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Jumping Headfirst Into The Deadpool

Deadpool is a comic character with a loyal and passionate fan base. Those who love him have likely already paid off their preorders for High Moon’s upcoming game adaptation. Unfortunately, an even greater number of people don’t know anything about Marvel’s insane Merc with a Mouth. Thankfully, after playing a nearly finished version of the game we walked away with the impression that Deadpool could appeal to any gamer who loves the intense combat of DMC or the crass humor of South Park.

Approximately three-fourths of the way through the main story, Deadpool makes his way to Genosha, a South African island-nation that was once a mutant utopia and is now a post-apocalyptic wasteland. In Genosha, Deadpool runs into Cable. Whenever Deadpool encounters another popular character from the Marvel universe, a prompt appears onscreen offering more information about that character’s history. Players unfamiliar with Marvel lore may find this feature extremely helpful, but even comic fans might want to make use of it, as Deadpool breaks into an amusing song that explains his history with that character.

Cable has time-traveled from the future to bring Deadpool a dire warning. Mr. Sinister has knocked out the X-Men, and the entire world depends on…something that players will never know, because as Cable continues his explanation of the plot Deadpool’s internal monologue continually interrupts to complain about how this conversation bores him. Deadpool doesn’t need a deeper explanation, as he is still sore at Mr. Sinister over a botched assassination. Earlier in the game, the villain stepped in and killed one of Deadpool’s contracts before he was able to eliminate his target. Therefore, when Deadpool learns that Sinister is on Genosha, he rushes off to settle the score.

Deadpool wades through a lot of minions along the way. Fortunately, his gun-fu is strong. He has access to a wide array of sword combos and ranged weapon attacks. As he tears through his opponents, he acquires DP points that can be used to purchase other guns – such as shotguns and rifles – and new melee weapons like dual sai or a pair of slow but deadly hammers. The action is fast and fluid, and I had a lot of fun switching between Deadpool’s various guns and melee weapons on the fly. A quick tap of the dodge button activates Deadpool’s teleporter, which helps him close the gap on opponents or get out of a hot zone in a blink.

During combat, Deadpool also has four special attack bars, called momentum meters, that slowly charge. Once any one of these meters is full, Deadpool can unleash a larger room-clearing attack that changes depending on the weapon he uses. For example, a move called the Equalizer has Deadpool draw two uzis and perform a spinning attack like a move from Underworld. Another momentum attack has Deadpool tornado across the floor in a breakdance-like spin with his dual katanas.

Deadpool ad-libs his way through most of the action. At one point, after stabbing a guy with his sai, Deadpool says, “I said, ‘Just the tip.’” During another sequence, Deadpool complains to the player about how he’s handling the camera. Thankfully, these quips didn’t seem repetitive, and add to the ­overall ­charm.

We won’t know if Deadpool’s quips get grating until we spend more time with him, but right now we’re looking forward to a whole game with the guy.

For more Deadpool check out our other preview on the game.

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    Between this glowing (almost/kinda)review of Deadpool and a whole issue on inFamous: Second Son, I just fell in love with Game Informer all over again. All that could top this is an Elder Scrolls MMO-- *faints*
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  • "Tornado across the floor in a breakdance-like spin with his dual katanas." I can't remember ever hearing of any action move that sounded that ridiculously awesome. Or awesomely ridiculous.
  • Wow. I can't wait to play this game!
  • I really hope this turns out good. It has a good studio be hide it, but I have my doubts right now.

  • Very good! I'm a huge fan of both South Park and Devil May Cry, so I have high hopes for this. But I'm concerned- is it actually on the same level as "Devil May Cry," or is it just similar to the gameplay style? Because that makes all the difference between Ninja Gaiden 1 and 2 and Ninja Gaiden 3.

    I just want to make sure that I can expect a full throttle action game, not something that's "kinda" similar to DMC.

  • This actually sounds wonderful! My hopes are high for Deadpool.

  • I don't have super high hopes for this to be a great game (Most Marvel games tend to have a superb mediocrity to them), but it looks like it's shaping up to at least be entertaining and worth a playthrough.
  • I really hope this game does something to increase the replay value because I love deadpool, he was always one of my favorites in marvel ultimate alliance, but if its gonna be your typical 16 hour campaign with nothing extra I probably won't spend the 60 bucks

  • Is anyone else worried that we still haven't seen a single gameplay demo of this?
  • This game may be fun but a little voice in my head thinks that its going to suck.  I'm hoping I can prove that voice wrong.

  • Sounds like a classic Deadpool story. The game can't release soon enough.

  • I hope it's good I'm a huge fan of Deadpool
  • Can it truly be on the same level as Devil May Cry or are you just saying that?

    Maybe on the level of DmC but not DMC.
  • when you say crass humor of south park do you mean the crass humor that's just there for laughs or the crass humor that doubles as satire? Because I'd prefer the latter in a Deadpool game, I mean I love me some bombastic Deadpool humor but the jokes that actually take cracks at whatever medium you're experiencing Deadpool in are probably the best
  • I have my concerns, but hope it is at least a solid game can enjoy the character in.

  • I'm glad it's shaping up to be good, though I would like to see some actual gameplay

  • I'm pretty concerned that no footage or coverage of this game is out besides this and the game's own PR.
  • Now they need to work on the Deadpool movie.
  • Deadpool!

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