|Designer(s)||Atsushi Inaba (producer)
Shigenori Nishikawa (game designer)
|Release date(s)||EU March 31, 2009
AUS March 1, 2009
|Rating(s)||BBFC 18, OFLC MA15+|
|Input methods||Wii Remote and Nunchuk|
From a third-person perspective, the player controls Jack, a mechanic with a chainsaw on his arm, as he competes in a violent television show. Control is handled through the Wii Remote and Nunchuk attachment, with the Remote controlling his weapon and the Nunchuk moving Jack. Most attacks are performed using the “B” button and accelerometer. Furthermore, MadWorld will not make use of the Wii Remote’s infrared sensor, as its developers found it unnecessary to pinpoint movements on the screen in order to attack. Players perform brutal melee attacks on enemies using objects found throughout the environment, such as impaling an enemy’s head with a caution sign.
The game will feature extreme, over-the-top violence, but designer Shigenori Nishikawa intends it to be seen in a comical light despite the dark tone of the game. For example, in a minigame called “Man Darts”, players must hit enemies onto a giant dartboard with a baseball bat to score points. Japan, stating “In certain markets there are a lot of limitations on the amount of violence you can show, so we definitely have the Western market much more in mind”.
In MadWorld, Varrigan City has become a target for a group of terrorists known as “The Organizers”. The Organizers have taken over the city and transformed it into the setting for a game show called Death Watch, where the city’s citizens are being forced to fight for their lives against mysterious enemies, for a prize of 100 million dollars.
- Jack: The protagonist of MadWorld. A man with a chainsaw on his right arm, who competes for his life in a violent television show called Death Watch.
- Little Eddie: A hulking brute with a giant club, whom Jack faces in the game’s teaser trailer.
- Herr Frederick von Twirlenkiller: A man who can create cyclones using the propellers in place of each of his hands.
MadWorld has been the subject of controversy in the United Kingdom due to its violent subject matter. John Beyer, director of mediawatch-uk, has expressed his concern over the content of the game, citing that “We need to ensure that modern and civilized values take priority rather than killing and maiming people.” European fans’ response to the organization have been hostile, accusing mediawatch-uk of being “cowards” and “narrow-minded bigots.”
Nintendo representatives have supported the game, reiterating that the Wii is a system for anybody, including adults, and that the game, like all video games, would be rated and would therefore be available for purchase to people of and above that age rating. In a preview, Eurogamer commented: “It’s difficult to understand why there’s so much controversy surrounding MadWorld when the violence is so very Tom and Jerry… It really is hard to be offended… because it’s just so ridiculous.”