Editor: Darryl Linington
During the course of this week, I had the opportunity to get a little hands-on time with High Moon Studios’ Deadpool. Yip, that’s right! I got to slice up a few bad guys with Deadpool’s rather large sword as well as use his favourite bullet, which for some reason he wanted back… Awkward!
Now for those of you who have never heard of Deadpool, or “The Merc with a Mouth”, you will be glad to know that he, and the voices inside his head, is a part of the Marvel universe. Originally known as Wade Winston Wilson, Deadpool is the product of the Canadian government’s paramilitary Weapon X program. After Weapon X cured his terminal cancer, by implementing a regenerative “healing factor” extracted from Wolverine, Deadpool was left disfigured and mentally unstable.
“Some of you may know me as the Merc with the Mouth. And it’s true…I’m a mouthful. Not to mention, one of the most popular characters in the Marvel Universe these days – not that I’m bragging or anything. OK, I’m totally bragging, but to be fair, I’m also totally awesome. And if you want to know what gets me going in the mornings? Chimichangas! (Mmmmm…chimichangas…)” Deadpool.
The story, which had some help from former Deadpool writer Daniel Way, begins in Deadpool’s apartment and involves the anti-hero wanting a game made about him; however, the developers reject his idea, which leads to Deadpool resorting to some rather extreme, yet comical, measures. While I won’t spoil this for you, Deadpool’s rather explosive personality seems to convince the folks over at High Moon Studios to simply make it happen.
When kicking off the preview, the first thing I noticed about Deadpool is the fact that he has a tendency to “break the fourth wall”, which means that he is aware of his audience, and can interrupt the story at any time for a rather humorous effect. While this happened quite often, I could not help but smile, like a weirdo, every time he cracked a rather hilarious one-liner.
When it comes to voice acting, what made me worry about Deadpool was the fact that most games in this genre tend to feature an overly repetitive script, which ultimately kills the entire experience. Fortunately, for the hour or so that I spent with this game, I can honestly say that I never heard the same dialogue twice.
Thankfully though, Deadpool is voiced by the very talented Nolan North, Uncharted’s Nathan Drake, who has done a brilliant job of giving Deadpool charm, character and the dark sense of humour we all know and love (This also includes Deadpool’s overwhelming love for Chimichangas).
Top 5 reasons why Deadpool loves Chimichangas!
1. they taste like victory!
2. they don’t talk back!
3. he gets to use his mouth!
4. they won’t give him an STD!
5. they love him back!
While Deadpool has a mouth on him, he also has a variety of authentic moves, stealth kills and weapons that can be used in order to dispose of enemies. I will admit that I was slightly concerned about the transition between melee and firearms; however, this transition was smooth and well implemented within the game. Furthermore, all those combo chains won’t go to waste as the game features a unique upgrade system as well as a large environment in which the player can explore. Truth be told, combat can feel all too familiar after a while; however, mixing up gunplay with hand-to-hand combat tends to make things a little more interesting.
Players will also have the opportunity to wield non-standard weapons such as rocket launchers throughout the game, as well as blast through enemies with a machine gun while hitching a ride on a helicopter. It is all good, crazy fun at the end of the day.
Along the way Deadpool will introduce you to some rather interesting characters. While I won’t spoil all of them for you, I will however introduce you to two of them.
According to Deadpool: Mutant badass anti-hero from the future, my boy Nate, AKA Cable, AKA past-partner in crime, AKA total BFF, is the time-traveling son of Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor (total MILF). Cable likes weapons almost as much as me. He’s seen the future and now he’s all about making the world a better place and stuff… whatever.
According to Deadpool: Scientific fact: Only one videogame possesses the capacity for awesomeness large enough to hold both me and Domino – mine. She’s easily the deadliest person named Neena I know. And this is her first major videogame appearance ever. That’s right. I’m her first. In addition to immeasurable hotness, her exceptional markswomanship (never accuse Deadpool of being politically incorrect!) combines with hand-to-hand skills that will totally blow you… away. And then there are those mutant probability-altering powers. She’s lucky. She’s hot. She’s bothered. She’s DTF.
Overall, my experience with Deadpool was a fun one. Granted, I was only able to experience a few levels of code; however, it still had all the charm and vibrance that one would expect from High Moon Studios. While Deadpool may have slipped under the radar for some, it is definitely a title to keep an eye out for. Now, Chimichangas anyone?
Deadpool is set to release on June 28, 2013.
Last, but not least, thanks to Megarom Games for letting us check out Deadpool.