Revisiting Deadpool: The Video Game Be Ready to Play
Before Berg from the not-quite critically acclaimed TV Show, Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place, turned Deadpool into a household name a couple of weeks ago, publisher Activision and developer High Moon Studios made a game about Marvel’s infamous antihero. The game, titled ‘Deadpool’ (go figure), released in 2013 to mixed reviews, and whatever little I played of the game back then, I enjoyed, but cracks were apparent. A quick trip to the cinema confirmed what I had suspected, however: there was entertainment in store (the film was easy to enjoy, despite the Indian censor board’s best efforts to prevent said enjoyment), and Deadpool: The Video Game could potentially provide several hours of it.
The short of it is this: if you liked the movie and Deadpool’s unique brand of humour, there’s more of the same in the game. Here are some things to consider before picking it up:
Deadpool is a game designed by Deadpool:
Deadpool revels in its own silliness
The marketing strategy employed at the time of release by Activision hinged on fourth wall-breaking stunts which involved Deadpool holding the game creators at gunpoint, demanding that the most awesome Deadpool game be made, subsequently taking over game development personally. Unsurprisingly, this approach makes it into the game as well, with jokes about budgets (or lack thereof), direct interaction with the player on a continuous basis, conversations between Deadpool, his own voice actor (the always wonderful Nolan North) and game director Sean Miller.
Deadpool is lewd, loud and sexist:
The voice acting is very good
Voice acting legend and screen actor Nolan North brings his A-game to the proceedings as Deadpool and Nolan North (there’s a brilliant telephone conversation early on in the game where he’s basically talking to himself). While North’s usual snarky delivery can make him seem likeable, particularly as Nathan Drake from the Uncharted series, you can tell he’s really having more fun than usual with Deadpool. The supporting cast is great as well, featuring the likes of Fred Tatasciore (Cable, Blockbuster, Earthquaker), Melissa Disney (the most southern Rogue ever, Psylocke), April Stewart (Lady Death) and Steve Blum (Wolverine) among others.
You should have bought the game last week
Yep, it was 50% off on every marketplace one week ago, and sadly isn’t anymore. If you’re understandably reluctant to drop full price on it right now (I might have sung its praises for several hundred words, but ultimately, its utter lack of polish is an issue), you could just add it to your wish-list and pick it up when it goes on sale next.
Deadpool is available on Steam, PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.