Release Date: June 25th, 2013
Developer: High Moon Studios
Platform: [Reviewed: Xbox 360] & PS3
Rated: M for Mature
The crazed super-mutant finally stars in his very own video game full of blood, babes, weapons, and his insane ramblings! This game oozes with that Deadpool “charm”, crude jokes and hilarious voices in his head working off each other to have you chuckling till the end. Although you may find Deadpool’s humor and persona delightful, but only so much death and destruction can quell the tediousness of the combat.
The merc with a mouth is just chilling out waiting for High Moon Studios to accept his game idea. After some direct intervention from Deadpool they gladly accept his proposal. Not much of a fan of scripted scenes he reluctantly springs into action, twisting the game to his liking in any way he can.
For an action title the real focus of the game is not Deadpool’s killer acrobatic moves, but his killer sense of humor. I always found myself cracking up at his ridiculously hilarious jokes and how he constantly breaks the fourth wall to talk to the player or even to the developers of the game.
But what’s the point of getting the personality down if they don’t also get the flexibility and reflexes to match? Thankfully Deadpool’s animations flows seamlessly when performing combos, mixing and matching light and heavy attacks with firearms is a sight to behold.
While you’re dazzling the screen with a flurry of blades and blood you can rack up your hit counter in order to earn more DP Points which can be used to make Deadpool even more awesome and powerful than he already is. There is also a counter move you can perform; much like the recent Batman games you can continuously string combos to reach higher point multipliers.
Despite looking really cool there are only so many combos to use. There are new combos you can purchase per melee weapon, but the selection is still limited; you’ll eventually just end up picking a few moves and stick with them. There is also the gunplay that you can resort to where players can run and gun. Keep enemies at bay by blasting them with pistols, shotguns, sub-machine guns, and overpowered pulse rifles! Larger enemies carry heavy weapons like chain guns and launchers which Deadpool can use after defeating them.
The level of detail that went into the character and the environment is impressive. Deadpool’s every action is fluid, and when taking damage you can see rips and tears in his suit. You can easily get a feel for the controls mostly because there isn’t much you need to remember other than mashing buttons, jumping, dodge/teleport and, shoot. And as mentioned, Deadpool’s persona is the star of the show and it’s all due to his talented voice actor Nolan North, who not only voices Deadpool, but also the voices inside his head. And players may not notice the soundtrack at all while Deadpool spout out one-liners.
My experience with Deadpool was overall enjoyable, mostly due to the insanity that constantly emits from Deadpool’s every word and action, keeping true to his loose cannon image in the comics. The combat aspect of the game becomes repetitive and the gunplay requires some getting used to. And the “same” enemies come at you in waves, making combat even more mundane.
In all honesty I played through the game just to see what Deadpool would say or do next. Deadpool isn’t entirely bad, it deserves at least a try – just don’t expect a serious action game.