Excerpt: The point about a funny man is that he should have something to riff on in-universe. Deadpool is normally a very funny man. He's everything Marvel is well known for (in a bad way), and loves it, and the fact that he's funny has single handedly saved Marvel from a lot more complaints than it would normally get.
Conclusion: The Deadpool game is a decent experience. Had a bit more care and a bit more money been invested in terms of gameplay or visuals, it might have been another shining moment in terms of comic book-based games. Instead, Deadpool's awesome persona and his wacky adventures are dragged down by simplistic combat, annoying exploration, and lackluster visuals.
Pros: +Deadpool is an awesome character, +Over-the-top story, +Impressive voice acting by Nolan North
Excerpt: Things weren't looking good for Deadpool . After its initial announcement at last year's San Diego Comic-Con, Activision and High Moon Studios practically said nothing about the game. No big marketing campaigns, no media blitzes, one trailer - and we all saw how that turned out last time.
Conclusion: Anyway, if you want a hacky-slashy title that mocks videogame and comic conventions and never takes itself seriously then Deadpool is for you. That type of game is all too rare and no matter how much I criticise the game’s individual deficiencies I felt amused all the way through (except the stealth sections, and possibly that final tedious battle).
Excerpt: Guns, swords, girls. There's always a point at which self-awareness turns into self-defense and Deadpool spends much of its time prancing back and forth over that line. In the comics, the character's penchant for breaking the fourth wall is used strategically to surprise and delight the reader by drawing them into the playfully manic mind of the Merc with the Mouth.
Excerpt: A delusional anti-hero with a love of casual misogyny, a serious case of ADD, multiple personalities and a constant habit of bulldozing straight through the forth wall. Deadpool is not exactly your typical run-of-the-mill Marvel superhero. You either love his brand of puerile, off-kilter humour and zany antics or loathe his annoying in-your-face demeanour; the Merc with a Mouth polarizes comic book fans quite like no other.
Conclusion: Deadpool is a game that suffers in ways that should probably bother me a lot more than they do, but there’s no doubting that I had a good time while playing it. I was entertained. I laughed out loud on more than a few occasions. I’ve waited a long time to take control of a character that I love, and I’m ecstatic that High Moon nailed the essence of what makes him a great character to watch and read.
Pros: Nails the essence of the character with great deconstruction of the fourth wall, witty lines, and over-the-top violence.
Cons: Gameplay doesn’t bring much new, locales can get stale, and there isn’t much replay value.
Conclusion: If you have ever wanted to sit back and laugh for hours on end this is your game! Deadpool offers nothing but laughs for the right audience. Unfortunately a boring string of repetitive game play is what lets the hard work of High Moon Studios down. Even the incentive of bonus collectables to unlock items such as outfits or comic history would have been amazing but it wasn’t present.