Last week I was given the honor of receiving a copy of the new Deadpool game. Why? Obviously, because Deadpool himself recognizes my amazing review skills and clearly wanted my expertise on the matter. Or it could be because I have big boobs, which I only let him look at and not touch. (Ok… He may have touched a little, BUT HE SAID HE LOVED ME!! No he didn’t, I have no standards.) Ahem… I digress.
This game is a basic fighting game with a cool theme and a lot of dirty humor, as you would expect from the main character/ star of the game. The best part of the game is the dialog, but there is much more to Deadpool then that. Deadpool, if you are unfamiliar with the character, is a little unbalanced. He has voices in his head that he has regular conversations with, rationalizes with, and sometimes argues with. These conversations are the main chunk of the dialog of the game. It is thoroughly entertaining. I couldn’t wait to find out what he was going to say next.
Storyline on this game was a bit random. Not as solid as I would normally like. You start out in your crappy apartment and get sent on a random hit, which escalates into hunting down those that took the target from you. You end up running into and working with a lot of other characters along the way. Some you may know well; such as Wolverine, Cable, Mister Sinister, and Rogue. Others were little known characters (at least to me); such as Psylocke, Domino, Blockbuster, and Vertigo. The best part? When these characters come into the game, you can select to view the ”Who the fuck is that?“, which gives a description of the character along with comic book art. This is a great way to brush up on your comic knowledge. Further more, when the character you are up against is a little known one, Deadpool points it out by saying things like, “Really? This is the best we could come up with?” and “You have the worst superpower. Ever.” Beyond that, you will see the ‘cheap tricks’ that make the game what it is. These include the bouncy house, toy rocket ship ride, giant robot foot, and even a super bicycle. These items are not all necessary to the plot, but some are incorporated in nicely and all give comedic relief. Mainly, this game is not intended to be taken seriously. It is intended for you to find challenging and entertaining, and it does it well.
Graphics for the game are less than stellar at times, characters are a bit blocky and not always showing great detail. This is excluding the main man himself, of course. Deadpool is actually really cool to watch. As he takes damage, you will notice that it will actually show. He will lose chunks of costume then skin and muscle. If he takes too much damage you “die” and respawn, which results in more entertaining dialog. If you give him a minute and let him heal, you will see him actually heal the damage on his skin and uniform. Other main characters have decent graphics, but smaller side items make the difference; such as a dog without defined eyes, which irritated me for some reason. The game also incorporates some hilarious 8-bit mini games at times. This is only when High Moon Studios ran “low on funds”, but it definitely added a creative touch to gameplay. It all adds to the humor of the game, even if it is irrelevant. Even the loading screen is a paper doll version of Deadpool running around the center of the screen.
The controls are basic and easy to learn. The game does have a little bit of tutorial in the beginning, which allows you to quickly adapt to the play style. The game even gives you a reminder of which buttons to push when you gain momentum for specialty moves. These specialty moves, along with weaponry and power ups, are available to upgrade in a side menu. You can upgrade Deadpool to haul around special weapons like dual hammers and have multiple momentum combos you can use to kill your enemies. He also has a very cool teleport ability that you can use from the beginning of the game. The teleport loses power if overused in battle, but you can also upgrade this ability to last longer.
You run into boss modes pretty regularly and face off with some pretty cool mutants. You can also pick up sweet mini-guns or the equivalent of a portable tank cannon from some mini bosses. Something that stood out to me the most, however, is the stealth kills. Deadpool sneaks around like a goofy cartoon character and, once he is behind them, will even pull out a gun to shoot them in the side of the head. He also does a pretty stellar double sword head removal for a stealth kill.
All in all, I would recommend this game to anyone looking for entertainment. It was a welcome break from my usual gaming choices. There couldn’t have been a better choice of main character. I have even discussed this title with others in the gaming community, all giving positive feedback. Are the graphics going to blow you away? Probably not. Are you going to laugh your ass off and have trouble putting the controller down? Absolutely. To me, THAT is what makes a good game.
I want to make a point to say that this game is not considered “fun for all ages”, due to violent content and everything else that makes Deadpool what it is. So parents, please don’t purchase this one for the little ones. It is awesome, but not for them. Be a better parent/ aunt than I am. (I recently shouted to my nephews, “who wants to play a violent and inappropriate video game?!!” Which I got cheers all around and an eye roll from their parents. Plus, my six-year-old finds it all hilarious… even if he doesn’t understand 98% of the jokes.) This game is for adults. It is not intended for children.