Normally, we are too busy to be able to come back and do reviews on DLC for game,s but as you saw in my recent review of the Deadpool game, I really enjoyed it and was looking for a reason to go back. That reason came from a download code for the Merc with a Mouth map pack.
For $2.99 on the PlayStation 3 or 240 Microsoft Points on the XBox 360, players can download two additional maps for the game’s challenge mode along with two new costumes. Spoiler alert: This DLC pack was actually a preorder bonus from Gamestop upon the original Deadpool release so if you already did that, then you probably don’t need to make this purchase… or read this review… so… sorry!
So first off, let’s talk about costumes. For some reason which isn’t ever really discussed, the costume options are only available in the Infinite mode which is a wave based level of the challenge modes. Still not entirely sure why these special outfits are only available in the challenge mode when it is just a skin swap over the character so keep that in mind if you didn’t go through (or like me just didn’t spend a lot of time) in the Challenge mode. The D-Pooly costume resembles Deadpool’s selfstyled MC look while the X-Force outfit represents the grey and black from when Deadpool joined up on Wolverine’s black ops team… but they are only available to the challenge mode.
The two maps in the DLC are GRT Plaza and Inside the Tower, respectively the top of the skyscraper in the game’s first level and Magneto’s old throne room on Genosha. Unlike a multiplayer map DLC, these aren’t new pieces of content but instead repurposed areas from levels already in the game. As a result, they aren’t much different from any of the other challenge areas. There aren’t dynamic set pieces that affect a way a player enjoys the game. They are just different layouts for the same lineup of enemies. And that is where the challenge mode as a whole in the game fell flat, not just the DLC.
While the challenge mode of the game can be fun, it doesn’t feel worth an extra three bucks even at this point for a player to dish out for on disc DLC. Only after clearing a gold level ranking in challenge mode can a player even use their skins which limits that appeal. Since a player is paying for it, it shouldn’t then be hidden behind an “unlockable” barrier. As mentioned, the maps themselves are ones already seen in the game and don’t do anything different to make them stand out. Overall, this one is really only a must buy for completionists who want to have everything at the game at 100% since it falls short of feeling necessary for a casual player.
The Merc with a Mouth DLC pack is available for the Deadpool game for the XBox 360 and PlayStation 3 now.