E3 2008: Madworld Impressions

We see lots of ultraviolence in Sega's upcoming action game for the Wii.

The Wii has a well-earned reputation for being a console for the whole family. That may change somewhat when Madworld gets its Western release in the first quarter of 2009.

Madworld is a highly stylized action game that features what possibly may be some of the most extreme scenes of violence ever rendered in pixels. The violence is so over the top that it's almost amusing in its excessiveness. Bodies get split in twain, hearts get ripped out of chests, lampposts get impaled in heads--and that's just in the one level that we saw.

Details on the story are a little scant right now, but we do know that players take the role of a burly contestant participating in a reality gameshow in which death and dismemberment are central planks. Madworld employs a unique graphical style in that the entire world and characters are rendered in highly detailed black and white (think somewhat similar to the art style in a Frank Miller Sin City book and you'll get the picture). In fact, the only color in the game is the red blood, which gushes out of opponents in copious amounts.

Gameplay seems to be a mix of typical action brawler with some Wii Remote motion-sensitive moves thrown in. You'll use both the Wii Remote and the Nunchuk, and some special moves will require you to move the controllers in a specific way. In one scene that we saw during our hands-off demo, which took place along a city street lined with buildings, the in-game character ripped a street pole out of the ground and violently thrust it straight through an opponent's head. The character then picked up the impaled opponent and repeatedly slammed him against a wall filled with large spikes. This was achieved by shaking the Wii Remote up and down in rhythm with the action onscreen.

In case you didn't get the picture from the previous paragraphs that this game is extremely violent, here are another two examples. After progressing a little further down the street, the in-game character managed to find two large knives. He used these on the next opponent by first stabbing him in the head and, while the opponent was bent over in pain, stabbing the other knife in his lower torso. The character then literally split the poor opponent in half. And did we mention that the main character in the game's default weapon is a chainsaw?

Madworld is set for release on the Nintendo Wii in March 2009. Check back soon for more details.

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Randolph is the managing editor of GameSpot, and needs more time to play games.

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Hellmonkey012
Hellmonkey012

It sounds like a new No More Heroes which is weird because I think there is a sequel coming out in the future. I mean, Its original, has style, has unnecessary but humorous violence, good storyline, hopefully great villians. Just like No More Heroes, which is good because I love that game. I just hope it has better graphics.

hellpolice
hellpolice

Love the graphics and another reason to get the wii.

leboeb
leboeb

looks like inovative. love the drawing

teh-pwns-the
teh-pwns-the

@boratdacaveman: do you really want another unoriginal game, the black and white looks awesome and will probably be one of the main reasons that this game will be pretty awesome, all it needs is a storyline like NMH and halfway decent controls, i dont feel like playing a black and white dynasty warriors, if they are smart they will do it like NMH fight system

boratdacaveman
boratdacaveman

Honestly, this game seemed dumb. Whole purpose of the game is pure red blood. We have better things to do than stare at black and white screen blotched with blood.

boratdacaveman
boratdacaveman

Honestly, this game seemed dumb. Whole purpose of the game is pure red blood. We have better things to do than stare at black and white screen blotched with blood.

jmm0070_3rd
jmm0070_3rd

"Sebastianduche Posted Aug 15, 2008 4:44 am GMT Oh crap! I recently sold my wii because there weren't a whole lot of good rated M games." lol this wont be M... it was already revealed that will probably be rated with the rare Ao (adults only: +18 ) xD owned

dubel_07
dubel_07

I want this pretty badly

dubel_07
dubel_07

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Sebastianduche
Sebastianduche

Oh crap! I recently sold my wii because there weren't a whole lot of good rated M games.

89stealth
89stealth

oh my goodness if england does not allows this game 2 be bought in game stores nationwide im gonna migrate cos i read in the paper and sum douchebag of a person was complaining bout it saying that it will spoil the wii but i fought the wii was for all its about time the wii had a game that would give the mature players a shot come on now if they let gta in they have to let this 1 in 2 its kinda like kill bill if u kno wat im comming from but im gonna buy this game if i have 2 buy a imported wii

Kira4
Kira4

Cant wait to get this game thats if it gets released in Australia

dudeguy95
dudeguy95

yeah i read in a Nintendo power article that one of the producers had something to do with manhunt 2.

ninjarat
ninjarat

Manhunt 2 deja vu anyone?

drewciferpike
drewciferpike

If the gameplay even comes close to matching the awesome visual style we've been allowed to see, this game could be more of a killer app' for the Wii than *gasp* anything in the regular Nintendo stable (Mario, Zelda, etc.). I really hope this game is Rokken with Dokken.

