Wot I Think: Deadpool

I don’t know how far through Deadpool I got. I do know I don’t much care. And it seems fairly evident the game doesn’t care either. I’ve hit a bug, the thought of replaying the level through to see if it doesn’t happen again is too much, and so we’ll call it a day.

Deadpool is an odd character. He exists to spoof the world of Marvel, from within the world of Marvel – an invulnerable arsehole whom none of the other superheroes like, but all too often are stuck with. Complete with multiple personalities all existing concurrently in his head, his primary purpose is to offer meta-commentary on the comics scene, while allowing it to revel in its inherent violence and boobs. As fast as Marvel eats at the Deadpool cake, there it remains in full on the plate before them.

This game incarnation sees developers High Moon attempting to do the same. With the license in their laps, Deadpool sets out to be a meta-commentary on third-person action gaming, while making absolutely no efforts to do anything vaguely interesting with the genre.

It happens every stinking time there’s a spoofing game. “Ha ha, look how we’re doing that annoying thing that’s annoying in games, and saying that it’s annoying!” It seems so many developers labour under the belief that Annoying + Observation Of Annoyance = Hilarity. However, Annoying being the infinite mass it is, anything added to it can only ever equal Annoying. So when Deadpool shouts how annoyed he is that the game is taking place in dreary sewers, that’s the precise moment when it should move on – not a queue for another tedious trawl of levels through the same. (Followed by dank corridors, followed by other dank corridors, followed by more dank corridors.)

It’s tough to balance a character like Deadpool. He’s a dick, so reading about him in comics we at least get a sense of detachment. Actually playing as him brings it a little closer, and could have been handled with a little more finesse. In either direction, really – either allowing the character to face some consequences for his behaviour, or even better, go all-out balls-out disgusting with it, and have him be so morally reprehensible that it becomes grotesquely funny. Instead, here you’re just playing as a cretin who says and does stuff you’ll likely not want to have said or done.

Yes, Deadpool’s a sexist jerk, but do I really need to watch him play “I crush your head” with the breasts of a woman he’s just killed by impaling her on rebar, immediately before referring to her as “hot tits”? It’s worthless. You could go down the line of pointing out that this is objectifying the body of a mutilated woman (following on from half a dozen other comments about her breasts when she was alive), but they have the get-out-of-jail that he’s “meant to be an arsehole”.

The theme continues, with endless close-ups on chests, comments about women’s figures – often disparagingly referring to them as “mannish” and the like – and puerile fantasies of women in bikinis with meticulous physics bouncing their ample bosoms. When Deadpool attempts to ‘motorboat’ such a figure, does it all become fine because it turns out to be a delusion and it’s Cable’s chest he’s waggling his face within? Honestly, the game’s of so little interest I’m finding it hard to care.

The game was listed as console only for most of its development, with a PC version only tacked on right toward the end. Which appears to be the case. Setting up the controls for mouse/keyboard is a farcical mess, requiring you pick letters to assign from a list, rather than just tapping them. Want E or F for Use? Tough. It defaults to, er, U, and you can have R.

Once you’re playing you’ll realise that there’s really no choice but plugging in a 360 controller, as there has been no effort to adjust things to play without one. You’re clearly meant to be struggling with the deliberately odd targeting anyway, the mouse removing an element of how it’s meant to be played.

Oh, and just to confirm that, during the tutorial Deadpool is supposed to be confused with learning the controls. Looking for help amongst his personalities, one responds that he can’t help because, “I only play PC games.” Smooth.

The game itself is clippy and buggy. Deadpool grips to doorways like they’re magnetic, while invisible walls in front of corridors and paths cause you to pop madly about the screen. The mission I reached had me clearing out yet another dull arena of its spawning identi-enemies, so when one of the bigger bads got stuck behind a wall the game wouldn’t let me kill it, nor move on. And I’d yet to experience anything to give me any motivation to care about that.

But it’s not a terrible third-person action game. It’s a mediocre one. Your ability pool grows as you spend XP on it, letting you increase your range of weapons and skills, and indeed combos. It mixes ranged and melee combat pretty neatly, which at least provides a glimmer of variation in its woefully repetitive scenes. Bug free, probably on a console, I can see that someone could plough their way through it without wanting to sever off an arm. But when the issues do come in, there’s just nothing there mechanically to inspire you to get past it. And there’s plenty there aesthetically to ensure you don’t want to.

Jokes often wildly miss. Very early on the game suddenly goes to a weird facsimile of 8-bit gaming because Deadpool spent too much budget on the explosions in the previous level. For a few seconds. And then you’re running around dreary sewers again. It comes and goes without meaning, and doesn’t do anything with the idea while it’s briefly there. Let alone the tangling confusion of the game’s developers not being able to control what the central character does in the world. Oh, and while we’re pointing out issues, how about the one where we’re playing an invulnerable character who can survive having his own head chopped off in a cutscene, who somehow runs out of health and dies when we’re in control?

