Deadpool is an unnecessary port of the 2013 Beat em' up by developer "High Moon Studios" Xbox One - Xbox 360 - PS3 - PS4 - PC
For those who have already experienced High Moon Studios crude beat 'em up, Deadpool, this port offers nothing new to entice you back. This is as simple as ports go, with no graphical upgrade or features. For newcomers or hard-core fans of comic book characters, it is worth checking out.
Deadpool, also known as "The Merc with a mouth" , finally receives his own video game. It's all thanks to Highmoon Studios, the developer who receive many references of throughout the game. The opening sees you inside Deadpool's rundown apartment. He's waiting for a call from High moon Studios about the proposal of his big game idea. Soon after, your free to explore the apartment, interacting with a variety of objects, such as the TV. This is an 18 rated game, so some of these interactions are best left unmentioned. However, if your a die-hard fan of Deadpool's comics, you'll get a rough idea what to expect from the game. Deadpool is constantly filled with one-liners, fart jokes and crude humor. It's not going to be everyone's cup of tea, but the fans are sure to find this game a barrel of laughs.
The game stays authentic to the character, which is something High moon Studios should be praised for. The anti-hero acts just as most would expect, and the humour is cleverly well written. If you get the funny side of it, your in for a treat. If you don't, Deadpool may not be for you. At it's core, Deadpool is a simple hack-n-slash affair, combined with some third person shooting. You begin with your two trusty sharp machetes, capable of slicing enemy heads and arms clean off. You have two main attacks, along with a counter attack. Each attack can be combined, allowing you to perform some very stylish combos, as well as racking up a multiplier. You can also mix melee attacks with guns, such as knocking an enemy, then shooting him in mid-air.
You also come with a teleportation ability. This allows you to vanish and quick reappear a few steps in front. It's quick, fluid, and a great way to trick enemies of your whereabouts. It's great fun to use, but does have it's flaws. At times, you will see a button prompt to stun an enemy. This is the same button for teleporting, so you may find yourself doing the opposite to what you intended. Combat also feels samey within an hour or so. Thankfully, there's a decent array of weapons, which can be purchased and upgraded. This is done by collecting Deadpool points. which litter the levels. There's a sub-machine gun, shotgun, grenades, mines, health slots and more. It's a nice little distraction, and keeps the combat interesting.
Each levels plays out as a script. It all feels random, but that's kind of the point. You can tell that High moon Studios have tried to have a lot of fun with each level. It's packed with lots of bazaar stuff, and also provides some interesting gameplay ideas. For example, Deadpool will sometimes blow all his budget money, and the game will break up into small old-school sections. One of them is a top-down view, with you having to find a key and open a chest. The other is a side-scroller, requiring you to fight past enemies and avoid obstacles. There's also a few moments when you mount a gatling gun, which provide some of the most fun in the game.
Occasionally, you will come across a number of stealth sections. These parts allow you to sneak up behind enemies, then take them out with one of two finishing moves. You can either silently take them out with your machetes, or give them the bullet. You can break most stealth sections, allowing you to just go in all guns blazing. There's only one occasion when it requires stealth. The stealth moments are nicely paced, and do keep most of the game feeling fresh.
In the later stages, Boss battles can become frustrating, One, for example, featured a competition winner that Deadpool didn't allow in his game. I found this sections rather difficult, and it seemed like an unfair advantage. The camera angles didn't help much either, as they do sometimes spin in strange positions depending where you are in the environment. I didn't come across any major bugs in the game, but the level design can be rather poor in places. With that out of the way, Deadpool is certainly not a bad game. It's a passable platformer at best. It doesn't add anything new to the genre, but it's crude, comical aesthetics should keep you entertained.