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Michael’s Mothballs – Deadpool (2013)

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Valentine’s Day is historically filled with hearts, chocolate, and romantic comedy’s filled with celebrities. This year, Ryan Reynolds stars in the most romantic movie in years!

Love and Death go hand in hand, right?

Well it’s only romantic if you enjoy the death of bad guys, big explosions, and spit-inducing humor. To honor Deadpool’s “return” to the big screen, today’s mothball is:

Deadpool (2013)

Deadpool is an action beat ‘em up third person game released on June 25th, 2013 for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. The game was developed by High Moon Studios (Transformers games, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare) and published by Activision. Due to an expired contract between Marvel and Activision, all Activision games using the Marvel license were removed from all digital download stores on January 1st 2014. However, on July 15th 2015 Deadpool became available again on Steam and released later on November 18th for Xbox One and PS4.

Don't judge a game by it's cover, but the cover still looks pretty cool.

For those of you that do not know Deadpool or just recently started using the internet, he is most easily defined as an antihero. The “Merc with a Mouth”, as he is known, possesses accelerated healing powers, extraordinary fighting abilities, and an uncensored sense of humor. If you appreciate action and comedy, just go watch the movie or even better, play this game!

Deadpool is perhaps the most unconventional video game I have ever played. It features a third-person view of deadpool, going through relatively closed levels, fighting waves of bad guys in order to reach the boss. The focus of the gameplay is to string combos together by successfully completing attacks. The higher the combo count, the cooler special attacks you can perform.

This game "takes off" pretty quickly!

Despite being criticized for lacking content, you are able to equip several different guns and melee weapons. Deadpool’s famous katanas and double action pistols are the standard, but shotguns, AK-47s, dual wielding hammers, and even baseball bats are available for head smashing and flesh shredding.

But what makes this game so unique is the breaking of the fourth wall, not a new style among movies and video games, but one that Deadpool has been famous for. Deadpool constantly talks to the player, voiced by the ever so talented Nolan North.

An over the shoulder view of the world's most annoying mercenary.

Even the idea of a video game is referenced, as the plot follows Deadpool wanting High Noon Studios to develop the Best Deadpool Game Ever. This meta-story proceeds with Deadpool fighting against a corrupt media agent who is then captured by famous Deadpool villains. He even later teams up with famous X-Men including Rogue and Wolverine, resulting in one of the most hilarious achievements of all time: Slapping an unconscious Wolverine 100 times.

100 slaps will get you the most unusual achievement you have ever achieved.

 

While it may not be worth the price of a full game, Deadpool is definitely a game worth playing. The fast paced, bloody, over the top action style combat makes your fingers sore from button mashing to string awesome combos together. The breaking of the fourth wall really makes the player engaged in this wacky adventure to make the best video game ever. The shining medallion for this game though is the comedy that is laced throughout from the lines coming from Deadpool’s mouth to the ridiculous cutscenes that push the story along. You will laugh. Period.

So if you aren’t satisfied with just watching Deadpool this Valentine’s weekend, you can go ahead and take matters into your own hands with the video game. A copy of Deadpool for current-gen consoles will run you up to around $50 but if you don’t mind booting up your previous gen system, you can pick up a used copy for under $20.

Written by Michael Lanoie

Michael is a handheld gamer kid who evolved into a console player, the best of both worlds. He attends Chapman University and hopes to achieve his Masters in Creative Writing.

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