What should be the best feature – the direct interaction between the protagonist and the voice of the developers he’s blackmailing into making the game about him – is disappointingly delivered. A great deal has gone into excellently motion capturing Deadpool’s movement, dances, even singing, but the gags they’re supplying aren’t particularly funny, and perhaps more importantly when trying to get all meta-meta, aren’t at all clever or interesting. In the end it doesn’t reach higher than, “Oh, the character is talking to the developer, that’s a nice idea.” There are moments here and there – a hand-made cutscene using dolls and cotton wool is briefly fun, if not actually funny – but for the most part, for all its puff, you’re just kicking baddies in a grey room.

And oddly, that’s Deadpool’s main problem. It’s unpleasantly foul, while not being interestingly offensive. It’s not especially funny, although isn’t knuckle-chewingly unfunny. It has a bunch of interesting ideas, even if it does very little with them. Ultimately, the issue with Deadpool is that it’s a bit of a dull action game, no matter the hits and misses going on around it. And in a universe that’s now as much as 30% action games, you have to be better than dull. What’s unforgivable, however, is your game’s central character pointing out that it’s dull as you play.

From this site

184 Comments

Top comments

  1. rustybroomhandle says:

    Now where's mah Squirrel Girl game?

    I'd imagine it to be a brawler with some Overlord-style minion-commanding thrown in.
  1. Captain Hijinx says:

    Someone give John a review of something he might actually enjoy. It’s breaking my heart. What are they doing to you over there Walker?

    • KikiJiki says:

      I don’t know about enjoy, but it certainly seems like he’s written Deadpool and Marvel comics off into a nice little corner where they can be ignored from the get go. It’s certainly a novel way of approaching a well loved brand/character but it got old for me very fast.

      • analydilatedcorporatestyle says:

        Maybe he’s the antithesis of Father Jack, no arse, drink, girls and drink, oh, and plenty nuns and John is happy as a sand boy? (a really happy sand boy whos sand has damped many a vomit from right on ladies)

        Then again, maybe the game is proper shite like?

      • TheTingler says:

        You say that, but I can confirm everything he says about Deadpool is correct and I can’t remember the last Marvel game on PC that was any good.

    • Iscannon says:

      I’m beginning to think that John doesn’t enjoy games at all. Nothing satisfies him and frankly I’m getting really tired of reading about it.

      • KikiJiki says:

        I don’t think that’s entirely fair, but when John reviews a game he doesn’t like his writing style does tend to stick in my mind a lot more than when he actually likes something.

        • RedViv says:

          So John is really better at damaging things and pulling people’s attention, than kindness. Hmm. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there is definitely a joke here!

      • c-Row says:

        That reminds me of Alec’s WIT on Remember Me. So full of snark I had the impression he actually tried to not like it.

      • welverin says:

        He’s actually Francis.

        • The Random One says:

          He’s actually Yahtzee! Think about it. John is British. Yahtzee is British. Do you really think two British people would enjoy games? Preposterous!

          • welverin says:

            But Francis hates everything and he’s definitely not British!

            p.s. Are you implying there’s only one British person who likes games? Are they ostracized for this?

      • Muzman says:

        He liked Far Cry 3 didn’t he? and -that- was pandering nonsense with pretensions of meta-commentary! (just fun pandering nonsense I guess)

      • danijami23 says:

        Well then don’t read them. No one will care any more, or less for that matter.

        Besides, I can see why his reviews on games are perhaps becoming a little jaded, since mediocrity and shitting on customers are the two primary selling points on video games these days.

        Look at it this way: If BMW just started lying about their cars, removing features, shutting them down while you were still driving them, not allowing you to have passengers unless you paid for it, and not allowing you to get out and into it more than 5 times, you’d be starting a fucking war.

        This is happening in games, and you aren’t. John is. Good on him.

    • Ninja Foodstuff says:

      I think the issue is he tends to like the more niche things which fewer people read, such as Kentucky Route Zero. He also loved Neverwinter IIRC.

      • Nogo says:

        You just about fried my brain considering his Call of Juarez review convinced me to buy it.

    • Makariel says:

      Yes, someone should give him a cheerful point & click adventure game…

    • Jim Rossignol says:

      To be fair, John is the best at taking apart bad games, which is why you remember his reviews.

      Check the archive of his reviews: he’s actually had a run of stuff that he loved, and stuff that was just okay.

      • LionsPhil says:

        I dunno, these days they just seem to make him seem run down. The bile of reviewing Cryo adventures in PC GAMER seems to be long gone.

        • Jim Rossignol says:

          I remember when this was all fields, etc.

          • FurryLippedSquid says:

            And now they’re full of robots, Jim.

            I hope you’re happy.

