Stick of Awesome

Remember that South Park game that came out for the Nintendo 64 and Playstation about 15 years ago? Remember how terrible it was? Stick of Truth is definitely not that game.

Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the masterminds behind the brilliantly offensive television series, learned their lesson the first time around and went above and beyond with Obsidian Entertainment to create a game worthy of the South Park name.

South Park: The Stick of Truth puts the player in control of the new kid in town who is just trying to fit in and make a few friends. The game play style is taken straight from classic turn-based role playing games such as Final Fantasy and Dragon’s Quest. Old-school RPG purists will be pleasantly surprised with the variety of customization options for characters and the usefulness of the supporting cast.

Surprisingly, nothing seems forced or repetitive throughout the 13-hour campaign even though nearly every major event and character in the continuity of the South Park world is mentioned or makes a cameo. The only exception during play was the lack of a certain drug-addicted towel. Otherwise, nearly every character is referenced in some way, from Mecha-Streisand to the Woodland Critters from that hilariously demented Christmas episode from a few years ago.

While the game is short, especially when compared to other modern role-playing games, it is long enough to satisfy fans of the television show and funny enough to bring in new fans as long as they don’t mind the toilet humor that South Park is famous for.

The biggest selling point of the game is that it plays exactly like an episode of South Park. The animation style is exactly like the show, the characters are all fully voiced, the soundtrack is straight from the show, and it uses the same opening and closing credits as the show. Simply put, if you walked in on someone playing the game, you’d think South Park had released another movie.

Overall, fans of South Park will absolutely love this game. After all, it is the game that should have been made 15 years ago instead of the shoddy first-person shooter that was made. The animation style, which should never “improve” since it is exactly like the show, lends itself to future downloadable content. It will hopefully extend the current single-player campaign if it doesn’t add entirely new campaigns to the neighborhood.

If you don’t like South Park, you will not like this game. It is just as offensive as the show, the language is beyond foul, and Trey and Matt went all out trying to make fun of as many people and groups of people as they possibly could. The game even pokes fun at itself several times. The only difference in the show and the game is that the game is not censored one bit. Every four-letter word is heard, every pixel of nudity is seen, every foul bodily function is highlighted. The Stick of Truth, simply put, is exactly what South Park fans have been waiting for in a game.

Normally, when reviewing something, we give it a rating based on our own feelings. For fans of South Park, the game is a solid work of art. For people who don’t like South Park, it is probably the worst game ever made.

For those few people out there who don’t know what South Park is, it really depends on what sort of games you like and how easily offended you are. Classic RPG fans with an iron constitution should certainly give the game a try. It’s a great game, but tread with caution.

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