I consider myself to be quite a Marvel property fan. I know enough about the characters to get by but there has been one character which I never took the time to get to know. That character was Deadpool. I’d hear about how great a character he is and see many a bloated Deadpool costume at various comic cons but I still didn’t know who he was, not really.
I got a copy of High Moon’s Deadpool video game and hoped that my lack of previous with the character wouldn’t hinder my gaming experience. It didn’t, in fact, I’d say it made me enjoy it even more. The game is made with the understanding that it’s core character isn’t the most widely known of Marvel’s roster and so it gradually introduces you to the red tight anti-hero and his crazy, fourth-wall breaking world. So on top of playing the game, I felt like I was being educated at the same time. As each character is introduced, you are given the option to watch a quick montage about their origin and back story, so you’re never out of the loop and in on all the jokes that follow.
The game opens with Deadpool sitting in his apartment and receiving a script for his own video game. Straight away, you know that the game is very self-aware and will be referential to itself and to video games in general. The first thing the player gets to do, is to walk around Deadpool’s apartment and interact with objects, with ensuing hilarities. This is helped me understand the character and the game’s style of humour, which is what keeps you playing.
The story is simplistic and isn’t really what keeps you invested, it’s serviceable but it feels like it drags on a bit too long. The reasoning for the story’s length is so that you have a decent amount of time to encounter enough enemies to help unlock a vast array of game-changing upgrades. From weapon unlocks to improvements, to character upgrades, to new combo sets, this game lets you customise in every respect, so that you can fight enemies how you want. This makes fighting the enemies a little less tedious, as you are usually saving up for some awesome weapon or special move which will help you mow down chumps even faster.
The design of the levels change constantly, keeping the game fresh as you progress, however it can be easy to get bored of running down samey corridors halfway through a level. These are usually there to seemingly help the game load the next part of the level, and so that you can encounter more enemies while you’re travelling to the next arena style area.
Let me say this now, this game will make you angry. It’s almost schizophrenic (much like it’s lead character) in how quickly it jumps from being easy to hair-pullingly hard and unforgiving. There will be times when you’re cutting down baddies with ease, only then to be absolutely destroyed by something ten seconds later. The final level in particular will make you curse that you ever started playing the game but you will want to complete it to see what jokes Deadpool will come out with next.
The humour is definitely the game’s biggest success. Personally, this is what kept me playing. The gameplay and level design isn’t what makes this title stand out. It’s Deadpool’s wit and outrageous behavior that compelled me to carry on playing.
Deadpool is not a bad game, it’s just not worth paying full price for. I’d say wait for this title to be on sale before you pick it up and then enjoy the ride. If you’re a fan of Deadpool, I’m sure you’ll like it and if you know nothing about Deadpool, I think you will still like it! The character and humour of Deadpool is what makes this game stand out and clocking in at about eight to ten hours of gameplay, it doesn’t outstay it’s welcome. Any Marvel or Deadpool fan should check this game out, but make sure you have you have a bungee cord attached to your controller, so you don’t throw it at your TV when things get overwhelmingly tough.
Rating – 7 out of 10
Deadpool is developed by High Moon Studios and is out now on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.