Deadpool Review February 25, 2016 Xbox 360, Xbox One, Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4
Deadpool is equal parts 3Dplatformer, third person shooter and melee fighter. It is a lot like Devil May Cry and Bayonetta but when you use you guns it switches to an over the shoulder shooter instead of an overhead shooter. It is single player, its rated M for Mature and the violence and language strongly reflects that rating. Deadpool is sitting in his apartment and has decided to threaten the employees of High Moon Studios to force them to make the best video game ever. So an early copy of the script is sent to him and the story entails him assassinate someone named Chance White.
Deadpool is a nut job and even if you are not a comic book fan you most likely know that. Within the first five minutes we were laughing so hard we had to stop play and compose ourselves. This kept happening throughout the whole game. The writing and voice talent is tremendous. They did not just use vulgar and crude humor even through there is plenty of in the game. Remember Deadpool is an insane so he has this unique smart ass view of what is going on and how to solve problems. He is also making fun of the game that he is in. It is a little like in that part in Space Balls the Move where the cast is watching Space Balls the Movie. Deadpool is also not alone X-Men members Wolverine, Domino Rouge, Psylocke and Cable are all helping and trying to stop the games main villain Sinister along with Blockbuster, Vertigo and Sinister army of clones!
Despite our constant laughter and out love of the cast of characters the overall game is a mess and the biggest culprit is the camera. The camera is a disaster. It is all over the place constantly moving and shacking all over the place when you are fighting or just simply moving around. It destroys the whole game. The platforming, shooting and melee are all terribly compromised because of the camera. You can switch between shooting and melee easily but instead of keeping the overhead third person view the camera changes to an over the shoulder view like Resident Evil and Gears of War. This make aiming almost impossible even while in the middle of combos and the auto aim only works sparingly. The camera is even worst in close quarter and does not switch back to where it was after you go back into melee combat. The camera does not self-adjust very well or at all sometimes, it is always a problem.
Camera, aiming and control issue make us very sad. There are moments where you final get the camera in the right spot and the melee fight and shooting are perfect and then you move a little and its gone and you are back to it being a mess. If they would have spent less time on getting Rouges and Domino breast physics right and more time fixing the camera this could have been an amazing game. There are 8 levels to play and it took us between 7 and 8 hours to get through. There are also 8 challenge maps that get unlocked adding another couple of hours but they are just OK at best. Truthfully the Deadpool video game is a waste of great funny writing and a perfect character for a video game to be centered around. Keep you price under the $15. The funny writing will make you laugh but the camera will make you cry.