Time to see some chimichangas! The merc with the mouth is back, and for all you guys who don’t know who I mean, I mean Deadpool: the only superhero who has to have an 18 certificate attached to his cake hole.
All he cares about is things that go bang, things that go “ching ching” and boobies.
With a movie which I’m sure we have all heard about coming in a few months’ time, it made sense to me to dive into the remastered version of the game developed by High Moon Studios and published by Activision back in 2013, and now ported over to the PS4 and Xbox One.
All of Deadpool’s humour is here uncut and uncensored – which cleverly disguises a mediocre video game.
High Moon have created a plot line that is perfect for Deadpool. He wants to make his very own video game, starring himself, but when he receives the finished script, well, let’s just say he isn’t best pleased with it. So he makes some adjustments…
Voiced by the fantastic Nolan North (best known as the voice of Uncharted’s Nathan Drake), Deadpool’s humour is, as I mentioned before, spot on. I was constantly laughing 80% of the way through this game. Even his co-stars Rogue, Wolverine and some lesser known baddies such as Vertigo and Arclight are good fun to watch onscreen as they bounce off of Deadpool’s crude nature. Rogue for obvious reasons.
The other 20% of my time with this game was kicking serious backsides. The core mechanics are fighting and shooting, surprise surprise. Deadpool’s melee attacks with his dual swords rack up some slick looking combinations, and once upgraded you can polish off enemies using some awesome finishers.
The shooting though is where Deadpool kind of falls flat. The gunplay is poor, with a lack of aim-assist to easy up the odds, because aiming is a pain here. Luckily ammunition is everywhere, but the only time I used Deadpool’s shooters was whenever there were unreachable enemies.
There is a loosely-used stealth feature here too. If you find yourself behind an unsuspecting enemy, Deadpool will begin to creep while looking back at the camera telling you to ‘shhhh’! Creeping up on the guy allows you to use funny ways to dispatch him silently, or just blow his head off. I loved these parts and wished there were more of them.
Bringing Deadpool to PS4 and Xbox One hasn’t come without its problems, either. Instantly noticeable the minute you start the game, you’ll twig that the cut scenes are rough and untouched. Only when the game engine kicks in will you see the upgraded visuals, which nothing but a little improvement at best. In fact, it all just seemed to me like a port, rather than a proper remaster.
Another issue which disturbed me the most were the frequent hiccups in gameplay and cut scenes. Every 30 seconds to a minute, there would be a pause in the action, however the sound would be uninterrupted. This caused the audio and visuals to mis-align if it occurred during a cut scene, and was an annoyance during gameplay. I hope they patch this. Are you listening High Moon?!
Deadpool’s transition to the next generation comes at a price. It offers the same fun gameplay and Deadpool’s crude yet hilarious humour throughout, which helps distract you from the occasional annoying pauses and very little visual upgrades. It’s a game worth your time – but you’re best buying the last generation version, sadly.