          • analydilatedcorporatestyle says:

            Aye, wor Gracie, “The Biggest Aspidistra in the World” DLC

        • Prime says:

          I don’t think you can inadvertently resurrect Cryo Interactive just by mentioning them, LionsPhil, but for the sake of us all let’s keep that kind of thing to a minimum, eh?

          *twitch*

          *twitchtwitch*

      • Captain Hijinx says:

        Oh i’m aware Jim, I was just poking fun. I love John and his stuff no matter the tone, following you guys a long time no matter where you go… Beware.

  2. RedViv says:

    Moderately enjoyable, sad to hear that the PC port is so shoddy, humour is subjective and I’d argue on the self-awareness, ‘pool did not impale Arclight himself (more of a freak accident).

    Oh, and the game is really really really short (took me five hours, I think, and then there are some challenge levels), so I would not recommend it at full price in any way.

  3. Utsunomiya says:

    Well, it’s a licensed-cash-in-trash-game-thingy.
    Did someone really expected anything else.

    • snappycakes says:

      The Transformers games by the same developer were pretty good for tie-in games. Stayed very true to their source material.

      I had a look at Deadpool and it definitely seems like one of those games to get on sale. Can’t believe Activision put the PC preorder on Steam up at £40.

      • Utsunomiya says:

        Good for tie-in games, exactly.

      • InternetBatman says:

        I genuinely liked Ultimate Spiderman and Simpsons Hit and Run (even though they’re a bit old at this point). More importantly, I thought Baldur’s Gate was pretty decent for a tie in.

    • Thants says:

      The X-Men Origins: Wolverine cash-in-game-thingy was fun.

  4. Jekhar says:

    “It happens every stinking time there’s a spoofing game. “Ha ha, look how we’re doing that annoying thing that’s annoying in games, and saying that it’s annoying!” ”

    Pretty much what i thought while playing the Bard’s Tale remake. It was funny at first when the jokes were still fresh and came quickly after one another. But then it just became more and more like the games it supposedly set out to spoof.

    • LionsPhil says:

      I’m trying to think which games have actually done spoofing of games well. I’m sure there have been some.

      I guess Portal 2’s first few moments touched on it a little, but it’s not a spoof game at heart at all.

      • Ninja Foodstuff says:

        The most recent borderlands 2 dlc does.

      • RobinOttens says:

        Saints Row The Third has some really good spoofing (I hate that word) of video games.

        That game also hands out the rocket launchers and air strikes in it’s second mission and proceeds to continually give you all the freedom and over-the-top tools of destruction you could want in an attempt to never be boring. And it was fun to play and had genuinely clever dialogue going on all the time. So it never fell into the trap of being a dull standard action game while making fun of dull standard action games.

        • LionsPhil says:

          Hmm, yeah. And that one Decker mission brought in some pretty clever little challenging quirks while doing it.

        • Keyrock says:

          SR3 is a good choice. The game is just so bonkers and doesn’t take itself seriously at all.

      • John Walker says:

        I’d go with SR3 as well.

      • Keyrock says:

        Barkley Shut Up and Jam Gaiden is the best spoof game I’ve ever played. It’s so utterly absurd that it’s wonderful.

        • Ralphomon says:

          CHAOS DUNK

          Who else is absurdly excited for the next part of the Hoopz Barkley Saga?

  5. Crosmando says:

    I think Marvel comic-book characters are lame and every time the Yanks try and make them look cool and “in” they just look lamer.

    • mondomau says:

      ‘Yanks’? ‘lamer’? You kids and your far out slang these days, I just can’t keep up, you dig me?

    • Nick says:

      Quit jiving them, turkey.

  6. GameCat says:

    “misogyny”
    Oh God, not again.

    • iyokus says:

      Yes, again. And again and again and again until people understand, and change their behaviour.

      • Haysoos says:

        Does that mean we can’t have intentionally distasteful media anymore?

        • jedoran says:

          Sure we can. But it’s better when it’s funny and a bit clever (South Park – YMMV), than just there for the sake of it (this).

        • GameCat says:

          Are you nuts? From now on, ALL fictional characters must be vegan pacifist that doesn’t support sex* before marriage and have sense of political corectness.
          There aren’t any poor people anymore. All of them are “not economicaly viable”, otherwise you’re just poor-phobic dick. Deal with it.

          *Sorry, it should be called “intercourse”.

          • shagohad says:

            sometimes on the internet I just cant get a picture of what a person would be like in real life, because I really have never met people so ignorant and wonder if they are just fictional internet personas

          • iucounu says:

            1) This is the oddest spoof of PC attitudes I’ve read for a long time. Premarital sex is non-PC? People who are politically correct call poor people ‘not economically viable’? Eh? I think you have your prejudices confused.

            2) Political correctness doesn’t mandate that every character be a stereotypical liberal asshole straw man out of a Richard Littlejohn attack column, you know.

          • JamesTheNumberless says:

            He’s just at that age where he’s angry, but he’s not sure at what, or why.

          • Makariel says:

            Not sure if that was supposed to be funny or a statement of opinion?

