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would probably surprise most people that the first Platinum game I ever played
is for the Wii. Nevertheless, if Madworld
aims to please the same audience that the console it was released on did,
it does a poor job. Throughout the
course of the game enough blood is shown in the screen to make a river out of
it, and the sadistic fights make this a not very appealing product for
concerned parents. These same aspects that made the game unsavory for that
crowd, actually makes it a blast to play for hardcore gamers like myself.
Madworld’s setting is completely shown in black and white. Only the blood, of
which there are tons, is red, to emphasize Madworld’s
ridiculous violence. The game takes place in a fictional place called Varrigan
City. The city is on an island, which makes it easy for a group of terrorists
called “the Organizers” to take it over, take the citizens as hostages, and
sever all communications with the outside world. These terrorists organize a televised
competition called “Death Watch” within the city, where competitors must kill each
other to become the number one contestant and take home a cash prize. Players control
Jack, a mysterious contestant who is thrown into the thick of things, and must
try to win. This is a gory competition and, being at the heart of it, the
players witnesses this firsthand. Visceral scenes are repeatedly shown throughout
the game as Jack impales his enemies on spiked walls and cuts them in half with
the chainsaw that he has for an arm.
Fun for the family! Bring the kids!
setting seems dreary, but this is only what it appears to be. Madworld is a game that does not take
itself seriously, and the game’s exaggerated animations make this clear. When a
fellow contestant is stabbed through the face, instead of dying, he starts to
stumble around like some drunk. To add to this comedic tone, there are some
hilarious commentators trading witty banter off-screen throughout the game.
These two are voiced by talented people (one of them is Bender from Futurama!), and, although they are never seen, the commentators are my
favorite characters in Madworld. Regardless, besides from the excellent
commentators, I did not find Madworld
particularly funny. Maybe I lack the sadism required to enjoy so much violence,
which is odd since I enjoyed watching the movie Saw. However, the small details did help me feel less guilty about
enjoying such a violent experience.
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