DeathSpank Xbox 360

Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 59 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 59
  2. Negative: 0 out of 59
  1. Long, funny, original and addictive, DeathSpank manages to make one forget its little weaknesses and have a smile.
  2. X-ONE Magazine UK
    70
    DeathSpank's going to thrill some as much as it will frustrate others. [Issue#62,p.101]
  3. In many ways, it's a success in showing how comedy can be used to make once-exciting game genres interesting again, but fails to come full circle as a finished product.
  4. DeathSpank's mishmash of genres is definitely entertaining at first, but it never manages to live up to its appealing concept. It's trying to combine the best parts of two beloved genres, but in doing so it creates a product that's not as good as either.
  5. For one of the rare games that actually made me feel like I wasted my time after playing it, I did enjoy the ride.
  6. Deathspank is a solid and eminently playable slice of RPG gaming, and fans of Diablo, Baldur's Gate and the like might truly enjoy the opportunity to play a lightweight comedy homage to past favourites.
  7. Jan 15, 2011
    64
    DeathSpank has stylish "paper cut-outs" as characters and scenery (which are especially impressive at a full HD resolution on PC), sharp dialogue, and nice music – it only needs thought-out gameplay to succeed. The game is hardly worth a second playthrough, and that's a death warrant for any aspiring Diablo clone.
  8. 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.
  9. While it's an uneven experience, the action works well enough and the game's sense of humor hits often enough to make it come together pretty well. Unfortunately, it also gets a bit monotonous, largely due to some repetitive quest design.
  10. When the curtain falls DeathSpank feels like something of a disappointment, but there's undoubtedly a market for the end product. If you like your loot-'em-ups, and you're looking for something humorous and a bit different, this is clearly the game for you. Just don't expect it to sparkle in the way which many, myself included, hoped that it would.
  11. Not as daring as you'd hope in terms of gameplay or humour, but this Diablo parody has its moments.
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 100 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Aug 25, 2010
    8
    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 greatI 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. Full Review »
  2. Aug 28, 2010
    5
    DeathSpank is painfully average. The graphics are nice and the dialogue can be funny. However the gameplay is just way too monotonous. EvenDeathSpank 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. Full Review »
  3. Aug 23, 2011
    10
    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, allFor 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. Full Review »