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December 24, 2010

DeathSpank

Filed under: Action & Shooter, Adventure & RPG, Macintosh, Other, Paid, Playstation, Windows, XBoxNina S. @ 05:11

The same developer who made Monkey Island made Deathspank. That really should be enough of a reason to play it but I did not actually know that the first time I picked it up. To be honest, the real reason I bought this game (yes, I do mean bought) is because it was beautiful. I was flipping through a number of screenshots and just, on a whim, ended up looking through these. I have been proven wrong quite a few times but I still believe that no one would make a game look this beautiful, take that much time, and then give me a crappy end product. Therefore, I took a chance and bought it.

Boy, am I happy I did. Deathspank was a wonderful game filled with charmingly funny characters, interesting conversation, and a fighting system that did not bore me to tears.

Now, if you did play Monkey Island you probably expect a certain degree of humor for this game. I do not know what I would have done if the game had not been funny (I probably would have cried myself to sleep) but thankfully, we don’t have to find out. The game continues with that wit and fail that we all know and love.

Now, besides the aesthetics and the humor this is still a fantastic game. You play as a person named Deathspank (go figure), who is on a quest to find an Artifact. The way he goes about doing this is somewhat different from what you may expect from an RPG. It is not so much hacking apart a few bosses and gathering items as much as it is…doing people favors. Some of which involve hacking up monsters, but that is unimportant.

I am not entirely sure if I am disappointed that our hero in this game is not really much of a hero or if I find the change refreshing. I think, for the most part, I am glad that Deathspank is a little bit more of himself and a bit less…well, Link. Strong characters are hard to find these days but I think we have found one for sure within our hapless Deathspank.

The world that Deathspank lives in is a great wide one. You can find dozens of side quests, though they do get a little monotonous after a while, hook up with friends, or just wander around killing things. Which doesn’t really further the story but I enjoy a little mindless death from time to time, so take that evil unicorn!

DeathSpank

 ★★★★★ 

Gameplay:★★★★★ 
Technical:★★★★¾ 
Humor and carnage, what’s better than that?

Game: DeathSpank | Developer: Hothead Games

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