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Preview: Deadpool is far too much fun

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It’s not innovative in its game play, but my hour of pew pew slash slash just simply wasn’t long enough.  I enjoyed every moment that I got to spend with Deadpool;  It  felt like real quality time with ‘the merc with a mouth’.

The game opens in Deadpool’s dilapidated apartment.  The entire first chapter is just you wandering around his apartment, getting acquainted with the insanity that is Deadpool.  Yes, he’s got the two voices in his head, and breaks the fourth wall on a regular basis.  For example, you get achievements for just existing, so when the achievements start chiming, Deadpool comments on them and calls it “one of those games”.  Be aware, he is as foul-mouthed in the game as he is in the comic, swearing a-plenty and making tons of lewd references.  You may want to clear the room of anyone easily offended (or small children, I suppose).

The time spent in the apartment is full of references to other Marvel characters, as well as real world people.  You get called by Peter from High Moon Studios to discuss your idea about the video game, as well as a call you make to ‘Nolan’ to discuss future collaboration.  The jokes, casual movements and action options are all typically Deadpool – if you’re a fan of this anti-hero, you will enjoy it no end.  Oh, and don’t worry, there’re plenty of references to chimichangas!

I was impressed that they managed to bring the aesthetic and personality of Deadpool to the screen. The apartment looks like a high-res version of the comic book, only you can interact with it.  The voices in your head still pop up as white and yellow boxes, and are fully self-aware and also break the fourth wall.  In fact, in the next mission, the white box confesses to only being a PC gamer, which made me chuckle.

I appreciated the interactivity and randomness of this time with Deadpool in his apartment. It might not mean anything, or add anything of particular value, yet it seems like an homage to the fans.  Almost like the creators give you a present – here, make pancakes or eat pizza, giggle at the internet the way Deadpool would and watch some tv (while scratching the bulge in your pants with your gun).  The jokes, references and general atmosphere are spot on, proving to the player from the get go that this is a ‘real’ Deadpool game.  To be honest, I spent the whole time with a huge grin on my face.

The first chapter ends as you go on your mission to kidnap media tycoon, Chance White.  This chapter is all about pwnage, lots and lots of death and destruction.  You are instructed in using all your abilities, as well as introduced to the upgrade system.  There are a variety of available upgrades, from attack combos, to gaining more cash, to adding damage.  Again, nothing new here in the way of game play – you have light attack, heavy attack, dodge/teleport and jump.  Oh, and guns.  Used in combination, you can unleash all kinds of whirling dervish-ness of brutality.  Plus, there is the option to sneak up on your enemy.  You will know this is an option because Deadpool does his characteristic “sneaky walk” (think early Jim Carey).  I personally enjoyed sneaking up on the guard, only to use my gun to blow his head off.  Again, classic Deadpool.  

While it may seem pretty standard in games now, Deadpool has his signature regenerative powers.  I enjoyed getting beat up/shot and seeing the graphics as Deadpool went from bullet-ridden to normal again.  Plus, it helps someone like me who has a tendency to get hit by everything – make it much harder to die when you regenerate so quickly.

The game follows the platform/action format – move through the levels in the building using a variety of means, killing everything along the way.  If you get stuck and don’t know where to go, Deadpool has no problem breaking the fourth wall to talk to you and say what he thinks or sees.  Because truly, the focus of the game is not on puzzle solving or complex mechanisms.  It’s a game about running around and killing stuff while cracking jokes.  Lots and lots of jokes.  I must say that I spent the whole time massacring everything and giggling like a little girl.

If you are already a Deadpool fan, there is no doubt that you need to add this game to your collection – it’s tons of fun and absolutely spot on in its depiction of the anti-hero.  If you’re not already a fan of Deadpool, (and really, you should be) this game seems to be a fun, goofy and entertaining romp.

I couldn’t help but feel that I didn’t get enough time with the game.  Before I knew it, I was done, still left to wonder which characters will make appearances.  Will Bob, agent of Hydra, appear?  How about Spiderman?  Maybe the humor will be tired by the end of the game, but I honestly don’t think so – I believe that this game will be like spending the day with Deadpool.  And really, who wouldn’t enjoy that?!

Deadpool is releasing this week on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.

