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Deadpool
Reviewed by
Tony Jones
on
Deadpool 360 Review. Deadpool works because it throws the political norm out the window and doesn't take itself seriously at all.
Rating:
4.1

Gameplay 8.3
Graphics 8.5
Sound 8.6
Value 8.0
Distributor: Activision
Rating: MA15+
Review Date: June 2013
Reviewer:
Tony Jones

8.2


Deadpool

Deadpool reminds me of the Duke Nukem of the comicbook world, a character created in the 90's in a time where comicbook publishers such as DC and Marvel tried to gritty up their characters. As a result, Deadpool was born thanks to writer Fabian Nicieza and artist Rob Liefeld about a mercenary anti-hero who didn't take crap from anyone.

Deadpool also had a bigger ego than Rob Liefeld and the character is actually based on another DC Character who looks almost identical. That's right, Deadpool was a parody of Deathstroke and ironically it took off in the Marvel Universe with his grim attitude and classic one-liners.

The game, created by High Moon Studios doesn't take itself too seriously and if you go along with the flow, Deadpool is actually a fun game, albeit a bit stupid at times (defecating, sex dolls) and for a third person action game, the mechanics actually work well from great melee to some amusing weaponry.

I also liked that the game had some awesome Marvel cameos like Wolverine and once again, if you don't take the game seriously, you'll actually have a fun time exploring the world of Deadpool. The story of Deadpool is quite outrageous and is oozing with 90's cliché and wit plus more mentions of breasts than you poke a stick at. Another cool element is that when Deadpool talks, he talks to you!

Although the game does have some objectives that must be completed, the majority of time will be spent beating or shooting the absolute living daylights out of your enemies. Like the Teen Titans nemesis Deathstroke from DC Comics, Deadpool is a master at almost all weapons and High Moon Studios definitely gives you some great variety when it comes to combat.

From Japanese katana swords to some whopping big guns, battles play out quite well, especially the bosses that you face plus some well timed combos to seriously kick gaming butt. Although it does become a little repetitive at times, the amusing juvenile one-liners had me in hysterics at times and the combat can be quite gruesome.

Thankfully the developers have given the player a few tricks such as the ability of using "Deadpool points" to upgrade your weapons (e.g. shotguns) and abilities (e.g. more health). The environments of Deadpool are varied from cities to sewers and almost everything in between. There's also this great retro level in the game where due to funding cuts in the story, the game reverts to an old school top-down view.

Another highlight is that like the comics, Deadpool has the ability to teleport which not only assists with battles but works as a dodge mechanic. He even has this great counterattack that I'm sure was inspired from a certain Batgame and really helps liven up the combat.

Graphics/Audio

Graphically, Deadpool mimics the Marvel comicbook universe well and the character of Deadpool looks great, even the various cameos in the game. It also looks like the developers paid close attention to the female physique in the game who would not look out of place in a Dead or Alive video game. Needless to say, High Moon Studios and Deadpool love breasts!

Character animation works well and the environment is diverse, although a little simplistic in some areas. Add in some fun and over the top voice acting and if you have ever read Deadpool before, this is how he should look and talk. The musical score adds to the excitement of the gameplay and gives this game a great retro atmosphere.

Final Thoughts?

Deadpool works because it throws the political norm out the window and doesn't take itself seriously at all. Unlike Duke Nukem, Deadpool works in the 21st century thanks to some strong game mechanics and although it may not be Batman Arkham City, it does come close in terms of fun and over the top battles.

To complete Deadpool, it should take most gamers around 7 or so hours but there are a few other modes to get you busy as well, although no multiplayer. To sum it up, Deadpool is a classic 90's anti-hero with over the top jokes, gratuitous female bodies, next-generation graphics and some amusing retro scenes that definitely make Deadpool a truly enjoyable superhero experience.






 
 



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