For those who don’t know who Deadpool is, he is Wade Wilson, a mercenary and anti-hero. His primary power is accelerated healing like Wolverine, which makes him invulnerable, but it has also made him insane and aware that he is a comic book character. He also knows he is a video game character and has forced High Moon to make a game about him. When they send a script over to him for his approval this is when the mayhem ensues. The game really captures the crazy insane wackiness of the character. It's laugh-out-loud funny, if you like super crude humor that you would find in a rated R movie. He pokes fun at video games, the bad guys, gets in arguments with the voices in his head and Nolan North does a really great job bringing the character to life.
Gameplay on the other hand is not as fun as Deadpool's banter. You are armed with guns and katanas and you pretty much chain combos mixing swords and gun fire. It becomes really repetitive really quick. You can upgrade your weapons and learn new combos by spending DP points that you rack up by chaining combos; the higher the combo the more points you get. You also have the ability to teleport to dodge attacks; think the counter from the Batman games. The only problem with it is you have to remember to hold the stick back to teleport behind your enemy or you just pop up right back in front of him. Also, teleporting in a tight space doesn’t always work well because the camera will get off and you have no idea where your enemy is at. There is a lock on for shooting but it doesn’t always work very well, so you spend time aiming, which will get you killed in a room full of bad guys quickly.
Probably the most disappointing was the level design. You start off in a sewer, then an office building, then the sewer, again. What I thought was cool was a level where Deapool hallucinated LittleBigPlanet style scenes or the studio ran out of money so they had to do the level 8-bit Zelda style. There are tons of Marvel cameos in the game like Cable and Wolverine just to name a few with the main villain Mr. Sinister. It was nice to see these “B” list Marvel characters make it in the game. There is a Challenge Mode but it is just a survival mode in the same levels that you already played but with no kind of unlockable extras; it’s really not worth the time.
Over all, Deadpool is mediocre at best. The game play gets too repetitive too quick. Also, this game isn’t for the kids at all. Super crude humor, language and sex jokes are riddled throughout the game so keep your kids away from this one. The game really doesn’t bring anything new to the table of comic book games and with only about 10 hours of gameplay it’s hard to spend $50 on the game with no replay value whatsoever. If you have nothing else to play over a weekend it’s a good Redbox or Gamefly retail.
I give it a 3 out of 5
Deadpool is available now on PC ($39.99), PS3 and Xbox 360 ($49.99). Developed by High Moon Studios and published by Activision. It is rated M for Mature: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Mature Humor, Sexual Content, Strong Language.