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Mad Max

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Mad Max
Mad Max cover
Avalanche Studios
macOS (OS X) Feral Interactive[1]
Linux Feral Interactive[1]
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
OS X, Linux Feral Interactive[1]
Avalanche Engine 3.0
Release dates
Windows September 1, 2015
macOS (OS X) October 20, 2016[1]
Linux October 20, 2016[1]
Metacritic 73
OpenCritic 69
Monetization Sponsored
Microtransactions Time-limited
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Open world, Vehicle combat
Vehicles Automobile, Off-roading
Art styles Realistic
Themes Post-apocalyptic
Mad Max on HowLongToBeat
Mad Max on IGDB
Mad Max guide on StrategyWiki
Mad Max on MobyGames
Mad Max on Wikipedia

Mad Max is a third-person action, open world and vehicle combat game.

Online servers were shut down in 2020. It is therefore no longer possible to complete online challenges and build the Scrap Crew project, preventing the player from unlocking 100% achievements on Steam.

General information Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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4 DVDs
macOS (OS X)
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All DLC included
Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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Windows version uses Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM.[Note 1]
Developer website (unavailable)
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macOS (OS X)
Linux (unavailable)
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GamersGate (unavailable)
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Mac App Store (unavailable)
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macOS (OS X)
Origin (unavailable)


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Circa Blades
macOS (OS X)
Pentacal GulpCut
macOS (OS X)
Rockmaw Brawla
macOS (OS X)
Stampeedy Knokshok
macOS (OS X)
The Ripper Pre-order bonus
macOS (OS X)
macOS (OS X)
Purchasing DLC is no longer possible.

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Use MadMax_NoIntro mod[3]
  1. Download this 'no intro' mod.
  2. Unpack the contents of the archive to <path-to-game>\archives_win64\
  3. Run MadMax_NoIntro.bat
  4. In the menu, select 5 to extract the original intro movie (this is required).
  5. Next select 1 to remove the intro movies.
  6. Launch the game.
    • To restore the intros run the batch file and select 3, or replace game2.arc with the backup that was created in step 4.

Unlock all DLCs in Steam version

Use All DLC unlocker
  1. Download the zip file from link above.
  2. Extract all the files inside somewhere.
  3. Paste those files into <path-to-game> and replace, if any popup comes.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\settings.ini[Note 2]
macOS (OS X) $HOME/Library/Application Support/Steam/userdata/<user-id>/234140/local/Backup Saves
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/feral-interactive/Mad Max/preferences
$XDG_DATA_HOME/feral-interactive/Mad Max/VFS/User/AppData/Roaming/WB Games/Mad Max/settings.ini
$XDG_DATA_HOME/feral-interactive/Mad Max/VFS/User/AppData/Roaming/WB Games/Mad Max/Backup Saves/Settings.sav
Origin %USERPROFILE%\Documents\WB Games\Mad Max\Saves\Settings.sav
Steam %USERPROFILE%\Documents\WB Games\Mad Max\Backup Saves\Settings.sav
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/234140/pfx/[Note 3]
This game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.
Configuration are stored separately in the Settings.ini and Settings.sav files.

Save game data location

System Location
macOS (OS X) $HOME/Library/Application Support/Steam/userdata/<user-id>/234140/local/Backup Saves
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/feral-interactive/Mad Max/VFS/User/AppData/Roaming/WB Games/Mad Max/Backup Saves/GameSave*.sav
Origin %USERPROFILE%\Documents\WB Games\Mad Max\Saves\GameSave*.sav
Steam %USERPROFILE%\Documents\WB Games\Mad Max\Backup Saves\GameSave*.sav
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/234140/pfx/[Note 3]
10 autosave slots available. Active autosave slot can be changed at any time during gameplay.

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud
Steam Cloud files are secondary and only updated on changes.


In-game graphics settings.
In-game graphics settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
In-game anti-aliasing may cause visual issues.[4]
Cutscenes, menus and loading screens are 16:9.[4] Backgrounds are 21:9.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use Mad Max FOV Changer.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA only.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Depth of Field

Turn depth of field off
Disables the DOF effect while on foot or driving in 3rd person and also while driving in 1st person. Does not disable DOF during cutscenes, small interactions during gameplay and finishers during combat.
  1. Download this file.
  2. Extract the files to <path-to-game>.



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Separate sliders for Music, SFX, Dialog, Cinematics
Surround sound
5.1, 7.1
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan - #1
Fan translation available
Brazilian Portuguese

VR support

3D modes State Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Mad Max.

Issues fixed

Color corruption

Color corruption may occur if a program other than Windows manages the systems color profile (e.g. f.lux) and the game is run in fullscreen.
Workaround for color corruption[citation needed]
  • Play the game in windowed or borderless fullscreen mode.

Serious stuttering on Linux

WBPlay has issues with Linux 4.9+, causing serious stuttering in Mad Max and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Feral is aware of the problem and looking for a fix.
Workaround for Linux 4.9+[citation needed]
  • Play the game with Steam in offline mode. This prevents a connection to WBPlay and stops the stuttering.

Stuttering when auto-saving

Every time the game auto-saves (which is very often), the game hiccups. This happens when the save gets written to the Steam save data location.
Workaround for auto-save stuttering[citation needed]
  • Prevent the game from saving to the Steam save data location. Go into Properties of the 'remote' folder, open the Security tab and deny write access for all groups/user names. Auto-saves will continue to go to your Documents folder.

Game won't run in Steam Native mode (Linux)

The Feral Launcher requires libidn version 1.33 in order to work outside Steam Runtime mode, check if your Linux distribution has it in their repository, normally the package will include the version number to show that it is not the most recent version (Such as libidn11 in ArchLinux's/ArchLinux based distro's Community repository). If it is not present, it is possible to compile one from GNU's page, which also includes the instruction manual and commands that can be copied & pasted. Bear in mind that you should use sudo command when you wish to install the compiled library.

A much safer option is to use the LD_PRELOAD environment variable in Launch options if you fear that it may replace the recent version of libidn, after you have compiled but not installed it.

LD_PRELOAD=<> %command%

Alternatively you can create a symlink of as using

 ln -s /usr/lib/ /usr/lib/

as superuser/root if the package is not present.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Linux and os x only. For linux version opengl 4.6.
Vulkan 1.0, 1.3 In BETA. Password to access the beta branch is livelongandprosper(No longer required, beta is now public).[6] Linux only.
Shader Model support 5.0
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio FMOD
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-650 3.2 GHz
AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 6 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 32 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti
AMD Radeon HD 7870
2 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
32-bit systems are not supported.[7]
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.11.6
Processor (CPU) Intel 3.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 35 GB
Video card (GPU) 2 GB of VRAM
A 64-bit operating system is required.
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 16.04, SteamOS 2.0
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5 3.4 GHz
AMD FX 8350
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 35 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 660Ti
2 GB of VRAM
Nvidia graphics cards require driver version 367.35 or newer.
AMD and Intel graphics cards are not officially supported.


  1. Primary support page for Denuvo Anti-Tamper offline activation. Secondary support page which can be used in case of troubles with the primary one.[2]
  2. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Feral Interactive on Twitter - last accessed on 2016-10-05
    "On October 20th, enter the outlandish post-apocalyptic world of Mad Max on Mac and Linux."
  2. Verified by User:Aemony on 2018-07-13
    Confirmed myself by removing the offline token file and blocking access to This triggered the typical Denuvo offline activation prompt. Different from other protected Steam titles is that the offline token is stored in the \Steam\userdata\<user-id>\234140\dbdata file.
  3. Reddit - /r/MadMaxGame - You can now skip intro movies - last accessed on 2020-10-15
  4. 4.0 4.1 View topic - MAD MAX 21:9 Support Broken | WSGF
  5. Verified by User:Aemony on 2019-04-11
    Verified using the Steam version. Seems once upon a time the game had Steam Input API support, but it was removed in an update.
  6. The Magnum Opus advances — join the public Beta for Mad Max powered by Vulkan - last accessed on 9 June 2023
  7. Find out if your PC can run Mad Max | EGMNOW