Monday, June 5, 2017

Catching up with Deadpool (video game)

     Deadpool (video game) was released in North America for PS3, Xbox 360, and Microsoft Windows in 2013, and then later released for PS4 and Xbox One in late 2015. It currently averages a 57.50% (PS4) via GameRankings. Despite its overall review, I still enjoyed this game a lot more than expected. 

     I like playing beat 'em up games in general. Modern ones like Ninja Gaiden, Devil May Cry, Bayonetta, No More Heroes, Batman: Arkham series, and Heavenly Sword among others have a special place in my heart. These types of video games are usually easy enough for players to jump in and play. With beat 'em ups, depending on the series, I usually don't care much about the story. Instead, I just want to dive in, destroy enemies, and watch the combos go up.

     I'm a causal comic book fan, and I watched Deadpool (movie) not too long ago, and I thought it was a great film. A few days later while I was at a gaming store, I noticed Deadpool (video game) was on sale for under $20, so I decided to buy it. Throughout the game, fighting against the enemies can be achieved without great effort, allowing the player to defeat a large group of attackers by simply mashing the buttons. The player can avoid enemies' sword and gun attacks by teleporting. With its close camera perspective, teleporting in tight spaces was frustrating because enemies would suddenly be off-camera. This caused confusion during my play through at times because I was unaware of enemies' locations. Luckily, one of Deadpool's greatest superpower is the ability to regenerate his health that helps him recover to full strength easily. Along with that, he is armed with multiple guns and katanas.

    The game play does become repetitive quickly. The game usually fills the screen with multiple enemies at once. I found it entertaining at first chaining together combos combine with both melee and shooting attacks, but eventually the longer I played, it became less exciting. The large part of that is due to the game's lack of stronger enemies and variety in attacks.

    Despite its shortcomings, the game is still enjoyable. There are moments where I laughed due to Deadpool's humor and his interactions with other Marvel characters. I would recommend this game if you're into silly jokes, comic book, senseless action, and don't mind repetition. The game can also be completed in about 10 hours. 

Game On!

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