          • Snidesworth says:

            There’s a difference between calling something out as being shit and saying that it’s not allowed. Just because someone expresses dislike for something that you enjoy doesn’t mean that they’re trying to ban or censor it.

            Also whoop whoop strawmen.

          • kleptonin says:

            More like GameTwat

          • GameCat says:

            It was supposed to be funny(probably failed to do it, nvm)/sarcastic and with little (or maybe more than little) dose of personal opinion.

            But I just don’t get it. Deadpool was intentionaly written as stupid prick wannabe superhero.
            He is so hilarious that he can’t be taken seriously. So any rambling about how he is so “that M word” is just funny.

            “GameTwat”
            You should be ashamed of yourself.

      • DarthBenedict says:

        So forever, then?

      • RedViv says:

        I’d argue that the BEST game about this could have been a Deadpool one, simply through what John so alludes to – make it so outrageously over-the-top (read: equalling low-rage MRA Reddit posts) that you can only shake your head at it. The game doesn’t linger on the moments when DP is so really really stupid, which is a bit sad. Mostly because the game is so short that even that kind of stretching of awareness in the writing would be warranted and effective.

      • JamesTheNumberless says:

        We should keep on being misogynistic until people stop treating women as human beings??

        • RobinOttens says:

          Exactly. A noble goal if ever I saw one.

          • The Random One says:

            Our goal: to be so horribly offensive to women that even the staunchest MRA douchebag will look at us and, weeping, mumble “that’s not cool, dude. Women are people too, aight?”

          • Cunning Linguist says:

            Only women have the right to say if women are people or not.

      • Fred S. says:

        Because being annoying and boring are so edgy and progressive.

      • Cunning Linguist says:

        Behaviour isn’t changed like that.

    • Mr.Bats says:

      This might be a good time for Mr. John and y’all to look up misoginy in the dictionary.

      • Strabo says:

        The irony….

      • Lacessit says:

        Gee thanks fella, you broke my stupidometer. Have you got any idea what those things cost?

      • Mr.Bats says:

        I’m sure English not being my first language and half spelling it like in my native language should be punishable by death.

        That doesn’t detract from the point, though.

        • twig_reads says:

          Well, if you criticize someone for not taking their time to know what something is, and then you’re not looking up things youself, that IS irony. It just is, you can’t just hide behind “I’m foreigner, so I get a free pass”.

          FYI, I’m also not a native english speaker and that’s why I looked up to be sure if I wrote “criticize” correctly. And you know, at first I did spell it wrongly. But I looked it up as I didn’t want to be a hypocrite.

          • Mr.Bats says:

            @Mike2R: Astounding.

            @twig_reads: You see, I speak and write in english everyday. I no longer (not that I even did it back then) use the dictionary as normally I don’t need to. Sometimes, these accidents happen, especially if the word is dangerously similar to the spanish one; shame on me.

            I don’t think you should compare an englishman wrongly using a strong word and aggravating the blatant and wide misuse of said word this days, to someone who changes a “y” for an “i” as is accustomed to read “misoginia” and not “misogyny”.

            Calling a sexist misogynyst is quite the leap.

            P.S: And no, I didn’t check the dictionary. So sue me :)

          • Eddy9000 says:

            I don’t want to sue you, just laugh at you for telling someone to look up a word in the dictionary before spelling it wrong yourself. Normally I’d be sympathetic towards the possibility that English might not be someone’s first language, but again…dictionary.

          • Mr.Bats says:

            @Eddy9000 You do understand meaning and spelling are not the same thing, right? You also understand that I’m not to be measured by the same standards an english speaker should? Right?

    • quijote3000 says:

      Probably Walker head that there was a character being sexist, and he demanded to make the review of the game, because he has this terribly urgent need to overdo it every single time he can.

      He actually complained about a single consensual sex scene in Far cry 3: blood dragon. Not even FOX News do that anymore

    • misterT0AST says:

      “Again” implies a period when it stopped.

    • mike2R says:

      If it really wasn’t an issue (and I thought it wasn’t when RPS started banging this drum), it would just get ignored. It doesn’t because it is.

      People who get actually angry about it need to ask themselves why. I’m sure you are capable of not reading articles that bore you, or skim-reading over paragraphs that do the same. I bet there’s other content on this site which bores you as much as MMOs and the latest kickstarter stuff does me, and you skip it without even thinking.

  7. Gesadt says:

    might this be one of those whatchamacallit,.. shit games?

  8. Danda says:

    John Walker is definitely not the right person to review this game.

    • Squirrelfanatic says:

      I guess it’s a good thing then that this is a Wot I Think. And the statement made in the article couldn’t be clearer.

      • Ninja Foodstuff says:

        I don’t think it’s fair to wave this off as a “non-review” and then have a “review” tag at the bottom of the post.

        But on the other hand, it seems perfectly reasonable to me to call something a review that’s entirely unbalanced and opinion-based.

