RATING INFORMATION  

DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue

Platform: Macintosh, Windows PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

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Content Descriptors: Blood, Cartoon Violence, Crude Humor, Mild Language, Sexual Themes, Use of Alcohol

Rating Summary:

This is an action-adventure/role-playing game in which players assume the role of a hero (DeathSpank) on a quest to retrieve six mystical thongs. Along the way, players can solve puzzles, complete whimsical quests, interact with townspeople, and battle an assortment of monsters. Players use axes, swords, bazookas, and laser guns to hack-and-slash and shoot a variety of 'cartoony' undead soldiers, jungle beasts, leprechauns, dragons, and giant chickens. Splashes of blood appear when enemies are hit, sometimes leaving stains of blood on the ground. Some quests require players to collect excrement and manure from different creatures (e.g., 'I need several Bearalope droppings'). Players can also encounter boss characters (e.g., 'Plaid Pete') that are drunk and who speak in a slurred manner (e.g., 'I be gotten it just the ways I like it! Hic!'); the screen turns purple and starts to tilt, as if the user is getting inebriated. During the course of the game, the central character discusses fees and services with a female prostitute (e.g., 'I'd like to *ahem* request your services' and 'Here's your money fine looking lady, now let's get funky.'); there is no sex depicted (e.g., the screen reads, '5 minutes later . . .')—instead, the woman is shown in different whimsical costumes. Language such as 'hell' and 'bastard' can be heard in the dialogue.