What's interesting is that the Nintendo Wii — normally a haven for kid-friendly fare — is getting more mature. Last year, it was No More Heroes. For 2009, that honor goes to MadWorld. You thought Sin City was violent? Then don't even think of inserting this disc into your Wii. Imagine a black-and-white world that has a beautiful style to it, but only gets little spurts of color when you spill some blood. Kind of like a creepy color-by-numbers book and all you have is a gory red crayon. MadWorld rewards you for delivering comically over-the-top kills. It's ridiculous violence — like something out of a Roger Corman movie.
Gore factor: Five pints of blood. The violence in this game is so ridiculously overboard, it's laughable — like a Tom and Jerry cartoon times 20. Throw someone into a spiked wall, or a meat grinder, or grab a lamp post and skewer someone. It's hard to take MadWorld seriously, and yet, as you're making a ripping motion and your on-screen avatar pulls off the same move, it is oddly creepy and satisfying at the same time. Maybe that's because developer Platinum Games worked with the graphic limitations of the Wii to create a bloody bit of art. If you're looking for more stylish ways to kill people, MadWorld edged out Afro Samurai: Another funky, but gory, slashing game.