Summary: Deathspank is a very funny game filled with wacky characters, strange weapons and some excellent voice acting. If you’re looking for the substance to go with the style however, you may be disappointed as the gameplay itself is shallow and generic, while the enemies are frightfully easy and there is no real A.I. to speak of.
Excerpt: The sound of cold steel slicing through a demon's rough hide... The jangle of cash as it materializes in the vicinity of your enemy's corpse... The glory of a well-placed post-battle quip... and who can forget Justice! They're equal parts of what make DeathSpank an exhilarating action-RPG, one that boasts a generous amount of humor, action, and side quests. Bear in mind that when I say 'exhilarating' I don't mean 'complex.
Excerpt: Adopting an interesting picture book aesthetic and combining it with self-aware comedy the developer, Hothead Games , give the game a very distinctive style; but DeathSpank’s unique appearance enough to set it apart?
Excerpt: Greetings, humble Reader. I am DeathSpank, a hero of heroes who’s come to these humble lands to obtain The Artifact, administer righteous justice and to give those in need the hero-ing of their life. Okay, so that’s just me typing, but that’s definitely how the character would open a review. The stoic, small-minded hero, with a very peculiar run, started life in 2004 as an in-joke on Ron Gilbert’s (he of Monkey Island fame) website Grumpy Gamer.
Excerpt: on Xbox Live? The developers that worked on those titles also developed DeathSpank, an action RPG for the Xbox Live Arcade. The game also had the creative brain of Ron Gilbert at its disposal (the creator of the Monkey Island series). The narrative is molded around a smarmy young hero named DeathSpank who is on a quest to retrieve The Artifact.
Excerpt: DeathSpank! Vanquisher of evil, dispenser of justice, and hero to the downtrodden, this mighty, thong-clad hero scours the world in search of the mysterious artifact known only as The Artifact. His journey is fraught with peril and side quests, but DeathSpank trudges forward into the wild, unphased or possibly oblivious to the dangers that lurk ahead. He is the last hope for mankind, and this is truly a disturbing prospect.