Leick3
Leick3

finally an exclusive wii game with violence on par with a PS3 title. It looks really great with its style and the developers working on it are good too. hope it turns out and helps bring more hardcore games to the wii.

Jack1717
Jack1717

This game looks pretty bad, I'm not excited

Jackyll87
Jackyll87

Now, if only they can add some sex to this game it'd be perfect !

2GFU
2GFU

this game is gonna be awesome.

Ficko66
Ficko66

RIDICULOUS This looks promising... No offense to anyone, but who cares if it catches flak from critics for being excessively violent. It's not gonna stop the game and when it comes to the media; any exposure is welcome. Bottom line is, the more people talk about this game (as long as they aren't saying it sucks), the more people who like this stuff will see it. That gets the game more support and then paves the road for more stuff like it. Look at GTA--That has always been hassled for its racy content but it's one of the biggest series out there.

captainduncan
captainduncan

I hope this game doesn't garner too much attention.... I don't want another Manhunt 2 fiasco.

Kbs64
Kbs64

I hope this is a Triple A title. I just might get this :)

bassy26
bassy26

Hmm..... And I thought I wasn't going to be violent... Now I will be =D

SUPER_FLY_
SUPER_FLY_

okay i take it back this game looks pretty sick

santiagochile
santiagochile

"The Wii has a well-earned reputation for being a console for the whole family. That may change somewhat when Madworld gets its Western release in the first quarter of 2009. " How were No More Heroes and Manhunt 2 considered "family games"??? Who writes this s%$t?!

leofiregod
leofiregod

Wii actually getting something cool? I'm shocked. Why din't they put this in the Nintendo conference to give die-hard gamers at least a little boost?

Cassius2k
Cassius2k

Won't come out in the UK because of the knife crime we have and if it does it will be censored like no more heroes

Badkind
Badkind

Very interesting. I had to double check to make sure this was a Wii game. I will be watching for this one. If Sega is allowed to do what they want to do I might be made happy.

scar-hawk
scar-hawk

Yeah this game could easily get an AO rating. The violence in this game is "over-the-top" as said on gamestops site. Also whenever I wanna see a video of the game they say "please confirm your age"... So i just put a random year lol. So my point is Nintendo will not agree to allowing the game on the Wii if the ESRB decides to give it an AO rating. And Sega will probably have to nerf the violence in the game.

moose3469
moose3469

We are absolutely de-sensitized as gamers : /

dark_being
dark_being

Madworld sounds like a game for the PC or X360, not the Wii. A nice surprise.

me_rock
me_rock

I thought this would have been another bad and rushed game, but they actually take time for this one. I read a 3-4 page preview in a magazine, and they have these mini-games. One of them was like darts only you use people, I thought that was funny. This game really reminds of Gears of War, and God Hand put together. Over-the-top action with tons of blood!

Ngamer07
Ngamer07

people say this is mjust like nmh but that was ubisoft,this is sega's turn to make an ultra-violent game.....then capcom,then ea.....ok this looks like a new trend :)

SUPER_FLY_
SUPER_FLY_

this game kinda looks like a clone of no more heroes. i don't think it will surpass no more heroes in my books

jimbo44070
jimbo44070

didn't No More Heroes already do the ultra violence thing on the Wii? well they will have a hard time making it as good a game as Heroes was....but they can still try

necorium
necorium

YESSSSS come to me my pretty

kirax7
kirax7

@ OmegaAK47 Yet another person that didn't like No More Heroes. Did you even play it? It's one of the greatest underrated games of this current generation.

TehFuneral
TehFuneral

Uh, don't know what say about this.

pycho22solid
pycho22solid

Thank god 3rd party games are looking good on the wii-Nintendo didn't have too much this year... This game looks awesome

OmegaAK47
OmegaAK47

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Caer_Death
Caer_Death

Yes! I want to get violent with my Wii! I want to wave my arms around and see my Wii ooze forth... copious amounts of blood!

Zehydra
Zehydra

Yarg! Intense Violence! I duly hope that Sega isn't making this game for the sheer violence. It has go a little deeper than that.

Huell_Howser
Huell_Howser

the esrb probably (hopefully) won't kill this game due to the stylized graphics and not too serious tone.

padouke
padouke

wow, this is shaping up to sound cool. but i hope we wont have another esrb issue with all the "intese violence". an adults only ratig would crush it, and hopefully they wont have to dumb it down too much