        • Jim Rossignol says:

          Wot I Think’s are definitely reviews. The point is that we are honest about what a ludicrously subjective thing a review by a single person actually is, hence the name.

        • shagohad says:

          they way to find game reviews you can trust is read a couple of reviews of games you loved and games you hated and see what the reviewer said.

          to just blindly trust reviewers is silly, I find I prefer honest opinion to just arbitrary scoring, so yeah like Jim said, they are reviews, and like any review it requires the participation of you’re own opinion

          • Ninja Foodstuff says:

            But I also think you can disagree with reviews and still respect the reviewer. My experience of 400 Days, for example, couldn’t have been more different from Nathan’s, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to write off everything he says from now on.

            Likewise, there are some games that I’ve enjoyed and subsequently read reviews for which made me consider things I wouldn’t have otherwise, such as the Scientific Gamer review of Max Payne 3, which was a little bit like pulling back the curtain for me.

            My point is, a “review” does not have to mean the same thing as “tell me what to think about this”

          • InternetBatman says:

            Conversely, you can agree with a review and still come off hating the reviewer. That’s why I stopped reading IGN way back in the day.

          • shagohad says:

            yeah i think we are agreeing, thats what I mean by you’re opinion is a participant to a review, everything you read in media has a bias, people seem to forget that sometimes

          • The Random One says:

            A good review is one that makes you know whether or not you’ll enjoy the game even if you would disagree with the review.

    • John Walker says:

      Who is then? I’m a fan of Marvel comics, a fan of third-person act games, and a big fan of fourth-wall-breaking ideas. This is just not a very good action game, as the text says.

      • analydilatedcorporatestyle says:

        Do you keep said Marvel comics of which you are a fan in plastic bags, pristine?

        The answer to this question is important!

        • John Walker says:

          Nope, as it would make my Android hard to use : )

          • analydilatedcorporatestyle says:

            Thank fuck for that! I read with my fingers(and eyes) a series of Alan Moore and David Lloyd comics owned by a exhousemate back in 1990, still to this day not forgotten/forgiven. Sort of a Vendetta, mind he has thousands of of the fuckers all in plastics bags, worth a fortune (to sad fucks who collect comics). I myself have my set of Freak Brothers replete with pinhole burns!

    • fish99 says:

      You might have a point if other reviewers were saying Deadpool is great, but they aren’t. 63 on metacritic.

    • realmenhuntinpacks says:

      You know John loved Saint’s Row 3rd, right? It’s not like the man can’t enjoy tasteless mayhem.

      • John Walker says:

        I probably should have included a line like,

        “or even better, go all-out balls-out disgusting with it, and have him be so morally reprehensible that it becomes grotesquely funny.”

        really. Ah well.

    • quijote3000 says:

      I don’t mind him reviewing this game, because, frankly, Deadpool is not a good game.

      I’m worried that if a game like Mass Effect came out today (improved graphics, and all that), 2013-John Walker would be the person chosen by Fox News to call it “a porn simulator”.

      • Chris D says:

        I think you can rest easy on that score.

        link to rockpapershotgun.com

        • quijote3000 says:

          “Wot I Think: Mass Effect 2, By John Walker on February 9th, 2010”

          That’s why I said “2013 John Walker”. He wasn’t obsessed with driving a point home as he is now.

          • Chris D says:

            There are fourteen paragraphs in this review. John talks about sexism in two of them.

            He’s not obsessed with driving a point home. Some people are so intent on not hearing anything at all about these issues that paradoxically it becomes all they can see.

          • Nogo says:

            I’ve seen a comment on here where someone said “thanks John, you’re pretty much the only person that mentions this stuff in reviews, and it happens to be important to me.”

            Don’t you want that person to have continued happiness at such a small cost, quijote?

          • jorygriffis says:

            Really well said, Nogo. Thank you.

  9. Haysoos says:

    John Walker and a game about a douchey womanizer do not go together in any way.

    • c-Row says:

      Next thing, they will let vegans do reviews of steak house meals.

      • RedViv says:

        Well, they do seem to have some spice-hating pasty bloke over on some U.S. food competition show right now. But that’s Yanky reality TV, so who knows.

        • JamesTheNumberless says:

          Spice haters are the worst kind of pasty bloke

          • BooleanBob says:

            I thought it was the ones who put Cornish in one end and fruit pie mixture in the other.

          • JamesTheNumberless says:

            Cornish what? ice-cream? Surfboards?…. The language?

            EDIT: Actually a pasty which starts off as a delicious fruity snack and ends with you feeling the overwhelming urge to chase English people off of your land in a combine harvester, sounds like a great idea.

