The wait is finally over. After being delayed and switching publishers South Park fans probably felt like The Stick of Truth would never be released. South Park: The Stick of Truth captures everything we love about the hit television show and somehow turns it into a surprisingly entertaining role playing game. With a hilarious storyline and a unique twist on turn based combat, The Stick of Truth is guaranteed to satisfy any South Park fan.
Sometimes when you’re the new kid in town it’s tough to make friends. That’s definitely not the case in the town of South Park as you quickly get sucked into the kid’s imaginative L.A.R.P fantasy game and must defend the stick of truth, which quickly spirals out of control in typical South Park fashion. During your journey you will encounter virtually every character you can think of from South Park‘s 17 seasons and become Facebook friends with them. The Stick of Truth somehow manages to incorporate so many characters and references to episodes without forcing it or cluttering the story. The game features many RPG aspects such as choosing between factions and embarking on side quests, all with the trademark South Park humour.
While we’re on the topic of South Park‘s humour, if you are easily offended or grossed out stay far away from this game. Being a video game and not a cable television show allowed Trey Parker and Matt Stone to up the ante on their uncensored content and let’s just say they took full advantage of it. If you’re a diehard fan of the show chances are you will find it hilarious so it’s not really an issue.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone said they wanted to make The Stick of Truth look as if you were watching an episode of South Park and they hit the nail on the head. The character movement and interactions are a spitting image of the television series and apart from the combat you’d never be able to tell the difference at first glance. The Stick of Truth also features many songs and audio clips from the show. You can hang out in the movie theater and listen to all the trailers for Rob Schneider films, walk into a neighbourhood home and see characters watching episodes of Terrence & Phillip, or hear songs like “Let’s Fighting Love” while exploring a shop.
The Stick of Truth‘s combat system is simple yet unique. During the turn based battle you will either be fighting solo or with one other party member. The party members consist of all the main kids from the show and differ for which faction you side with. When it comes to attacks you have a few options at your disposal: the first option being a normal attack with your main weapon or projectile, which mainly consists of household items rigged up into weapons. The next option is your special abilities, which are different depending on which of the 4 classes you choose. These attacks range from Roshambo’ing your enemies to blasting them with a blue angel. All the above attacks require you to mash a specific button or press at a specific time to do the max amount of damage. There is also an option for a summon attack. These summons are gained from doing side quests and can only be used once a day and not during boss battles. It wouldn’t be a South Park game without some of it’s trademark grotesque humour, which brings us to the last option: the farting ability. These farts are controlled by using the two analog sticks, in which you hold in the fart until the right moment and literally push it out. The fart attacks are essentially your spells and require mana to use. The further you progress in the game the more complex the analog movements become. It can be a bit tricky at first but with some practice you’ll be pushing them out like a pro.
When it comes to RPG’s South Park: The Stick of Truth isn’t the deepest game you’ll play. The game can be completed in under 15 hours including completing side quests. There is also a pretty low level cap so grinding isn’t really necessary. If you’re the type of gamer that likes to complete every aspect of a game and collect all of the trophies/achievements you’ll get more out of the game since you will need a minimum of two playthroughs to do so. The Stick of Truth definitely leaves you wanting more once it is completed and luckily there is a good chance of possible downloadable content headed our way.
Despite being a bit short in length South Park: The Stick of Truth is a wildly entertaining and funny game. South Park fans will thoroughly enjoy exploring the town and seeing all the references to the show while feeling like you’re watching an actual episode. If role playing games are your thing and you love South Park, The Stick of Truth is a definite pick up.
Title: South Park: The Stick of Truth
Platform: Playstation 3
Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
Release Date: March 4th 2014