AVClub: MadWorld Review


"That over-the-top, mix-and-match approach to plotting also carries over to the gameplay and stylized look of MadWorld. The game is presented entirely in black and white, save for the smatterings of blood you start spraying from the get-go. But once the look settles in, it all becomes repetitive. In true game-show style, you have 30 minutes to eviscerate your enemies in each area, with extra points awarded for the more nefarious murder methods. Amass enough points, and you essentially go on to do the same thing in a "Bloodbath Challenge" that introduces environmental elements of death, like a giant monster hand that makes crimson paste of your enemies. It all looks very impressive in black and white, but eventually the novelty becomes a blasé "Oh, I guess I took his heart out? Neat." But because many of the levels are about four city blocks in size-forcing you to troll around the same handful of spots for slaughter until you unlock the boss-Madworld doesn't quite work as an action game. It only smacks you in the face with its formula."

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