Ah Mad Max is the best type of release in my opinion. A game so in the middle that its easier to give merit to its great things without overlooking its faults.
It was a great experience in my opinion, playing a game that is just....a game and not some social event for the masses. As an MGS fan it was sorta easy to get sweaped up in the hype even if I tried not to, with mad max I just sat down and said “im gonna try this” without any prior expectations. It just felt good to me.