NSFW Gamer Review: Deadpool: The Game

NSFW Gamer Review: Deadpool

Games based off comic book franchises tend to be hit or miss. For every gem like The Darkness there exists a turd like X-Men: Destiny.

It boils down to more than just making a quality game but also making the experience simulate playing the character successfully. I kept my hopes low in regard to Deadpool: The Game; especially since Activision and High Moon Studios had been releasing nothing more than teases about the gameplay and story leading up to release. I am very happy to say that my expectations were exceeded!


Deadpool: The Game
Systems: PC [Reviewed], PS3, Xbox 360
Developer: High Moon Studios
Publisher: Activision
Release: June 25, 2013
MSRP: $39.99 (PC), $49.99 (PS3, Xbox 360)

NSFW Gamer Review: Deadpool: The Game

If your only experience with the “merc with a mouth” is Ryan Reynold’s portrayal in that horrible Wolverine movie then you are going to need a quick primer for what is in store. Unlike most comic book characters Wade Wilson (aka Deadpool) is fully aware that he is in a comic. In addition to being batshit crazy he is also virtually invincible due to a healing factor based off of Wolverine’s. I will avoid spurting off years of comic book lore, but he originally agreed to get the healing factor as treatment for his terminal cancer and the end result was his healing capabilities, disfigurement (he looks like a dried prune), and insanity. Reading an issue of Deadpool is a matter of enjoying a comic that does not take itself seriously and pokes fun at not only itself but the Marvel Universe and its creators. High Moon Studios made sure to stick to the roots of the character.

NSFW Gamer Review: Deadpool: The Game

Deadpool constantly breaks the fourth wall in Deadpool: The Game by not only referencing High Moon Studios (and threatening them) but by speaking directly to the player as well. He also bickers back and forth with the voices in his head on what to do next in the game. He cracks jokes, quips at every death threat, and hallucinates in the face of danger just like he does in the comic.

If you were a fan of Nolan North’s casting as Deadpool in the past then you are in for a treat. Him and most of the voice actors that have played the Marvel characters that appear in this game reprise their roles. Significant appearances are made by Cable, Wolverine, Rogue, Psylocke, and Domino. The inclusion of Mister Sinister as the villain was a genius move on the part of the writers and developers. As a major X-men villain he has been underused in all forms of related media. His focus on cloning subordinates gives a perfect in-game explanation for the repeating enemy archetypes that you fight throughout Deadpool: The Game.

NSFW Gamer Review: Deadpool: The Game

If you like your chaotic blood baths to have some focus then you should know that this game does have a plot, but in typical Deadpool fashion Wade could pretty much care less about it. The story opens with Deadpool harassing High Moon Studios about the very game you are playing and then opting to go off script after disliking the one they sent over. From there a simple assassination job turns into a fight for the future of the world as the X-Men recruit Wade to take down Sinister with Cable appearing randomly to point our hero down the correct path and assure him that he is the future’s only hope. The writers purposely never fully explain what Sinister’s plan is, but its not like Wade actually cares, he’s just going along with the plan to have the chance to get back at the villain for killing his mark.

NSFW Gamer Review: Deadpool: The Game

Deadpool’s arsenal includes his trademark katanas and pistols along with a shotgun, pulse rifle, machine guns, sais, proximity mines, grenades, and bear traps. Each weapon feels unique and can be upgraded via Deadpool points that are earned from kills or found around the areas. At no point did it ever feel like my progress in the game rested on upgrading but instead the upgrades just increased the destruction and chaos to be had.

NSFW Gamer Review: Deadpool: The Game

Deadpool’s healing factor is included in a fashion that is not game breaking. The implementation of it was borrowed from a previous Activision published comic game, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. An excellent game and the only redeeming thing to come from the first Wolverine movie. I am happy to see its concepts applied in Deadpool: The Game. Here your life bar functions like the rechargeable shield meter seen in games like Halo. What’s unique is that damage is shown real-time on Deadpool’s body. Bullets will eat up his flesh and clothes down to the bone where he will finally die. Once your healing factor kicks in you can stand in awe as the flesh regenerates right before your eyes.

NSFW Gamer Review: Deadpool: The Game

I really enjoyed playing Deadpool: The Game. On the surface I was expecting a lame third person shooter. When you really pick the gameplay apart there is nothing unique offered at its core. What makes Deadpool: The Game excel is proper presentation of the source material and very refined interactions and controls. There are tons of little things that make the fanboy in me smile such as Wade pointing out the fact that Rogue can not currently fly in the comics and the use of the sentinel devastated Genosha as the main environment.

What other game gives you the chance to bitch slap an unconscious Wolverine until you get an achievement for it?!

Game 4/5

NSFW Gamer Review: Deadpool: The Game

Deadpool only seems to get the girl in his own hallucinations and Deadpool: The Game throws a few of them your way. One of the best ones involves a pool party filled with scantily clad babes, Deadpool dressed in hip hop gear, Rogue chilling in the VIP area, and Gambit laying down the beats. The X-babes are all represented in style but I would have loved to seen them show off more skin then the normal costumes allow. The generic female models you encounter throughout the game do a good job of showing off the level of detail that High Moon put into the female models. Even Death has a very sexy look to her that makes you want to accept her embrace.

NSFW Gamer Review: Deadpool: The Game

NSFW Gamer Review: Deadpool: The Game

NSFW Gamer Review: Deadpool: The Game

Hotness 2/5

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