Developer: High Moon Studios
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC
The character of Deadpool is one of the more fun and abrasive entries of the entire Marvel Universe, but one that is also notoriously difficult to pull of properly outside of the comic books. Ryan Reynolds played a very watered down version in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and the standalone movie has been on the back-burner for years. Now, finally, Deadpool has received his own game, and thankfully, the character has been faithfully transported to your console and placed under your control. Unfortunately, the game he's been dropped into is one of the most dull, repetitive and formulaic action games of recent times.
Constantly breaking the fourth wall, Deadpool is aware that he is both a comic book character, and the star of this video game, constantly having conversations with the "games' director" about going off script or blowing all of the game's budget on the opening action sequence. Featuring guest appearances from the likes of Wolverine, Mr Sinister and Rogue, fans of Deadpool are in for a real treat, if they can endure the gameplays shortcomings. Hacking and slashing your way through wave after wave of dumb identical bad guys, or shooting them from a distance with your not-that-accurate crosshairs, or sometimes breaking up the tedium with mini-games like slaloming down sewage pipes or top-down 8-bit dungeon beat'em'ups, there is nothing you haven't seen here done before, and done a million times better.
The controls are kinda glitchy, the visuals are kinda monotonous, the upgrade system is kinda barren, the extras are kinda non-existent... it would appear that the game's director put all of his talent into the script for the game – as Deadpool is regularly very funny, in a very low brow kind of way – but everything else smacks of a "Will this do?" level of effort.
One for die-hard Marvel fans only.
Rent Or Buy: Neither
Presentation: 3 out of 5
Gameplay: 2 out of 5
Replay: 1 out of 5
Overall: 2 out of 5