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MADWORLD <span>(2009)</span> artwork


Type VideoGame

Rating Info Contains very strong, stylised, bloody violence

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

  • Suitable only for adults icon18

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Note: The following text may contain spoilers

MADWORLD is a futuristic 3D beat ‘em up published exclusively on the Nintendo Wii. Inspired by the artwork of graphic novels from the eighties and nineties, it uses highly stylised black and white imagery contrasted with a single colour: blood red. Part science fiction fantasy, part hard-boiled American crime pastiche, in MADWORLD players take on the role of a mechanic called Jack, a man with a chainsaw attached to one of his arms. Following the outbreak of a deadly virus in his home of Varrigan City, Jack finds himself caught up in a murderous television sports show called ’Death Watch’ in which surviving residents are pitted against each other, with only the strong making it through alive. The game was passed ‘18’ for very strong, stylised, bloody violence.

The BBFC Guidelines at ‘15’ state that ‘violence may be strong but may not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury’. In MADWORLD however, game play requires players to string together combinations of attacking moves in order to kill enemies and earn points. Whilst these moves and their effects are often unrealistic, the results are very bloody, with enemies frequently decapitated in a single swipe of a chainsaw, for example. This focus on violent bloody injury is better placed at the ‘18’ category. Additionally, BBFC Guidelines at ‘15’ state that ‘the strongest gory images are unlikely to be acceptable’; and with the game's frequent cartoon-style splashes of red against a black and white background, a '15' classification would not have been appropriate. The game's clear lack of realism, with its fantastical elements and cartoon style did mean however that the game could be classified at the ‘18’ category. At this, adult, level there would have been no sustainable legal or empirical basis for denying adults the ability to choose for themselves whether to play the game.

MADWORLD also features the constant use of strong language.


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