for any videogame to follow, but based on the half-hour I spent playing Mad Max’s videogame debut, developers Avalanche Studios (of Just Cause fame) seem to be going for something a bit different from George Miller’s latest masterpiece.

In Mad Max you play as the eponymous hero, although it’s hard to say which version of Max this is – he doesn’t quite look or sound like either Tom Hardy nor Mel Gibson (despite actor Bren Foster’s heavy ocker accent). This is a slightly different Max from the one we’ve seen on the big screen, but that doesn’t really matter – Max has always been something of a folklore figure, someone who wanders the wastelands involving himself in conflicts, whose actual identity is hard to pin down.

The game puts the character into a position where he’s actually actively driving the story – his car has been stolen, so Max teams up with a resident wasteland weirdo (named Chumbucket) to build a new ‘magnum opus’ vehicle…

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