It’s a MadWorld After All


MadWorld (2009)
Publisher: Sega
Console: Wii
Rated M

(*Talks on the phone*) So I said to the guy “Forty Dollars!” I said… (*looks at us*) Oh, it’s you. Just a second. (*Goes outside and rummages around the junkyard*) Ah, here it is. (*Goes back inside*) MadWorld. The best black-and-white video game ever made. Maybe the only black-and-white video game ever made, but still…(*Turns gamebox over*) Let’s see…a description of the game: “Join Jack, a renegade contestant, in the world’s deadliest game show, Deathwatch. Only the bloodiest, most creative tactics will help keep you alive in the ultimate fight for survival”. Which basically means you get to slice’n’dice a whole lot of people with the chainsaw on your right hand. Now you’ll have to excuse me, I’m feeling like tearing it up in MadWorld. (*puts the game in a Wii*) My bro Mikey will give you a regular review of the game.

Okay. Here goes nothing. 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. 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.

With its irreverent humor and over-the-top violence, MadWorld will deliver a unique gaming experience missing on the Wii system.

(*Still playing MadWorld*) All done? All I have to add is that if the stress of life ever gets you down and you think you can’t take it anymore, play MadWorld. You’ll have a bloody good time.

Kevin Blanton
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Kevin never worked in a junkyard. He enjoys comic books and video games. His favorite video game right now is Grand Theft Auto Five, but he can’t figure out how to blow up the meth lab. Kevin used to read a lot of books growing up. His favorite was probably Crime and Punishment. He went through an odd phase when he thought he was Raskolnikov. Kevin is a writer for two reasons: one, a love for the written word, and two, to get all the women.

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