gamers (75%) found this review helpful
MadWorld is a must play for Wii owners (over 17, of course), plain and simple. The game's artistic flair and over-the-top violence have garnered jeers from the "opposition" (PS3/Xbox-only owners) claiming that its critical praise is unjustified. I'm here to debunk those rumours. The gameplay is solid, the story is better than average, and the art style is amazing.
You play as, "Jack, just Jack" in a city taken over by terrorists and turned into the game show "Death Watch" where anything goes. The plot initially resembles the film "Running Man", but as the game progresses, turns into a web of betrayals and underhanded dealings. It really is comparatively good to what you might expect from a beat-em-up title. You begin the game in a tutorial level of sorts and work your way through different parts of the city, each with its unique set pieces/bosses and finishing moves.
The Wii gesture controls work fairly well here, though side-to-side movements and uppercuts sometimes are convoluted by the sensor bar. Granted, the bad guys go down regardless, so it isn't a big gripe. The finishers are brutal and bloody, some even being restricted to certain areas of the game in order to prevent total monotony (even though it is inevitable in a brawler title.)
The soundtrack to the game features several hip-hop artists lending tracks to create an overall fantastic backdrop to the black and white world. What I first thought would be ridiculous turned into one of my favorite parts of the game.
While MadWorld is by no means perfect, lacks a co-op mode, is terribly short (6 to 8 hours), and will inevitably become stale to some, it remains a unique experience that most Wii owners will be enthralled with. If you own Nintendo's white box, you are no doubt looking for something unique to make it worth while. MadWorld fits that bill perfectly.
gamers (72%) found this review helpful
MadWorld brings some mature content over to the Wii. Surely this game lures in 'core' gamers but how long can this blood soaked chainsaw run? Gameplay wise, MadWorld plays a lot like 'no more heroes'. Most attacks are handled by pressing the 'A' button while bigger finishing moves require manipulation of the wiimote and nunchuk. The most noticeable feature is the 'sin city' style black and white graphics and bright red blood. The story is nothing special, its just an excuse for why the game is played so violently. The city is taken over and you are forced to fight in a 'game show', killing everyone by any means possible. The environment is meant to enforce the use of 'combo killing'. The more imaginative you are with a kill, the more points you get (i.e. trapping an enemy by stuffing them in a tire, shoving a sign through their head and then impaling them on a spiked wall). Mini-games such as 'man darts' are fun for a while, and this wouldn't be a wii title without them. As with most third person action titles, the camera is frustrating at times but doesn't hamper gameplay too much. This is one of the best, most polished wii games Ive had the pleasure of playing, unfortunately the gameplay can get old and repetitive. If any of you have children or younger siblings, as Im sure most wii owners do, do not play this in front of them. Im not suggesting this due to the violence, for it is fairly comedic and unrealistic, but the language is vulgar and unnecessary. I bought this game on day one, and I love it. This is the reason I dusted of my wii. If there were more mature games on the system, MadWorld would be nothing special other than the stylized black and white world. The fact that it is the only game of this kind earns it a 9/10 PROS - Unique graphic design -Over the top comedic violence -Solid gameplay CONS -Language is as over the top as the violence. Can't play around younger siblings. Might make teens uncomfortable around a parent -too short/repetitive
This is the kind of game that gamefly is made for. Its good to play once through and then be done with. I really enjoyed playing this one but I did not feel that it had enough there to keep me coming back. Graphics were very well done for a Wii title and the motion controlls seemed extremely effective. I did encounter some slowdown in situations with several explosions.
Beware though, this is quite possibly the goriest game that I have ever played.