South Park The Stick of Truth Review: Respect My Authoritah!

“By far the best South Park game ever, it was like an entire season all rolled into one game.”

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From the perilous battlefields of the fourth-grade playground, a young hero will rise, destined to be South Park’s savior. From the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, comes an epic quest to become… cool. Introducing the new South Park game — South Park: The Stick of Truth.

For a thousand years, the battle has been waged. The sole reason humans and elves are locked in a neverending war: The Stick of Truth. But the tides of war are soon to change as word of a new kid spreads throughout the land, his coming foretold by the stars. As the moving vans of prophecy drive away, your adventure begins.

Arm yourself with weapons of legend to defeat crabpeople, underpants gnomes, hippies, and other forces of evil. Discover the lost Stick of Truth and earn your place at the side of Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny as their new friend. Succeed, and you shall be South Park’s savior, cementing your social status in South Park Elementary. Fail, and you will forever be known… as a loser.”

SPTSOT_Cartman_16x9_100045The Looks:  This is where Obsidian has really done such a fantastic job as the game looks and feels exactly like the TV show in every way.  It wouldn’t be hard to imagine someone walking by and thinking you are watching the show.   The game has taken such great lengths to recreate the shows esthetic, in every detail, from moving your character to-and-fro, to every animation.  It is amazing especially considering how simple the animation looks.  The love of detail comes through beautifully and the game is amazing for it.

screen_Gamescom_3_116949What You Hear:  You will here the shows various songs and every voiced character, which is wonderful.  In addition because the game is an epic fantasy journey you will also hear wonderful music that resembles various fantasy games and movies.  It is excellent, even the fart noises.

6_94248Controls/Gameplay:  The game controls wonderfully but does slip up in certain spots.  Some contextual buttons, or light QTE’s falter in that there is not enough feedback to clarify what it is you are doing wrong when you fail.  Some times your character sticks, and the frame rate drops sometimes when loading into new areas.  Aside from that most everything makes sense and works well there are no game breaking bugs, though the battle wheel is a bit slippery.

The gameplay has you roaming the town of South Park walking from point to point completing quests and entering random battles that you can walk into if you choose.  As you progress through the game there are certain puzzles that must be completed via ability that either you or a party member has that will allow you to pass.  This has allowed for a reason to re-traverse locales as you will receive new abilities that allow you to get to that chest that was unobtainable previously.

These sections are fun and creative and in some cases allow you to kill opponents before entering battle.  Use the squeaky fart to distract some guards, use the dragon shout to light and spread fires to clear paths.  These fart abilities are used to make fun of Skyrim’s shouts.

The combat is turn based with your involvement to execute each attack to get the best result, and you block when a shield is beneath your feet.  In battles you have yourself and one other party member that if they are unlocked can be switched out Pokemon style only loosing the ability to attack that turn.  During battle you are able to use various potions or other boost abilities while still allowing you to attack.  This is helpful if you need additional mana for an explosive fart attack.  The battles are quick and rhythmic and easy to grasp, at no time was I disappointed to be in a battle.

screen_Gamescom_1_116947The Enjoyment:  What didn’t I enjoy?  The entirety of the game I had a smile on my face.  I don’t think I have ever played an RPG in so few sitings because I was so immersed and wanted to see what craziness would come next.

You can definitely tell that Matt Stone and Trey Parker had a lot less restraint than they do on the show.  I was consistently blown away by the crazy things I saw and did, even as a veteran of the show.  For instance at one part of the game I found myself dressing up as a girl so that I could infiltrate an abortion clinic in order to win over the girls to find out if said girl was a lying backstabbing bitch, all while need to kill Nazi Zombie Fetuses.  I won’t say anymore, as there are too many things too see that will blow you away if you are a fan of South Park, and it would be bad to ruin the surprises as I felt.  Often I found myself thinking I can’t believe I’m doing this in a video game!  This game is definitely as the acronym states NSFW, Not-Safe-For-Work.

I thoroughly enjoyed the amount of fan service put into the game, such as every piece of junk for selling has some reference to the show and has a funny description, which is why I kept one of each of them too look over them again later.

The character creation is hilariously extensive as I was essentially able to recreate myself in South Park, which is awesome.  Plus because the game allows you collect various hair, eye ware, makeup, and facial hair in addition to the normal albeit cobbled together fantasy armors, I was constantly changing how my character looked.  Hell you could even have chinballs, yep chinballs, ‘nough said.

Even though the battle system is easy to grasp and the battles rarely are difficult, because of South Parks humor and the rhythmic battling, every battle felt good to win.

ss-three_94245The Good:  The best South Park game ever made, and an amazing RPG to boot.

The Bad:  Uh…if you don’t like South Park then, yeah you probably aren’t going to find much here, as it is the focal point of the game.

The Ugly:  QTE’s do not provide all the necessary information, some times character hitches, frame rate drops sometimes when loading into new areas.  Truly though, not much really.

Who is the game for?  Anyone whom is a huge fan of South Park.

Verdict:  9/10

South Park The Stick of Truth is by far the best video game of the franchise ever.  With its characteristic animation and humor imbedded in this game in spades, the SP fan will find plenty to love.  Plus the game has a fantastic accessible battle system that is rhythmic and fun to play.  Have you ever wanted to visit South Park?  Here is your ticket.

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