While hardly an ideal Marvel effort, the Merc with a Mouth makes a rather fun – if juvenile – game debut.
Isn't it funny how seriously comic book video games are taken these days? Sure, they're just about perfect in tone, like with Batman: Arkham City's dramatic storytelling and The Amazing Spider-Man's movie-like tone. But, for Deadpool, High Moon Studios takes a different approach. These guys just let loose, with the help of comic book writer Daniel Way, and break away from the convention of being super-serious. And you know what? It works. Not completely, but it still works.
In the game, Deadpool, being his usual smart-ass self, inks a deal to get his own video game. However, the road is far from easy, as he's assigned a target that ties in deeper with enemies from the Marvel universe, and re-introduces him to such allies as Wolverine and Cable – who he's not afraid to screw around with, despite the obvious threats. Anyway, the story goes all over the place, but those expecting an action game that's a wee bit different from the norm probably won't be disappointed.
That's because of Deadpool himself. His antics are rather unpredictable, whether it's copping a feel on his buddy Cable (leading to the all-too-obvious reply – a punch in the face) or talking with the invisible voices in his head over the game's stretched-out plot. His personality really goes a long way here, and though not every joke sticks (some of the crass jokes will go over your head), there's enough humor and good times to go around.