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64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 37
  2. Negative: 4 out of 37
  1. Sep 6, 2011
    66
    The Baconing is a fun game for fans of the series but it doesn't improve upon the original game.
  2. Sep 28, 2011
    35
    The Baconing isn't completely devoid of enjoyment; occasionally you may stumble upon a fun weapon or two, such as poison arrows or a flamethrower, and the experience system allows you to choose what kind of bonuses to receive with each Level Up (such as faster speed, more health, etc). But without the laughs to back up the mediocre gameplay, not to mention the ludicrous difficulty, it might be time to bring out the oversized shepherd's hook and pull Deathspank off the stage.
  3. 54
    It doesn't live up to previous DeathSpank games.
  4. Oct 7, 2011
    65
    For fans of the DeathSpank games, The Baconing will be 1200 Microsoft points well spent and continues on exactly where the second game left off but this doesn't mean new players will have to play the previous games to understand what's going on. If you like your bacon and thongs sprinkled with some fantastic humour, then look no further than The Baconing!
  5. 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.
  6. Oct 10, 2011
    60
    With three DeathSpank games in a period of one year, Hothead Games wore out the formula very quickly. This hero needs some rest.
  7. 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.
  8. Sep 19, 2011
    70
    If you haven't already delved into the Deathspank universe, The Baconing is definitely worth checking out for its humour and zany cartoony feel. However, those already familiar with Spanktopia should be advised that they have already played this game, it just went by a different name.
  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. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 50
    The Baconing is practically the same game as the Deathspank ones, but without Ron Gilberts surrealistic writing, it just isn't as much fun anymore.
  13. 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.
  14. Oct 18, 2011
    70
    Fun, but not quite funny enough, and it leaves us still yearning for the hearty chuckles and charm that came so effortlessly before. [Nov 2011, p.120]
  15. Sep 1, 2011
    65
    A strong sense of deja vu and poorly balanced combat loom over The Baconing, but smart puzzles and humorous dialogue entertain throughout.
  16. Sep 21, 2011
    80
    The Baconing should be top of any gamers list if they are looking for a fun and amusing hack n slash game to fill their time.
  17. 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.
  18. Sep 27, 2011
    72
    DeathSpank: The Baconing can't quite keep up with it's predecessors. The fresh wind of justice has grown a bit stale with a 'more of the same' stink. Various blemishes can't entirely disfigure the heroic face of justice: it's still a solid game at the core.
  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. Sep 2, 2011
    60
    Still, it's a generally fun romp, so let's close on a high note: the ending sets the stage for a sequel with plenty of scope for fantastic areas. If Hothead continues to work on the gameplay side of things and gets the environment back up to par, we'll be in for something truly spectacular next time.
  21. Aug 31, 2011
    40
    By obscuring their comedic voice under a fog of poorly (and frequently) implemented combat and a still-questionable inventory, it's difficult to enjoy DeathSpank's new adventure. That genuinely funny experience that DeathSpank once represented is still around; it just takes a little too much hacking, slashing and digging to get to it.
  22. Sep 30, 2011
    60
    Funny characters and plot but repetitive and combat that lacks finesse.
  23. Sep 8, 2011
    70
    Virtually no changes have been made between this game and the last in the series. While not wholly bad, unfortunate omissions like online play and a revamped combat system will leave fans of the series (and of action RPGs in general), wanting more. DeathSpank has a penchant for the epic, but so far his games have been average.
  24. Sep 7, 2011
    62
    Well-designed puzzles mixed with a never seen combat difficulty: if all you want to do is play more DeathSpank action, then this will certainly do the job.
  25. Sep 12, 2011
    69
    If you want more DeathSpank, or if you haven't tried him before, then The Baconing is old fashioned gaming with a comedic twist. But, if you've played the other games, don't expect too much different.
