Developer/Publisher: Zen Studios
Platform:(OUT NOW ON) PS3 / PS4 / PSVita (Reviewed); iOS, Android. (COMING SOON ON) WiiU; Xbox 360 / XB1
Price: Varies depending on platform
The first thing that grabbed me about this table was how similar the look and style is to the last generation multi-platform Deadpool comic based video game from what I’ve seen. The next thing I noticed was that it’s a Pinball table, in a pinball table, in a pinball table recursive going on, very odd and my mind was a little thrown by that.
Then you hear Deadpool speak and he couldn’t sound less like Nathan Drake, if he tried. Which made me double check that it was the man who’s been in more video games than BBC’s Casualty has had British actors. The dialogue and voice acting is superb, very funny, silly and hats off to Zen for being truly self parodic and cross promoting. The reason I mention this is the first Chapter you open is called Kick Beat ’em, Deadpool also makes reference to it when a kickback is activated and Chapter 5 uses one of my favorite tracks from Zen Studios highly underplayed rhythm action beat ’em up. Deadpool’s jokey Yoda voice when an extra ball is active works really well. The soundtrack is superb, as are the tables sound effects too.
From that description you may think that it’s just a playable advert.Well it’s not, from my limited knowledge of the red leotard wearing super hero / loud mouth Mercenary it’s completely within character, including slagging off the Iron Man table. Yet again Zen have delivered a table that’s not only unique but highly playable right from the start. With loads to do, including the now familiar chapter selections, hurry ups and panic inducing multi-balls. There are some very clever innovations such as the variable difficulty chapters done by building up bars from hitting the spinners on each side track of the table. Uniquely a Blind mode, where the ball flippers and certain lanes glow and also Quick Time Events! So far I haven’t found it exceptionally high scoring but like all Zen Pinball tables they take a bit working out. I loved the fact that one of the modes is a Zen logo captioned ghost ball whizzing around the table and the aim is to run through it to score.
This table is right up there with some of the best tables they’ve made. From the beautiful rendered and animated character models, the witty remarks of Deadpool and the amount of time you can spend just working out how to score big and finding something extra. Completing Chapter 2 has something very special in it. With Chapters that for me feel attainable, yet challenging when difficulty is increased. I love the focus you need to maintain due to the fact the ball can sometimes be teleported and randomly dumped out. The price is right and the table is very fluid but again I’m finding the PS4 version just feels slightly off in comparison with the PSVita and PS3 versions.
Fans of pinball, Nolan North or Marvel’s Deadpool should really not miss out on what is a fantasticly frenetic festival of frivolous flipper-based fun.
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