Review: 'South Park: The Stick of Truth'
JOE has been playing the latest South Park game, South Park: The Stick of Truth, for the past few days now, so here’s a look at what we think of the highly anticipated RPG...
After a number of set backs, the closure of the game’s original publisher (THQ) and a postponed release date, South Park: The Stick of Truth is FINALLY here. And it really is just brilliant.
If you’re a fan of the rude, crude and often offensive humour that’s associated with the TV show then you’re sure to love this game.
Obsidian Entertainment developed South Park: The Stick of Truth in collaboration with South Park Digital Studios, while Ubisoft undertook the publishing duties after THQ shut their doors for good in 2013.
The game sees you playing as the ‘New Kid’ in South Park who has just moved in close to Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny. After meeting your parents and being sternly told by your dad to go out side and make friends you quickly enter the RPG Dungeons-and-Dragons -style action.
First you’ll have to make the decision whether you’ll play the game as a thief, mage, warrior or Jew, with each choice having it’s own specific benefits.
The plot itself is quite interesting - don’t worry we won’t spoil it for you – and if you’ve watched the latest season of South Park then you’ll recognise the characters feature the same medieval style outfits that they wore for the ‘Black Friday’ episodes. Your quest involves choosing sides with either Cartman’s human clan, the Kupa Keep (KKK for short) or Kyle’s elven faction as both sides attempt to take control of the coveted Stick of Truth.
This is a game that rewards the curious as you’ll find hidden treasure, or ‘junk’ as it’s called in the game, dotted throughout South Park and sometimes you’ll find it in the most unexpected of places, so make sure to look around.
You can find and make friends with all the South Park favourites, who are also present in the game, and four of your new friends including Jesus, Mr. Slave and Tuong Lu Kim from City Wok, can even be summoned to help you fight in battle. However, you can only 'summons' your four new battle hardened friends once a day, and you’ll have to do favours for those characters first.
While South Park: The Stick of Truth is an extremely enjoyable game to play, we did come across a few minor faults.
Dying after a battle brings up a slightly drawn out closing scene followed by a ‘continue/exit’ screen and that repetition gets a little annoying after awhile, especially when you’re fighting ‘boss’ characters with super human strength. It’s the same story with the cut scenes involved with your character’s special abilities and special fighting moves. It’s only a minor fault, but it is noticeable.
Owning the EU edition of the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions also means that you’re going to miss out on several different scenes in the game that involve giving and receiving an abortion, while another scene features anal probing, but missing out on those scenes didn’t really bother us seeing as they don’t affect your progress in the game.
If, like us, you enjoy the South Park style of humour then you’ll absolutely love South Park: The Stick of Truth. It is a game that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and we’re already looking forward to seeing what DLC will be brought out for the game later in the year. South Park: The Stick of Truth will be available in Ireland from Friday, March 7, on Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC.