Year after year, gamers continue to cry out for something 'fresh' and 'different'. While we’re happy to keep buying the same old sequels, we also want new ideas, unique designs and original IP. In a less mad world, we'd have a perfect mixture of both.
Sega’s MadWorld delivered all of the above and more — just like Icho, Killer 7 and Mirror’s Edge. Collectively, they sold about 13 copies. Tch. Is it really any wonder that games publishers are increasingly reluctant to invest in original concepts? Clearly, we only have ourselves to blame.
But the ironic thing is, behind its startlingly unique visuals, Madworld is just a paint-by-numbers scrolling beat 'em up — and a bloody good one at that. (It's certainly better than Ubisoft's TMNT games, which continue to sell well.) Maybe if Sega had used a dull brown colour scheme like every other action game in existence, MadWorld would have been a bigger hit. Sigh.