Published on February 9th, 2016 | by octaneblue0
Review: Deadpool – PS3
Developer(s): High Moon Studios
Platforms(s): PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release Date(s): June 23, 2013 (PS3, 360, PC), November 18, 2015 (PS4, XBO)
Marvel’s popular mercenary/anti-hero Deadpool has risen to prominence over the past several years. First appearing in comics in the early 90’s, Deadpool eventually received his own comic series, and began making appearances in various cartoons and video games. After a very uncharacteristic and forgettable appearance in the film X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Deadpool is set to star in his own feature film, with Ryan Reynolds reprising his role as Deadpool/Wade Wilson. The movie launches just a few days from now!
In 2013, developer High Moon Studios and publisher Activision teamed up to launch the Deadpool video game for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC (versions for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launched in late 2015). The game features many of the character’s quirks, such as breaking the fourth wall, his enjoyment of over-the-top violence, and his love for women and Mexican food. In short, if you’re a fan of Deadpool, you’ll likely enjoy his game as well. Read on for the full review of Deadpool for the PlayStation 3!
Deadpool features an original storyline written by Daniel Way, a former writer for the Deadpool comic book series. In the game, Deadpool is aware that he is receiving his own video game, eventually ignoring most of the game’s script. Set to assassinate a media mogul, he eventually comes across several mutants working for Mr. Sinister, who becomes Deadpool’s new target and has an army of clones at his disposal. Along the way, Deadpool will come across several allies, including Cable and several X-Men such as Wolverine, Rogue, Psylocke, and Domino.
As previously noted, this game features plenty of fourth wall breaks and humor. Deadpool will frequently speak directly to the player, sometimes giving tips or reacting angrily if he gets attacked or killed. Deadpool also has two voices in his head that offer different viewpoints, and you’ll hear the three voices conversing with one another throughout the game. There’s plenty of pop culture references in the game too, with some other video game franchises given a nod throughout the game. This is also a very violent game, with dismemberment occurring when slicing up enemies. But overall, it’s clear that High Moon Studios had a huge amount of fun with bringing Deadpool to life in the game.
The gameplay of Deadpool mainly consists of beat-’em-up action. Surprisingly, there’s quite a bit of platforming in the game as well. The game is divided into eight chapters. They generally begin with an introduction from Deadpool, after which you usually have to start heading through a certain area. Throughout the game, Deadpool will navigate through locales such as a giant penthouse, a sewer, and a laboratory. Each of these areas have waves of enemies that show up, most of which are a part of Mr. Sinister’s clone army. As such, you will see many of the same types of enemies throughout the game. On one hand, you’ll know how to deal with several of these enemies, but on the other hand, you’ll really start to get annoyed at seeing certain enemies showing up over and over again.
Combat is actually quite easy to learn in this game. Deadpool has a weak attack and strong attack with his swords, and you can chain them together for combos. You start out with some basic combos; however, you can unlock more combos, along with more weapons, gadgets, and upgrades, with DP points. These are earned by defeating enemies, collecting DP coins, and so on, with bonus points given to high combo chains when attacking enemies. Deadpool can switch between using his swords or his gun at any time, and you’ll eventually unlock the ability to use them together in combos. The gun mechanics in the game are decent; they’re necessary to fight certain enemies. Aiming and shooting is fine, but surprisingly the game does not have a cover system, which would have helped with fighting of waves of gun-toting enemies. Deadpool’s ammo is not infinite, but ammo is thankfully found at several points in each chapter. Deadpool is also armed with a teleportation device; teleporting allows him to quickly move out of harm’s way, but it has a meter for its use, so you can’t just spam the teleport move to avoid damage. The game has a counter system that is similar to the Batman: Arkham games but is not as refined. When an enemy is ready to attack, the Circle button (for PS3/PS4) will appear above their head, which allows Deadpool to quickly interrupt. However, this is the same button used to teleport, and it’s very easy to accidentally teleport instead of counterattack. This can lead you to get punished quickly when faced against large groups of enemies.
The graphics of the game are decent. Deadpool has plenty of cool animations, especially when it comes to the gory stealth kills. Most of the character models, with the exception of several of the enemies, are fine. However, most of the environments are a bit bland and barren. The game’s soundtrack has a nice mix of different genres, with some metal, electronic, hip hop, and ambient instrumental tracks in the background throughout the game’s chapters. The game’s voice acting is excellent. You can tell that Nolan North had a field day voicing Deadpool; he was definitely the perfect fit for the character. Deadpool also features great performances from several other prominent voice actors, which includes, but is not limited to: Fred Tatasciore as Cable, Steven Blum as Wolverine, Melissa Disney as Rogue & Psylocke, April Stewart as Death, and Keith Ferguson as Mr. Sinister. The interactions between Deadpool and Cable are arguably the highlights of the game; if this game ends up having a sequel down the line, I’d hope to at least see these two characters again.
What is likely the biggest flaw of Deadpool is its lack of replay value. Most of the game’s eight chapters take close to an hour to complete. So the main campaign mode can actually be beaten in several short sessions or one long marathon run. You can choose to go through the chapters again on the harder difficulty, but there isn’t really an incentive for doing that. There is no unlockable content either. This game offers a lot of fan service in the main campaign, and the lack of extra content such as comic book panels, sketches, interviews, etc. is certainly disappointing. However, the game does offer several Challenge Maps, which unlock new Deadpool costumes if you clear the maps with a gold medal rank. These add a little bit more replay value to the game, but are really only worth playing if you want to beat everything in it.
Deadpool offers plenty of action, humor, and violence, and fans of the “Merc with a Mouth” will find a lot to enjoy in the game. However, its short length makes it hard to recommend as a full-priced purchase; either wait for a good sale or give it a rent instead.
+ Plenty of humor
+ Great voice acting
+ Different weapons and upgrades
– Lacks replay value and unlockable content
– Repetitive enemies
– Combat mechanics need refinement