In a world filled with uncertainty we are able to cling to few sure things. One rock we can grasp to pull us through our days is the expectation that the more advanced clothing and armour that we obtain for our video game heroes will look more impressive than their starter gear. If only this was true in the new Mad Max game.
Perhaps there are those among you who will disagree and who will say that our hero's outerwear evolution, achieved through the amassing of virtual scrap, is an aesthetic triumph equal to the game's stunning display of beautiful big skies. If so, we just disagree.
Here is a beautiful sky in Mad Max:
And here is Mad Max's jacket journey, from minimal Max jacket to max* Max jacket:
What has happened here?
Top-level Mad Max here looks like Generic Video Game Bad Guy #15. I dare say his mid-level jacket was the peak. Maybe the development studio Avalanche can patch a cooler top-level jacket in. They just added better vehicle-rolling to the game in a patch earlier this week. This has got to be the next most important thing.
I'm sorry if you too are shaken by these developments. I know what you're thinking: Can we no longer expect uber-level gear in a video game to look cool? What next? Staring at a virtual sun in a racing games and not getting a lens flare effect? A Final Fantasy without a fire spell? Mario jumping higher than Luigi?
At least my pretty high-level car in the game is looking great:
*UPDATE - 12:40pm: A couple of readers have informed me that completion of the game unlocks a new jacket that does indeed look cooler.