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Fans will love 'South Park' game, Mmmkay
Mar 11, 2014
By John Powell - G4 Canada
‘Stick of Truth’ has been censored in the Europe and Australia?
As Stan Marsh would say…That is pretty messed up, right there.
The situation is not unexpected. Since its inception, South Park has pushed the boundaries of good taste, humour in very clever ways. It’s machine-gun toting religious messiah, S&M loving Village People wannabe, Sexual Harassment Panda and farting Canadians have never been everyone’s cup of tea.
Although not being able to view the “contentious” cut-scenes might befuddle some players who are intently following all the intricacies of the multi-faceted, inspirational and timeless ‘Stick of Truth’ storyline which has Cartman and his gang dressing up like Lord of the Rings rejects and fighting evil elves for a twig; it doesn’t change the fact that ‘Stick’ is one of the funniest and silliest games they will ever play.
Inspired by South Park’s Black Friday trilogy which poked fun at Game of Thrones and the Thanksgiving holiday shopping craziness in the U.S., ‘Stick’ has been well worth the wait for fans who have longed for a worthy South Park game.
Since ‘Stick’ features an original script by creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, you are effectively playing an episode of the series. As the new kid in town, you explore all of the familiar locations, meet many of the memorable characters and get anal probed by mooing aliens while helping Al Gore search for the dreaded ManBearPig and rescuing your pals from Mr. Mackey and his evil ginger hall monitors.
And still, that only scratches the surface of the hilarity. For instance, when Cartman meets you for the first time and asks for your name, your choice is ignored as the ‘Yes’ button has been greyed out. So, for the rest of the game and much to his delight, Cartman refers to you as simply “Douchebag”, chuckling to himself all the while.
The gameplay itself is a turn-based RPG…but with distinct and hysterical differences. Some of your special attacks include farting on enemies, kicking or punching them in the testicles and charming them with your man breasts. Oh, my.
Throughout your exploits to wrestle the Stick of Truth back, you can improve your stats and abilities by purchasing, finding items or completing tasks. All in all, all you have to do is equip the strongest items which correspond to your current level and things will always be good. Even Kenny could figure this out before the hungry rats arrive; as they always do.
Another clever touch is as you encounter more and more characters in the game, they are added to your Facebook page which functions as your in-game menu. Your “friends” will be leave you messages and post on your wall. Some of their thoughts will assist you in your quests but most are just amusing to read such as when Randy tries to send you a cute video of a rabbit playing with a cat.
Thanks, Randy. Sadly, there is no "unfriend" option.
It is almost a shame that ‘Stick of Truth’, a game that finally fully captures all that is good, zany about South Park without compromising the tone fans have loved for 17 years; wasn’t released during the peak of the show’s popularity. Then again, good things come to those who wait and South Park fanatics will be happier than Tweek Tweak chugging down another espresso playing ‘Stick of Truth’. Heck, at least they won't have to enter suspended animation, remain frozen for over five centuries, wake up as part of a civil war in a future where nobody plays video games. Man, that would suck...badly.
South Park: The Stick of Truth
Rating: 7.5 / 10
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