Rama Rating: 8 out of 10
Deadpool is known as a character that is more than a little crazy, more than a little vulgar, and always ready to chop up a few enemies for a good buck. If you’ve ever wondered what an unfiltered version of Deadpool would be like, perhaps a “Deadpool MAX” if you will, your answer comes at the hands of Daniel Way and High Moon Studios in Deadpool: The Game. As we said from our preview of the first mission, the game is vulgar and over-the-top, and it also happens to be hilarious.
Way is at his best here; he wrote Deadpool in comics for years, and knew well how to juggle two disparate voices in Deadpool’s head, plus his actual outward speech, and when High Moon took the leash of teen + publication off of him, he went all-out with it.
The insanity we saw at the beginning of the game a few weeks ago was just the tip of the iceberg. The game’s vulgarity may put some people off – Deadpool is depicted as basically the bro-est of bros that ever broed, especially when it comes to women – that means he’s drooling over the T&A of guest stars Rogue, Psylocke, and Domino, the later two who don’t seem to have any real place in this game other than another couple of X-Men to put on the cover, and another pair of bodies for Deadpool to make lewd remarks about.
Wolverine, Cable, and Rogue each have slightly larger roles (especially Cable), but it is Deadpool, not Deadpool and the X-Men, and that’s clear throughout. Deadpool frequently breaks the fourth wall, talking both to the designers at High Moon and to the gamer controlling him, right down to a pretty amusing finish to the game that gets set up hours earlier.
The gameplay is fairly generic hack and slash action game faire. You cut with katana, sai, and long-handle hammers, and shoot with pistols, shotguns, submachine guns, and a special prototype energy weapon. The right combination of fast, strong, and gun attacks make for some really fun moments, though, and it is very satisfying taking down wave after wave of enemies with just one guy. The special kills with each weapon, alongside the stealth kills, give some variety, and encourage you to purchase and level up each of them equally. The sheer amount of bonuses you can buy through the in-game “DP Points” collected from more interesting combos and from around the world makes the game’s replayability increase. Though the comedy bits might not make you guffaw the second time around, they’re funny enough to laugh at more than once, and the variety of weapons (you get to keep your upgrades for subsequent playthroughs) makes the experience decidedly different.
Overall, you won’t get too much out of the gameplay that you haven’t seen before if you’re an experience action gamer (not to mention you’ll breeze through it pretty quickly). But the real sell here is the rated R Deadpool story you’ll never see in comics. From the sheer bloodiness of the violent kills to the sexuality and swearing, this is definitely a different brand of Deadpool. Luckily, the hilarious humor, coupled with enough in-jokes and references to make any Marvel Comics fan proud, makes it feel Deadpool all the way, and a must play for fans of the Merc with the Mouth.
Deadpool is in stores now for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.