Published on March 19th, 2014 | by IceCube
REVIEW: South Park: The Stick of Truth
Summary: Long-running animated TV series, South Park, gets its own video game and extends the crude laughs from half hour TV episodes to a 14-hour RPG video game.
Concept: The 2D town of South Park has been recreated into an explorable world with all the familiar characters. Adults go about their daily routines, but the kids have constructed an imaginary fantasy world like that of World or Warcraft. You create a new character and play as “The New Kid”, joining either the faction of Cartman’s Humans or Kyle’s Elves. Character classes range from the expected (Fighter, Mage, Thief) to the unexpected (Jew), but they are disappointingly similar in progression. Typical fantasy skills and weapons are instead hilarious, makeshift alternatives, like flaming fart powers and sticks.
Graphics: Okay, so it’s a bit of a cop-out using the simple 2D shapes to define how good the graphics are. But it does look exactly like the show, and we’d much prefer to see it done this way than in an over-texturized, 3D redux. Even walking toward and away from the camera is done just like it is on the TV show.
Gameplay: Combat is in true, turn-based RPG style, and requires genuine strategy to come out winners. Though you’ve got to stay on your toes with tricky, timing-based strikes and keeping an eye on those health bars. You know those annoying random encounters you can’t avoid when roaming around the map in JRPG’s? Well you can avoid them here (thankfully).
Sound: All the character voices are spot-on and there’s a healthy dose of familiar musical tunes, all of which are used in the TV series, making the game feel extra-authentic.
Awesomeness: There’s plenty or RPGs out there and the one thing that would make anyone want to buy this game, is for the laughs. But if you’re worried if it’s going to be funny enough – relax – with the TV series creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, directing behind the scenes, it matches the show’s vibe perfectly! There’s also plenty of in-show references and episode memorabilia to be found in the game.
Final Word: South Park fans will pick up more jokes than a newbie will, and probably get more out of it overall. But if we had to specify exactly what we wanted out of a South Park game, barring a few minor nuances and missed opportunities, this game has it nailed.
Score out of 5 bugs
Summary: 1 = Poor, 2 = Average, 3 = Good, 4 = Great, 5 = Amazing