Deadpool review round-up

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Action games starring superheroes are, a few notable exceptions aside, generally pretty damned terrible. They either get the story wrong, or the combat wrong, have dated graphics or have terribly uninteresting gameplay. Or, as is often the case, all of the above. Deadpool, from Activision and High Moon Studios could have been different. Mostly because Deadpool, as a character, is different – giving the game designers pretty much free reign. And now it’s out – and much like the character himself, Deadpool’s videogame has opinion divided. 

  • Computer and Video Games – 5/10: It’s hard to recommend Deadpool to anyone but the staunchest of fans, and even then it would be with list of caveats. Though the depiction of the Deadpool is probably the best we’ve seen outside of the comics, and there are a few laughs here and there, as a full price game Deadpool simply doesn’t offer enough to justify its pricetag. And the gameplay that does have is of extremely dubious quality.
  • EGM 8/10: You’ll be fighting the camera sometimes as much as enemies, and the balance between guns and melee needs a bit more work, but most of the time, I was laughing too hard to care. The script is a love letter to Deadpool fans, so if you love the Merc with the Mouth, this game will hit your chimichanga-flavored sweet spot.
  • Eurogamer – 6/10: Fans of the character will be pleased with how well his off-the-wall mannerisms have been realised in game form, and there’s enough inspired wackiness to make your first play-through worthwhile, but the same lack of nuance and depth that makes Deadpool such enjoyable company also means that his game is a joke not worth hearing twice.
  • Gamesradar – 3.5/5 :High Moon Studios has created not only one of the best superhero games, but one of the funniest games you’ll ever play–period. Sure, it’s low brow and a little heavy on the dick and fart jokes, but… wait, actually, that’s not a bad thing. It’s a great thing.
  • IGN – 6/10: Behind Deadpool’s demented humor, creative script, and brilliant sight gags is a fairly conventional, generic action game. It’s not bad, but it’s not particularly good, either – and without oodles of hidden secrets or unlockables to discover, there’s really no reason to replay it once you’ve finished. Developer High Moon gets the character and brings the funny, but none of the action finesse that would make Deadpool stand out. If you’re a fan of boob jokes and dumb, repetitive, yet mildly fun gameplay, then Deadpool will offer you a weekend’s worth of silliness.
  • Joystiq – 3/5 Stars: That’s when Deadpool tears itself apart, only to come back to life for a few more gags. Better to take it as an unvarnished comedy, then, because Deadpool self-destructs when you read so deeply (and madly?) to see satire. That’s okay, bearing in mind there are better games in which you slice people up for points, and that everything Deadpool the man revels in – the bullets, the blood and the babes – are sincerely sought and embarrassingly commonplace in the marketplace to begin with.
  • OPM – 5/10: In a game as average as this humour is the X-factor. For some, Deadpool elevates it; for others, he renders it nigh-on unplayable. I call it nearer the latter and – for the sake of your taste – hope you do, too. Like the main man himself, this is utterly chaotic: funny, fun, rubbish, forgettable. Sadly, the hit rate of that first attribute is too poor to save it.
  • Polygon – 7/10: The early-game blow-up doll left me with low expectations for Deadpool. But High Moon surprised me with competent action and better-than average storytelling, and even Deadpool himself grew on me, despite his dumber-than-dirt antics. Amid some aggravating glitches, sometimes-repetitive mechanics and an unwelcome late-game difficulty spike, the game isn’t really superhero material. But like its protagonist,Deadpool is faithful to itself, which counts for a lot.
  • Videogamer – 5/10: Deadpool is a great character wrapped in a standard (and short) action experience. It can be fun in quick bursts, but the lack of a real challenge until the very end means it tires quickly. The inclusion of a wave-based challenge mode adds some replay value, but it’s a very limited add-on that fails to intrigue. By sticking to a generic formula, it undermines the way Deadpool literally tears up the script.
  • VentureBeat – 83/100: This is pretty much everything you could want from a Deadpool game. It’s funny, violent, and fast-paced. The campaign, while a bit short, is wonderfully consistent. I can’t really think of any particularly dull moments, and High Moon knows when to mix things up with some clever quirks, like suddenly turning everything into a 2D sidescroller.

That’s a whole lotta mixed nuts. the common complaint, it seems, is that while it’s genuinely funny, and can be quite fun, it also has some repetitive combat and is apparently woefully short. It seems like fun, but at full retail price, that fun had better be pretty mind-blowing seeing as its five hours long. Nolan North, as is usual, has been praised for his voice-work in bringing Deadpool and all his personalities to life.

Last Updated: June 26, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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