If anyone ever tries to convince you that the Wii’s lineup of games is full of fluffy clouds, cute animals and big pink lollipops, please steer their Wiimote towards Sega’s MadWorld. On second thought, don’t. Because MadWorld is perhaps the most vulgar video game to ever grace any console, let alone the Wii. It takes the phrase “mature themes” and bends it and twists it until it screams the safe word. And yet, the game feels completely at home on Nintendo’s “console for everybody.”
You’ve seen the story of MadWorld many times before. Like many of Platinum Games (nee Clover Studios) previous games, MadWorld mines and matches elements from a variety of movies, TV Shows and comics. Taking place sometime in the not-too-distant future, MadWorld places players in the shoes of Jack, a new player in the “Death Watch”, a bloodsport very similar to The Running Man. And like John Carpenter’s Escape From New York, the hunting grounds for this game are actually a city taken over by terrorists. In this case, the mysterious Organizers have cut off Varrigan City from the rest of the world and forced its citizenry to kill or be killed.
Jack himself even seems to have been created from mixed and matched parts as the character is an amalgam of Hellboy (his goggles resemble Big Red’s horns and they both swing the Right Hand of Doom), Sin City‘s Marv (Jack’s chiseled face looks just like Marv) and The Evil Dead‘s Ash (he’s got a chainsaw for an arm). (more…)