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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] 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. 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. 89
    There is only one way to really do justice to DeathSpank and that is to quote one of the game's characters. In the words of Annie the Orphan: "I love you Daddy DeathSpank."
  3. As a single-player game, though, DeathSpank really shines. The addictive nature of leveling up and looting treasure chests and fallen enemies is here in spades, not to be missed by fans of the genre. It's also one of the better-looking and most polished titles in the digital space.
  4. Some of the jokes can be hit or miss, and the inventory management system leaves something to be desired but DeathSpank is a well presented, highly amusing loot-crawling adventure.
  5. If you got it bad for the Monkey Island franchise, DeathSpank might just be the game for you! With great graphics and a hilarious dialouge, one just can't go wrong with this action RPG.
  6. A solid debut for a great new hero, with belly laughs to match the brawling. [Oct 2010, p.77]
  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: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Aug 23, 2011
    For me, this and its sequel are some of the best arcade games available. I have no complaints other than it can get stale after a while, all of the quests can feel like the same thing over and over. However, the humor in this game is spot on, the game play is fluid, and the characters are most certainly memorable. Definitely worth a purchase, one of the 1200 MS purchases I have not regretted. Expand
  2. May 1, 2011
    A thoroughly enjoyable little game featuring exceptional humor, fun gameplay and plenty of quests! I had a great time wasting a weekend with this game. Superb voice acting and a lot of laughs I'll remember for a good while. I definitely smell a replay down the road. Expand
  3. Aug 25, 2010
    I don't see how anyone gives this game a zero. Is it easy? Yes It it the best RPG out there? Of course not. Is it fun? Yes. This is a great game to just goof off in. It makes fun of RPG's without totally taking you of the fun of playing it. Someone not naming names(GG) stated that the grinder gets tedious. Even if you had to get rid of 30 items you could grind them all in less then a minute and a half. How many times have we played games where we had to kill creatures that had done no harm to us for over five hours just to level. Me thinks GG is new to RPG's otherwise he could find something better to whine about. Look I will give you some reasons to play the game and some reasons not too. Reasons not too include short game. You can be finished in less then five hours. Armor selection. Once you reach a high level there is one armor(Dragon). Crossbows, only a few decent ones in game. Side Quest most side quest in the game are very simple. Dumb Humor this game is full of Airplane/SpaceBalls/Naked Gun humor. It is all better then (Insert Wayan's Brother's movie Here). While I put those as reasons not to play in truth those were some reasons I was excited about getting into the game. Reasons to play Fun, It is like going to the movies Sometimes you just want to enjoy and not have to think like crazy. Artistic , how many other games do you have to collect Unicorn Poop? Coop has been wonderful. My wife basically makes it her job to not get hit and continue healing me. She has fun and I have fun. This game was not designed to be Oblivion or Dragon Age it was designed to be quick easy fun. Is it the best game you will ever play? no Is it worth it for only $15.00 HECK YEA P.S. Don't listen to grumpy cause he's grumpy. Expand
  4. Mar 6, 2011
    DeathSpank may not be the best RPG out there but the hilarious story and characters will immediately pull you in, the graphics are beautiful, a true work of art, and the gameplay is pure enjoyable hack and slash, there are a lot of weapons and items to find and experiment with, the main problem with this game is that throughout it all you will be doing are fetch quests, which get tedious after a while, but this is still a fun game I can recommend. Expand
  5. Aug 28, 2010
    DeathSpank is painfully average. The graphics are nice and the dialogue can be funny. However the gameplay is just way too monotonous. Even the story missions force you to grind. You'll always be changing weapons and most weapons have a special unique skill. This would be nice if you could choose to use these skills when you need to and not whenever you press the attack button. It's flawed, but it's opened the door for a hopefully better sequel. Expand

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