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Ultra-violent fighting game rewards grisly killing.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 16 reviews

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Positive Messages

You are a contestant in a "kill or be killed" game show where you goal is to kill others in the most sadistic manner possible. This game rewards the grisly killing of others.

Positive Role Models & Representations

You are playing as a character who is trying to kill others in the most sadistic manner possible.


Playing as Jack, the contestant on a kill-for-points reality TV show, you'll dismember, electrocute, slice open, and impale enemies, to sprays of blood. You will use a variety of weapons to kill other contestants including slicing through people with chainsaws, chopping off heads with a golf club, and pushing opponents in front of moving trains. "Finishing" moves in which an opponent is killed are presented in close and especially bloody detail. The game itself is a celebration of "stylish" violence, with players rewarded more points for extra brutal killing.


Several scantily clad female characters, though no nudity. TV Commentators' banter includes jokes about having sex.


Explicit: Sh-t, f--k, motherf--ker, bitch, hell, goddamn.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Main character smokes cigarettes. Commentators of the TV show refer to drugs like "roofies" (slang for a date-rape drug called Rohypnol)

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while the graphic style of this game suggests a comic book or graphic novel, this is absolutely not a game for anyone under 17. It is a M-rated, ultra-violent video game in which you assume the role of a contestent on a reality TV show who earns points for the most outrageously brutal slaying of your opponents. With the Wii remote and Nunchuk in your hands, you will simulate the motions used to split open someone with a chainsaw, punch opponents with your fists, or pick up and use assorted objects scatterd throughout the levels to dismember, bludgeon, and impale your foes. You will see many of these brutual, over-the-top finishing moves up close. The dark humor in the fountains of blood and profanity-heavy audio commentary would be lost on younger players, who may be drawn to the title simply because it's been forbidden. Multiplayer "party" games are also ultra-violent as you play against friends to kill them.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byjacobgamingeye0 July 3, 2015


wey to violent. to much swearing and crude content
Parent of a 10-year-old Written bygamereviewer6469 February 18, 2011

Not for Anyone

No one should EVER play this game, this is the most violent game i have ever seen. RE-RATE it AO.
Teen, 13 years old Written byWiiMiiTime November 3, 2015

Sure it bad but.

I know this is a bit late with how long this games been out now but still there is nothing wrong with this game you could complain about all the violence and go... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byCWG1 May 1, 2013

Gory, fun, but Gory

Madworld which is a fun, and sickly funny video game. Now this game contains super strong violence, but like the game No More Heroes, it is very comical. Then o... Continue reading

What's it about?

The premise of MADWORLD puts the main character, Jack, into a post-apocalyptic reality TV show in which he moves through distinct neighborhoods in city, killing a series of deadly attackers for points. An off-screen pair of voices supply audaciously profane play-by-play and color commentary throughout as Jack, equipped with a chainsaw and assorted objects, brutally murders opponents. Additional style points are awarded the more sadistic the kill.

Is it any good?

Rendered in stark black and white (except the gushing red blood), the graphic style evokes comic books and graphic novels; speech bubbles pop from characters, the screen breaks into multiple panels, and every aspect of the environment and action is over-the-top. There's no denying MadWorld's impressive visual style, but the gameplay is mediocre.

It's intuitive that the Wii nunchuck and remote serve as your weapons for slashing, punching, flinging, and executing brutal combo attacks and finishing moves. However, some difficult camera angles and imprecise controls weaken the experience. MadWorld may appeal to comic book connoisseurs, but fans of fighting games won't find much sophistication in the gameplay.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether violent games evoke aggressive feelings in the player, or do they provide a harmless way to blow off steam? Is it fair to make violent Wii games only for adults or should the "family-friendly" console only have entertainment that everyone can play?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Sega of America
  • Release date: March 10, 2009
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Mature Humor, Sexual Themes, Strong Language
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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