South Park: The Stick of Truth Mega-Review
It's the South Park game fans have been waiting for, but it's also a great RPG
It's a bit too easy at times; Some jokes fall flat; Some technical issues
I Farted on a Dog
“South Park” is stupid and offensive. It’s also loved by a large portion of Earth’s population. I stopped watching it years ago, mainly due to the fact that I hardly ever watch TV. WhenÂ South Park: The Stick of Truth Â was announced in 2011, I reflected on past “South Park” games and cringed. Then it was delayed and delayed and delayed again. All signs pointed to it being another disappointment. I’m so happy to announce that Obsidian got it right withÂ The Stick of Truth, Â the bestÂ South Park Â game to date.
That fact is especially surprising sinceÂ The Stick of Truth Â is a turn-based RPG. I don’t know whose idea it was to take the combat system fromÂ Paper Mario Â and implement it into aÂ South Park Â game, but I applaud them. Obsidian nailed it. It’s awesome and fun and everything combat in a turn-based RPG should be. Doling out attacks and pressing a button at just the right time to block or counter is extremely satisfying, and I really can’t think of anything bad to say about any of it.
And it’sÂ deep. Â More and more attacks become available as the game progresses, including special attacks such as the ability to kick an enemy in the testicles. What would a turn-based RPG be without summons?Â The Stick of Truth Â has them. Of course they’re silly; one of them involves Mr. Hankey wiping out enemies with a poop tsunami. The silliness doesn’t stop there (it doesn’t ever stop inÂ The Stick of Truth).Â Players can also fart on enemies and throw farts at them (the game dubs these “Dragonshouts”). They can also chuck poop at their enemies to gross them out, which is a version of poisoning as seen in other RPGs.Tons of armor and weapons can be found around the town of South Park itself. All of these can be upgraded via what the game calls “patches” (lol), which up their damage and usefulness. As I said,Â The Stick of Truth Â is not some half-assed bargain bin RPG. It’s the real deal. Fans of turn-based RPGs who don’t necessarily like “South Park” should still be able to enjoyÂ The Stick of Truth. Â The only criticism I can really direct at the gameplay, and this is honestly a little nitpicky, is that it can be a bit too easy at times. Rarely did I find myself struggling with an encounter inÂ The Stick of Truth Â (a few boss battles gave me some trouble). People who aren’t really into turn-based RPGs will find that to be a blessing, but longtime fans will probably blaze right through the game. Â
South Park: The Stick of Truth Â is the game “South Park” fans have been waiting for. It also happens to be a great turn-based RPG and one of my favorite games of 2014 so far.Â The Stick of Truth Â is truly one of those games that gives no f***s. Some people will cry foul because of its wholly offensive nature. Some people will get a kick out of it and just enjoy it for what it is. As a game, it’s fantastic, so my work here is done.