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The Gaming Review - Deadpool

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Game Platform: 
Xbox, PS3, PC
Star Rating: 
7 out of 10

Adventure time with a mouthy merc.


The Pitch: Marvel’s favorite crackpot crackshot is finally getting the video game he thinks he deserves. Deadpool’s game is a third-person exercise in swords, guns, wisecracks and general mischief with a supporting cast of beloved mutant miscreants.


What It Really Is: Deadpool is what you’d get if you took an X-man out of the Marvel comics and dropped him into the Looney Tunes universe. He’s deadly, he’s crazy, and, more than anything, he’s a fan-favorite. So it was with some apprehension that gamers took the news of a Deadpool game because, let’s be honest, we’re all still a bit butt-hurt about how Ryan Reynolds handled Deadpool in Wolverine’s origin movie (read: poorly). We’re happy to report that High Moon Studios has really nailed the character in the game. Deadpool breaks the fourth wall by talking to you, the gamer, constantly. He tunes out major characters while they’re delivering plot points. He rewrites the game's script with a heavy emphasis on chimichangas. However, Deadpool’s lude charisma aside, what you’re left with is a game full of repetitive combat, dumbed-down skill trees, and drab settings. Seriously, the game starts in a sewer (and even Deadpool himself makes fun of it), but then moves on to Genosha, the bombed-out mutant city, which looks suspiciously like a sewer. Don’t get us wrong, there are plenty of high points in the game that come from Deadpool’s personality, awesome supporting characters like Cable, Psylocke, and Wolverine, and High Moon Studios’ masterful handling of all things pop-culture. But, really? You couldn’t toss in a volcano or a cruise ship or a jungle gym, even? It’s like you guys aren’t even trying. Ready-Made Press Blurb: “We’d give up chimichangas forever if it meant we could be Deadpool for a day.”


Fun Fact: Deadpool is peppered with little character intro montages that rip pages right out of the comics. They’re all awesome, but none are more awesome than Cable’s. We’re not messing around, you need to watch that shit (it’s accessible from the main menu so you can watch it over and over).


Who It’s For: The legions of Deadpool fans will appreciate how the game stokes their fanboy flames. You really can’t ask for a studio to handle a character like Deadpool any better than this, and that fact makes it easy to overlook some of the more mundane aspects of the game. If you’re not a fan of Deadpool and you don’t mind some button-mashing mayhem, this game might even make you a follower of the lovable bastard. And if you simply cannot abide anything but perfection in gameplay or setting, you should probably know that Deadpool is still better than the last Ninja Gaiden.

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