DeathSpank crushes PSN

PlayStation Store Update: Hothead's comic-action RPG now available to download next to helicopter adventure game Landit Bandit; heap of NCAA Football 11 add-on content also available.

The past two weeks have treated the Sony faithful well. Modern Warfare 2's Resurgence map pack arrived last week and the PlayStation Plus premium service launched the week prior. Though not as heavily laden as the two week's prior, today's update still brings Hothead Games' DeathSpank and a stack of NCAA Football 11 content.

Arguably the most prominent release for the PlayStation 3 this week is DeathSpank ($14.99). In the action role-playing game, players drop into the boots of protagonist DeathSpank, a character who embarks upon a violent adventure in search of a mysterious object known as The Artifact. Throughout the tale, players will encounter an assortment of enemies and can equip looted armor and weapons from the fallen foes. The game is a product of Monkey Island creator Ron Gilbert, who has since left Hothead.

Graveyards are for fighting and dying.

Also available for the PS3 this week is Landit Bandit ($9.99). From Bearded Ladies (a five-man development studio), this title calls itself the creator of the "semi-casual-retro-chopper-adventure" genre. The game is centered around heroes Marley and Lander and takes place in 20 unique levels. The game features both single-player and two-player split-screen cooperative campaign play, as well as online leaderboards.

On the add-on content front, NCAA Football 11 received mounds of additional digital wares to play with. The NCAA Power Pack ($29.99) adds each team's Dynasty Time Saver, the Online Pass, the ability to save 120 TeamBuilder teams, and more. Additional NCAA Football 11 content is available at prices ranging from $.99 to $14.99.

Only one PSP game was made available this week and that title is Groovin' Blocks PSP ($9.99). The gem-matching puzzle game incorporates music into its 50 unique levels. Additionally, the game sports 20 distinct songs and three difficulty settings.

Switching to demos, Sony added trials for Activision's arcade racer Blur and DeathSpank for those who wish to try before purchase. The Blur demo is multiplayer-only, and it was not noted what the parameters of the DeathSpank demo are.

For the music-game fans, Guitar Hero welcomes three songs from Avenged Sevenfold, and Rock Band receives five tunes from The Vines and one from Sweet Billy Pilgrim.

A full list of the week's deals and new PlayStation Store content, including themes, wallpapers, demos, discounts, and add-on content, is available on the PlayStation Blog.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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12 comments
sturshel
sturshel

as you read this.....it's a downloading.........

shentonio
shentonio

Hmmm didn't know there was a Deathspank demo, will definitely give it a go. I've still got a few squid or so left in my PS3 wallet, so all the more reason to get it if it's good!

gbrading
gbrading moderator

Good to hear it is doing well, especially since it is a Ron Gilbert creation. :)

Pete5506
Pete5506

I hear DeathSpank is pretty good, I will have to get it a go

GM-Lucra
GM-Lucra

I didnt think i would enjoy Deathspank as much as I did. After playing the demo this is definitely a buy for me. @Muisee How is $14.99 for a game thats 15 hrs long to much. 15 hrs is more than a lot of the newer games that are coming out for 59.99. To me this seems like a heck of a deal.

nas6192003
nas6192003

I would just like to be able to buy a game from the PS store. Sony tells me to wait that the servers are too busy, but five days is getting a tad bit ridiculous IMO. EA is lame selling stuff the day a game comes out, just add most of it to the game you did little work on sorrya$$es.

slimdave21
slimdave21

I played the demo today, this game is awesome!

SethandJeremy
SethandJeremy

Guybrush came last week and now DeathSpank. All I got to say is thank you Ron Gilbert.

Muisee
Muisee

DeathSpank looks great and I was looking forward to it for months, until I found out there would not be online co-op and it would be $14.99 for 15 hours of gameplay... No thanks.