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In the end, both Thongs of Virtue and its predecessor are quite straightforward parodies of the gaming industry and many aspects of real life, modern or from the past. It’s a simple game, without gameplay complexities, extraordinary AI or difficult tactics, quick reflexes on the mouse and plenty of life potions being enough for a victory. The fights, plenty monsters and loot mix, plus the irony, humor and the crazy graphics are motivating enough to make you forget the generic missions. And since the technical aspect isn’t that demanding, there are no bugs, those from the previous game being resolved (items that couldn’t be picked up). But what actually recommends DeathSpank? Just like with the older Torchlight, it’s the passion, the soul that comes straight from the games of old, when the dollars weren’t more important than a satisfied customer. So don’t hesitate to help out the Dispenser of Justice, you’ll get guaranteed relaxation and humor.
If you enjoyed the first DeathSpank, you're gonna love Thongs of Virtue. It's just as addictive, just as pretty, and I dare say it's even a little funnier. Fans of quests and, more importantly, sidequests will find more missions here than they know what to do with. Hopefully this won't be the last we see of DeathSpank.
For a quick sequel, Deathspank: Thongs of Virtue does a lot of things right. The change of setting gives the game far more charm and personality than the first DeathSpank, and the humor is still fairly good, if a little hit-and-miss. If you liked the original DeathSpank, Thongs of Virtue is definitely worth checking out, even if the bland fantasy setting turned you away the first time. Just remember that this is a game that gets by on charm and humor, not gameplay.
The larger scope of Thongs of Virtue makes it a great second entry, but when comparing it to the first, the lack of improvements put it in a bad position. It’s definitely still a worthy title, but it would have been even better had there been more time between releases and some much needed improvements were made. Those who had no problems with the first should pick it up without question. For everyone else, be sure to try it first to see if it’s right for you.
Thongs of Virtue ist länger, witziger und abwechslungsreicher als der erste Teil. Also schlicht besser. Und auch wenn das zweite Abenteuer des trotteligen Haudraufs ans erste anschließt, braucht man keine Vorkenntnisse der Geschichte, um Spaß zu haben. Die vielen Anspielungen auf Filme, Bücher und den ganz normalen Alltagswahnsinn unterhalten auch so ganz prächtig. Für einen weiteren Deathspank-Teil wünsche ich mir lediglich ein etwas ausgebauteres Charaktersystem. Oder wahlweise mehr von dem brillanten Humor eines Deathspank für Diablo 3. Ich fürchte aber, da kann ich in beiden Fällen warten, bis ich schwarz werde.
The game is still only $15, and you’ll get your money’s worth out of it. With the good combat and funny dialog exchanges, you’ll still find the game enjoyable in small chunks. If you’re a PC gamer and you enjoy Diablo and Torchlight style games, I’d still say drop the money down on it. There’s still some fun to be had.