Subtle, it ain’t. But it’s also one of the funniest things ever created in the world of videogames – a level of over-the-top stylistic bravery that instantly trumps the generic ‘count the nostril hairs’ visuals next-gen actioners are increasingly reliant on. As for the Sin City comparison, well, it’s certainly valid, but equally important to MadWorld’s style is the plain fun of action comics – there’s even a yellow ‘KRAAASH!’, or similar exclamation, to accompany the hits, borrowed straight from the camptastic Adam West Batman.

The comic book effects aren’t the only splashes of colour – there are lashings of crimson, or ‘gore’ if you prefer, waiting to be released from your enemies. Chainsawing someone in half sees the right side of Jack’s face mottled in the red stuff; ripping someone apart covers him in claret and, as you move through the monochromatic world, big splashes of it mark your passing. Make way for the pain train.

The blood isn’t MadWorld’s only piece of showmanship, though. There’s a pair of commentators whose jobs seem to depend on witty sadism and an enthusiasm for punning about dismemberment (and who, incidentally, rarely repeated themselves – whether this will be different on a longer playthrough is unknown as yet). Sometimes they work themselves into a frenzy over a particularly brutal combination, following the blows with a “RIGHT-LEFT-RIGHT-LEFT” like some demented drill instructor. It’s one of the more innovative touches that has gone unremarked, but if it can be worked into the game without too much repetition or deviation, it could be a brilliant addition to the chainy-bladey-fisticuffs.

The only thing wrong with MadWorld was we were left wanting more. No, seriously. At an otherwise underwhelming E3 this stood out as one of the Wii’s great black-and-white hopes for 2009. After all, it’s a game developed exclusively for the platform by one of Japan’s greatest development teams, a game that has maturity and knows how to use it, and – most of all – a game you definitely won’t want to play with the family.

Sep 23, 2008


  • fionnoh - September 25, 2008 7:33 p.m.

    banning the game just shows the complete disbelief they have in their own system. anyway, didnt know platinum games was making this, i had doubts about how good it would be because a lot of developers have disappointed so far. after viewtful joe though i'm confident.
  • MW3M - September 24, 2008 7:41 p.m.

    People are trying to get this game banned here in the UK they say it'll wreck the Wii's 'family fun' image. And that my friends is why my Wii remains collecting dust next to my 360....
  • MacGyver1138 - September 24, 2008 6:09 p.m.

    This idea seems pretty brilliant. I wish more developers would take themselves less seriously like this. I particularly love the comparison to Smash TV, as that was one of my favorite arcade games, and a big part of that had to be the sense of humor mixed in with the over-the-top violence.
  • Flowerbed - September 24, 2008 1:39 p.m.

    This game is the only reason i havent given away my wii...
  • NelosAngelos - September 24, 2008 1:11 a.m.

    I love the Sin City graphic novels, I love heaps of violence, and I love my Wii which is doing nothing more then collecting dust right now. I just gotta pull a Rose Bush on someone, I just gotta! This will probably be the game where people finally take the Wii seriously.
  • skyguy343 - September 23, 2008 11:31 p.m.

    Dead Rising...
  • Jimmyjammy - September 23, 2008 10:11 p.m.

    For some reason and I'm not sure why, this game reminds me of escape from new york. Anyone else get that?
  • Darkness710 - September 25, 2008 6:35 p.m.

    they seriously trying to ban it in UK? bugger..this, resi 4 and umm... dunno.. are the only serious, mature and good games on wii! i want this alot as i love the sin city style of artwork..but they better not ban it here
  • Corsair89 - September 24, 2008 8:26 p.m.

    First, Gears of War combined a gun and a chainsaw, and now, MadWorld's main charactor has a chainsaw for an arm. Awesome! Sin City is an amazing series of graphic novels. I love the whole look and style. This will pry the 360 controller out of my hands for a little while.
  • skyguy343 - September 24, 2008 1:49 a.m.

    i wouldnt say seriously, its still really cartoony...almost like its a joke in itself
  • cog114 - September 23, 2008 11:32 p.m.

    the first person to comment didnt say first OMG
  • Samael - September 23, 2008 10:17 p.m.

    This is really the only reason to own or buy a wii these days.
  • pudupuba - March 3, 2009 8:52 p.m.

    yea jimmy jammy not that tjhats a bad thing that is one of the coolest fucking movies ever so im definetly gettting this

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