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Review

Deadpool Review

  • Game release: June 25, 2013
  • Reviewed:
  • X360

Deadpool tries to hide its many faults behind the protagonist's buoyant personality, but it doesn't take long for the bigger problems to surface.

Deadpool's defining characteristic seems to be his uncensored personality. But if you spend time with this nearly immortal superhero, you discover that his most important traits are the scars he's burdened with. He dons a skintight suit that covers every inch of his disfigured body, complete with a mask that lacks even a basic mouth hole. However, Deadpool's scars aren't limited to physical imperfections. His mind is as damaged as his monstrous skin. Psychotic bouts affect his every mood, creating a character whose incredible powers are compromised by the hardships he carries. This dichotomy is realized all too well in this action-heavy beat-'em-up. Playful fight sequences are hampered by underlying flaws in the core mechanics, dragging this off-kilter adventure down from its promising perch.

Wolverine and other Marvel mainstays make brief cameos.

Deadpool is a character whose upfront nature makes him impossible to ignore. Always ready with a lecherous quip, he keeps a running diary of his darkest thoughts as you slice through a ragtag assortment of the Marvel universe's B-tier baddies. His unabashed misogyny and incessant sexual jokes are puerile at best, but as disgusting as he can be, you can't accuse him of being insincere. The jokes feel natural coming from his hidden lips. He's the embodiment of extreme baditude, but instead of sounding like the cynical mind of someone in the marketing department, he instead mirrors the inane ramblings of a teenage boy. And even if your tastes clash with Deadpool's, the sheer wealth of attempted humor means something should tickle your funny bone. Disliking cows because they're only an "l" and an "n" away from being clowns might just be ridiculous enough to put a smile on your red-nose-hating face.

Just because Deadpool enjoys talking nonstop does not mean that he confronts enemies with pacifism on the mind. The way out of any situation involves copious amounts of slicing and dicing, with the occasional shooting thrown in for good measure. Deadpool bounces around tightly constructed environments like he's battling attention deficit disorder, knocking one enemy into the air and then delivering a whirling dervish to a group of would-be attackers before firing his plasma gun at a far-off sniper. It's a screaming-fast confluence of steel and spandex, so fast that the camera often lags behind your actions. Throw in a magical teleportation move, and you spend as much time trying to get your bearings as you do unleashing hell on your dim-witted foes.

Cartoon animals provide a sharp change for the merc with a mouth.

Thankfully, fights are usually easy enough that you can dispatch the horde of attackers by just gleefully mashing the buttons. Your only defensive maneuver is the aforementioned teleport, so you whale away with your swords or guns and then vanish in a flash before you get your comeuppance. It's a smart technique that sadly doesn't always work because of finicky controls. Deadpool may not do what you want, when you want him to, so you wind up with a face full of fist instead of disappearing in a cloud to safety. Such unresponsiveness can lead to frustrating situations, but you can usually stay alive if you get even a little breathing room. Regenerating health is Deadpool's most handy superpower, so you can get back up to full strength pretty easily if you keep one eye glued to your life bar.

Fights are fast and bloody affairs that urge you to mix up your attacks to earn the highest rewards from your downed attackers. Dropped currency can be used to purchase upgrades in the pause menu, giving you access to new weapons, handheld explosives, and a variety of character enhancements. It's a system that urges you to experiment so you find the best weapons for your style (the slow and powerful hammers suit a different style than the fast but weak sais, for instance), and you unlock new techniques deep into the adventure. Because of the well-paced skill unlocks and the immediacy of the action, Deadpool is usually a pleasant enough, turn-off-your-brain kill-a-thon.

A conversation on a social networking site provides some silly laughs.

It's when the game tries to ramp up the challenge that things take a turn for the worse. When the game wants your back against the wall, it floods the screen with attackers. Deadpool may carry guns, but they're clearly secondary to his melee attacks, so a few far-away gunners can sap away your life in a hurry. Couple the difficulty of aiming while in a jam with the limited ammunition, and you may find yourself out of long-range killing instruments in the middle of a fight. Dozens of enemies, of both the gun-toting and sword-swinging variety, may try to stop your beating heart, and it's in the most hectic moments that the game becomes frustrating. Unkind checkpoints don't do the game any favors, either. If you fall to the last enemy, you may have to carry out the prolonged encounter all over again, changing the simple fun into pure tedium.

