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Review: MADWORLD - Wii

by Steven Williamson on 19 March 2009, 09:50

Tags: Madworld - Wii, Sega (TYO:6460), Wii, Action/Adventure

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The only limits are your own creativity.

MADWORLD isn't about just killing your opponents; it's about how stylishly you can do it. The game rewards you with more points if you use an item or object in the environment, or if you pull off one of the brutal finishing moves. With points you can get better weapons and unlock some of the ruthless mini-games, such as Man Darts where you're tasked with scoring points by clubbing enemies into a huge dartboard with a baseball bat. There's no shortage of ways to kill an opponent in MADWORLD, with hundreds of objects from spiked walls to flaming barrels to simply a ball and chain, and there are dozens of ways to take their life, including stomping on them, setting them on fire, tearing out their heart or snapping them in two. The open-world map design and the sheer variety of objects littered around the locations allows for that experimentation. MADWORLD offers you a virtual playground of murder to use and abuse to your heart's content - and it feels great.

Many of the levels in MADWORLD require you to earn a number of points in a limited amount of time in order to progress and it's this feeling of urgency that really draws you into the action and adds pace and tempo to the massacre you're about to face. At the end of each level you face a big boss battle and there's some epic fights and surprises to look forward to, including the Sumo wrestler, Yokozuna, who takes time out of the fight to launch himself up in the air to grab the tail of a passing helicopter in order to bring it crashing down on you. Though the single player campaign is relatively short there's plenty of ways in which you can improve your score by playing through again and seeking new ways to kill, or if you're brave enough you can take on the incredibly difficult hardcore mode. The multiplayer mini-games also give you the option to show off your sadistic moves to friends online, who will be equally as keen to tear you apart in a variety of disturbing ways.

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