This past week I have been playing one of the few games that actually came out this year that is also on my month’s backlog, the game simply called Deadpool. As creation of High Moon studios the game received average scores across the board by every reviewer. My experience was no exception, is just like what all critics have said about the combat, it’s a bit bland with two button mashing, forced stealth levels, and the special combo move refills so fast that in heavy fighting levels it almost becomes a regular part of the fighting routine.
With everything true about the combat in the game it is still on track to be my favorite game that I played this year, with the redeeming factor that saves this game is the script and humor. Just like the Deadpool comic book the game is full of 4th wall breaking scenes, a bundle of lesser known mutants, and adult humor that makes it truly earns the ESRB mature rating.
The plot follows Deadpool who is determined to star in his own vidoegame, but after the videogame executives breaks the news that the script he sent in needs to be rewritten and needs to follow a budget. Deadpool decides to leads a one man army into the executive headquarters and try smack some sense into the CEO. That then gets interrupt by Mister Sinister and his gang which then kidnaps the executive and transport him to the fictional marvel country Genosha (an island nation that served an important point in the X-man series) where Deadpool meets up with Wolverine, the time traveling Cable, and some of the X-men who are there to stop Mister Sinister from completing his plan to conquering the world.
From there the Deadpool follows the new script while continuously cracking meta humor comments and making 4th wall breaking game objectives like “Be Awesome” and “Enjoy the singing”
Between the kooky and crazy gags, and this might be my imagination acting out, I would taste a hint of dept and sadness from the game. When I explored the island of Genosha (being the island where hundreds of mutants were slaughter by the humans) I could have sworn that some subtle sorrowful piano music tinkering over the soundtrack. Then there was this one, seemingly 4th wall breaking, scenario where you pelt circus clowns with beach balls from a small-world-after-all boat and the last part of the ride have you fight back a clown surgeons from the perspective of someone who is on the operating table.
The whole experience was truly, honestly fun and entertaining with me getting a kick out of almost all the crude mature jokes it had. The script and the awesome voice-actor for Deadpool (who you do get to have a phone-call conversation with at the beginning) really pulled this game above mediocre game for me. I got the impression that when everyone was starting this project they knew that they could not hold a candle to the Bioshocks and the GTA heavy hitters so the writers, programmers and game designers went ahead and created a game that has Deadpool act and play as the Deadpool in the comics and did this without having to worry about any focus groups or trying to appeal outside of the small-ish Deadpool fan base. That is exactly why I liked the game so much, not only am in the niche demographic but I appreciated that the game stayed true to the current source material without holding back or toning down the script to pander to anyone else.
And I hearty recommend this game to anyone who is also a fan of the Deadpool character or the his comicbook series.
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