I've just started playing and I have to say this is a really good game as far as performance is concerned. That's a totally objective remark but still, it's a bit sad that these days a game that actually runs decently on a regular machine (a PC with better components than the current generation of consoles) stands out in an ocean of bad and lazy ports.
Some people have said that this game is like Shadow of Mordor with a different skin (without much in the way of parkour and no nemesis system) but I think they may be missing the point (even if the gameplay is not radically different).
Others have said that the game doesn't contribute anything new or anything that hasn't been done before. Innovation has its merits that's true but from what I've seen so far the gameplay appears to be pretty solid and that's never a bad thing.
I've read a reviewer who said the game was just using the Ubisoft formula for open world games (Far Cry, Assassin's Creed, Watch Dogs) with zones to liberate, collectibles, challenges, the whole shebang and the combat from the Batman games (and Shadow of Mordor). I guess we could add Just Cause to that list. That reviewer meant it as a bad thing whereas I view that as a great recipe for open world games (sure, it can get repetitive but that comes with the territory). In fact considering that you add the Mad Max atmosphere and cars to the formula it can only get better.
The great thing is that so far the game doesn't remind me too much of other games at least thematically. Rage was more focused on guns whereas in Mad Max you really have to keep your gun for a life and death scenario (and that makes a huge difference). The original Fallout games were loosely based on Mad Max (with a twist) but the Fallout series has evolved and while in Fallout 2 finding fuel for your car could be problematic at times finding resources was never such a concern in Fallout 3 or Fallout New Vegas.
I'm still at the very beginning of the game and I'm loving it. I would have loved if the game let us play a character that looked like Mel Gibson (I like Tom Hardy and I don't think the videogame version of Max looks terrible but I grew up with the original Mad Max movies and to me Mel Gibson is the iconic character). I would also have preferred if Max didn't speak as much as he does. Seriously, Max in the game is a real chatterbox and that's completely out of character.
Other than those few things I'm loving it so far. I will post again once I've played a little more. In the meantime I have some gasoline to collect.
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