Here’s Deadpool’s Revealing ESRB Rating

By Ishaan . February 24, 2013 . 12:00pm

Surprise! High Moon and Activision’s Deadpool game is rated M in North America by the ESRB. The M-rating is for “Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Mature Humor, Sexual Content, Strong Language”. Yup, that about sums Deadpool up. Here’s the full rating summary:


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 release this year on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.


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  • yoUNg_grOUp568

    That’s the Deadpool I know

  • TheExile285

    lol, that was a good read. “So if I flip a coin, what are my chances of getting head?” was my favorite

  • samael789

    The reasoning might as well have just said “It’s a Deadpool game” and stuck the M on it.

    • Haseyo

      Yeah I really don’t know if anyone expected anything less.

  • Might as well be rated D for Deapool just for laughs. lol

    • Mildra

      It will be when the game reaches japan.

  • DesmaX

    Can you guys post these ESRB rating for every future (relevant) game?

    I think these are quite amusing

    • Juan Andrés Valencia

      The Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2 one is absolutely hilarious.

  • Juan Andrés Valencia

    I’m not going to lie, I found out about Deadpool thanks to X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Both the game and the film, thankfully the game IS AWESOME) and from what I’ve seen and read it was fricking obvious that this would be an M rated game.

    The funny part is that it still sounds tamer than The Punisher on the Xbox, PS2 and PC (You could remove the censor filters with an action replay code or trainer and it’s genuinely unpleasant).

  • XiaomuArisu

    So its has stealth.
    Would be nice to see some Gameplay vids.

  • Crevox

    Pretty sure this is just Duke Nukem Forever all over again

    • Except it won’t be in development hell, but I might just take note of that.

    • Ha! Good thing I am not the only one who tought of this. Then again, when you read any ESRB article for any M for Mature title, then most of them would be yet another Duke Nukem Forever. It counts for those titles that came before even Duke Nukem Forever was ever released anywhere.

  • There’s no Deadpool like Waypool!

    • z_merquise

      I do admit that I’m worried on Deadpool’s portrayal in this game because I’m not exactly a fan of how Daniel Way wrote Deadpool in his solo series.

      Rick Remender’s take on Deadpool in Uncanny X-Force is way better even if he didn’t played much any role some of the series’ story arcs.

  • z_merquise

    “That’s because you have more comics than me” when repeatedly beating a character on the ground

    I wonder if that’s Wolverine.

    • Solomon_Kano

      I hope so, I really hope so.

      • z_merquise

        I’m also hoping for a verbal battle between Nolan North (DP) and Steve Blum (Wolverine).

        • Solomon_Kano

          I would love that. Blum’s Wolvie is great, even in Super Hero Squad lol.

    • Must be Stiltman’s Legacy.

  • Kevin Schwarz

    Alright, that only means they are not deviating from what a real Deadpool game should be. Good, good.

  • Solomon_Kano

    This is great. Stealth attacks is a surprise, and I think I like it. I mean, he is pretty much a ninja. Sais are also nice. Makes me think Elektra, who I’d be totally happy to see show up here.

    How far off from a game’s release do we usually see ratings? This has me thinking this is close at hand. Fall should be the earliest this releases, with us not even having seen any gameplay yet.

    • Aren’t stealth attacks… always a surprise?

      Ladies and gentlemen, I’ll be here all week.

      • Solomon_Kano


  • Zonic505

    & the ESRB continues to provide humorous summaries of games, motivating others to get the game based on its content. Seriously hope this game is as fun as it is funny.

  • Carl Hallowell

    Anything less than M would have been a disappointment.

  • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

    He is reminding me of Dante but has even more trashtalk

  • Wake

    Now I’m sold with the idea of a Deadpool novel. Just the attempt of explaining the imagery of things is going to be hilarious.

  • Sounds like Saints Row. lol

  • Ted Griffin

    Can’t say I am not surprised about this… it is Deadpool we are talking about

  • rebecasunao

    I really like Deadpool’s humor and I’m looking forward to this game, but I seriously hope the scenes described aren’t actual sexual harassment.

    • So… stabbing dudes in the throat is all fun and games, but sexual harassment is where you draw the line?

      • Oh come on don’t be mean. In some cases of War and stopping people from killing others, killing is necessary. But sexual harassment is never Ok.

      • rebecasunao

        Precisely. I don’t like how most popular games are all about killing/destroying, but people enjoy it and I do too, ocasionally.
        Deadpool is all about being funny, he was created to mock superheroes and comics after all. But using sexual harrassment as a joke? Not ok.
        It’s funny how people like to throw another problem to make the other one seem less important or not important at all.

        • I mean, I am kind of just being a dick on purpose here, but for the sake of argument: why is murder acceptable fodder for jokes, but not sexual harassment? How can Deadpool be a likable character when he slaughters people by the dozen (and cracks jokes about it), but groping a woman is going too far?

          Also, you don’t know the context of the depiction of sexual harassment within the game, so you don’t actually know that it is being used as a joke. Presumably, the actual joke is that the woman then beats up Deadpool, or something along those lines – which is funny (in theory), because he deserves it!

    • No- it turns out to be a hallucination. It’s really Cable.

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