      • shagohad says:

        well that doesn’t really make any sense, John played the game so he can tell us its shit, vegans wouldn’t eat the steak so why would you read the review?

        watched a trailer for this a while back and saw a review like this coming, it looked like shit and wasn’t funny

    • twig_reads says:

      And yet the main thing I get from John’s review is that the game is really just a mediocre 3rd person action-game, where the crude humor doesn’t elevate it to anything special (because even crude humor needs effort, just being crass or random does not make comedy gold but a cheap attempt at it a la the “movie”-spoofs). While the very same John finds that the crude humor suits Saints Row 3 fine. So maybe remove the bias agaisnt John next time and actually read the review and the arguments for and against the game?

    • Nogo says:

      So you’re saying he actually enjoyed the game-breaking bugs and terrible controls but his bias clouded his judgement?

  10. Freud says:

    4/10

  11. MeestaNob says:

    It’s a real shame they mucked this up, I was looking forward to it (even though I should have known better).

  12. skyturnedred says:

    This game is so mediocre in every possible way I just got sad playing it.

    • RedViv says:

      That’s a good summary. It’s so moderately fun and funny that it’s sad.

  13. rustybroomhandle says:

    Now where’s mah Squirrel Girl game?

    I’d imagine it to be a brawler with some Overlord-style minion-commanding thrown in.

  14. Deadend says:

    It’s a really boring game.
    With the worst camera since 2005. Seriously, it’s ridiculous, can’t even see most of the guys I’m fighting, it’s the exact opposite of Arkham City.
    Actually good summary: It’s the exact opposite of Arkham City, except it’s just as funny.

    The game can’t decide if Deadpool is supposed to be cool or stupid. The best scenes involve Cable, because he’s a straight Man for Deadpool to play off of.
    But almost the entire game is spent alone in dark areas and broken sewers of Genosha, a location that isn’t really that interesting.

    I mean, Deadpool is a Merc, he can get hired to kill/attack people all over the world, instead the entire game is spent in basically 1 location.

    It’s shitty, and I also think that High Moon’s Transformer games were pretty shitty as well. Boring corridor crawls with bad layouts and boring combat.

  15. sirflimflam says:

    I don’t really get why Walker is reviewing the Deadpool game. Honestly it seems kind of like asking a devout christian to become Satan for a few hours and begin torturing the souls of the damned.

    • TaylanK says:

      So kinda like the inquisition then.

      • The white guar says:

        Ooh, that burnt.
        The inquisition did, too.

      • HadToLogin says:

        No, it isn’t. Inquisition was about killing Devil using his weapons.

        Not that is was best idea. But still better than allowing every Muslim to kill every Infidel he likes without even a parody of judging.

    • AJLange says:

      As a devout Deadpool fan since the 90s I still agree with this review.

    • Eddy9000 says:

      Oh for fucks sake, he’s writing it up because he (part) owns the website, and he isn’t writing it up any better or worse than most other reviewers. You’ve basically just logged in to have a pointless little whinge.

  16. Alextended says:

    Sexism is only important enough to be offended (enough to critically write about it) by when in something of higher (personal or general) interest? Hmm. Hopefully not just because of hit potential.

    • jorygriffis says:

      Are you fucking with us? There have been tons of posts specifically about issues of sex and gender on this site. Comments like yours were stuck to the undersides of every one of those, too.

  17. K4S3 says:

    I’m not even going to touch the whole “waah, this guy is the wrong guy to review this” thing going on here. My thoughts on the game:

    Maybe I’m lucky for not being very familiar with the comic character; this was basically my first time in Deadpool’s puerile little mind. But for my (probably too much) money, the game was fun, and even genuinely funny. I even LOLed, if you understand that my usage of the term is the standard “a sudden puff of air out of my nose while the corner of my mouth twitched a little (actually, I think that that’s internet-speak for ROLFing; I’m not up on my nerdmenclature)”. Yes, the levels are shit-dull, yes the enemies are just pallette-swapped cannon fodder, fucking YES the whole endgame grind is fucking bullshit. I will NEVER defend the whole insanely popular “durr, ya gotta just turn yer brain off an’ enjoy it” position, but I guess it applies in this case. After stellar titles in recent months like “The Last of Us” (no PS3, haven’t played it, leave me alone) and “Bioshock Infinite” (*cough* read my review on IHC *cough*) pushing the envelope in terms of story and presentation, this game is firmly set in ‘popcorn’ territory, and anyone hoping for more is judging it by the wrong criteria.

  18. Tomo says:

    Well, John is my favourite and you’re all meanies!

    Seriously though, I found this to be an eloquent dissection of what looks like a steaming turd of a videogame.

  19. InternetBatman says:

    I think Deadpool just isn’t a great solo protagonist for a videogame. He’s a commentary on the marvel universe, an intentionally thin shell. As such, he works better when he has people to play off. I would welcome seeing him in a game with a bunch of comicbook heroes, because he would be a great way to play off the dissonance caused by gameplay mechanics and characterization.

