DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue Review
Xbox 360 | PS3
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System: PS3, X360 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Hothead Games 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Electronic Arts 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Sept. 21, 2010 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

You would think that with this amount of plunderage the shops would play a more important role. Unfortunately, since the majority of weapons, armors, potions and health items can be scavenged off a downed enemy, it basically negates the use of money in the game. The inventory even comes equipped with an “item grinder” that converts your possessions into their base monetary value, but it’s really only used to make room for better quality items you still wish to hold on to.

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The overall presentation of the game is unique. It gets away with using more two-dimensional textures than most games do these days because of its limited camera angles, and yet somehow it works well for itself. The game world also appears to have a slight curvature that’s easily distinguishable when wandering from place to place. Parts of the landscape rise and fall beneath the horizon line of the foreground, and it almost feels like you’re walking around a giant globe. The transitions when moving from one area to the next are nicely done as well. Colors gradually transition from day to night, depending on the area you’re in, and you’re treated to subtle environmental cues like raindrops or snowfall to acclimate the setting. Overall, there are certainly more visually appealing downloadable titles on the market, but that’s not to say DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue isn’t without its charm.

If you’re looking for a difficult game, then you may want to look elsewhere. The checkpoint system is very forgiving, as death is boiled down to respawning at the nearest outhouse. These shanty poop-shacks are widespread throughout the DeathSpank microcosm and even offer you teleportation as a means of transport. It comes in handy since the bulk of the game involves an assortment of comical fetch-quests to keep you occupied during the riddles of the main plot. The game itself is quite lengthy and can span upwards of 15-20 hours to complete, depending on if you’re one to finish many side-quests.

There is even a local cooperative aspect that might keep you and a friend entertained for a short while. It feels tacked-on, as it doesn’t include any online co-op (which would have been a very welcomed addition), and the second player is extremely limited in what he can do. The co-op characters are basically meant as a support class in RPG standards, and they’re really only good for healing themselves and killing the occasional miscellaneous foe.

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DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue is a solid release considering its $15 price tag, hours of gameplay, and vast amounts of hilarity. The quality voice acting is spot on with its comedic timing, and the overall look of the game is very unique. There were a few frame rate issues that were experienced intermittently and the lack of a decent co-op mode was disappointing. Action-RPG fans will certainly have fun with this release, although it’s similar to the original, and if you’re into thongs and “role-playing” then this game is a win-win.

By James Trujillo
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.3
Graphics
Two-dimensional textures work well to keep the environment free of loading screens, in addition to giving the game a unique visual style.
4.5
Control
Custom button-mapping allows the player to execute combos easily and plan precise strategies when going into battle.
4.8
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The sound and music add subtle depth and believability to the environments, while the voice acting is witty and charismatic.
4.8
Play Value
Some may or may not have fun with two player co-op, which is a bit limited, but a very lengthy single-player experience will more than suffice, especially for a downloadable console title.
4.7
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue is filled to bursting with hundreds of weapons, armor sets, witty dialogue, improbable scenarios, unexpected villains, and challenging bosses.
  • DeathSpank: T.O.V. puts players in the mighty boots of DeathSpank in his quest to destroy the six mystical thongs which have corrupted those who wear them, and thus the universe.
  • Players will travel through war-torn countrysides, outer space, and even the North Pole in an epic battle against an Evil Santa, collecting tons of loot along the way.
  • DeathSpank T.O.V. also includes a local co-op mode, allowing a second player to help in the search for the thongs with either of his two trusty sidekicks, Sparkles the Wizard or Ninjatastic Steve.
  • Created by Ron Gilbert, the legendary mind behind Monkey Island, DeathSpank is the rarest of the rare: an honestly funny, fun video game.


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