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POSTED 28/6/13


DEADPOOL

Activision
PS3 (also on Xbox 360, PC)

They call him Deadpool, Deadpool, faster than lightning. Nobody you see is smarter tha... “Uh, WTF? You’re equating me with a big fucking fish?! Oh, hang on, ‘smarter’ – hey, I can deal...”

Damn, is there anywhere that this guy isn’t?! If you’ve not made his acquaintance, Deadpool’s a part of Marvel’s universe. He’s a ‘mutate’ rather than a mutant, which we’ll leave you to look up as we haven’t got space to elaborate on every fucking thing that we type. He’s also a wisecracking smartarse – which, in these ludicrously OTT PC times, is  (mostly) fabulous.

Able to break the fourth wall enough to melt Abed from Community’s brainbox, he’s rude, crude and doesn’t shut up – ever. He’s also, often, really bloody funny. Plus, he bitch-slaps Hugh Jackman.

Oh yeah, the game. Right. With guns, blades, assorted flash bomby things and upgrades aplenty to purchase with points gained from Deadpoolerrificness, it’s a Kratos/Ryu Hayabusa-styled third-mutate slash ’em up. But those franchises never featured bouncy castles. Their loss! While it isn’t shit-hot graphically, and the camera tends to jump around more than Kris Kross in that aforementioned bouncy castle, Deadpool (the game) has something many competitors don’t – personality.

Sure, it’s not the type of personality that‘ll appeal to everybody – we reckon most teenage boys will piss themselves, while their mums will shit themselves (two bodily functions that feature in-game, if you need the vibe hammered home). Fans will forgive flaws in favour of characterisation, while the unacquainted might feel refreshed by something that isn’t trying to not offend everybody on the fuck-damned planet. Double negative FTW!

Deadpool (the game, not the bigmouth) is kinda the gaming equivalent of Aqua’s ‘Barbie Girl’. It’s annoying, but kind of lovable at the same time. Everything (in its right place) can’t always be as supercilious as fucking Radiohead.

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