Faulty's scorecard :-1) Essential purchase2) Recommended purchase
3) Recommended purchase during a sale4) Not recommended unless heavily discounted5) Not even recommended for Steam game collectors
SANTA CLAUSE MUST DIE!
*Note this game was completed playing offline
Deathspank: Thongs of Virtue is the second game in a series of games from creator Ron Gilbert - the man who gave us Monkey Island - and is best described as a humorous hack and slash Diablo clone where you get to drop one liners like anvils atop the heads of your enemies, rescue the poor and defenseless with wit as razor sharp as a butter knife and stack up on Tacos - lots and lots of tacos. Depending on the kind of sense of humor you harbor at your port you are either going to find the comedy on display here hilariously funny or ear-achingly awful. I fell into the later camp when it came to the first game in the series finding Deathspank a rather pale imitation of Guybrush Threepwood and just plain thoroughly annoying.
The first game in the series also did little to spice things up from the stock standard fair one would find in these kinds of hack and slash role playing games where you hunted down the evil and nefarious Lord Von Prong so that you could strip him of his corrupting thong - a thong imbued with all manners of fantastical powers- and while passably playable was not something I would have outright recommended unless you are a die hard fan of silly comedy or harbor an affinity for these kinds of Diablo clones. Having bought the series as part of a bundle deal during one of the Steam sales and now having played the second adventure, Thongs of Virtue, you are pretty much getting the same experience as the first adventure. That being said Thongs of Virtue is marginally better than the first game even though it is still pretty much a carbon copy as you set out on yet another series of quests to reclaim the remaining thongs of power.http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=471836666
While the humor is still hit and miss for me this is the first game I have played that tasked me with killing Santa Claus - yes you read that right - SANTA CLAUSE - so surely that must score it some extra points right? Indeed it does. Thongs of Virtue also introduces a manner of environments not typically seen in fantasy action role playing games such a battlefields and war-zones with guns and bazookas (which you can equip) and napalm. There are also robots from the future that shoot lasers. While this might all sound ridiculous on paper this hodgepodge of genres intersecting with typical fantasy tropes actually ends up working in Thongs of Virtues favor. Deathspank, unfortunately, still remains an irritating and very talkative buffoon with silly quips for almost everything that at times I was incredibly thankful for mute buttons. Thongs of Virtue also scores points for ending with a rather delicious twist that I can safely say I never say coming.
Combat remains practically unchanged where you attack enemies with any one of the four weapons you can have equipped at any given time. Certain weapons have the ability to unleash a powerful attack when your justice meter is full. Your justice meter is increased by dishing out homicidal justice to cowboys, aliens, leprechauns, pirates, ninjas, unicorns, dinosaurs, robots from the future, Santa Clause, elves and poor defenseless rabbits.http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=471837536
Deathspank: Thongs of Virtue is a goofy adventure that refuses to take anything seriously and if you take it on its own terms you are bound to find something in here to keep you amused. As a game it is structurally better put together than its predecessor and while I am still struggling to find much love for Deathspank himself, the adventure on display here is a competent one.
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