Southpark: The Stick of Truth

20
Dec
2014

Southpark: The Stick of Truth

It has been a long time since I've ever played a game like this. You know a game that you just enjoy playing form beginning to end. A game that draws you in and doesn't let go. A game where you run around and tell all of your friends about how awesome it is and they all universally agree. A game where you keep telling yourself just one more Quest, just one more hour. And then as you look as the credits roll you realize it's 3am and you've been playing all night long. And you don't want it to end, you crave more. That is Southpark: The Stick of Truth.

I admit that I am not the biggest fan of Southpark. Oh I've seen the episodes from time to time but I am not one of those people who have seen every episode for the past 17 years. But I will say that every episode that I have seen has always been witty and funny so I knew a little beforehand of what I wanted in this game. But could I sit through a whole 12-14 hours of non-stop Southpark humor?

Why yes....yes I can.

 

 The following may contain spoilers, you have been warned

Southpark the Stick of Truth is a turn based RPG developed by Obsidian, the same makers of Fallout: New Vegas and Neverwinter Knights 2. Development of the series began in 2009 with the support of Southpark series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. 

The involvement of the series creators is one of the critical aspects of the game. Not only did they write the script for the game, they also consulted on the game design and even voiced many of the characters. This game has to be one of the best TV show video game adaptations since Star Trek Elite Force. 

The game just "feels" like Southpark. The best way to describe the game is that it is an interactive episode of the show. 

Plot

You are the new kid in town, foretold by Coldwell Banker, you have arrives in Southpark having just moved there to escape your unknown past. Your parents tell you to go outside and make some friends. As soon as you go outside and begin exploring you run into Butters and you are immediately swept away into another Southpark adventure. 

You are given the name Douchebag by Cartman and are tossed into a LARP between Cartman's Kingdom of Kupa Keep (KKK) and Kyle's Drow Elves. This fantasy story eventually spins out of control and soon you are escaping UFO's using your anal probe, fighting Nazi Zombies, searching for Al Gore's Manbearpig, rescuing Mr. Hankey's poo children, fighting the underwear gnomes on your parents bed while they do the hanky panky, and even disarming a nuclear bomb inside Mr. Slaves ass. 

If these plot points all sound like they each should be their own Southpark episodes or story arcs it is because they all probably could, and the game is better because of it.

 

While the storywriting does a good job in making the game feel like a Southpark episode the graphics go just as far in making the game "look" like a Southpark game. The entire game is just spot on in making the game feel like a extended Southpark marathon episode. The minimalist UI also plays into this. You don't really see any kind of UI element on the screen unless you mouse over something that you can interact with. 

In fact the only thing I can really criticize the game on is for the menu system which looks like a DMV whiteboard. It really is boring to look at. Also a lot of the deeper aspects of the game such as dealing with buffs and debuffs is largely unexplained. At the same time those parts of the game can be mostly ignored and you will find that you can brute strength yourself through most battles as long as you have enough potions and revival tacos with you (yes you revive using tacos).

But look, when it is all said and done I have really only one thing to say about Southpark Stick of Truth.

The game is fun.

It's fun to be running around in the world of Southpark. It's fun to be part of a LARP between Cartman and Kyle. It's fun to be running around with an anal probe tmisreportingall over the place. It's fun to be interacting with all of the characters in the game. The fart jokes are childish, the sex jokes are over the top, and avoiding your character's parents genitals while they are having sex can certainly offend a certain segment of the population. Let us not even mention the Abortion Clinic. It's brash, rude, and everything you could ever want in a Southpark game, and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Now how about a sequel. ^.^