Deadpool isn’t exactly the most orthodox of comic book superheroes. An unhinged Canadian mercenary who hallucinates, hears voices in his head and has no real morality to speak of, Deadpool is the most maverick character from Marvel’s X-Men stable. He’s also arguably among the most popular, too, thanks to his crazy sense of humour and preference to liquor, guns and women over a righteous sense of justice.
Rather than restrict Wade Wilson’s three-way alter-ego, High Moon seems to have really embraced the madness that comes from his politically incorrect quirks. You can sort of tell that the studio appreciated the ability to let its hair down with wacky stage premises, bizarre set-pieces and dialogue that respects the character.
Just one look at Deadpool’s messy, eclectic apartment will give new players an introductory glimpse into the scatterbrained mind of the hero. This is where the game begins, as a matter of fact - with Deadpool scratching his balls with a pistol in his living room setting the scene.
The premise? High Moon Studios is persuaded by Deadpool to make a game based on him, and have tasked the mercenary with writing a script so that they can get to work. It’s very fourth-wall breaking, just like the comic books. From the word go, Deadpool is having a constant dialogue between two other voices in his head - one that takes a more pessimistic view on life and another that is even crazier than Deadpool’s outside voice.
Gameplay itself is familiar action-platformer fare. Don't expect to be walking too well-trodden a path, though. There are some interesting twists on the traditional dodge move, a decent combo system and fast-paced action. You never feel absolutely overwhelmed when taking on a room full of guys (you are a super-bloke after all), and it can be a positive challenge. Deadpool can access a large variety of guns as well, tagging long-range bad guys - or, as the game suggests, just killing enemies with heavy armour on as a lazy alternative to using melee combo attacks.
With the new generation console version players get the added bonus of all existing DLC, including two challenge maps (“GRT Plaza” and “Inside the Tower”) and the Uncanny X-Force and D-Pooly suits.
It’s an action-platformer that feels fun and interesting to play, and it’s largely down to incredibly funny and engaging both Deadpool and his world (or the world inside his head) really are.