#273 The Magic behind the Deadpool Game

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.

and since you outrun most bosses a lot of my boss fights consisted of me running around the stage, dodging blasts and waiting for the healing factor to kick in

and since you outrun every enemy a lot of my boss fights consisted of me running around the stage, dodging blasts and waiting for the healing factor to kick in

 

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.

literally half of the screenshots I have of this game cannot be displaced on the blog

literally half of the screenshots I have of this game cannot be displaced on the blog because of the mature jokes 

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”

Yup there's a moment where this happens

Yup there’s a moment where this happens and so much more like this

 

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.

....very similar to the operation that Deadpool experience that gave him his powers and made him completely mad

….very similar to the operation that Deadpool experience that gave him his powers and made him completely mad. A glimmer of sanity shining through Deadpool’s insane mind? possibly. 

 

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.

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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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