    Imagine this scene. The Macguffin Corporation has invented a cure to superpowers, and everyone is investigating. Cable hacks into their systems to download all the data about it, playing a neat game where he goes into the internet. When he enters the building he methodically grabs keycards to open doors, etc. Spiderman watches the building, and sneaks in through the roof and stealths around guards and vents. The X-men end up finding and fighting a giant robot while minimizing damage. Deadpool just cuts down low-health, low-accuracy security guards, blows up the doors in his way, steals the cure, and then takes a dump where it used to be. It’s crude, it’s stupid, and it effectively satirizes all the characters.

    Also, the womanizer aspect of Deadpool is relatively new, and supposed to be at most Leisure Suit Larry slapstick.

  20. DestructibleEnvironments says:

    For one thing, they should not have hired the writer Daniel Way. The guy responsible for making Deadpool an ADHD-ridden teenager from 4chan.

  21. Pich says:

    It’s fucking Waypool, what did you expect?

  22. Stellar Duck says:

    Interestingly, I read this article on my phone at first, not being signed in.

    Reading it now, while signed in, I notice that most of the people who I earlier read complaining about Mr. Walkers thoughts are actually blocked. I’ve only blocked people on the posts Walker has made about women and gaming. Fancy that. Same bunch of people throwing a fit over a review of a meh game that has some weird depictions of women. I’m positively shocked.

    • wu wei says:

      John’s articles on such matters regularly help me calibrate my don’t-give-a-damn-about-your-opinion filter :)

    • lanthala says:

      …I had not even realized you could block commenters. Thank you, you have improved my RPS experience immeasurably!

  23. MajorManiac says:

    Shame about the game as I do like a good 3rd person super-hero bish ’em up.

    I also think John is the best of a group of amazing writers.

    • K4S3 says:

      I think… um, I think that’s a pretty…different genre from this game. Lots of lithe, androgynous young men lightly slapping each other with bouquets of flowers: pretty different from ‘Deadpool’.
      :P

  24. blackmyron says:

    bad console port – that pretty much says everything I need to know about the game and whether or not to purchase it.

  25. Megakoresh says:

    Can someone please make sure that John reviews Civ games or Simulators or Historical Strategies? Wot is the point of “Wot I think?” if the person who writes is already against the product, huh? It’s like giving Duke Nukem 3D to my grandmother to play and asking if she finds it funny.

    There’s Borderlands or that Duke Nukem 3D game or, hell, even Serious Sam, which are all funny and good games that this guy will smear. If someone gave me a Card Game to write about, I, even though I am not a professional journalist, would refuse. It’s simple responsibility. You are turning people away from the game because you don’t like the style.

    Wot do I think about “Magic: The Gathering”? I think I would fall asleep after playing it for 5 minutes. Does it make it a bad game? Hell no, it’s a very good game. I just hate the genre. It’s easy to distinguish when the game is bad from when it’s simply not for you. Easy for anyone. Do you have any objective proof that the humour was “delivered poorly”? How so? I thought it was great. The game’s stupid and random and jokes were stupid and random. They did not stick to anything for too long. The jokes don’t get old as a result of being short and not making sense in terms of context.

    It’s a funny game and the sexist jokes are funny, and the cruelty is funny, and the crazy violence is funny. It’s just funny. Humour is subjective. A responsible person would have said “I did not understand the game’s humour, and didn’t like it. Here are examples of what the game has:”. But then a responsible person wouldn’t write about it to begin with.

    I agree on level design though. It is lacking colour and variety.

    • nearly says:

      A good portion of the readers here (myself included) are here because they understand the writing staff’s taste and respect their opinions. If he didn’t find it clever or worthwhile, chances are that I’d respond the same way, even if there have been occasions where I enjoyed a game he didn’t or disliked a game he praised. Chances are that I’m intelligent enough to figure out if this might actually be the case.

      I also think you’re being very ungenerous and a bit silly in saying that he reviewed it poorly because he just didn’t understand it or was against it from the outset. You’re honestly going to sit there and say “It’s easy to distinguish when the game is bad from when it’s simply not for you” and then suggest that a writer on this site is utterly incapable of that? Yes, bland unfunny games aren’t for John Walker and they should have let someone who loves bland unfunny games review it.

    • alw says:

      Or here’s another idea – how about John reviews whatever he likes and if you don’t like it, then you can bugger off?

    • Eddy9000 says:

      “It’s a funny game and the sexist jokes are funny, and the cruelty is funny, and the crazy violence is funny. It’s just funny. Humour is subjective. A responsible person would have said “I did not understand the game’s humour, and didn’t like it. Here are examples of what the game has:”. But then a responsible person wouldn’t write about it to begin with.”

      Funny how pretty much every other reviewer has said that the game is mediocre then isn’t it? Do you think all of them were the wrong people to review it as well?

  26. cdx00 says:

    Mr. Walker, I am not typically a fan of The Words You Write™ but you have redeemed yourself with this review. I don’t get the criticism; this review is very concise. I feel as if your writing was very objective here. Please continue this pace, please.

