Deathspank: The Baconing

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The Baconing

The Baconing

The frying game.

Although it's Ron Gilbert's adventure game legacy that you see in the dialogue trees and the fetch quests, and the tiniest, most primitive shard of Diablo's design shines through in the looting, I like to think that the secret influence on DeathSpank has always been Sergio Aragones.

The Spanish cartoonist has a real legacy at places like Mad Magazine, where he's helped to forge a rich bloodline of brave and idiotic heroes. Like DeathSpank, they have long, bendy legs and barrel bodies, and their faces are contorted with moronic concentration. Like DeathSpank, they spend a lot of time getting things wrong in the name of doing things right.

Mad Magazine's snarky strain of anarchy flows right through the DeathSpank games, in fact, whether the hero's collecting magical underpants or piecing together a dangerously hot Taco to placate a stubborn villager. In The Baconing, the latest instalment, he's burning the fabled Thongs of Virtue one by one in order to defeat a dangerous AntiSpank he accidentally brought to life.

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EU PlayStation Store update 31st August

EU PlayStation Store update 31st August

The Baconing! Bodycount! Resistance 3!

Downloadable DeathSpank threequel The Baconing headlines this week's EU PlayStation Store update. As part of Sony's PlayStation Network Play promotion, co-op character Roesha comes unlocked.

The plot picks up from part two, with DeathSpank's dabbling with the Thongs of Virtue causing the appearance of an evil clone, the Anti-Spank, which must be defeated.

PlayStation 3 owners get a demo of Codemasters' destructible shooter Bodycount, while access to the Resistance 3 multiplayer beta opens up to all.

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The Baconing gets XBLA release date

The Baconing gets XBLA release date

Deathspank follow-up out this month.

Deathspank follow-up The Baconing hits Xbox Live Arcade on 31st August, according to Joystiq.

That's the same day as it arrives on PS3, as part of Sony's recently announced Summer of Arcade rival, PlayStation Network Play.

A price hasn't been confirmed yet, though the first two Deathspank games both sold for 1200 Points.

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Sony announces Summer of Arcade rival

Sony announces Summer of Arcade rival

Meet PlayStation Network Play.

Sony has just announced a rival to Microsoft's Summer of Arcade promotion, called PlayStation Network Play.

Similar to the XBLA offer, it contains four games released on Wednesdays at weekly intervals. Buying all four nets you a fifth, free.

Play begins on 24th August with the launch of Street Fighter III Third Strike Online Edition. 31st August brings DeathSpank threequel The Baconing.

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DeathSpank: The Baconing announced

DeathSpank: The Baconing announced

Due on PC, PSN, XBLA this Summer.

A third dose of the OTT RPG DeathSpank franchise lands on PC, PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade this summer, developer Hothead Games has announced.

Subtitled The Baconing, it apparently tasks you with seeking out the Fires of Bacon and destroying the evil power of the thongs.

You can expect four new bosses to face off against, a new sidekick called Bob from Marketing and a number of new locations to explore, including The Forest of Tomorrow and Barnacle Lake.

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