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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
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  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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  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. Aug 22, 2010
    Hothead Games, creators of the Penny Arcade downloadable game series, gives us a new RPG adventure to help quench our thirst of funny and action, wth this game being nothing different. In a nutshell, DeathSpank is a great Action RPG; with stellar game play, spectacular controls, hilarious plots and characters, and enough content to satisfy your hunger and give you back your $15.

    To start off, meet DeathSpank, Hero to the Downtrodden, Vanquisher of Evil and Dispenser of Justice. All of his life he has searched for The Artifact, an object created for unknown reasons, with no one knowing exactly what The Artifact does, but DeathSpank quests for it because a mysterious gypsy told him too. Already this plot sounds hilarious, but that's all I can say without spoiling, because this plot has a lot of detail to it, but it also has a lot more side quests than plot quests. Even though a lot more of the characters in the game don't have anything to do with the plot, they're not lifeless, thanks to the wonderful voice acting of this game.

    Oh, and did I forget to mention that this game took 6 YEARS to make? because I think that's a pretty big detail. I think it took this long because Hothead Games were too busy working on the Penny Arcade games to get to work on DeathSpank, being the independent developer they are. Moving away from that, some of you might go into this game thinking that this is a Diablo ripoff, well I've got a secret to tell is, and it's a good one too. This game is literally a combination of Diablo and Monkey Island, meaning the demonic world of Diablo is still there, just given the comedy treatment. Those who think that Diablo shouldn't be done like this, then stay far away. The controls and game play are really good, with only a few minor problems, but they're still great for a small, but experienced, developer. The combat of the game works a lot like this, you have four main weapons (along with an uneditable shield button) assigned to each one of the four face buttons, being able to switch out weapons from your inventory into the equip slots. You usually have at least one "weapon of justice", which is a weapon that has a special ability when your justice meter is maxed out, in one of the slots, and the other three either have three of your strongest melee weapons, or two of your strongest melee weapons and a ranged weapon. As with any comedy RPG, the weapons are usually funny, and there are also elemental weapons that do more damage to certain enemies.

    Now there is actually a combo system in place, however you can only use two weapons at a time, but this is where the big strategy part of the game comes into place. Players can choose from a few main playing styles, they can focus on ranged weapons and shielding, melee weapons and shielding, or just plain gung ho all out melee, which will get you killed a lot quicker so focus on your health. Now the one thing that I can think of that's bad about this system is the lock on system, it is good at locking on to an enemy, but it's not always the enemy in front of you. Locking on to different enemies isn't easy. there must be something wrong with the detection, but it doesn't always take in the right stick movements. However this is overshadowed by the automatic lock-on system, so while this is a problem I hope is resolved some time later *coughsequelcough*, it's not really too much to worry about. The game also has a co-op system in place, however I haven't tried it because the game doesn't have online play, another problem that will hopefully be looked at in the near future. Saving the best for last, the biggest con of the game is the mapquest system...why not? you can't choose one quest to focus on, and there's no way to travel across the map or find the way to go without looking at the map all the time or having knowledge of the entire gaming environment. however this has been seen in the past, except instead, you didn't even have a map to look at, just a gray screen with a green dot representing you (The Legend of Zelda). So that's all of the big problems of the game, with the problems really not being that bad

    DeathSpank is a great example of Hothead Games' work as an independent developer, showing that they have a bright future as a great developer. Right now this game is pretty underrated, so I ask of you to tell your friends about this game and keep an eye on these guys, just like how Pixeljunk Shooter 2 is mine when it comes out, these guys are also on my must-buy list.
  3. 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
  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. Oct 23, 2010
    First off, this game is definitely worth playing. It is a fun and funny hack-n-slash Diablo-type action-rpg. The game kept me entertained from start to finish, unfortunately that was only for around 11 hours (that's with completing all side-quests). While I did laugh much during my adventure, I couldn't help but feel that most of the humor was aimed at a junior high audience. The level system was neat, but I wish it was more in-depth. The armor and weapon selection was impressive, but I still felt that I was always forced to buy the next armor/weapon up to continue to the next territory. Fortunately, you do end up looting a lot of gold, but towards the end you have nothing to spend it on. Lastly, I am sure other games have done this, but I loved the food and potion mechanics. Potions are more expensive, but fill your life instantly, while food is fairly cheap, but restores health overtime. Despite my criticisms, this game is worth playing and set a a good foundation for what I hope will be many sequels. 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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