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Electronic Arts
Hothead Games
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XBox 360, PS3
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DeathSpank is a downloadable action RPG from Hothead games, designed by the legendary Ron Gilbert, who worked on the two funniest Monkey Island games (that's the first two, naturally). The plot revolves around DeathSpank - hero, legend, thong-wearer - and his quest for the mysterious artefact; mainly mysterious because no one knows what it does. Along the way, he clashes with the musical (and evil) Lord Van Prong and a cast of colourful characters just waiting to be undowntrodden-ed...

The game mixes equal parts RPG and Adventure games along with a healthy dose of humour and some wonderful pop up storybook visuals into an ever so slightly odd whole. An adventure-standard inventory provides for some simple fetch and combine puzzles and you'll spend most of the rest of the game chatting to the massive, fully voiced cast in quippy conversations that will remind you LucasArts used to make games that we actually funny.

There are some minor faults along the way - finding missions can be a chore thanks to the largely unhelpful map and lack of waypoints or onscreen help for where to go next but it's rare you'll be stuck for some minor or major mission to pursue. The game is also surprisingly tough, especially if you venture on some main quests before you've put in some serious level grinding time.

8 Stars
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