  27. F3ck says:

    “Once you’re playing you’ll realize that there’s really no choice but plugging in a 360 controller, as there has been no effort to adjust things to play without one. You’re clearly meant to be struggling with the deliberately odd targeting anyway, the mouse removing an element of how it’s meant to be played.”

    …so you could’ve saved your virtual breath and simply said that it was not a PC game at all (since it’s clearly not to be played with native PC hardware)?

    I find more and more that I have to wade through supposed PC game reviews just to find out if in fact it will play as a PC game. That same simple sentence would’ve saved me wasted time and money on Dark Souls.

    • maximiZe says:

      So how exactly is a game’s status as a “[real] PC game” defined by the preferable input method? PC gamepads have been a thing for decades.

      • jrodman says:

        Lots of PCs don’t have gamepads, so a competent port works well even if one isn’t present.

        That said, I’m not sure about “real” vs “not real”.

  28. Sardukar says:

    I played it on my PC on m/kb and had a blast. Very funny and lots of fun. Simple and sweet. Well worth the money I paid for the hours of fun I had.

    That’s all I can ask of a game, in the end. Some games aren’t art, but they are fun anyway.

    • Eddy9000 says:

      Oh thank god, someone who disagrees with the review who has a) actually played it and b) chosen to give their opinion on the game rather than complain about the reviewer. Sir I salute you.

  29. Xotes says:

    All I’ve seen of the game is a little less than half of the game and cutscenes on youtube in a ‘movie’ format, and I can freely say that it’s incredibly dumb and yet I can’t help but find it hilarious. I wouldn’t want to play it myself, but I had plenty of fun watching it.

  30. Sami says:

    Deadpool calling women “mannish”? Deadpool, whose greatest love is Bea Arthur?

    This all sounds very tragic. Deadpool is awesome, but handled that badly, sounds terrible.

  31. Blacknsilver says:

    I think he should have just stopped playing the game when he realized he didn’t like it. What’s the point of writing a 5-page review that could be summed up as “I don’t like this game.”?

    • Jimmy says:

      The bad reviews are often the best reads, and the harsher the better when deserved. The gaming industry has a got a long way to go before it matures. Not that I don’t like a bit of pointless gaming violence and titillation. Just that as someone else said, South Park and the like at least do it in a clever way.

      There was an excellent observation piece in the Guardian about E3, where the journalist – not a big gamer – commented on the continuing trend to make facile changes to existing games and add a numeral to the name. Pieces like this one in RPS, and God help us, even the moralising ones on sexism, help advance the debate. Long live RPS, etc. (Also a lot of us are getting older and less tolerant of crap games – maybe they should put a age range on games like 15 – 19 years only? Adults must be accompanied by a teenager.)

    • pipman3000 says:

      yeah man dont like it? don’t review it!!!11111

      did you get all your expectations of what a critique is supposed to be from the description page of some deviantart kids crayon drawing of a pregnant wolf crying about 9/11?

      maybe if you dislike his reviews so much you should follow your own advice and go read ign or kotaku instead

  32. LordMidas says:

    Dear John Walker,

    Thank you for your reviews. It’s like they are written by a bloke like me. Some one who thinks if something is shit, then he will say it’s shit.

    I come to RPS for just this very thing. Not an arbitrary score, but words of insight and wisdom and stuff about games that many other game-word-outlets seem to ignore.

    And metacritic can fuck off.

    Cheers John… don’t change please. Nice one.

  33. quicktooth says:

    This is so sad. Getting flashbacks to the main character of Transmetropolitan regarding with weary horror his likeness in the sick entertainment of his setting, and exclaiming “I’ve gone *mainstream*”. As he more or less exists to *fight* that mainstream, well, you get the idea. Same thing with Deadpool. He had a really deep and hilarious (and tragic) story in his first sixty-odd issues, then people with no idea what made him funny or interesting or cool took over. They failed to make jokes. They forgot his quest for redemption. They had gratuitous sex etc where before there had been Deadpool… *watching* porn (which you never see). He HAD been a satirical character, and a comment on how fucked up comics are, and an interesting character in his own right. Then the sort of thing this game embodies took over and it was just unfunny, disgusting, morally reprehensible, and crap. They made him into the embodiment of what he was supposed to show was dreadful, and then transcend. It didn’t help that the original authors made it clear after a while that the trainwreck the story became was the direction they WANTED to go (from their answers to readers letters). RIP Deadpool, issue Sixty (or so. Deadpool And Cable was great too). You were awesome. Wish you got that redemption, the girl (or girls), and became a real hero after all. Comics authors are shit.

  34. quicktooth says:

    Ohshit must add: NEVER READ TRANSMETROPOLITAN. It’s sort of “literary”, in a hellish and disturbing way, but it’ll still scar you for life. In other news, my “friend” who insisted I read it is possibly insane.