  26. 60
    It has some excellent bits, but we're exhausted by the series' rapid-fire release schedule. [Oct 2011, p.82]
  27. 60
    It'd make a great TV show, though. [Nov 2011, p.107]
  28. Oct 10, 2011
    85
    Deathspank's third adventure is full of crazy comedy, wicked dialog and witty locations. Despite the obvious design flaws, this game is really refresing experience, when compared to other representatives of the action RPG genre. The catch of this game is the script. The somewhat outdated game mechanics are there just to back it up. [Oct 2011]
  29. Nov 11, 2011
    80
    The gameplay hasn't really changed, but it's more than serviceable and will keep you entertained as you make your way from punchline to punchline. If you're in the market for some cheap laughs, this game is an easy recommendation.
  30. Sep 1, 2011
    70
    It's a fun game that fans of the original two are sure to enjoy, but there's absolutely no reason for anyone not fond of the first ones to play The Baconing, nor is there any reason for new players to jump in at The Baconing rather than the original game.
  31. Sep 18, 2011
    67
    Questing and combat problems aside, there are some truly inspired environments here, like the interior of an obsolete super-computer and the home of a literally nuclear family. Those, combined with more tip-top voice acting courtesy of Michael Dobson, are enough to give some punch to this parody, even if the joke's starting to wear a little thin.
  32. Sep 6, 2011
    60
    The Baconing's witty, daft and fun, but also doesn't do enough to improve on the faults of the previous entries in the series, and in some cases pushes those issues to the forefront. The bacon is now well cooked and about to burn.
  33. 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.
  34. Nov 14, 2011
    60
    It's just so uninspired in so many ways. [Issue#77, p.101]
  35. If anything, the fighting is more frustrating than ever. [Dec 2011, p.111]
  36. Sep 16, 2011
    80
    For the third time in a row, the DeathSpank franchise proves that there's much laughter to be had in a dungeon crawler, aside from the massive monster slaughting. If you can look past the lack of originality, you will immerse in a fifteen hour adventure that's both addictive and humorous.
  37. Sep 9, 2011
    72
    Overall the quirky storyline and the witty dialogue help push The Baconing above the label of 'Another boring button masher'. Those that played the first two games may feel that they have had their fill of Spanktopia; but as a first time visitor, I found it to be a very enjoyable game.
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Sep 6, 2011
    9
    The Baconning is a Deathspank game. Things haven't degraded or improved much at all. I LOVE these games they filled to the brim with stupidThe Baconning is a Deathspank game. Things haven't degraded or improved much at all. I LOVE these games they filled to the brim with stupid nonsense that makes me laugh. Their influence lightens the garbage in my head and makes me happier for weeks. The gameplay is OK hack it up as a delivery method for loads of random and cynical humor. Two early weapons: Unicorn Head, description "Taste the rainbow, HARD" , Hand Claws, description "Makes you the best at what you do, but nobody else does it" You are everybody's quest **** "genocide must occur", hero for damn near anything. Try the demo, the game is just like that for 10 hours. 7 for quality/price. 9 for me. NEIN!!! Full Review »
  2. Oct 25, 2011
    8
    I just wanted to throw in my two cents on a game that somehow only has one other user review but i just wanted to remind people that if i loveI just wanted to throw in my two cents on a game that somehow only has one other user review but i just wanted to remind people that if i love deathspank (1 or 2) then they'll love this too. i suppose at this point the critics are trying to mark it down simply for using the same formula 3 times in a row, but these are $10-15 games not 60 dollar cash grabs. they are definitely among the funniest games on xbla and psn, the action won't blow your mind but the entire package is too charming and hilarious to completely dismiss. the first two games scored in the high 70's on metacritic and this one is holding in the 60's range but the only reason i can think of is that it's simply the same formula. and anyone who truly loves deathspank isn't playing it for the visceral combat or brutal violence or intensity. it's just a hilarious change of pace that i definitely appreciate. a 4th one in a row just like this might possibly be pushing it, but that doesn't mean the first 3 are bad in the least. Full Review »