Mad Max fans have so much to rejoice about this year. First, the long-awaited Fury Road hits theaters this month. Then later in September comes the Mad Max game which already has gamers salivating with those next gen graphics.
For hardcore gamers and Mad Max fans who simply cannot wait until then, here’s a look back at some older, not-so-official Mad Max video games that evoke the atmosphere and ethos of the Mad Max world in one way or another.
We start with one that actually was an official Mad Max game for the original 8-bit Nintendo back in 1990. Boy, do I remember how excited I was for this one when it came out. Is it still good by today’s standards? Well, that depends. It’s obviously not very sophisticated or anything, but if you enjoy 8-bit gaming then it’s not bad.
Focusing on the aspect of racing and car combat, the first Carmageddon for the PS1 and PC actually almost became a licensed Mad Max game. Personally, I’m not big on racing games but the combat aspect does liven things up quite a bit in these games. There are four in the main series, the latest being 2014’s Carmageddon: Reincarnation, as well as handheld and mobile versions.
Another vehicular combat game except that here you’re fighting zombies in a zombie apocalypse. Still has somewhat of a Mad Max-esque feel, though. This one could actually do with a bit of improvement in the technical area, but if you’re a fan of both car games and zombie games, here it is.
The Borderlands games actually don’t take on Earth and are heavier in the sci-fi elements, but the feeling of the setting is similar to Mad Max except that they’re more satirical and funny. These are terrifically fun first-person shooters that have role-playing aspects to satisfy both the RPG geeks and the FPS fans.
What do you get when you cross Mad Max with Doom? Why, you get Rage which, when it came out, was all the rage. If RPG games like Wasteland and Fallout just doesn’t have enough visceral action for you, Rage is your game.
Back when these games first came out, especially the first one, they were like crack to me. I just could not stop playing. They were like the ultimate video game realization, at the time, of a Mad Max-like world, and they launched one of the greatest video game franchises of all time.
Very similar to the Fallout 1 and 2 in terms of looks and feel but apropos of the title, more based on strategy. As with driving games, strategy games are not so much my cup of tea, but the chance to return to the Fallout world alone was enough to make me play.
Old school but, oh, so cool, Wasteland 2 is the sequel to a game first released all the way back in 1988. It’s a blast to the past of gaming in the best kind of way. Like Fallout, it captures the look and feel of a Mad Max-esque world almost perfectly.
To date the greatest Mad Max-style game ever (along with Fallout New Vegas). If the upcoming Mad Max game doesn’t live up to its expectations, then Fallout 3 will continue to hold on to that title.
Although New Vegas came out after Fallout 3, it’s not a direct sequel. It’s more like a Side B game of Fallout 3 and uses the same engine. Some people liked it even better than Fallout 3, and if you like the city of Las Vegas then that would definitely tip things in this game’s favor . I’d say both games are about equally good with Fallout 3 maybe being just a tad better in my book.