It’s no secret to anyone that knows me well that I have a ridiculously large back log of videogames on my shelves dating back a couple of years that still needs to be finished. One of the grim realities about getting older and growing up is that you have less time to devote to videogames and the little bit of free time you do have you find yourself not even wanting to play them. Johnny is worse than I am in this regard, as he plays maybe one videogame every two years, so when Johnny said that Deadpool was worth looking into, I knew it was serious.
The situation became much more serious when I found out everyone’s favorite Nazi Regiment, Disney had filed some kind of legal motion to discontinue every Marvel Comics videogame not under their control (which means pretty much all of them seeing as any game out from 2013 and back was before Disney acquired Marvel Comics). Suddenly a game I would “look into eventually” became a “I better buy it before its $200 on Ebay” scenario. By the way you can still purchase the game on Amazon.com and I highly recommend you click this link and do so, one because it helps the site out and two because it’ll be too late if you don’t.
Anyway, I had to hunt for it at Gamestop and fight off annoying employees begging me to buy “Call of Duty” and listen to them get offended that I felt “most FPS games are boring and gay.” This led to them accusing me of having some kind of “motion-sickness health issue” which they believe is the only reason ANYONE wouldn’t like an FPS. They also tried to talk me into it and out of Deadpool citing that Deadpool got “pretty bad reviews.” I’ve always said that reviews are just someone’s opinion of a game and that they should NEVER be taken as the gospel. Videogame review sites make a lot of money off sponsorship which means the more money and freebies are handed to them the better the review for that developer’s titles are going to be. Ranking systems are a joke, which is why I don’t “grade” videogames when I review them. One person’s 3 is another person’s 9 and vice-versa. A review is just one person sharing their thoughts on what THEY believed on a title, and should NEVER replace personal experience so I wish most of you would stop worrying about “what IGN or Gamespot” gave a game. But let me get off my soap box and back to the task at hand, which is MY review of Deadpool.
If you’re a comic book fan you’re going to love this game – a Deadpool game with an M rating just means a lot of poor taste jokes, a lot of bloodshed, Mexican food everywhere and a whole lot more. The story revolves around Deadpool’s typical “breaking the 4th wall” and developing his video game while fighting Mr. Sinister and the Marauders as well as having appearances by several X-Men characters such as Wolverine, Cable, Domino, Rogue, and Psylocke.
Graphically, Deadpool does its job. It looks… well, like a comic book video game typically does. If you played X-Men Origins: Wolverine for any length of time, the engine is somewhat reminiscent with several buttons for strong and heavy attacks which can be chained into combos. Deadpool focuses a little bit more on countering with the B button, and any time you counter you can easily start into a combo chain. Comboing is admittedly so easy even a retarded child could do it thanks to the fact it tells you to push the button any time you’re about to be struck. You also have an aim-and-shoot mode for Deadpool’s firearms, mostly using the trigger buttons, and if you’re quick enough you can combo shots as well or combine shots and melee attacks. The tricky part of this game is the fact that you’ll often have increasing numbers of enemies shooting at you and attacking you with melee attacks, and you have to balance the two. Shooter enemies as a rule are far more dangerous than melee enemies in this game and harder to deal with – fortunately just like in the Wolverine game, Deadpool has a healing factor he can rely on as long as you’re not actively taking damage, so there are times you’ll have to duck and cover. There is no shame in running.
Unlike the Wolverine games where Wolvie is limited to claws as a weapon, Deadpool has a full arsenal of weapons at his disposal with different moves, different combos and different instant-killers. You can purchase them and purchase upgrades to the weapons (more damage, more speed, etc.) with DP – no not double penetration but DEADPOOL POINTS which you get from killing enemies. By the way the random ridiculous elevator music in the upgrade menu (which can be accessed at any time during the game) is amazing and I need it on mp3; thank you.
Admittedly the gameplay for Deadpool gets a little “rinse repeat” but so does any video game, and fortunately the increasing waves of enemies will keep you on your toes too often for you to worry about diversity. Enemies start getting weird as Mr. Sinister will send clone armies at you who have the powers of other X-Men (such as Storm and Havok) and an entire army of mentally retarded suicide bomber Gambit clones at you that can do nothing but yell MON AMI, and MON CHERI before exploding into kinetic energy. Yep… mentally retarded Gambits – only in Deadpool the Game.
There are a lot of random surprises throughout the game whether it’s a shooting gallery, stealth mini-games, or just the ridiculous amounts of the mentally insane, schizophrenic Merc with a Mouth Deadpool talking to himself with his inner monologues. Most of these moments just spring out at you semi-randomly and I’m sure you won’t find them all in one go at the game. It’s a perfect blend of not just action in a game but overwhelmingly crude comedy and that’s the type of thing we need more of (and won’t get any of likely due to Disney. I hate you, Disney – so, so much).
The music is your typical semi-generic action game rock but fits the atmosphere of the game perfectly. There are also random bits where they will throw in a ridiculous song or two. In fact it is so ridiculous that I just simply can’t let you go without sharing the greatness that is Cable’s Entrance Theme in the game, entitled “Who the F*** Is That?”
If that video above doesn’t make you want to spend the $40 or whatever-price-this-game-is, you have no soul and I hate you.
If there is one complaint that I have it’s the lack of extras. There are unlockable costumes ONLY available in “infinite mode” which is a never ending survival mode against waves of enemies. It would have been nice to be able to wear them in the main single-player game. Some people complained that the game is a bit short, but I find that if you do chances are you play videogames WAY too much, and desperately need to get laid. If you’re sitting around looking for 250+ hours of game play like a Skyrim, you’ve come to the wrong place. If you came here for explosions, blood, tits, ass, poor taste jokes, gunfire, and the most demented character in Marvel Comics, then you’re going to have a good time and a lot of bang for your buck and while there might not be too much in the way of unlockables this is the type of game you show your friends or play any time you need something to laugh uncontrollably at and if that’s not called “replay value” I don’t know what is.
In short, Deadpool may not win any “Game of the Year” awards, but it doesn’t have to. All it has to do is amuse you and if you’re a fan of the comics and crude humor that goes with it you will definitely not be disappointed. If you didn’t laugh through this game you’re probably a liberal whiny crybaby which makes me wonder why the hell you’re on a site like ListenToThisShow.com in the first place, because we hate you.