Mad Max also takes inspiration from another popular open-world game released just last year – Monolith Productions’ Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Sure, both of these action-adventure titles count Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham games as a direct progenitor, but we definitely feel like Mad Max is a closer cousin to Mordor. The developers at Monolith could only use certain elements of J.R.R. Tolkien’s extensive lore, so they had to get creative... and the result was one of the best games to ever feature the Middle-earth name. It looks like Avalanche has gotten adventurous without the big-screen stars Mel Gibson or Tom Hardy, and their game has spawned similar open-world accolades.