Gameplay - 6
Story / Creativity - 8
Presentation - 9
Lifespan - 8
Pretty much everything done in the game attributes to allowing Deadpool to be even better of a character and allows him to become funnier and funnier as the game goes along. The only thing that really takes away from the game is the lackluster combat but the game will definitely live on as a classic because of its charisma. If you’re interested in Deadpool, buy the game strictly for the wackiness and comedy aspect. You will be laughing and cracking up for hours on end, just don’t expect an incredible gameplay experience.
Marvel’s prince of infamy finally has his own stand-alone title. High Moon Studios have taken up the task of bringing Deadpool into the gaming universe with this insanely funny and quirky beat em’ up. You get to play as Deadpool as he essentially acts out his own video game, he is self-aware this is a game the whole time and with that story idea, this allows for Deadpool’s character to shine. Everything seems to be a match made in gaming heaven, you have a hilarious and loveable character in Deadpool with a credible studio in High Moon with one of the greatest modern voice actors playing the part of Deadpool, Nolan North. All the pieces are there but do they all fit together? To give a brief summary, High Moon Studios does what they needed to do right in Deadpool
Deadpool is a third-person beat em’ up where you pretty much use your traditional mercenary weapons, swords, guns and grenades. These are pretty much the only things available at Deadpool’s disposal which is fine but sadly you can’t really do much other than a bunch of basic moves. Deadpool is such a charismatic character that you think you’d be able to perform some absolutely ridiculous moves in battle, which you sometimes are able to, but the majority of the time you just hack, slash and shoot with a fairly bland combat system.
You can vary up your combos decently enough but there was just so much lacking from the combat. The only really different thing you can do from most beat em’ ups is using Deadpool’s teleporting ability, and that ability has a recharge time. Also, Deadpool handles nothing like I anticipated. Other than when using select melee weapons, Deadpool handles sort of sluggishly. I didn’t feel like I was handling a badass, sword-wielding, super-powered mercenary while playing the game. It felt more like controlling a character from Saints Row the Third minus the ability to sprint.
What Deadpool gets absolutely perfect is the actual character of Deadpool and the feel of the game. Nolan North does a fantastic job bringing the quirky character to life. Every line is hilarious and I found myself laughing consistently throughout the campaign. There are so many out of place but hilarious moments in the game that you need to see. In contrast to this, every other character in the game is super serious, these characters include Marvel mainstays like Wolverine, Rogue and Cable, and these characters make Deadpool stand out even more. One thing that could have been improved upon is the soundtrack. It just seems really bland during combat and with an over the top character like Deadpool an over the top soundtrack would have fit perfectly.
The game also feels like you’re in the world of a comic book. The art style fits the game perfectly and the look of the characters is not like most modern day games where they try to modernize characters like they would dress in present day fashion, instead Deadpool stays true to the looks of all the characters. Sure the graphics of the game really aren’t anything to rant and rave about but graphics are not what you buy this game for. You buy the game for the character that is Deadpool and all he encompasses and High Moon Studios absolutely nailed it.
The story isn’t really something to behold but it’s something that hasn’t really been done before but a huge factor of fun to it is added because of the simple fact that it is centered around Deadpool. The story is completely based around Deadpool acting out his own videogame. Yes he is given a script to follow but he is constantly going against it and doing his own wacky antics. There are even moments where he seems to break the fourth wall where he talks with High Moon Studios when certain areas seemed unfinished because he is going over their budget. Also, Deadpool even speaks with Nolan North at one time trying to convince him to voice the character of Deadpool. This creative yet pretty straight forward plot allows for Deadpool to shine even more because it allows for the game to not take itself too seriously.
Overall, Deadpool does what it needs to do right. It absolutely nails the character of Deadpool with so many over the top and quirky moments between characters and even between Deadpool and himself, the game is one of the funniest of this generation.