Game review: South Park: The Stick of Truth

2014-03-17 16:05

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Cape Town - After a very lengthy wait, delays and more delays, I finally got my hands on South Park: The Stick of Truth.

Being a very big fan of the show, I couldn’t wait to see what the creators of the show and Obsidian came up with.

Right from the get-go, you are thrown into the South Park universe as the new kid on the block, and through encouragement from your parents, you go looking for new friends.

You quickly meet the oh-so familiar gang (Cartman, Kyle, Stan and Kenny), and find out about the war between the humans and the elves.

You have the choice between four different classes in The Stick of Truth. The Fighter, the Mage, the Thief and the Jew (Cartman will make fun of you).

I have played with most of the classes, and one thing I can fault the game on is that there isn’t much difference between the classes, as the weapons you use in combat don’t change much.

Each class can use all of the weapons that you can pickup in your travels, so the only difference in the combat styles of the classes is the special attacks you gain access to as you level up.

South Park: The Stick of Truth gives you access to various friends using the “buddy system” to accompany you on your travels.

They run around with you and make appropriate remarks as you run throughout the world (and giggle and chuckle as you fart on random people in the world), and also help a lot in the combat sequences.



Each buddy has different perks and abilities in combat, and learning which one would help you most in different circumstances is important.

Along with the similarities between the classes, another thing that gets old very quickly is the combat itself.

There isn’t a huge difference between different encounters, but the story flows in such a way that it is soon forgotten.

The combat just becomes a means to an end, to unlock more of the story that the South Park creators have brewed up. And it doesn’t disappoint in any way, shape or form.

I loved just running around South Park, entering every building I could, to see all the hidden easter eggs that they have hidden around the world.

The story has you chasing after the Stick of Truth, and the one who controls the Stick of Truth, controls the universe.

It includes humans and elves, aliens, Nazi zombies, government conspiracies, Taco Bell, betrayal, crab people, underpants gnomes, Canada, Terrence and Phillip, lots of flatulence, toilet humour and just about anything that you’ve seen thus far in the show.

The interface of the game looks a lot like a social network would, and most of your information, gear, skills, quests and buddies are located within your “Facebook”.

As you meet new people in your journey in South Park, they are added as friends to your character’s Facebook, and the more friends you have, the more perks you gain access to.

As far as side quests go, there isn’t a bunch. Most of the game has you running around doing the main story line. There are hidden items and secret areas to unlock once you have progressed far enough into the game to unlock the abilities you need to get to these areas and items.

Obsidian did an awesome job of recreating the aesthetic feel of the show. Whilst playing, I felt like I was watching another episode of South Park, and I can imagine that if someone sees you playing it, they would also think that you are watching South Park.

The sound track of the game was also awesome, with familiar music from the show adding to the immersive experience that you are really running around in South Park.



REVIEW SCORE: 9/10

I absolutely loved this game, and I might be biased because I am really a massive fan of the show, but throughout the whole game I was laughing myself stupid.

Some scenes were just so insane and out of the ordinary that I couldn’t help but pause the game and finish laughing. Sure, the game is juvenile, and might offend a lot of people, but I give it a massive thumbs up.

Just keep in mind that this game is not intended for minors. There is a lot of profanity, nudity, sexual content and things that are just not intended for kids to see.

The game is available for the PC, Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3.

So if you are a South Park fan, this game is a MUST HAVE. And if you are not a South Park fan, what the hell is wrong with you?

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