If you’re unfamiliar, the character of Deadpool is from the Marvel comics, in the same family of comics as the X-Men. Deadpool has been on several teams alongside the likes of Wolverine, but he’s a little less mainstream-friendly. He was played briefly by Ryan Reynolds in the horrible X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Unless Deadpool gets his own film, with likely an R-rating, we won’t be seeing him pop up again for awhile. Anything less than R would displease the fans because Deadpool is one of the most violent and psychopathic characters in the Marvel roster. He has a healing ability, much like Wolverine, so he literally can’t die. And he doesn’t mind taking lives either, in often gruesome and intense ways.
So… it kind of makes sense that a videogame might be most suitable for the so-called “Merc with a mouth.” You can slap a “M” rating on it and get away with almost anything. And in Deadpool, we get just that.
The gist. We join our lead character as he sits in his apartment and he’s talking on the phone with videogame developer High Moon Studios. See, Deadpool is known for breaking the fourth wall… Meaning, in this instance, he knows that 1.) he’s in a videogame and 2.) that we’re watching him. This creates some amazing moments as Deadpool guides us as a player and narrates his own story. In the beginning, Deadpool is given a contract and is out to assassinate a local crime boss. Things get crazy though when notorious X-Men villain Mr. Sinister gets involved and it looks like Deadpool is the only one crazy enough to face him head-on.
We get supporting characters like Wolverine, Rogue, Psylocke and even Cable, the time traveler.
I may not be an expert on Deadpool but I know enough to enjoy this game. It perfectly captures what I wanted from this game. It’s hilarious in its self-referencing jokes, it pushes the boundaries of what is acceptable (and earning the M rating), and makes you feel like Deadpool. Acclaimed voice actor Nolan North (Uncharted, Assassin’s Creed, The Last of Us) lends his voice to Deadpool and nails it. I laughed a lot during this game, which is something that doesn’t happen often.
The storyline was interesting, though a little schizophrenic but that matches the tone perfectly. One second you’re fighting mutants, then you’re on a mine cart ride ala Indiana Jones, then you’re shooting at clown balloons and trying to pop as many as you can. But it’s enjoyable, as long as you’re just looking for some escapism.
While the tone and character work, and even the story to a lesser extent, the game doesn’t deliver much on the combat side of things. You’ll sometimes be fighting melee with either swords, sais, and hammers, managing to pull off combos and break through their defenses. However, you won’t really need to learn combos. You can just tap tap tap all day and buttonmash until your enemies are dead. I just leveled up the hammers and buttonmashed my way through the entire game.
Sometimes, you’ll use your ranged weapons to take out enemies, though the shooting mechanics are definitely lacking. It’s in a third-person perspective and the aim is hard to control and you’ll find yourself wasting a lot of ammo.
So, with weak melee combat that gets repetitive and shooting that lacks accuracy, the combat falls a little flat.
I also had one incongruent moment that really took me out of the game. Early, Deadpool boasts that he can’t get hurt from falling from heights, “so feel free to jump!” Later on, I want to jump down somewhere but halfway there, the game fails and makes me reload. I just shook my head and continued on. No biggie but I didn’t understand.
I’m conflicted. This wasn’t a good game. The mechanics weren’t great. The combat was sloppy and repetitive and the upgrading was more of a chore than a choice. But I enjoyed it, for the short 6 hours it took me to beat this game. This was the first time I’ve been able to experience Deadpool in the way he was meant to be enjoyed. If you want to see a different side of the Marvel universe and have an afternoon to spare, Deadpool might be a fun pick for you. Hell, you can Redbox it probably for a few bucks. I loved the environment, tone, and Nolan North as our “hero,” so it made it an enjoyable trip. But if you’re looking for a solid game, you might find this lacking.