A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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
You are playing as a character who is trying to kill others in the most sadistic manner possible.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Several scantily clad female characters, though no nudity. TV Commentators' banter includes jokes about having sex.
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Explicit: Sh-t, f--k, motherf--ker, bitch, hell, goddamn.
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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)
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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.
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.
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