Deadpool (Video Game)
Published by Activision
Rated M for Mature
Available for the Xbox 360 (reviewed), PS3 and PC
Deadpool is the latest title from High Moon Studios and is very different from your average video game. Deadpool starts out in his shitty ass apartment, where we find him lying straddled in a chair playing with his junk and cracking jokes. Players then get the chance to "play with his junk" (aka mess with the crap around his home) or leave the apartment. You can watch TV to learn about Deadpool's life, make 1,000 pancakes, play with his blowup doll, pet his dog Red Rocket, surf the internet on his dial-up, or simply drink a few brewskies. Basically, there are four easy achievements for just messing around his crib, and who doesn't like achievements?
Once you are ready, you can answer his door to leave the apartment. There we find a sexy little vixen holding a package for us, and what lies inside is the script to the game. Deadpool pretends to skim over the pages, and next thing we know we're threw into the sewer to learn a little more about the gameplay. After you learn a few controls, then you can test your skills out on a couple of enemies and see just how awesome you are. What is your reward for completing the short tutorial? You get to blow up a kid's bouncy house and jump in it. Ha, it hasn't been 10 minutes, and I was already fuckin' loving this game.
Deadpool is extremely over the top so you will either love or hate him. It is evident after a few minutes of playing the game that High Moon and writer Daniel Way have nailed down Deadpool perfectly with Nolan North's voiceover work only adding to this great character. High Moon is known for its sophisticated third-person games, and Deadpool adds to that list. Deadpool can take on baddies with either his katana swords or dual pistols, and the mechanics are a clever mix of hack 'n slash fun with the intense action of a third-person shooter.
Deadpool is a hired mercenary and has accepted a mission to eliminate the rich news reporter Chance White, who is corrupted. The television channel produces such high-quality programming as the TV show "Jump the Shark," where contestants must literally jump over tanks filled with bloodthirsty sharks. The other part of the Deadpool plot is that Mister Sinister is trying to form an army by utilizing the DNA from the mutant haven, Genosha. And of course, Deadpool can't let that happen! He isn't going to share the spotlight with anyone whether mutant or mogul alike in his game.
Deadpool has a great amount of depth and replayability in regards to its gameplay and storyline. The intricate storyline is fun and entertaining, which carries the game along and adds a ton of variety to an already polished storyline. The tight controls keep combat seamless and satisfying. The fast-paced action keeps you on your feet as you seamlessly switch between gunplay and swordplay, which can be combined with light and heavy attacks. However, there are times when the aiming mechanic isn't as efficient as it should be.
Players can also dodge enemy attacks by pressing the B button to use Deadpool's teleportation ability. Each successful combo and attack racks up DP points and fills your momentum meter, which can then be used to activate a spin attack to take out a horde of enemies. The game offers up a wide variety of upgrades and skill trees to keep things fresh.
When it comes to graphics, Deadpool is colorful, vibrant, and beautiful, almost like something straight out of a comic. This is even further enhanced as you encounter other X-Men superheroes throughout the game. Some of the Marvel characters you come across are Domino, Wolverine, Rogue, Psylocke, Mister Sinister, Cable, Red Hulk, Riptide, and Blockbuster to name a few. Deadpool is composed of everything that this type of game needs with its action-packed third-person combat, fun story, and immersive gameplay.
All in all, Deadpool is a charming title that is not only entertaining but hilarious and well worth the purchase. There was little to dislike in the game, and not a moment went by that I wasn't laughing my ass off.
Deadpool is now available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. To learn more, visit the official Deadpool website.
4 1/2 out of 5