Deadpool is what awesome looks like, and I’m not just saying that because thats what the box says. I’m saying it because if I don’t Deadpool will come for me, and I really don’t want that. Really though the game is fantastic. It’s got everything the comics have, and more: swearing, blood, guts, gore, and the complete lack of a 4th wall. Oh, and I almost forgot, lots of commentary from the peanut gallery. Jokes abound, most of them aimed at your skill, or should I say lack there of.
Despite being generic, the gameplay flows beautifully for the most part. Changing targets is easy and seamless, as it countering and dodging. Melee fights quickly become beautiful flashes of blades…or slightly less beautiful smashes of giant hammers. Weapons can be difficult to switch on the fly, but the controls are otherwise simple to use. Gun play is decidedly less elegant, but still fairly intuitive, though I highly suggest using auto-aim since aiming, running and dodging all at the same time can be difficult.
The graphics aren’t really anything to write home about, I wouldn’t describe it as “breathtaking” or “gorgeous” but that might be the focus on visual puns. The game is lousy with them. You can’t kill a few baddies without tripping over a pun or three. Speaking of baddies, one of the nifty things the game dose is visual damage to enemies and Deadpool himself. Wondering how he looks after getting a good beating? Never fear, as long as you die you can get a nice up close and personal look at his fugly self….which the game creators put way to much effort into.
Many of the sound effects for the game come accompanied by Deadpools very own variations. Any button he pushes comes with his very own “beeps” and “boops” even jumps, guns, and swords come bundled with Deadpool effects. Though the main focus of the game is the dialogue…lots and lots of dialogue, well I say dialogue, but I really mean ranting. Deadpool talks…a lot…to everyone, even himself. I’d say at least two thirds of the game is just Deadpool talking; to himself while he’s walking down corridors, to whoever he’s maiming at the moment, even to you the player while other people are trying to talk to him. You know what? Scratch that, the whole game is Deapool talking. Now don’t get me wrong, this is high praise when it comes to Deadpool. After all, it has been theorized in the comics that Deadpools endless one-sided banter is a form of psychological warfare. Either that or he’s just crazy. No one can seem to decide.
Final Thoughts: Deadpool is all about Deadpool. If you’ve never heard of Deadpool before; this game will get you hooked. If you have even the slightest idea of who Deadpool is then you know just how awesome this game is. But only if you’re into that kinda thing.
Publisher: Activision Developer: High Moon Studios
Release Date: US:June 26, 2013 EU:June 28, 2013
Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, PS3 Digital: Yes
Price: $49.99 ($39.99 on Steam)/£31.90 Rating: ESRB: M PEGI:18