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Game Chronicles (Sep 19, 2011)
If you were looking for the next out of this world action-RPG, The Baconing should be your next purchase, only costing about 15$ with its amazing characters and wacky humor I found this to be one of the better Deathspank games I have played. The graphics are great, the sound is awesome and the story is unbelievable until you have played through it yourself. With only 10 hour of gameplay I found it to be just long enough so it didn’t get as repetitive as some other RPG games.
PlayStation Lifestyle (Sep 01, 2011)
The Baconing manages to stay as funny and engaging throughout the entire game. Essentially, it is the same game as the previous two, so if you had enough of the gameplay of the first two games, then The Baconing will feel like more level grinding. Anyone who decides to play through the game for the story will find that the quest system has been improved and there is significantly less backtracking. After putting in over 50 hours across all three games in the DeathSpank series, the games can feel a little like World of Warcraft with all the level grinding and loot gathering, but the story and humor of Hothead games is worth having to kill all those stoopid chickens.
75 (Sep 21, 2011)
Toll, Applaus, juchhe! Das Dauergrinsen schmerzt so wie es gut tut, denn DeathSpank ulkt sich ohne Ermüdungserscheinungen durch die Science-Fiction-Idiotie - es gibt kaum eine bessere Gelegenheit, den Tag mit Gamepad in der Hand ausklingen zu lassen. Aber mal ehrlich, Jungs: Jetzt ist der Drops gelutscht! So munter DeathSpanks Mundwerk motzt, so müde wirkt er nämlich im banalen Haudrauf-Stakkato. Das umständliche Hin und Her im Rucksack muss bald Geschichte sein und in Anbetracht der entfesselten Absurdität verträgt auch die spielerische Klasse mehr Esprit als „Geh hier, hau da!“. Ja, dem Anti-Spank müssen echte Spanker noch trotzen - für eine kleine Weile noch darf so viel Liebe einfach ein kleines bisschen blind machen. Danach hat's sich aber ausgeblödelt.
PSX Extreme (Sep 03, 2011)
The Baconing is a competent, fun, and mostly diverse title with plenty of kooky humor. It’s a decent option for those who never played DeathSpank, and if you did play the first game, you’ll probably like the similarities found in the sequel. Yeah, the weapons aren’t all great, you can die quite a bit, and the repetitiveness gets irksome, but I have to say, it’s still funny and it’s still solid in terms of mechanics. DeathSpank is one of those likeable characters that can start to chafe over time, but come on…with that name, he’s always allowed to kick ass and take names.
Digital Chumps (Sep 04, 2011)
The Baconing exposes DeathSpank's diminishing returns. It remains a solid, well built game, but Hothead Games doesn't seem to notice (or care) that they've essentially made the same game three times.
RPG Site (Jan 18, 2012)
If you're willing to push through the problems, The Baconing treats you to a wonderfully creative storybook world that feels unique in an industry drowning in copy-and-paste design ideas and too many "me, too" titles. Overall vibrant aesthetics and offbeat humor make the game incredibly likable and undeniably fun, even without Ron Gilbert's influence this time around. It seems such a shame that there's just so much hideously dull rock to dig through to get to that pristine diamond at the center.
IGN (Sep 01, 2011)
When deciding whether or not to pick up The Baconing you should consider how you felt about Thongs of Virtue. If all you want to do is play more DeathSpank, then this will certainly do the trick. For me, once was apparently enough. If you’re a DeathSpank virgin and like loot-based hack ‘n slash games, give The Baconing a try before you buy.
I'm not usually angry at a developer for giving us more of the same, but The Baconing somehow manages to be less of the same. It's a DeathSpank that just isn't as enjoyable as the previous DeathSpank titles. It's tedious, unfair, and just not very much fun for any reason other than its humor. Perhaps DeathSpank has worn out its welcome. I mean, there are only so many poop jokes you can hear before they stop being funny. Still, as a personal fan of DeathSpank and DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue, I was disappointed in The Baconing. Sure, it's only $15, but I expected a bit more for my money.