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Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. Sep 19, 2011
    85
    If you were looking for the next out of this world action-RPG, The Baconing should be your next purchase, only costing about 15$ with its amazing characters and wacky humor I found this to be one of the better Deathspank games I have played.
  2. Sep 2, 2011
    83
    Though The Baconing is more or less just another DeathSpank title, with an okay story and final boss, it shows the franchise is consistently at the top of its game. Its silly brand of humor and graphics are iconic and show off the action RPG genre, which is privy to generic hack-and-slashery.
  3. Sep 25, 2011
    82
    A meaty and polished sequel that refines the DeathSpank formula. [Nov 2011, p.97]
  4. 80
    The Baconing manages to stay as funny and engaging throughout the entire game.
  5. Nov 27, 2011
    72
    Default difficulty provides mindless fun, tougher difficulty the hardcore challenge. [Issue#210, p.98]
  6. Sep 4, 2011
    72
    The Baconing is a competent, fun, and mostly diverse title with plenty of kooky humor. It's a decent option for those who never played DeathSpank, and if you did play the first game, you'll probably like the similarities found in the sequel.
  7. Sep 20, 2011
    70
    You can invest your money in The Baconing if you're a person, who has enjoyed previous installments of the series. But I can easily recommend it to people who are new to Deathspank. The only condition - you have to be ok with monotonous bashing of hundreds of enemies and crave some absurd humor.
  8. Sep 13, 2011
    70
    The Baconing is undoubtedly a solid, entertaining addition to the series, but over-saturation has made this once brash and energetic adventure feel slightly predictable.
  9. Sep 6, 2011
    70
    The Baconing is a good game, but a lack of innovation or worthwhile improvements stop it from being a much better one.
  10. If you're into a bit of hardcore Spanking, you'll love this. [Oct 2011, p.104]
  11. Sep 5, 2011
    70
    The Baconing exposes DeathSpank's diminishing returns. It remains a solid, well built game, but Hothead Games doesn't seem to notice (or care) that they've essentially made the same game three times.
  12. Sep 23, 2011
    65
    You should ask yourself if you are satisfied with more of the same. Were the two adventures of DeathSpank enough for you? The small changes can't cover up the signs of weariness that's creeping in this series.
  13. Sep 20, 2011
    65
    The Baconing sags limply in a puddle of its own stale grease when it should sizzle: reheated leftovers from the previous two games, liberally seasoned with humour to mask the aging ingredients, in danger of becoming inedible.
  14. Sep 26, 2011
    62
    A lack of invention when compared to the previous game and an overdose of chaos make for a disappointing entry in the series. Deathspank: The Baconing is fun for a while, but you won't remember it for long.
  15. Oct 4, 2011
    60
    A repetitive approach kills lasting fun. [Nov 2011, p.107]
  16. Sep 20, 2011
    60
    Deathspank: The Baconing is a fun game with first class humour that gets dragged down by repetitive combat. Brilliant in small doses, though.
  17. Sep 6, 2011
    60
    The Baconing, while funny and entertaining, is not the strongest game of the trilogy. However the loot and combat combined with the price can make this a worthy purchase for many action-RPG fans.
  18. Sep 6, 2011
    60
    A fiercely likeable time-waster. But with console download services delivering increasingly brilliant games these days, DeathSpank has yet to make the transition from an entertaining diversion to something that's truly essential.
  19. Sep 1, 2011
    60
    If all you want to do is play more DeathSpank, then this will certainly do the trick. For me, once was apparently enough.
  20. 54
    It doesn't live up to previous DeathSpank games.
  21. Oct 31, 2011
    50
    Whilst the controls ruin the combat in The Baconing, this isn't actually all there is to the game.
  22. Sep 29, 2011
    50
    If you've played the previous two Death Spank titles and enjoyed them beyond all measure, I'm sure you will delighted with The Baconing. For the rest of you, you're better off spending your time and money elsewhere.
  23. Sep 2, 2011
    50
    Its gameplay gets repetitive soon, and doesn't improve upon the original game, and the story is not as good, but it can still be enjoyable by fans of the original.
  24. Sep 9, 2011
    40
    While some fans of the first two DeathSpank games might be willing to suffer through the sub-par combat to get that next pun, others will leave The Baconing with a bad taste in their mouths. This is a game that turns its back on what made its predecessors so fun to play in the first place. If you're somehow still interested and have yet to play the first two games you'll probably have more fun with one of those.
  25. Sep 19, 2011
    33
    It certainly feels like this game was made to hit a deadline, rather than grow the franchise. I couldn't help but think it was a money-grab title.

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