Video Game Review: Deadpool: The Game
Deadpool: The Game
Consoles: PS3, X-Box 360
Everyone’s favorite Merc With A Mouth has made the jump to game consoles! Designed by Transformers: War for Cybertron developer High Moon Studios, Deadpool is a definite must-play for fans of the character, but regular action game fans might find much to be desired from it.
One of the strengths of Deadpool is the sense of tone. High Moon Studios’ team really understands what makes Wade Wilson a hit with his fans, and his manic personality is adapted perfectly for the video game world. Constantly breaking the fourth wall, Deadpool mocks the player, yells at them for not doing a combo attack, and even makes fun of the level designs in his game (my personal favorite was his reaction to a seemingly never ending wave of enemies-“Okay, he MUST be done no-OH MY GOD REALLY?”). Just like Deadpool knows when he’s in a comic book, he now knows that he’s in a game, and the results are really hilarious. From literally walking into an 8-bit video game to having to battle a “fan that won a contest to appear in the game”, Deadpool continually surprises you at nearly every moment, and encourages you to keep plowing your way through enemies, even when it starts to get boring.
Deadpool plays a lot like hack n slash games like Devil May Cry and God Of War. There are the standard light and heavy attacks, as well as a single button counter button that works exactly like it does in the Batman Arkham games. While the combat is fluid, I did find that sometimes when I hit the button when I was told to Wade decided to not perform the counter move. Katanas, Sais, and two giant hammers make up your three different melee weapons, but unfortunately there’s no way to switch them mid combat. However, the special moves for all of these (which can be bought with “Deadpool points”) are really powerful and fun to pull off, especially after Deadpool has yelled at you a few times to use them.
The plot of the game has Deadpool going after Mr. Sinister, who just recently stole one of Deadpool’s contract hits out from under him. This leads him to cross paths with a select few X-Men (namely Wolverine, Rogue, Psylocke, and Domino), and Cable. Whenever one of these characters appears, a notice appears on screen to give you some back-story on the character. This of course opens up a quick history of the character, but from Deadpool’s point of view, which makes for some really funny (and surprisingly factual) insight into some of the people who populate Deadpool’s world (whether they choose to be near him or not).
Despite being a pretty entertaining experience, there are some things that hold Deadpool back from being truly great. As I mentioned before, the combat can get really repetitive fast, and at times got extremely frustrating. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by enemies, and if one of them has the armor ability that shields everyone around them, you should probably just restart to the nearest checkpoint. The game’s narrative is also extremely short, tapping out at about 6 hours. Add to the fact that there’s no multiplayer, and you have a game that people will most likely blast through and immediately trade in. There are some challenge modes for players that are completists, but I would’ve rather seen some other extras like alternate costumes or a death match arena where players can battle each other online as their own customizable Deadpools (which would be set inside Deadpool’s mind, of course).
Even though there are some things that keep it from being a truly must buy game, Deadpool is still an entertaining game that will please fans of the Merc With A Mouth. The game wears its “M” rating as a badge of honor, and unlike the Marvel Comics, Deadpool is completely uncensored in this game, which people should be aware of before playing. High Moon Studios has done a great job with the Deadpool license, I just wish there was a little more to the game to justify me paying full price for it.
Final Verdict: B