Despite the combat flaws, Deadpool makes a valiant attempt at being entertaining. A few brief diversions from the core action add some much-needed variety to the unceasing killing. Nintendo's most timeless franchises receive unexpected homages, and there's even a brief turret sequence that delivers a silly take on this tired trope. Who would have thought a Sentinel's detached shoe could be so fun? However, there are just too many flaws in the overarching mechanics to make this a consistently satisfying endeavor. Deadpool tries to hide its problems behind an exuberant personality, but all the talking in the world can't smooth over some fundamental flaws.

The Good
Unexpected references to classic franchises
Some funny jokes
The Bad
Camera and control issues in combat
Challenge comes from flooding the screen with enemies
5.5
Mediocre
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Drkr_Zen
Drkr_Zen

Gotta say, I checked out some reviews, starting with a few trusted sources, then eventually coming to GameSpot and got what I expected... half assed reasons and a subpar score for a great game. 


I've honestly only one gripe with the game, and that's the camera, but only near walls - and I can even let that slide given the rest the game is so awesome. Despite the hum drum kill baddies for points to spend on upgrades style of play, its still hilarious, entertaining and a lot of fun dicing up baddies. Animation, voice acting and overall presentation are great, as well.


Controls take a microscopic amount of time to get used to, but they're just fine... given you have half a brain and at least 6, or more, fingers. 


"Deadpool may not do what you want, when you want him to, so you wind up with a face full of fist instead of disappearing in a cloud to safety."


Case in point. Dodging has a button devoted to it... fail to press it and, instead, get a face full of fist... that's call user error, my friend.

b0sse
b0sse

It's kind of contradictory to make a Deadpool game and give him a HP bar.

He's supposed to be immortal, so you can't kill him, which basically means there is no lose and no game over.

Which in other words means, you can't make a game for him. Just like with Superman. It just doesn't fit.

seriousdave
seriousdave

I got this ona a steam sale for 20 bucks and it was worth every cent. The guys who wrote the dialogs for this game are geniuses.

The section with the sentinel foot mentiond in the rewiev was absolutly hilarious, just like so many other moments in the game.


Zekethompson22
Zekethompson22

The Cut scenes made me laugh so hard. That is rare to find in games these days.

lazarvuletic
lazarvuletic

If World of Warcraft has 9.5 score...

then this game deserves a score of googolplexlplexplex...

MJ-X
MJ-X

I dont know what tom's problem with games is but it just sounds like hes gtting old to play them as this game does not deserve 5.5 only higher.

The game catches you off guard at every turn with unpredictable action and hilarious moments invluding cliche's, quotes and meme's that are pure joy to hear.

Graphics was done really well and not bad at all by any standard unless your standard is crysis high.

combat system is pretty darn engaging i can only think of tom as mentally challenged for these kinds of games.

This game is PURE awesome and should be a recommended choice for any marvel or non marvel fan i promise you will have a blast with this one it starts slow but not for long before you know it you will be chaining combos + switching weapons on the fly and chaining cross weapon combos as a result.

The points system for upgrading is slow at start but it picks up and gets really generous if you know which weapons to upgrade and charged skills + moments to execute them.

so just get it and ignore mchea's reviews, this guys is getting old and cant grasp gaming anymore based on most of his previous reviews.

christianyonas
christianyonas

If you are Marvel fan you should definitely try this! Before I refused to play this game due to its low score but after spending it for few hours I just couldn't stop. 7.5/10 for me

GoneGuru
GoneGuru

shit review mcshea, your almost as bad as van ord, loser

GeneralMufinMan
GeneralMufinMan

7/10 for me, entertaining little game. McShea really loves giving out the "shockingly-low" score now eh?

rob_dAmAgE
rob_dAmAgE

Well I loved it. Definitely worthy of a solid 8 in my book.

Touchdown65
Touchdown65

Woah man kinda harsh i mean "some funny jokes" Most games try to be funny and drop off half way through. This way comedy gold the whole way through. Somtimes its about the journey as a whole and this is one i would take again in a heartbeat. It might not been the best  but there have been many worst superhero games. 

