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  • Summary: [Playstation Network] For uncounted years the wanderer DeathSpank has been a Dispenser of Justice, a Vanquisher of Evil, and a Hero to the Downtrodden. Throughout his adventures DeathSpank has searched for a powerful artifact called ... The Artifact. Forged by unknown hands for unknown purposes some unknown time in the past, The Artifact is now within DeathSpank’s reach, but what is The Artifact and what evil tyrant seeks to steal it? Expand
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  1. Positive: 37 out of 47
  2. Negative: 0 out of 47
  1. 100
    With the exception of food, water and, if necessary, important medications, I can't think of anything more worthy of spending $15 on this week. This is a high point for comedy in games, built on a solid foundation of time-tested gameplay and bacon that everyone should experience.
  2. There are so many good things in DeathSpank; the amount of loot collecting (and bacon), quests to complete and fantastic look and feel of the world make up for any shortcomings and give a lot of value and enjoyment. If you're a fan of action-RPGs, you will not be disappointed, and those looking for a game that will bring them into the genre need look no further than DeathSpank.
  3. 85
    If you like sweet loot, hacking things to death, looking at beautiful landscapes and laughing at good writing, you might want to pick up DeathSpank. However, although the game shines in many areas, it does have its flaws.
  4. DeathSpank is a really funny videogame, the perfect mix between Diablo and Monkey Island. It has madness, hilarious situations and addictive gameplay. One of the hits of this summer.
  5. Ron Gilbert delivers another sweet piece of art. Hilarious and technically fantastic, Deathspank fails to become another classic just because of its repetitive gameplay and quests design.
  6. Some fresh ideas in this funny and debunking action RPG. What makes it really unique is the humour, and there's a good bunch of fun to be had slaying the enemies. It lacks some deeper growth of the character and some better puzzles, but for genre lovers it's really worth every cent of its small price.
  7. Clearly, DeathSpank's main strength is in its dialog and humor. As an Action RPG, it remains a little too simple to fulfill the needs of hardcore hack'n slash fans, and some game design flaws and ergonomics mistakes render its 10 or so gameplay hours a little bit tedious and less inspired than we'd hoped. It still is a visually charming, point'n click and silly ideas enriched adventure to dive in. Its shortcomings can easily be ignored by those who like games that don't take themselves too seriously, something DeathSpank achieves with flying colors.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Nov 4, 2010
    this game was great, it was a mindless hack em up game that held my attention to the end, the large amount of weaponry was excellent, the story line was pretty well written, whenever i wanted to unwind i would play this game, absolutely worth the 10 dollars it is selling for...... Expand
  2. Oct 31, 2010
    The plot is funny, the lines are funny, the quests are awesome, cool gameplay, pretty much a very good game overall. The only negative thing would be the co-op, where it's extremely boring for the "sidekick" to play. Good game ! Expand
  3. Sep 12, 2010
    I really loved DeathSpank. So much, in fact, that it is my new online alias. It's a mindless hack-and-slash with hilarious quests, dialogue, and "cinematics." I want to let everyone know who decides to drop the $15 on this to please go in with an open mind. If you only like serious games, or think that video games aren't supposed to make you laugh, or perhaps you have a hard time noticing the small things, then this game probably isn't for you. Personally, I loved the attention to detail. Every NPC has a unique name, few of which are actual names (IE: Guy Who Lost His Wallet, Guy Who Needs a Friend). The way in which DeathSpank introduces himself or greets individuals (Greetings, Non-descript citizen!) is just fantastic, in my opinion. There are times when I had to repeat dialogue because it was just priceless. You really have to enjoy the little things in this game, and if you do, it's beyond "worth" the $15. Another example, is the way the character (in the inventory screen) reacts to certain items when equipped. If a weapon is equipped, he'll sometimes lower and cover his head, peeking upwards and waggling the weapon in the air to see if it does anything. If you equip some shoulder pads, he may do a little dance for you. The only reason this game gets a 9 from me, is the difficulty of some quests. There is minimal dialogue explaining the quests. Hints are given on an item basis (you must use an item to obtain a hint, up to 3 hints that will end up telling you exactly where to go, and the item seems to be quite rare and is not purchase-able, but drops from anywhere and anything). Other than that, I really enjoyed this game. As far as playability goes, it's perhaps worth a second play through with a friend, but once through was enough for me. I am VERY excited for the next comedic installment: "Thongs of Virtue." Expand
  4. Sep 1, 2010
    Really funny, really cool and there's good music. Affordable, decent graphics, good controls. Not much more you could ask for... except maybe a longer game. I finished it in three days. Expand
  5. Oct 24, 2010
    It's just a fun game--It's not challenging, it's not serious...and there are a few issues (some graphic clipping etc. etc.) but it's funny, it has a simple, yet entertaining enough single player set up and for 15$, you can't really go wrong Expand
  6. Sep 9, 2010
    Quirky humor and a satire of modern western RPGs, Deathspank is a fun mindless experience that many can enjoy. Though the environments have a great art style, I only disliked the character models. A minor problem considering it many positive points. Worth every cent! Expand
  7. Aug 20, 2010
    A bare-bones Diablo knock-off with embarrassing attempts at humor (i.e. collecting "chicken lips"). I've played flash games with more depth.The co-op is terrible as well. The second player is cast as an ignored mage who cannot interact with the environment. While many Diablo-esque games place a premium on replayability (various character classes and character builds), Deathspank has an incredibly elementary leveling system and leaves very little room for customization. On first consideration, the game's length might be good for an arcade title - but for a game of this nature, it is short on content. Expand

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