• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Mar 10, 2009
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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 asMadWorld 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
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 74
  2. Negative: 1 out of 74
  1. 94
    MadWorld is way too violent, has way too much cursing, and the gore factor is off the chart, and boy am I glad it is. MadWorld is an amazing game that you have to experience yourself. With a solid story and simplistic and easy to learn controls, the game offers more than just shock value. This is one of the best games I have played or seen for the Wii.
  2. 90
    I am just one reviewer who found it far too pointlessly violent.
  3. If you play this game the way you should – by slaughtering victims in the most foul of ways – it ends up being a non-stop highlight reel. The ranked boss battles are especially entertaining – think Mortal Kombat Fatalities with the budget of a Star Wars movie.
  4. Nintendo Gamer
    84
    A brilliantly ballsy debut on a console short on adult thrills. [May 2009, p.48]
  5. games(TM)
    80
    Between its wonderful style, superb boss fights and chaotic carnage, Madworld is evidently a magnificent and unique title. [Apr 2009, p.117]
  6. Despite its shortcomings, MadWorld still deserves heaps of praise for the things it does right. Its mix of visceral but strategic combat with stunning visuals, memorable characters and some genuine laugh-out-loud moments easily earns its place on anybody’s shelf.
  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: 38 out of 51
  2. Negative: 1 out of 51
  1. AnonymousMC
    Mar 19, 2009
    10
    Absolutely amazing. If you have the stomach for crude humor, swearing, philosophy, screaming, buckets of blood, and the most foul, brutal,Absolutely amazing. If you have the stomach for crude humor, swearing, philosophy, screaming, buckets of blood, and the most foul, brutal, cruel violence ever to grace the video game screen, you must play this game. It may have only lasted six hours, but it was well worth the $50. Quite possibly, no, probably the best game in its genre 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!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. nickb
    Aug 1, 2009
    9
    Great graphics, great gameplay, good story and it will last you a fair while. One of the best looking and most imaginative games on the wii. Great graphics, great gameplay, good story and it will last you a fair while. One of the best looking and most imaginative games on the wii. The multiplayer feels a bit tagged on, if that was good it would have been 10. Here's hoping for a Madworld 2 Expand
  5. Apr 23, 2012
    8
    MadWorld is exactly as advertised. It's mindless, gory, stylish, and most importantly, it's fun. MadWorld is not a perfect game, and itMadWorld is exactly as advertised. It's mindless, gory, stylish, and most importantly, it's fun. MadWorld is not a perfect game, and it won't fill the desire for deeper gaming experiences on the Wii, but it does accomplish two key things - 1) It's reminiscent of the mature-cuz-we-can SEGA games of Genesis past, and 2) It offers unique and well-implemented motion controls. Too bad it also caters to an audience that isn't really interested in owning a Wii, meaning hardcore and mature gamers that mostly populate the true next-gen consoles PS3 and XBox360. Expand
  6. Aug 23, 2010
    8
    Very easy to love, though while technically flawed it features some astonishing and unique visuals. It's not as fluid and perfect as itsVery easy to love, though while technically flawed it features some astonishing and unique visuals. It's not as fluid and perfect as its grpahics, but that wuld make one of the best games of all time. Madworld isn't one of the best agme ever though, but is a very good Wii game, and anyone finding a need for brutal violence hould buy this, it's a funny, fun and ultra gory piece of flawed genius. Expand
  7. Jun 30, 2015
    0
    Overhyped extremely boring game. The black and white (and red) style is terrible and it was very hard to tell what was going on at times dueOverhyped extremely boring game. The black and white (and red) style is terrible and it was very hard to tell what was going on at times due to poor contrast. The violence/gore is there, but not nearly as exciting as many fans claim. I found myself just going through the killing motions after a while just to get enough points to progress to the next area. Too much grinding. And if you take away the grinding, there isnt much left to play. Expand

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#7 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2009
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#7 Most Shared Wii Game of 2009