3Dsoldier
3Dsoldier

imo this was a very entertaining game, 5.5 sounds harsh ...at least 6.5-7 like toyo75 said.

manospao1
manospao1

I dont really care what you say about the better way to review but this game is one of the best(maybe the best ) ive ever played...its funny , it has awesome combat combining melee and range attacks,awesome bossfights and Cool graphics...the campaign is a little bit short but the game deserves every money ! ive seen a lot of great games in gamespot getting burned from the reviews so people should understand that gameplays help more than reviews...SO people go watch PEWDIEPIE playing Deadpool!

JasonBroady
JasonBroady

i don't know despite being a fun game why most of the gamer's are saying stupid things about it.Like it lack this, it lack that.tell me one game which didn't.i give the game 7.0 for being a fun game that make you laugh not another just action stereo-type game.

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Byshop
Byshop

The review describes the main character as misogynistic, which is not accurate. Misogyny is the hatred of women. At most the Deadpool character behaves like a horny adolescent and sexist, which is where some of the juvenile humor comes from. At no point is he misogynistic, as that would kill any humor pretty quickly. Tom Cruise's character in the movie Magnolia is an example of a misogynist.

toyo75
toyo75

It may not be a groundbreaking game, but it's one of those games that will surely make you laugh, which is a quality that is rare in most video games. 

When was the last time a video game actually made you laugh, very seldom right?

The game should have at least gotten a 6.5 or a 7.

Skargamer
Skargamer

This review is a tad bit harsh. Deadpool is a super fun game. Yes, there are quite a few technical bugs like weird invisible walls and awkward platforms and stuff, but this is the game just to have a good time with. The camera wasn't really a huge turn off for me, it was very stiff very quickly at times but if you're quick with a controller, its just as easy to loosen it up.

Its a really good game to have fun with, plus, Deadpool is just freakin' AWESOME! :D

cowscowscows
cowscowscows

This game, as everyone seems to say, is very funny.  The only issue with that is it is way too overdone the amount of jokes that are in it.  Not only that, but the combat isn't varied, the game is too easy (even on difficult), the camera issues that he mentioned, and the whole 8 bit/sidescroller parts were way too short.  They were pretty fun and only lasted maybe 5 minutes each or so.  Not to mention, the game is very short, maybe 6 hours tops.

The comedy is the only thing that saves this game from getting a 3 or a 4.  With that part of it, somewhere around 5 or 6 is fair enough.

People really seem to not understand how a rating system should work.  when it is out of 10 that doesn't mean it should range from 5 to 10.  Okay games are around 4-6, good games 7-8 and amazing games 9-10.  Anything under a 4 is bad, and around 0-2 is just terrible.

Billieguy
Billieguy

Mabye the easy mode is too easy! On Hard difficulty you have to be always cautius even from the smaller enemies. Also, the camera issues are not that annoying (at least on the PC port) and the humor is good and plenty! I think this game deffinately deserves an 8!

westsiderz28
westsiderz28

is this a case of a reviewer getting it wrong? because i think the game looks awesome,

djames12345
djames12345

I just finished this game and this is the closest thing so far thats as funny as conkors bad fur day on nintendo 64 I loved this game!

koospetoors
koospetoors

I swear this is Splatterhouse all over again. Its a good, solid beat-em-up that's filled to the brim with wacky humor and a lovable yet oh so insane main character. If you don't mind that then the game is definitely a good purchase.

KostasFavatas
KostasFavatas

This Game defenitely deserved a 7.5 or 8/10...he rated 5.5 cause he couldn't turn the camera with the right thumbstick?...and bro..if it's too hard for you play it on easy..Tom..too cruel in this review...please don't be in the future...:D

Morteza_Raynor
Morteza_Raynor

my score is 8/10 !

this game is one of the most funny games I ever played . it makes you laugh until end of the game without Repeating a formula of joking and ...

and fuck you tom ! I never ever liked any of your reviews :|

soilworker651
soilworker651

Damn that's too bad this game seems so much like NG3 Razor's Edge (but even though I haven't played it, there's no way it's worse!!), I really could have used a moodlifter after playing The Last of Us (not a bad thing... good game, great story).

