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  • Summary: MadWorld is a game with highly stylized black and white graphics, over-the-top violence and visceral action which incorporating a layer of unexpected, irreverent comedy that makes the experience unlike any other. In MadWorld, Varrigan City is under siege by a terrorist group simply known as "The Organizers." They have isolated its citizens from the rest of the world, and have turned the city into a bizarre and twisted game show environment called "Death Watch." In this game of survival, all the citizens have become reluctant contestants and they are pitted against unknown enemies in the ultimate battle of life or death, where only the strongest will prevail. As Jack, players make their way through the various levels and environments in Varrigan City, crafting clever traps and using various weapons – chainsaws, street signs, and daggers, to name a few – to destroy enemies who threaten their lives. The Wii Remote and Nunchuk are used in a variety of motions that mimic the action on screen. Lively sports commentators call out moves as players execute them, and darkly comical finishing moves add a level of irreverence that contributes to the game's unique tone. Along with the exaggerated characters, upbeat pace and bloody visuals that define "Death Watch," a variety of crazed mini-games called "Blood Bath Challenges" are scattered among the levels, giving players a chance to upgrade weapons and increase overall scores. [Sega] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 74
  2. Negative: 1 out of 74
  1. This is exactly the game the mature, hardcore Wii crowd has been craving, and it's just too bad that Nintendo is too busy making the next Wii Play, Wii Fit or Wii Music to put more resources into projects like this.
  2. 90
    Brash, loud, funny and ultra, ultra violent, MadWorld is something of a shock that it was released on the Wii. Thing is, it probably wouldn't be the same on a standard controller. As it stands, this is a great game, highly recommended and with only a few problems to its name.
  3. 90
    MadWorld definitely earns its place as one of Wii's must-have titles and completes a trinity of hugely enjoyable, quirky, mature titles on the system that don't forget what games are all about, the other two being No More Heroes and The House of the Dead: Overkill.
  4. A brilliantly ballsy debut on a console short on adult thrills. [May 2009, p.48]
  5. Granted, the amount of virtual blood spilled in MadWorld may seem a little too much for the touchy ones, but the fun is there to back it up.
  6. 80
    It's got an entertaining story that skewers our reality show-obsessed culture, equal-opportunity offensive humor that could make a Marine blush, and a dazzling visual style. It evokes the better elements of early '90s brawlers and updates them with a sensibility tailor-made for the Wii.
  7. Frustration sets in when: You realize there’s no need for strategy whatsoever. You can die taking one approach on enemies, but still get results with the same tactic in the next life.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  1. Apr 27, 2012
    10
    And Ps3 and 360 fanboys say "the Wii has no violent games." This game right here DESTORYS all arguments out of the water.
  2. FozzyU
    Apr 7, 2009
    10
    Simply put, this game will sell more Wii's. It's given me a reason to play my Wii again. It's Wii's answer to God of War (but more stylized and a more techno-punk theme than ancient greek). The attitude for this game is all there. Expand
  3. Dec 24, 2011
    10
    The games Mad World and Sonic Colors are the best game in the console so far, don't give Mario and Zelda **** WANT MAD WORLD DICK HEADS!
    The
    music is really good, the combat mode is just EPIC, the story is good.
    If you want to play a good game a the worst console of the 7th generation play this game!
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  4. ClayA
    Mar 15, 2009
    9
    MadWorld is quite a game. Publisher SEGA and developer Platinum have really put together an interesting beat 'em up that captures an arcade feel. With point based kills, extra lives, and rather linear gameplay, it feels very coin-op. The black and white art style makes it feel like a graphic novel, and the action is great. The Wii controls are used well and in moderation, much like most good Wii games. If you are interested in a blood soaked beat 'em up with insane combos and fun bosses, look no further than MadWorld. Expand
  5. Sep 29, 2010
    9
    This is the most violently over-the-top game I have played yet. If you think Grand Theft Auto and Gears of War is known for its high level of violence, this game just completely makes them look like its child's play. Though the camera is very annoying, it makes up for its intuitive Wii controls, hilarious characters and utter glorious gore. Buy it! Expand
  6. Sep 2, 2010
    8
    MadWorld is a fun game that brings a level of uniqueness to a Wii system that is littered with "kiddy" games. The gameplay is your typical brawler game, but offers up some unique and cinematic sequences that involve the Wii's motion controls to mix things up. The music is great and goes well with the theme. The game can get repetitious a little after playing it for a while, but it is still fun. The graphics are perfect compromise for the Wii with its hardware limitations. It has a stylized "Sin City" look that is totally original. The camera can be a pain sometimes, but you get used to it and isn't too big of a deal. Expand
  7. tb
    Apr 3, 2009
    5
    The first hour of this game pretty much blew my mind. the action is awesome and the sheer amount of ways to kill is amazing. but the horrendous controls, mostly the camera but also and the delay of the chainsaw ruined it. other annoyances also hurt. the music is annoying, the horror levels sucked, I couldn't figure out how to beat the witch, and in the middle of the action it often cuts away Expand

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