Written By: Slaven Brnjakovic
July 23rd, 2013
- Publisher: Activision
- Developer: High Moon Studios
- Rating: M for
- Genre: Action Beat 'em Up
- Players: 1
- System: PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
Just the Facts:
Super hero video games all have clichés and well-known
battle strategies. Whether it is a Marvel or a DC Comics character, they all have boss-fights, level design and a certain
twist in common. From High Moon Studios we got the newest game involving a comic-book character, but made in a slightly different
way. In the time where most super hero games are serious and the writers are often very grim, the producers of Deadpool give
us a game filled with humor and sarcasm, as well as predictable battles and zero lasting appeal. (It all goes under the characters
name – Deadpool.)
Deadpool is a character developed
by Marvel studios, who has appeared in numerous comic books before eventually making his movie debut in the film X-Men
Origins. He is a mutant with a murky and frequently changing back story. He is an assassin and a mercenary with outstanding
skills in both swordplay and marksmanship.
Breaking The Fourth Wall:
So what happens when a comic character decides to force game developers
to create a game staring himself? This is the essential plot in this game, as Deadpool kidnaps the High Moon Studios creators
and tries to force them to make a game with him as the main character. He also wants famous voice actor Nolan North to star,
which he eventually does. What makes this plot even more insane is that Deadpool is also aware that he is a comic book character
and a video game character as well. This is shown through various situations where Deadpool “breaks the fourth wall”
and communicates with the player. Things get even more crazy when Deadpool has a mission to assassinate the director of a
local TV station, which ultimately goes awry but helps to introduce the villain Mister Sinister in the plot.
The game feels like it was made without any purpose. Deadpool is insane,
suicidal and has regular hallucinations during the game. He is even seen tearing out pieces of the script because it doesn’t
suit him. It's all done to be funny, and it really is, the humor works. It is a bit dark, sarcastic and harsh in some context
but there is nothing wrong with laughter in a video game. Deadpool makes humorous comments during the cut scenes and the game
play, so you’ll probably fight all the way to the end with a smile on your face.
Deadpool is armed with trademark swords, melee weapons and guns.
As you advance in the game, you can buy new weapons or improve the ones you already have. The truth is you don’t really
need that much of an arsenal to fight the bad guys. It’s frustrating that they all practically look the same and have
no intelligence whatsoever, so beating them is really not much of a challenge.
If necessary, Deadpool can dodge enemy attacks by teleporting to another
location and then strike “out of the blue”. This can become very useful, especially when you are facing a whole
army of enemies. As I mentioned before, all comic games tend to include a number of cliched elements. They always seem to
have at least one sewer level, a rooftop level and an office level. This is entirely true for Deadpool and it lacks any innovation
about the surroundings in the game.
In all action shooters or fighting games, the boss fights are the
most interesting part, but in Deadpool that is also not the case. You can defeat all the opponents with the same technique.
For those fans who expect a sweaty and frustrating boss battle you will most likely be disappointed.
In order for a game to have a lasting appeal to it,
extras and additional modes are a must. Deadpool lacks any of these and there are only survival challenge modes available,
but you may not want to explore the same levels over and over again.
The Final Word:
To be fair, Deadpool is not a bad game but it’s also not something
you will remember for a long time. Average gameplay, a weird plot and a lot of humor really sums it up. If you are a fan of
the Deadpool series, or if you like sarcastic dark humor, and if don’t really care about predictable gameplay, then
Deadpool might worth your time.
Deadpool is a game with a great sense of humor but average game play.
- Gameplay: 7.5
- Graphics: 7
- Audio: 8.5
- Replay Value: 5
Final Review Score: 7.5/10