Greetings readers! I am Deathspank, Hero of the Heroes, the Centre of the Universe, my Centre of Gravity IS the centre of gravity. Call on me and I shall do justice!
OK that’s just me typing, but this is how the ‘hero’ Deathspank sounds. OK. Not really.
So I’m finally done with Deathspank, just took me a days. Didn’t really take long. Its a short game for an action RPG.
One thing I noticed through the 8-9 hours (yes, its pretty short, even with all the side quests) I put in this game, is that the game doesn’t take itself very seriously. Even the hero Deathspank doesnt take himself that seriously. And the secret source to his power, is…., wait for it……, his thong! See what I mean?
So in this game, basically you’re given quests which mainly involve exploring fire caves, dungeons, ghosts towns, forests, dams, orc camps, spider nettings etc. in order to gain an important item you need to secure the ‘Artifact.’ Then there are the side quests, which is basically collect certain items by killing creatures for a citizen, who then gifts you with armour, cash, weapons or potions. The game tries to be fresh all times, but that just means altering the set-an-setting, creatures and background music. Throughout the game, its more of a ‘Get this item for me’ and then you go fight and bring back the item and kabam, next quest, same scenario!
Gamers looking for serious hardcore action role playing wont really expect this straight forwardness much, plus, the game is also more on the easy side. I started with Normal difficulty and as soon as I had done a few extra side quests and was above the average level of the enemies, destroying them is a breeze. Even the boss’. Oh and the final boss, is really really easy.
But hey, sometimes it does call for us to look past these factors and enjoy the game for what it is, right? Well, that’s exactly how Deathspank wants us to treat this game. What I found absolutely AWESOME was the dialogue play between Deathspank and his summoners. Its incredibly and smartly humorous, and the humour includes taking all the cultural fabs of these days, like, World of Warcraft addiction, Google based knowledge, Wikipedia fanatics, Movie-buffs-having-review-blogs-who-think-they’ve-seen-what-no-one-hasn’t, Lady Gaga etc. One would think how do these things fit in in a fantasy medieval world? Well, thats the point, dont take this game seriously, for your own good! I remember this once my character was having a conversation with this young Orc working in a museum, so I asked him what movies has he been watching recently, and he goes on about the movie and how it had ‘continuity’ issues and how it was influenced by the Tarantino school of thought. You gotta appreciate the writers of this game for putting in humour with a certain bent of mind, because they ‘assumed’ (and they were right!) that only gaming geeks would pick up this game.
All over this game was a fun experience. Having a nice inventory with nice flashy weapons and armour and potions is really satisfying. Deathspank does justify itself that ways by saying its a game where ‘Diablo meets Escape From Monkey Island.’ And obnoxious heroes are always funny. A little on the shorter side and the missions could have been better with added variety, by hey what the heck, I still enjoyed.
So now the sequel to the game, Deathspank: Thongs of Virtue is out, and I’m gonna play that as a side game to my current game Dragon Age: Origins. The name ‘Thongs of Virtue’ already hints about what the sequel is going to be about, and I’m actually kind of excited.
GAMEPLAY – 7
Nothing much to it. Simple interface. Simple learning curve. Straight forward ‘fight and collect’ missions.
PRESENTAION – 8
Unique art style. Distinct regions. From pink coloured Haunted Forests to yellow blazing caves.
GRAPHICS – 7
3D characters and creatures, 2D sceneries. Again, there isnt really much you could expect. Graphics are good for what the game’s philosophy is.
STORY – 8
Its Fun. Funny. Slap Stick. And Obnoxious. Typical ‘Oh I’m the strongest Hero and I need to fight and I will win’ story, but the way its told is really appreciable.
SOUND – 7
Nice soundtrack. More on the uptempo side, and really ‘soapy’ when it comes to those emotional parts. In a funny way.
OVERALL – 7
Many of us have a fetish for levelling up and collecting loots. This game fulfils that. Plus, obviously, the humour.