Impressions from Gamescom:
First up a video from Gamespot talking about the demo they got to play. (Just talk. No new gameplay video)http://www.gamespot.com/gamescom/mad-max-meets-mad-mechanic-mate-6413605/
Your mechanic, Chumbucket, is an Igor-type character that rides around with you. Mans the harpoon gun in your vehicle.
Hand to hand combat not that impressive, "too gamey". Vehicular combat much more fun.
You do various missions for local strongholds to gain favor and earn scrap to upgrade your car.
Some missions involve stealing certain unique vehicles for stronghold leaders and delivering them.
Convoys will appear out in the wasteland and can be attacked to earn favor with the local strong hold.
Sometime enemies will pop out of dunes to attack you.
Upgrades include a battering ram and flame retardant paint.
Scrap was very easy to come by and fuel was not treated as a scarce resource.
Scrap and fuel were set up that way for demo purposes maybe. I hope.Cinemablend.com
For starters, while playing as Mad Max, you’ll have the opportunity to utilize, craft and upgrade his weapons and gear, turning the guy into the type of (road) warrior you want him to be. Along with a big, dangerous world full of marauders, the Wasteland offers “hostile weather patterns” where every scrap of junk you pull from the dirt and wreckage can be used to make your arsenal even better. See a comp of bandits? Raid it, lay waste to those foolish enough to stick around, then pick it clean of scrap metal, bolts, etc.
As such, he's now partnered with Chumbucket, a brilliant mechanic, to create his Magnum Opus, a brand new car that will take Max to the stronghold of his foe, on the opposite side of the Wasteland.
To build his ride, Max will go on a series of adventures, many involving the theft of legendary vehicles that have different parts, from powerful engines, to transmissions, or other parts.
These cars are usually in bandit settlements filled with ruthless enemies that don't take too kindly to Max's mad ways and his plans with their rides.
As such, he needs to adopt different tactics for different settlements, as well as to plan on how to take down pesky dangers, like snipers. Many different approaches are supported by the game, as is going in guns-blazing, wielding Max's trademark sawed off shotgun, while engaging in some really impressive hand to hand combat that's reminiscent of the FreeFlow combat from the Batman Arkham games.
The game is quite violent and this is even more apparent when it comes to the car combat, as players have the option to slow down time and aim at different parts of enemy cars in order to prompt explosions, collisions with other things on the road, or just flat tires that eliminate them from the encounter.