South Park the Stick of Truth

18 Mar

Words can hardly describe the experience that is, South Park: The Stick of Truth, as it is one of the raunchiest licensed games and the most “true to South Park” game created.

After several developmental pushbacks, instilled by the game directors themselves, Stick of Truth was finally released on March 4, 2014. And much to no one’s surprise the game lives up to the South Park name in its entirety.

Developed by Obsidian entertainment and published by Ubisoft, Stick of Truth tells the story of a silent new kid whose name is chosen by the player yet the characters refer to him as “Sir Douchbag” in true South Park humor, poking fun at one of the many RPG tropes. There is a standing war between the humans, who are led by Eric Cartman, and the Drow Elves led by Kyle Brofloski, in pursuit of control over an “ancient” artifact called the Stick of Truth, whose holder controls the Universe. This is nothing more than a dramatization of the boys’ playing since the story unfolds as a continuation of the Black Friday Trilogy form the T.V. show and blends incredibly well with the cleverly handled “Larping” RPG gameplay.

The player creates the character to their liking and can choose between four different classes, including Fighter, Mage, Thief or Jew, yes Jew. Once a class is chosen you are taught the basics of combat and the specialties of your class as the player is introduced to the basic, turn based RPG combat system, all while being entertained by the tongue in cheek dialogue. Speaking of which, every aspect of the game from the look, the animation, voice acting and writing are perfectly recreated and feel like you’re playing an interactive episode of South Park. This isn’t surprising given the team behind the development of the game.

For starters the game isn’t technically a “licensed” game as it was managed and directed by the creators Matt Stone and Trey parker, along with the same studio that produces the television show. That being said the two take full advantage of the freedom that comes with making a video game in America, and even the strong willed South Park supporters will have to brace themselves for the things found in the game. Not only does the game feature some the grossest most disgusting shock humor possible, it will also be fighting foreign countries on censorship of the extremely offensive material that could possibly be thought up by Stone and Parker.

That being said the game still feels natural in its execution and anyone who is a fan of South Park will know what to expect when picking this game up. Even if you are not a fan of the game it still could be worth a try as the gameplay is more than just an excuse for jokes as it takes notes from well-known RPG’s such as Super Mario RPG and the old Final Fantasy games. Mechanics like timed attacks and interactive actions keep every battle interesting and engaging, and cannot be completed by just mashing the same button.

The gameplay is also deep in its execution as it gives you new things to use throughout the campaign but so much of it that you get to choose however you want to play. That, coupled with four different classes, a cavalcade of adjustable equipment, side missions and 17 years’ worth of South Park history make The Stick of Truth an early contender for game of the year and well worth the price of admission.

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