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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. Nov 8, 2011
    10
    i admit it, this game has no real depth, however, i must say i enjoyed this game from beggining to end, i got never bored as the game progression always shows new deaths bosses and mini games cleverly.....what did you expect from this, a zelda game? this is a beat emup guys its simple and violent and i love it that way. Technically speaking is one of the best wii games in every aspect. Its also very original. This is the kind of game you will never see in other consoles. come on its just 7,50 bucks buy it Expand
  2. Sep 1, 2013
    10
    Gritty, fun, awesome, killer good, and bloody amazing! Madworld brings the Wii to a level of violence that it needed and delivers perfectly! Done in such a crisp comic book style of art with the combination of great 3D graphics, this game will be driving you to the end with excitement, blood, laughs, and killer good ways to...well KILL! Madworld is something special for Wii owners, and considering it isn't ported to this day, it should be treasured and remembered! If you have a Wii, or need a reason to own one, this one of the best reasons to have it! Expand
  3. 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.
  4. Jan 17, 2011
    9
    Excellent stylised graphics, fun gameplay and packed with adult humour. Nice job Platinum a very entertaining game. This is why i play videogames, a joy to play. Expand
  5. Oct 26, 2013
    8
    a great exclusive of nintendo wii
    it has a lot of violence
    with a lot of action
    ps3 and xbox fanboys said that wii is for kids?
    i dont
    think so
    this good is awesome,people should buy it
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  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. Oct 21, 2010
    7
    fun to kill people for a while then it gets repetitive very fast, the commentating is the same every level.. it goes like this, he talks like a dumba rse then he gets thrown to death by this chick Expand

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