Deadpool has been around the video game industry for a while, but he’s never starred in his own game. The time has finally come for Deadpool to get the spotlight, but while it is fun to see him run around and kill enemies, one wonders if Deadpool should just make cameos in other games instead. Deadpool (the game) shines when it comes to the title character and the humor, but the gameplay brings down the overall experience.
Deadpool doesn’t waste any time getting into the mind of our favorite anti-hero. His first order of business is to get High Moon Studios to start making his game. He even enlists Nolan North to voice his character which is funny because Nolan North already plays Deadpool. Other discussions include budget and the fact that the villains in the game are lesser known characters. Walking around Deadpool’s apartment is funny because he totally realizes that he’s in a game. Jokes about crappy props and not following the script fill the game.
Nothing is off-limits when it comes to Deadpool. References to Zelda, side-scrollers, JRPGs and Street Fighter are discussed, but Deadpool’s favorite topics involve penis jokes and checking out women. Deadpool is so obsessed with women that he will instantly go to save a heroine from X-Men if it means that she’ll show him some “Skin on Skin contact.” Deadpool is a character that is so demented that it should be hard to like him, but despite all of his problems, he is instantly likeable.
One of the joys of Deadpool is seeing how other characters in the Marvel universe perceive him. Deadpool thinks he’s all that when actually he isn’t. The lineup of characters is alright. Besides the heroes/heroines from X-Men which are pretty cool, the villains are instantly forgettable. The X-Men series has a roster of many villains, but why they chose the villains that they did puzzles me.
With all the positives that Deadpool has regarding the humor and the story (not that much of a story, but it’s fun), it’s disappointing to have very boring gameplay. If you’ve played games like God of War and Devil May Cry, then you’ve experienced what High Moon Studios tried to do with Deadpool. Deadpool has similar combat to those games, but it doesn’t flow as well. Deadpool can slash or shoot his way through waves of enemies. While the game could have benefited from a diverse group of enemies, High Moon Studios just changed the appearance of enemies in every level, but they’re all essentially the same. To make matters worse, you’ll never really use Deadpool’s guns.
The enemies are so easy that a few slices from your sword can end their life in a really bloody way. The only time Deadpool will use his guns are when you fight these floating enemies that appear halfway into the game. Other than that, all enemies can be effortlessly taken out with melee weapons. Deadpool can also teleport. This is good when you are bombarded by enemies and need to make a quick escape. You can use this a few times before it needs recharging. The downside to the teleport mechanic is that it shares the same button as the counter move. Sometimes you want to counter an attack and you teleport accidentally. It’s all about the timing, but the frame rate will cause many players frustration when it comes to executing counters perfectly.
The biggest enemy in Deadpool is the camera. It’s absolutely terrible and will cause you to back up into a corner and die many times. The camera is especially bad when it deals with the platforming aspects of Deadpool. There are times when I fell because the camera shifted mid-jump. The controls to Deadpool’s combat skills are essentially two buttons that don’t bring any depth into his fighting. For a character that’s violent and great at combat, the game doesn’t do Deadpool any justice.
Actually one of the highlights in terms of combat in Deadpool comes in the form of upgrades. While the attacks just look a little bit flashier, they deal massive damage to the enemies. Some enemies will actually run at you with blood pouring out of their bodies because of Deadpool’s attacks. He also has these moves called momentum attacks that make him invincible for as long as the attack goes on. By upgrading Deadpool, you can get new momentum attacks including the best attack in the entire game… A BREAKDANCE ATTACK!
The most disappointing aspect of Deadpool to me definitely had to be the boss battles. None of them were hard or creative. They all consisted of finding the pattern and then attacking. If Deadpool takes any damage, all you really need to do is run away and let his health regenerate. There’s no challenge when it comes to the boss battles. Boss battles are where developers can get creative, but High Moon Studios totally missed their mark.
The levels are uninspired as well. All of the cliché levels are here and worse than ever. Despite the bland levels, some moments in the game which feature throwbacks to other genres are extremely fun to look at. There are moments of pure genius littered throughout Deadpool, but unfortunately there aren’t enough of them.
The difficulty of the game increases significantly near the end, but it’s not because the enemies are stronger. The game gets harder because the developers assumes that sending waves of enemies at you makes the game tough. It just gets annoying because you die due to cheap moments usually caused by glitches and not the enemies themselves. I really wish that there was a challenge in Deadpool. The game is way too easy even on the hardest difficulty.
After you’re done playing through the story mode, you can play a challenge mode that consists of 3 waves of enemies. The only real function this mode has is to give players a chance to upload their score on the leader board. It’s a short and forgettable mode that has no place in the game.
Deadpool is a game that should have been amazing. Deadpool is the Marvel character that was most deserving of a game, but High Moon Studios couldn’t pull it off. While it’s absolutely hilarious and that makes the game worth playing, it’s a chore to sit through the 7 hour campaign just to hear and see the jokes. It’s not a bad game, but it’s not even close to being a great game. I hope this isn’t the end for Deadpool because he deserves a game that does him justice. If there ends up being another game, let’s hope that there will be a better combat system, creative boss battles and an inspired level design. Deadpool could have been sensational, but instead it’s a good game (thanks to the hilarious jokes) that is filled with too many problems to be fully enjoyed.