South Park: TSOT
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South Park: The Stick of Truth is a 2014 RPG title that was developed By Obsidian Entertainment in partnership with South Park Digital Studios and published by Ubisoft. The game has since been re-released on all of the current-gen formats.
The premise behind this game was to give gamers an authentic experience that felt like they were living out an episode from the hit TV series. Both Matt Stone and Trey Parker were involved from the off helping to write the script and guide development, so much so it was the first time ever that they really had to map out the small town of South Park into something that was viable to get around.
The kids are role-playing a game which involves them splitting into two different races, the humans and elves, as they battle it out to protect the stick of destiny as “who controls the stick of destiny controls the universe” everything then goes very South Park along the way.
You play a new kid who has just moved into town. The game starts by allowing you to create your very own South Park kid and let’s face it we all tried to recreate ourselves. Once the design is finalised the next task to pick a character class. There are four different classes in the game – Fighter, Thief, Mage and Jew… of course. Each choice leads to a different trail of dialogue from Cartman, aptly known as the Grand Wizard, who has devised this whole scenario. The worst but funniest response being “oh we are never going to friends” when picking a certain combination of attributes. This is crude and rude in true South Park tradition, always looking to be on the edge and give that cheap shock factor we have come to expect. The humour is extremely NSFW but that’s why we love it and The Stick of Truth doesn’t disappoint in that department.
The game is played in a 2.5D style and visually has been designed to look exactly like the show, the animation is crappy but it makes you feel at home very quickly. With the character creation out of the way you are ordered by your parents to go outside and make friends, this is where the fun really starts. There is a short tutorial which teaches you how to get around, take part in combat and get to grips with the games upgrade systems. At its heart, The Stick of Truth is a very typical RPG which allows you to increase your stats in various different ways. Once you have acquired the ability to perform special power moves and magic attacks a tactical element is introduced. Magic attacks start in exactly the way you’d expect from these warped minds in the form of varying offensive farts. As the events unfold you travel around the town interacting with new people to progress the story picking up side quests along the way. There isn’t anything new or groundbreaking to the tried and tested formula but it works so why change it.
Sadly there are still annoyances that remain from the original incarnation of the game, the attuning of your farts sometimes has a problem catching. Moving the sticks to get to the right resonance can be frustrating which isn’t improved by the joy-cons. To be honest this is the only thing that caused problems in my playthrough but I didn’t get any of this on the PC version. Another slight downer is that the game is very short and will leave you wanting more after the credits roll.
The Stick of Truth is great fun, perfectly crafted and deserves more people to play it. If you like South Park and its zany sense of humour you will get the most out of this game. It’s a testament to the dedication of the team behind it and their vision, with the added bonus of interacting with all of the characters from the show. Even with the slight issues, this is a great game that deserves to be experienced.