Deadpool Is Breaking The Fourth Wall
Deadpool isn’t the type of hero you’d think could star in his own video game. In fact, Deadpool isn’t exactly the hero you’d expect to star anywhere. Why? Well Deadpool isn’t a hero. This crazed mercenary usually rents his skills to the highest bidder and rarely has any moral compass to follow. On top of that, he’s got voices in his head, he’s obscenely offensive and he really doesn’t care who the hell he pisses off. Come to think of it, he sounds like the perfect character to headline a hack and slash game.
Genre: Hack and Slash
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Developers: High Moon Studios
Release Date: 25 June 2013
Price: R559 (PS3, Xbox 360), R379 (PC)
Deadpool, or Wade Wilson under the mask, isn’t the type of person you usually find yourself controlling. He’s reckless, over the top and loud. He’s crude, selfish and devoid of morals. He also happens be be a kick-ass character that never fails to disappointment, no matter how crazy the writers make him. In case you’re a bit behind your comic lore or if the only Deadpool you know is that really shit attempt by Ryan Reynolds, then here’s a quick catch-up. Wade Wilson is a disfigured and mentally fractured mercenary with an insane healing factor. Think Wolverine but without the claws and cigars. Deadpool commonly treads the line between hero and villain, but more often than not he’s too busy breaking the fourth wall to care about being either. He’s commonly plagued by voices in his head telling what to do, but that’s just one of his traits that add to his comical nature, often becoming a parody of itself.
And if you really think about it, what better way to showcase this bizarre behavior than a video game. Deadpool will often “break the fourth wall” and talk directly to the player during the title, advising them in menu screens and passing off comments during cutscenes. In fact, Deadpool has even broken the fourth wall in terms of the game’s development, forcing High Moon Studios to make a game about him or suffer death by his hands. Seriously, this is how Deadpool rolls. Players will often get a front row seat to the inner workings of Deadpool‘s mind as he struggle (or revels) in his insanity. One particular scene actually depicts Deadpool committing suicide after being advised to do so by the voice in his head. It’s okay though, he’s immortal remember.
But Deadpool‘s persona can only carry a game so far, which is probably the biggest worry when it comes to this title. When you take into consideration Deadpool‘s arsenal, mainly consisting of samurai swords, knives and dual pistols, it’s almost impossible to imagine a title like this not being hack and slash. As Deadpool, you’ll slice your way though waves and waves of enemies in gloriously violent and crude fashion, with a multitude of nut shots and corny dark humours jokes peppering the action constantly. As you’d expect, Deadpool will eventually gain access to even more absurd weapons as the game progress, including laser rifles, massive hammers and more. Think more about fun than practicality. You’ll be able to dismember enemies and grab their lost limbs, sometimes allowing Deadpool to say things like “No guts, no glory” while holding the recently removed intestines of a nearby enemy. Like I said, think fun.
Aside from the constant combat, Deadpool will also feature some slower stealth areas which will allow you to blow your enemy’s brains out in complete silence. Or not, it’s really your choice. Considering Deadpool contains a healing factor that Wolverine is sometimes jealous of, it’s a bit hard to think that the Merc with the Mouth will be afraid of any number of enemies. That said, you’re not going to be invincible in Deadpool, but the developers have had a little bit of fun with this aspect as well. Instead of letting a heath bar slowly lose weight when you take damage, Deadpool will lose limbs as he takes damage, hampering your attacks and abilities. Players will the have the option to run around the battlefield, pick up the rogue limbs and reattach them, or simply wait for them to grow back. Deadpool will also allow you to level up and upgrade, well upgrade Deadpool himself. This includes assigning new moves to his repertoire, adding more damage and flair to existing move and unlocking new tools of destruction to play with.
As he’s done in previous Deadpool outings, our good friend Nolan North (Uncharted, Batman: Arkham City) will return to voice the Merc with a Mouth, previously voicing the mercenary in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions. Thankfully, Deadpool won’t be the only Marvel character making a noticeable appearance in his latest title, with Deadpool frenemy Cable taking on a pseudo co-star role. In addition to that, Deadpool will feature cameos from Domino, Mister Sinister, Psylocke and more. And in case you don’t know who any of those characters are, don’t worry, neither do I. Domino does look rather awesome though.
Suspected Selling Points
- Deadpool in all his comic glory is sure to please fans everywhere.
- High Moon Studios has taken great care in crafting Deadpool and his insane persona.
- While not revolutionary, the gameplay sounds entertaining and has the potential to be tactically deep.
- Breaking the fucking Fourth Wall.
- Gameplay doesn’t sound all that innovative.
- Could become too self-indulgent in it’s main character.
- Comic to video game adaptations. The history speaks for itself.
Sadly, that’s most of what we know about Deadpool, a title that is set to release in just over a month. It’s a bit worrying that there doesn’t seem to be a lot of innovation on the gameplay side of things, but seeing such attention to detail when it comes to Deadpool himself could possibly make this game rather great. Well, better than any X-Men game ever released at least. Suck it Wolverine.
In case you’re wondering how many times the word Deadpool gets mentioned in this preview, the answer is 30. Deadpool gets said 30 times. Probably, our maths isn’t too great.