Posted on June 28, 2013 AT 08:06pm
Two years ago, High Moon Studios and Marvel Comics teamed up to make a brand new game based off of one of their characters. At San Diego Comic-Con 2012, Marvel Comics teased this new game, revealing the character to be the primate assassin known as Hit Monkey. This, of course, was all a lie, and during their panel, Marvel revealed the ruse and announced their true purpose to be a game based on the Merc With A Mouth, Deadpool. It seems Deadpool had hijacked High Moon and forced them to make a game based on his incredible level of awesome, and this game is something to behold. So that begs one question:
What The Hell Is This Game?
Deadpool stars the man himself in a script written by former Deadpool writer Daniel Way and features much of the fourth wall breaking insanity that the comic book series was known for. All of the trademarks of the character are here: lots of guns, lots of weapons, a ton of gore and all of the psychosis that comes with such an unstable character. To explain the breed of insanity written into this game is to attempt to explain madness, but a madness is presented in a way that for those familiar with the character will be entertained for the entirety of the game. This is a game that is surprising and absolutely mind-boggling insane, making it a true vision of Deadpool, who is the apparent mastermind behind the game.
The plot of the game focuses on the man himself attempting to be an amazing, heroic badass as the star of his own video game. This plot point is one of the best things about the game, as it (and the inclusion of the famed dual personality narration boxes) given just the kind of tone a game starring Deadpool needs: a sense of the meta, as not only does Deadpool know he’s in a game, but all of his actions are planned around that premise. His entire journey to help X-team members Cable, Psylocke, Rogue, Domino and Wolverine stop the evil Mister Sinister is a clever way of Deadpool attempting to look like a hero and bring his own brand of slapstick mayhem into a video game. This makes the plot a bit convoluted, as the entire true purpose of the game gets a bit cloudy, mostly jumping from area to area as a way for Deadpool to show off how amazing he is. (Answer: Very.)
But is it also awesome?
Short answer: Yes. This game is fun as hell, and makes no qualms about being utterly insane. The game mechanics and weapons are all incredibly well done, with the hack and slash combo system working perfectly with the style of the character. They even managed to work in the regenerating healing factor that the character is so well known for, with a health bar that refills after a few moments without taking damage. This is made even cooler looking by the wear and tear Wade Wilson’s body goes through during combat, the lesions and muscle tears repairing themselves before the eyes of the player.
With the graphics as bright and shiny as a page from Way’s Deadpool run, the game looks great. The bullets, explosions and massive, sprawling maps that lead from area to area in the campaign mode are all gorgeous and well detailed, with the fun, over-the-top blood and guts explosions coming full force in this environment. The voice acting is stellar as well, with Nolan North resuming his role as Deadpool, and even having a conversation with himself at some point.
So what’s wrong with this game?
Surprisingly, not as much as most licensed games. The camera is not your friend, which can make for a pretty frustrating time during combat, but most of the time, with bit of patience and some movement of the camera manually, this can be fixed. The other issue is the campaign. As fun as this game is, it doesn’t last nearly long enough. The entire campaign can be beaten in less than ten hours, making it a short but hilarious ride. There also seems to be a bit of a cloudy plot, which can make things a bit less enjoyable, but overall, this is a fun and insane game that has no shortage of carnage and mayhem.
Should you buy this?
That depends. Fans of Deadpool, comic books, and being awesome should buy this game immediately. Those who aren’t familiar with the Crimson Comedian may want to hold off a bit, because the insane humor and gore may be a bit off-putting as the first interaction with Wade Wilson. Best suggestion is to read the comics and find out why he’s so popular, then play the hell out of this game and find out the true level of madness that Deadpool can reach. With intense combat, a great cast and the most insane character ever playable, Deadpool is one game that will keep you entertained for the entire time you’re playing.
This game is hard to explain, but there is one thing that is certain: Deadpool is pure, unadulterated madness. Playing this game is an exercise in your own mental stability, but those who play it will likely be richer for the entire experience.
Pros: Great graphics, gameplay and humor.
Cons:Frustrating Camera, Short Campaign
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