Activision made a big splash at Comic-Con International 2012 by pulling a prank on the greater comic book community to announce a "Deadpool" video game. The fan-favorite Marvel Comics character's game is one step closer to reality as the Electronic Software Rating Board has examined the game and given it a Mature Rating, citing blood and gore, intense violence, mature humor, sexual content and strong language.
According to the ESRB's statement, the action-adventure game centers on Deadpool as he goes on a mission to "hunt down and capture an evil millionaire." Armed with swords, sais, giant hammers, pistols, machine guns and shotguns, Deadpool is able to take on human soldiers and mutant enemies with some attacks resulting in "dismemberment or decapitations." Stealth attacks are also available. Unsurprisingly, Deadpool breaks the fourth wall with quips in the game like, "No guts, no glory" when hanging from his entrails; and "That's because you have more comics than me" when beating a character on the ground. The game also includes dialogue of a sexual nature and mature language.
"Deadpool" isn't the first Marvel Comics-related game to receive a Mature rating -- 2009's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" Uncaged Edition for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 (based on the 2009 film of the same name) also earned the same rating from the ESRB for blood and gore, intense violence and language.
Longtime "Deadpool" comic writer and the game's scribe Daniel Way spoke with CBR last October about the progress on the project and what fans can expect from the game's projected release later this year.
"Not only is it a new story, it's a new kind of story," Way said. "To the best of my knowledge, there's never been a game quite like the one we're working on, and the reason is simple; there's never been a Deadpool game before. This game will change your life."
Check out the ESRB's full evaluation below.
This is an action-adventure game based on characters from the Deadpool comic book franchise. Players assume the role of Deadpool, a mercenary on a mission to hunt down and capture an evil millionaire. As players traverse enemy strongholds, they use an assortment of melee weapons (swords, sais, giant hammers) and firearms (pistols, machine guns, shotguns) to kill human soldiers and mutant enemies. Battles are frenetic and accompanied by screams of pain, gunfire, and large blood-splatter effects. Some attacks result in dismemberment or decapitations; body parts and bloodstains can be seen on the ground. Players can also employ stealth attacks, in which close-up camera angles depict more severe damage against enemies. Throughout the game, the protagonist provides irreverent commentary and jokes amidst the exaggerated acts of violence (e.g., "No guts no glory" when hanging from his entrails; "Oh that's gonna leave a mark" when dismembering an enemy; "That's because you have more comics than me" when repeatedly beating a character on the ground). The dialogue also contains mature humor, sexual material and innuendo (e.g., "Two less herpes cases to worry about," "The pipe I was offered gives way more pleasure," "So if I flip a coin, what are my chances of getting head?"). Other instances of mature humor include an extended toilet scene and the pumping up of an inflatable doll. During the course of the game, the protagonist is briefly shown reaching for and groping a woman's breasts; in another, he is depicted grabbing an inflatable doll's breast while in a hot tub. The words "f**k," "sh*t," and "a*shole" are heard in dialogue.
"Deadpool" is slated for a Summer 2013 release on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.