Last Updated: June 24, 2013

29 Comments

  1. Purple_Dragon

    June 24, 2013 at 15:38

    Fantastic, I was a bit worried it would turn out as a dud, but sounds promising. Can’t wait to play it.

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    • Daryl Eksteen

      June 24, 2013 at 15:47

      Yeah, I was worried it would be another pile of Duke Nukem bullsh#t. Happy it’s not 🙂

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      • RinceTheBurnWithIce

        June 24, 2013 at 15:56

        Or Aliens, no, I can’t finish the name!

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        • Christopher Shafer

          June 24, 2013 at 16:00

          The main reason Deadpool was never going to be any of those boils down to development time. Deadpool took 3 years tops.

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          • RinceTheBurnWithIce

            June 24, 2013 at 16:00

            Aliens was in the works for 7 years if memory serves? Not to mention Duke pukem…

          • Christopher Shafer

            June 24, 2013 at 16:05

            Exactly. There’s several factors that explain this, but basically as a rule of thumb if it takes more than 4-5 years to make a game then you should be worried.

          • RinceTheWhiskyWithIce

            June 24, 2013 at 16:08

            Agreed! Now, to scrub out all memory of the abomination!

        • Daryl Eksteen

          June 24, 2013 at 16:02

          Hahaha yeah!

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  2. RinceTheBurnWithIce

    June 24, 2013 at 15:40

    Awesome! No score Zoe? How’s the purple hair?

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    • Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      June 24, 2013 at 15:57

      it’s a preview, not a review. 😉

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      • RinceTheBurnWithIce

        June 24, 2013 at 15:58

        Ya, saw that after posting but didn’t think I deserved to edit it. #acceptshame!

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    • Zoe

      June 24, 2013 at 16:22

      more violet than purple. debating if i want to recolor or just enjoy this shade for a while

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      • RinceTheWhiskyWithIce

        June 24, 2013 at 16:37

        So no pics yet?!

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  3. Argentil

    June 24, 2013 at 15:44

    You know, I love Deadpool. He is probably my favourite marvel hero. He deserves a good game and some publicity. I do not like his design in this game, and feel that some of his charm has been dumbed down, below normal Deadpool dumbing down levels, to appeal to a wider audience. He’s less ‘rabid lunatic,’ and more ‘eccentric superhero.’
    Todd Macfarlane’s Deadpool, though more generic by the standards of the day, was my favourite version. Still dig him, just wish they’re reboot him.

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    • Christopher Shafer

      June 24, 2013 at 15:48

      I personally think it’s okay if this is a “just for fun” game. A lot of what your talking about is just Deadpool going mainstream- and at the end of the day, his main selling point is his dark humor.

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      • Argentil

        June 24, 2013 at 15:50

        That’s just it. His dark humour. They’ve repurposed him as a loveable weirdo instead of a violent basketcase. He’s just a slightly more wicked Spiderman, with added goofball.

        Also, Activision do not do superhero licenses justice.

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        • Christopher Shafer

          June 24, 2013 at 15:58

          Oh, I don’t think this game is going to be like Spider-Man at all. I’ve seen some of the demo that’s being described here, and it’s hardly sunshine and rainbows. For however silly Deadpool is he’s also brutal which in turn makes his silliness dark.

          Whatever the case with the humor and plot, I’d say the combat is more important. How many times have we seen Deadpool get punk’d in fights he should have breezed through? This game could finally establish Deadpool as a badass.

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  4. Trevor Davies

    June 24, 2013 at 15:48

    This is a relief, I have high hopes for this game.

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  5. Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

    June 24, 2013 at 15:50

    My problem is that the previewed hour or so might have been fun as all hell, but that it stays exactly the same for the next 7, outliving its welcome before it ends.

    Will have to wait and see.

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    • Christopher Shafer

      June 24, 2013 at 16:08

      They probably didn’t want to spoil too many of the jokes.

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  6. Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

    June 24, 2013 at 16:07

    NO PICKLES!

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    • Christopher Shafer

      June 24, 2013 at 16:11

      Indeed.

      Reply

  7. Kagutsuchi

    June 24, 2013 at 16:24

    I was just wondering today whether I should get this. Looks like I do.

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  8. Zubayr Bhyat

    June 24, 2013 at 20:36

    Looking forward to Deadpool myself 🙂 Combat is insane, and I rate it’ll be one of the most fun games to come out in years 🙂

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