Tech News on G4
Jul 9, 2013
By John Powell - G4 Canada
Deadpool. Like The Punisher, you either like him or you hate him. The disfigured and mentally unstable assassin began as a villain but because of his sense of humour and ability to break the fourth wall with readers, has become an anti-hero of sorts.
Known as the “Merc with a Mouth”, not everyone appreciates his often adolescent sense of humour. Think ‘Animal House’ or ‘Superbad’ meets ‘Jackass’ and you have an idea of what can and does come out of his mouth.
I have always contended there are two types of people in the world when it comes to humour. People who laughed at loud when Marvin (Phil LaMarr) was accidently shot in the face by Vincent Vega (John Travolta) in ‘Pulp Fiction’ and those who gasped and were appalled. I laughed at that and a lot playing ‘Deadpool’.
Developed by High Moon Studios and published by Activision, ‘Deadpool’ had me spurting carbonated beverages out of my nose and choking on my gum constantly. Deadpool tapping the screen and saying - We shall never speak of this! - when you die or the 16-bit level when the developers “run out of money” and Deadpool using the bathroom when you order him too (I warned you. You WANTED this!), are absolutely brilliant.
A game within a game, Deadpool plays through the script of his own video game created by…You guessed it…High Moon Studios. Although clever at the start, the formula tends to wear itself thin especially since the plot is very weak.
Mister Sinister is creating evil clones. Deadpool travels to Genosha after wading around a sewer. Cable shows up to lend a hand. That’s pretty much it. There are some other guest appearances but they are really minor and that’s the most disappointing part of this game. Comic book fans want those guest appearances, they want to interact with familiar characters and they want to battle bosses from the comics. In Deadpool, you will fight one minor league X-Men villain, encounter another such baddie but never fight her and take on the same handful of Minister Sinister grunts over and over again.
Speaking of Minister Sinister, when you finally reach the lacklustre finale, you don’t even trade blows with him. How lame. For true fans of Marvel Comics, there isn’t much to engage you, besides Deadpool himself and even he starts to grate on you when the quips begin repeating themselves after the first hour or so.
If all that weren’t enough, the mechanics themselves are as broken as Wolverine’s childhood. When any game institutes a targeting lock-on option, you know the aiming is a mess and Deadpool doesn’t disappoint in that regard. Not only is the targeting system defective when it comes to handguns and grenades, but so too is the camera itself. When you get too close to anyone or anything, expect the world to go haywire as it usually does.
We want to fight baddies not the camera, people. Geesh.
And if THAT wasn’t bad enough, every encounter with Mister Sinister’s grunts turns into one big gruesome grind. No matter how much you have upgraded Deadpool or his weapons, it takes a multitude of blows or bullets to kill even the lowest of the lowly minions. The battles are about as fun as reading back issues of Howard The Duck.
Deadpool may have a great sense of humour but all of the truly great jokes, quips and gags cannot hide the fact that the game is grossly generic, uninspired and just plain busted. Stick to the comics for your Deadpool fix.
Rating: 4 / 10
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