Welcome to another installment of Flashback Fridays. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what’s going on here, please refer to previous articles for more information. Today we are going to talk about an extremely violent adventure that came out for a system that was in desperate need of it at the time. The title that I am referring to was one of the most over the top experiences I ever had for the Wii, Madworld.
The late 2000’s was a difficult time for devoted Wii owners. Almost every third party game that came out for their beloved system at the time was either an unpolished minigame collection, or a 3D action game with gimmicky motion controls tacked on to them for no reason at all. Then in 2009 something strange happened, a very violent, gory action game by the name of Madworld came out of nowhere, and tried to please the very audience this console had been ignored for so many years. Sadly, the title didn’t sell very well, but it was still extremely fun anyways, and in the end that’s all that really matters.
Here is the crazy setup that is just as awesome as it is weird. Welcome to Varrigan city, a town overrun by an evil organization known as the (pretty lame pun here) organizers, and host to the deadliest game on the planet, DeathWatch. You take control of a man named Jack Cayman, who decides to enter the games on a mission to find the mayor’s daughter, but who ends up getting more than he bargained for, and now must fight his way to the top in order to survive. Gameplay centers around moving from one area to the other and decapitating as many enemies as possible in a number of different ways, Sounds straightforward right? For the most past yes, but there is still enough variety in each stage to keep things from getting stale.
So what are my personal thoughts on the game? Well, it’s incredibly violent and entertaining, simple as that. The black and white art style is absolutely fantastic, the voice acting is downright hilarious, the controls are very easy to understand, and the sound effects make each kill that much more devastating to listen to. Combine that with some devastating boss fights, and you have the makings of a truly unique game that is unlike anything anything else on Wii.
Madworld showed that mature titles can be created for any system, and is definitely something fans of brutal action experiences should definitely consider checking out.
That concludes my story on Madworld for the Wii, but if you have any fond (or bad) memories of this game please feel free to share them with us in the comments below.
Here is a gameplay video that I found for it, enjoy! This does contain some violence and gore though, so viewer discretion is advised.