MadWorld - hands-on

That's the really interesting thing about the whole presentation of the game: it comes off as avant-garde in graphics while going for your most base animal instincts in gameplay. And the coarseness also bleeds into the dialogue, as the whole level we played was commentated like a televised sports event, only the announcers reveled in the hideous acts of violence. They also shocked us with really, really explicit dialogue between the two guys. By the way, we’re 99.99999% sure we know the voices of the profanely funny announcers, one of which was Jon Dimagio, the voice of Bender (Futurama) and Marcus Fenix (Gears).

And though we had a great time during our 20-minute demo, we had minor concerns that all this violence could get a little old after awhile – even throwing people into a bus covered in two-foot spikes gets tiresome eventually. Seemingly in place to combat this, we found two extra challenges in the level. The first was Death Press, where we tried to heave as many guys underneath a spike covered ceiling that fell every ten seconds or so. How many points we got depended on how many poor souls we got under that thing in the time limit.

The second one, and our favorite, was Man Darts. With a giant dart board in front of you and a baseball bat in your hands, a bunch of disposable assassins stand between you and the board. Then it's time to swing away, sending man after man hurtling through the air until they smash into the board at a bone-crushing speed. How many points you score is based on wherever they hit, like a normal, non-sociopath version of darts, and by the end of it our bat was completely drenched in red.

That's about when our time with it came to an end, which was too bad. We were getting pretty interested in seeing as many different slow motion kills as possible, and they don't look to be in short supply. We do wonder about the length of the game - which we were told had at least 10 different areas – but this really stands head and shoulders above the Wii crowd, though that might be due to it decapitating the rest of that crowd. March is when we get hope see this promise fulfilled.

Jan 16, 2009


  • Romination - February 1, 2009 6:02 p.m.

    ... do you people wake up and tell yourself 'i'm going to go bash the wii because it's the cool thing to do'? Chainsaws existed before Gears. It was called Doom. They had a chainsaw. brown and grey is different from black, red and white because it's not calling itself realistic while being...not realistic. Why insult the hardcore gamer who bought a Wii simply because it turned out different? No one saw that coming. I bought mine because the launch was pretty strong, and previews looked like it would stay so. I defend the system because I know it SHOULD be better. i think i'm done, so flame me now.
  • heartskuppy - January 19, 2009 9:59 a.m.

    whoops.. no bbcode.
  • heartskuppy - January 19, 2009 9:59 a.m.

    [i]"So browns and greys are boring as hell in games but black and white is new and exciting?"[/i] you can't be serious. so-called realistic browns and greys verses hyper-stylisied black and white? i don't know about you, but i know which one i'd prefer. i envy wii owners for this game. (well.. almost)
  • Grenade - January 18, 2009 4:26 a.m.

    Can't wait to get my palms bloody.
  • homie_cheese_slice - January 18, 2009 12:20 a.m.

    @misfit okay, that was an over generalization. But its no different than saying every game on the wii is basically a toy. but there's also great games like no more heroes, and de blob. Don't get me wrong, shooters are great, i'm just rather tired of call of duty and "end of humanity" fps's. Oh and i own both fallout 3 and left 4 dead. What shooter were you talking about?
  • homie_cheese_slice - January 17, 2009 10:36 p.m.

    I for one am sick of people bashing on the wii, just for the fact that the vast majority of games are for the casual crowd; while the wii may not have many hardcore games, the few it does have are SPECTACULAR. Also it seems to me that all the hardcore games on the 360 and ps3 are shooters, while those are fun, I would take a few original hardcore games over the a bunch of the same games with slightly different settings.
  • NelosAngelos - January 17, 2009 3:52 a.m.

    Finally, something I'm looking forward to coming out on the Wii. Hopefully the reviews will be good because I need something to play besides smash bros.
  • Jbo87 - January 17, 2009 2:02 a.m.

    FancyRat, you may represent the most distressing thing to come out of the Wii's gamer betrayal. Although I despise the Wii with every fibre of my body I do appreciate that Nintendo were once the daddy in the game industry. So when you see someone like yourself who was suckered in to buying that casual cube of crap (alliteration) it's actually rather upsetting.
  • Jbo87 - January 17, 2009 12:38 a.m.

    So browns and greys are boring as hell in games but black and white is new and exciting? Also colour me cynical (what a pun) but surely the whole black and white thing will make it really difficult to distiguish between which parts of the level are interactive and which parts aren't? Either way I don't really care too much as this game is on the Wii so I can guarantee I won't play it. I do how ever get the impression that this is possibly getting more hype than it deserves simply because its a Wii game thats not aimed at your little sister.
  • Necromance - February 2, 2009 9:59 p.m.

    Why are people that hate the Wii reading Wii previews? Your time would be better spent reading your own system's stuff. It's very doubtful you'll ever change Nintendo fan's minds, only Nintendo can do that (some would say they have.) Anyway, the game looks better in motion than in pictures. The movement makes it much easier to tell what's going on. I hope they pull this off.
  • misfit119 - January 17, 2009 11:18 p.m.

    One of the "spectacular games" on the Wii is a shooter so I'd hold off criticizing the other consoles. Other than that it's mostly ports (Twilight Princess, Okami and RE4 come to mind). As for the other consoles having all shooters only that's a bold faced joke. While Mirror's Edge is no Mario it's still a great platformer that isn't on the Wii. Then there's LittleBig Planet, Prince of Persia, Fable 2, Dead Space and Valkyria Chronicles. And if you think that Left 4 Dead and Fallout 3 are just plain old shooters you've obviously not played them.
  • AyJay - January 17, 2009 7:17 a.m.

    looks good but my mum probably wont let me get it :(
  • FancyRat - January 17, 2009 1:45 a.m.

    DiMaggio has a damn sexy voice. There's no way he's really in this, though, is there? As for Jbo87 thar, I like the brown/grey comparison and I'm all for cynicism, but the sad truth is that we quote-unquote gamers who bought a Wii are desperate for something that isn't made for grandmothers and housewives. Mario and Metroid can only hold up so long against a tidal wave of minigame collections. P.S. My captcha is "Capt. Poopte"!
  • fionnoh - January 16, 2009 11:29 p.m.

    "even throwing people into a bus covered in two-foot spikes gets tiresome eventually." what!? i can't wait for this.

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