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E3 2013 | Bloody Insanity From The Merc With The Mouth

Posted on June 15, 2013 AT 07:32am

It’s about time Deadpool got his own video game. With his fourth-wall breaking antics and his love for all things violent and zany it was as if he was created just so that one day people can play as him. At the Sony booth Activision was showing off the Merc’s first game starring him, and from what I saw in the first couple levels both gamers and comic book enthusiasts are in for a wonderful treat.

The demo starts off in Deadpool’s apartment, where a message from High Moon Studios is left saying that they want no part in making a game starring him. (Apparently it wasn’t a good idea to send the proposal written in crayon.) After some explosive reconsideration the studio changes their mind and says that a script will be delivered to him soon.

Before you open the door you can roam around the apartment and check out your surroundings, with each observation filled with plenty of laughs (i.e. riffing on cheap background builds, Deadpool expanding the censor bar before he takes a dump, his relationship with the internet). Once you open the door and grab the script Deadpool is upset because it’s not exciting enough, but with some additional drawings he’s able to make sense of what the game script should be like.

Soon after the tutorial begins, where you need to reach the penthouse of a corrupt newscaster. Deadpool and the two voices in his head banter about the hows and whats of the game, pretty soon you start slicing and shooting up any guard that you come across. After enough kills you can perform a special attack, a couple of which were dance-influenced in ways you can’t imagine.

The trademark humor is intact, thanks in part to Deadpool’s voice actor Nolan North. His delivery is that of a man who has not just lost his marbles, but also the sticks that came with that Kerplunk! game that was out years ago. Believe me when I say that you will never listen to Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” the same way again after playing this. The writing can be a tad adolescent, but those who are fans of the Deadpool series know that that’s what makes Deadpool who he is.

There were a couple of hiccups that kept the demo from running smoothly. For one thing the person playing before me somehow crashed the game, forcing the booth operator to fetch the tech guy to come in to fix it. The graphics weren’t quite fully rendered yet either, with some baddies getting stuck in walls and convulsing on the floor after I’ve killed them. Still this was just a demo, and knowing High Moon Studios’ reputation these bugs will be fixed before it goes gold.

Even with these errors Deadpool is looking to be a fun anti-hero game where you can leave your brain at the door and your funny bone at the front of the screen. Deadpool arrives at the end of this month on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.

An accomplished music, anime, and video game critic, Evan Bourgault has been a Contributing Editor and Podcast host with ElectricSistaHood since 2008. His passion for discovering new bands, developers, and Japanese pop culture began in his college radio days and continues on today. Follow Evan on Twitter at twitter.com/King_Baby_Duck

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