I think it’s interesting how a vast majority of gamers automatically thinks this game is going to be amazing because of the art direction. Like, alright, it’s all in black and white but the blood, the blood is still red, I see that and that’s really very clever and original I guess, but I’m still not sold on it. At this point in time, it just seems like yet another video game with supposed “over the top” violence that is so over the top it’s funny (from IGN). It’s not even over the top really, I’m pretty sure I’ve done every single thing show in this demo video countless times before in so many other games. I’ve been ripping out hearts, chopping people in half, and impaling people on spikes since Mortal Kombat. But it’s OK, MadWorld is totally original because it’s black and white (with red blood).
The problem is, for some reason ones self image as an individual that plays video games is defined by the games they play. People want to play badass games because it somehow reflects that badass-ness on them.
With that said, the rant was directed more at the automatic acceptance of this game, not at the game itself. I like that it’s coming out for the Wii, not because the Wii needs more over the top violence because that will somehow make the system more masculine and therefore appeal to everyone afraid of buying a Wii because it’s too kiddy, but because the Wii needs any new games coming out for it, at all, that don’t suck. And PlatinumGames will probably make a solid title, Viewtiful Joe and Okami were great titles (Shinji Mikami, Atsushi Inaba and Hideki Kamiya were former members of Clover Studios that went on to form PlatinumGames).