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Platform 360, PS3, Win Publisher Activision Developer High Moon Studios Release Date 06/25/2013

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Deadpool review: Voices in my head

High Moon Studios' first title set in the Marvel comic book universe is littered with poop jokes, bouncing breasts and famous X-Men appearances. Combined with the crass super-human's on-screen predilection to hear voices that aren't there which correspond to the id-ego-super-ego paradigm, the developer has captured the puerile spirit of the character. But High Moon has also built a responsive action game around the idiot anti-hero, with a mix of melee and gunplay and a hodgepodge of other one-off sequences thrown in for good measure. Deadpool never sits still for a moment, and that's a very good thing. Things start in Deadpool's apartment, as the masked man receives a phone call from video game mega-publisher Activision about making his game idea a reality. That'll be the...

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Deadpool and other Marvel Activision titles delisted from digital stores (update)

High Moon Studios' action beat-'em-up based on the Marvel Comics character Deadpool was delisted from Steam, PlayStation Network and Xbox Live on Dec. 31, only six months after the game's launch. Both the game and its related downloadable content appear to have been removed from Steam's storefront; only a trailer for the game, released May 20, 2013, remains listed. Deadpool was recently promoted as one of Steam's holiday titles. The game launched on June 25 for PlayStation 3, Windows PC and Xbox 360. The retail copies of the game are still available via stores like GameStop. Licensed products have been known to be removed from sale if the licensing agreements between the developer and property owner have lapsed. We have reached out to Deadpool's publisher for comment. Update: A...

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Activision running half-price sale on Xbox Games Store

Activision is offering half-price deals on a long list of its games on Xbox Live this week, with the discounts including Games on Demand titles, Xbox Live Arcade games and downloadable content. Almost all the offers are half-off discounts, and the sale runs the gamut from Xbox 360 launch titles such as Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved to lesser deals on recently released games like Deadpool. Here's a sample of the deals: Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved: $2.49 (50 percent off) Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2: $4.99 (50 percent off) Deadpool: $39.99 (20 percent off) Spider-Man: Web of Shadows: $14.99 (20 percent off) Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse - Peter Griffin's Man Boob Mega Sweat Pack: $2.49 (50 percent off) The sale runs through Oct. 7. You can check out a full list of the...

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Danielle Riendeau reviews Deadpool. Check out Polygon's full review.

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Deadpool listed for Wii U on Amazon Canada

Deadpool, the upcoming action title starring Marvel's mercenary anti-hero, is listed for Wii U under retailer Amazon Canada. Deadpool is currently being developed by High Moon Studios for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC. According to its Wii U listing on Amazon, the game has been given an M rating by the ESRB, though the ESRB website itself only includes the previously announced platforms. No other details are given about the game. We have contacted publisher Activision for comment and will update accordingly. Deadpool is currently slated for release June 25 and is available for pre-order now. Read our interview with senior creative director Dave Cravens about how the studio managed the Merc with a Mouth here. Update: A PR representative told Polygon that there are currently...

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Deadpool: How High Moon Studios managed the Merc with a Mouth.

Marvel's anti-hero, Deadpool, could have made for an irritating video game protagonist, but developer High Moon Studios avoided this by "committing fully to the character," according senior creative director Dave Cravens. In an interview with Polygon, Cravens said the character could have potentially come across as irritating because of all his unique traits: he breaks the fourth wall and talks to the player, he hears voices and has conversations with them, he's crude and indulges in fart jokes and, as his nickname "The Merc with a Mouth" suggests, he never stops talking. But by embracing Deadpool's unapologetic nature, Cravens believes High Moon's Deadpool game does the character justice in the way Marvel's comics intended. "I think it's a matter of if you're going to jump into the...

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Deadpool pre-order bonuses include maps, wallpapers and Amazon credit

Pre-orders for Deadpool, High Moon Studios' upcoming action game based on the titular Marvel comic book character, include maps, exclusive wallpapers and Amazon credit, according to a post on One of Swords. Those who pre-order the game from GameStop and EB Games will receive the Merc with a Map Pack downloadable content, which includes two maps for the game's Deadpool Challenge Mode and two costumes to use in the unlockable Infinite Mode, in which players' scores are tracked globally. PowerUp Rewards members in the U.S. will also receive a computer wallpaper. Deadpool's GameStop midnight launch in the U.S. store with the most pre-orders will feature "appearances" by Deadpool and other comic characters. Pre-orders at Amazon include $5 in Amazon credit toward Marvel graphic novels and...

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Activision lets go of Deadpool development team (update)

Activision has let go of the Deadpool development team at High Moon Studios with "40 full-time employees" affected globally, according to Kotaku. "Activision Publishing consistently works to align its costs with its revenues — this is an ongoing process," Activision said in statement provided to Kotaku. "With the completion of development on Deadpool, we are taking a reduction in staff at High Moon Studios to better align our development talent against our slate. "Approximately, 40 full-time employees will be impacted globally. We are offering those employees who are impacted outplacement counseling services." According to the official website for the studio, the team had about 100 people in its Carlsbad, Calif. offices. The High Moon Studios reduction comes shortly after the news...

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Mortal Kombat, Skulls of the Shogun, Strider and more spotted in Steam database

Apparent listings cultivated from Steam's Content Description Record database show a handful of unannounced titles and PC ports bound for Steam, including versions of Mortal Kombat, Skulls of the Shogun and Pinball FX 2. While the Steam CDR database manages to keep titles of unannounced titles well-hidden (with names like "ValveTestApp217140"), achievement data and images scraped from Steam and SteamDB — unearthed by a handful of NeoGAF forum members — reveals content for certain Steam games not currently listed for Valve's platform: Deadpool, Mortal Kombat, and Skulls of the Shogun. Other listings point to more speculative but surprising releases, including possible listings for The King of Fighters XIII, Castle of Illusion and Strider. Art for a rumored Strider game was d...

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Deadpool: The Game's latest trailer is packed with gratuitous explosions and adult humor

The latest trailer for High Moon Studios' Deadpool: The Game, courtesy of IGN, shows a title packed with plenty of raunchy, juvenile jokes with just enough explosive action to balance it all out. Narrated by the Merc with the Mouth himself, the video posted above shows some of the first in-game clips from High Moon's title. After Deadpool introduces the trailer, the scene switches to shots of crumbling ruins and a mysterious woman bathed in light. From a distance she somewhat resembles Death, a character already confirmed for the title who will reportedly send Deadpool on missions, or Domino, a sharp-shooting member of the X-Men that will also appear in the game. The trailer also introduces Cable, Deadpool's once-partner and X-Men member, and features several gratuitous shots of the...

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    • Released 06/25/2013
    • Publisher Activision
    • Developer High Moon Studios
    • Score 7.0
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    • Released 06/25/2013
    • Publisher Activision
    • Developer High Moon Studios
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    • Released 06/25/2013
    • Publisher Activision
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