BoxOfPocky
BoxOfPocky

I like the character Deadpool quite a lot,but damn seriously people. All these whiners demanding the reviewer to be fired and how this more than evident mediocre game deserving more than a 5.5, rofl. Also gotta love the review section with a bunch of people giving it an 8 and up and can't write more than a paragraph to prove in what way the game is good or worth the money.

Warsilver
Warsilver

I've never disagreed with Tom before... but this game definitely deserves a 4.0.

saosebastiao
saosebastiao

I'd say the game deserves a 7.0. Yes it's flawed, the gameplay may be a bit generic and a they did play it safe, but it doesn't do anything bad and has great jokes, even more so for Marvel fans. However, it's a rental, 4 hours and you're done with the game.

5.5 is being too picky.

It just needed a few more hours of gameplay, a little bit more of ass and tits. There's always more room for tits.



dragoonslayer19
dragoonslayer19

I've played this game twice straight trough and I'll admit it has flaws but a 5.5??? Really GameSpot?? The reviewer even admits he's never read any of the comics which this game is based off of, What a smuck. I think I'll give it a strong 8.0, not perfect, couild have used some polishing but still a freakin awesome/funny game. Don't listen to this twerp, it's worth playing.    

as a side note I cant recall where he says he's never read any of the comics, I think its the clip where him and another dude is playing the game. EPIC FAIL


leikeylosh
leikeylosh

When the comments are a more reliable source to know if the game is worth paying for than the actual review, something is wrong with your site. Or with your reviewer, in that case.

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

Bunch a cry baby whine asses on this thread

ewjiml
ewjiml

Ya know.  After watching this review, it makes me want to play this game.

SergioMX
SergioMX

Gamespot needs to write their reviews with less filler. Just rate the basics. Gameplay, Story, Graphics, Replayablity, etc. It's cool that you can write well and have a good vocabulary, but I'm not here to read a bio on Deadpool's personality. I simply want to know if the game is up to standards, and how it rates to other games of its genre. Just my humble opinion. 

jubdeidamasta
jubdeidamasta

"The reviewers opinion about a game is different from mine! He should fired!!!" People seem to forget reviews are opinions nothing else.

cowscowscows
cowscowscows

@Billieguy Even on the highest difficulty, the game isn't difficult at all until the last mission.  Easy difficulty you can just run through all the levels.  It is so easy until the end part, and that is mostly difficult because they recycled all of the bosses, and decide to have clones of the final guy.

Dantae_Hiruma
Dantae_Hiruma

@Morteza_Raynor : if you love comedy that much, go watch a movie. I and many other people don't just play games to have a laugh. 

TriggerManX97
TriggerManX97

@soilworker651 The camera might be a bit iffy, but it is a really funny game, so if you need a moodlifter this game is for you

edpeterson
edpeterson

@BoxOfPocky Well he's just a terrible reviewer, it's not just one single review that people get mad at, it's basically every review he does. I really don't know how people still take Tom Mc Shea's reviews seriously anymore! Tom Mc Shea is like daytime TV, he's just here to stir up controversy so that people read his reviews and he gets more attention.

AlteredBoot
AlteredBoot

@BoxOfPocky Here's a simple reason; It's fun.  fun, fun, fun.  I never found the camera to be that big of an issue.  Sure, if you get into a corner while button-mashing, you might get the odd hidden angle.  But be a bit more deliberate with your actions and it's a thoroughly enjoyable game easily worthy of a 7+ ( I gave it an 8 because, at the end of it all, I had a lot of fun).

AlteredBoot
AlteredBoot

@jubdeidamasta I think, in this case, people are not really arguing with the reviewer's comments as much as they feel the score was harsh for what amounts to the only con being the occasional bad camera angle.

Warsilver
Warsilver

@contraigon @Warsilver It is a really funny game... but that is all it has going for it; the actual gameplay is really boring and borderline annoying.

Deadpool More Info

  • Released
    • PC
    • PlayStation 3
    • Xbox 360
    Marvel, Activision, and High Moon Studios team up to bring Deadpool, the Merc with the Mouth, to home consoles.
    7.4
    Average User RatingOut of 700 User Ratings
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    Developed by:
    High Moon Studios
    Published by:
    Activision
    Genres:
    Action, Beat-'Em-Up
    Content is generally suitable for ages 17 and up. May contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.
    Mature
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    Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Mature Humor, Sexual Content, Strong Language