A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Deadpool is an Xbox One and PlayStation 4 port of the original 2013 release, with higher-resolution graphics and sound, as well as the downloadable content previously offered in the original game. It's a hyperviolent action game with gratuitous amounts of blood, gore, language, and other mature content. Throughout, Deadpool talks with characters in the game and in the audience, cracking wise with crass humor and visual puns that could be inappropriate for younger kids.
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What's it about?
In DEADPOOL, when Marvel's resident Merc with a Mouth decides he should be the star of "the most awesome game ever," no one is going to try to argue the point … especially when he's threatening to blow up the studio if they do. Picking up the script for his new game, Deadpool sets out to hack, slash, shoot, and explode his way to fame, fortune, women, and all the chimichangas one man could eat. Dragging a few of his X-Men buddies along for the ride, Deadpool faces henchman armies, supervillains, giant robots, and even Death herself. Best of all, he's doing it on someone else's dime, blowing up bad guys and the game's budget at the same time.
Is it any good?
No one would ever describe Deadpool as a "normal" sort of comic book character, so it should come as no surprise that his video game isn't exactly "normal" either. Almost everything about it is over the top and surreal. Whether it's Deadpool listening to a message from the person voicing him in the game, switching from current-generation graphics to old-school pixelated animation because he supposedly overspent the budget, or a song-and-dance number with Death while cruising down a river in a boat with rainbow-spewing dolphins swimming alongside, this is a game that always leaves you wondering what the heck you just experienced.
The downside to Deadpool comes when you start to look through all the smoke and mirrors. The outrageous and zany presentation tries to convince you to pay no attention to the actual game behind the curtain. That's because, at its core, Deadpool is a fairly basic and formulaic arcade-style button-masher. The bulk of the game can be summed up as follows: Bad guys rush in; punch, slash, shoot; watch cut scene, laugh; repeat. In fact, if it weren't for Deadpool's quirky sense of humor breaking things up, the game would get stale relatively quickly.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in entertainment. How much violence is too much? Does it make a difference if that violence is in a comic book, video game, or movie or on a TV show?
Talk about heroes and villains. What are the traits that make a hero? Is it possible for someone who has been "bad" to redeem himself?
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
- Price: $49.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Activision
- Release date: November 17, 2015
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Superheroes, Adventures, Misfits and Underdogs
- ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Mature Humor, Sexual Content, Strong Language
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