Mad Max is a post-apocalyptic action-adventure game, with a heavy emphasis on vehicular combat, in which the player takes on the role of eponymous character Mad Max (Bren Foster). According to the publisher of the game, up to 60% of the game’s campaign requires the player to drive. Weapons, such as flamethrowers and a mounted cannon, and a grappling hook can also be added to the Magnum Opus. The harpoon can be used in-vehicle with Chum, Max’s mechanic, riding along. Max’s Magnum Opus can be combined with a V12 engine and a powerful ramming ability to destroy enemies’ vehicles and weaponry. Nitro boosts are also featured for acceleration.
When simultaneously driving and aiming, the game enters slow-motion and allows the player to toggle between targets. Despite the game having a third-person perspective, players can switch to first-person view when the player is engaging in combat with enemies while driving the Magnum Opus. Chumbucket will also repair the car for the player once the player exits the car.