I know this review is way overdue. I was supposed to have this review done a week ago and never got around to it. South Park: The Stick Of Truth is based on of the TV show South Park. Before I start this review I should probably mention that I’m not a South Park at all. I’ve only seen about 3 or 4 episodes of that show in my life so this review will not be based off the TV show because I honestly wouldn’t know what I would be talking about. In South Park: The Stick Of Truth you’re a new kid that just moved to South Park andyour father literally makes you go outside to make some new friends.
The first friend that you make is Butters and he introduces you to Cartman. From there you get to choose from four different classes. The warrior, mage, thief, and Jew. Each class has their own special abilities but honestly I felt like the Jew and thief were the best classes while the warrior and the mage were disappointing. All of your magic spells aren’t spells at which is actually pretty cool because you’re just playing as a bunch of kids using their imaginations in various locations around South Park. The dialog for the most part was really funny and kept me invested in the game. Any time I would think about quitting I would actually reconsider because I wanted to know what would happen next in the story.
This game proves that not all movie/TV games suck. They can be good if the developer is willing to invest time and money into it. South Park is a breath of fresh air in that regard and should be praised by all South Park fans. While I don’t think everything I did in the game was funny, like beating up an aborted fetus or performing an abortion on a man, there were plenty of moments that made me laugh out loud. I met Jesus and called him down to deliver some divine justice on some of the elves that I was fighting with his machine gun. I also got to explore a butt hole filled with things that are better left unmentioned. I even got to get butt probed by an alien but honestly that was more of a disgusting level than funny one to be honest.
South Park has some solid RPG mechanics going for it but the combat itself does feel dated when compared with more modern RPG games. The combat is turn based, meaning after you perform your action you’ll wait until after the enemy’s turn to go again, and has some Paper Mario elements implemented in the game. I would have preferred more control of my character in combat instead of standing there waiting to be smacked in the face. Another thing I don’t like about the combat system is how weak the magic farts in the game are. They’re labeled as magic but you’ll be better off just using them outside of fights instead of wasting a turn with them. A lot of the moves in the game are actually pretty useless and I honestly only used two, maybe three, of my skills in battles. Most of the time I just clicked on the attack button and watched my character destroy everything with two to three hits.
Another really big problem with this game is the difficulty. South Park is incredibly easy, even on the hardest difficulty, and I can’t recall a single time that I actually needed to think my way out of a situation like with other games. All I had to do with charge in and hit my opponent with Roshambo or Bull Rush and I was good. The map was another problem that constantly had throughout my entire playthrough. South Park isn’t a very large game and after a while you won’t really need a map to find your way around town but every time I entered a new area I had no idea where I was going because the map is terrible. Even when you zoom out it’s still way too close and don’t even bother checking it when you enter Canada, or the sewers because there is no map of those areas. All you’ll see are exclamation points, and red flags everywhere.
South Park does have a nice fast travel system that’s relatively easy to use. All you have to find one of the many fast travel station and Timmy will take you wherever you want to go as long as you’ve discovered it before. There are plenty of items, and secrets for you to discover around South Park and you’ll spend quite a few hours trying to find them all. There are lots of weapons, and armor sets in this game and that’s always a major plus in RPG’s. Most of the armor sets don’t really appeal to me but I loved the barbarian armor that I found, and knight armor set.
After each battle you get experience points and when you level up you’ll be able to upgrade your skills. I’m hoping that more skills, and maybe even an expansion is added to this game in the near future. Right now each class only has five available skills to use in battle and four fart spells. That’s simply not enough for a RPG. Another neat feature that this game has is Facebook. Every new friend that you make is added to your Facebook and after you get a certain number of friends you’ll be able to choose a new perks. The perks are actually what made this game for me. Instead of counter attacking the normal way you can get a perk that makes you fart on people who hit you if you block all of their attacks perfectly.
The humor in South Park is good but honestly I felt as if it was overdone in some cases. I don’t like the battle system at all and honestly I would prefer more control over my character. The map is pretty useless outside of South Park itself and while I like the buddy system I wish you could travel around with more than one of them at a time but doing that would make the game even easier and might kill any sort of fun I could have with the game. The RPG mechanics are solid and get the job done but I can’t really recommend this game to anyone that’s not a South Park fan. If playing a game as a bunch of immature kids with bad mouths doesn’t appeal to you then don’t play this game. You will not like it. There is a lot of content here that might offend a lot of people who aren’t fans of the show and while nothing that I saw offended me personally that doesn’t mean that it won’t offend someone else. Performing an abortion in a game is something I never thought I would do and honestly it’s not very appealing.
South Park also doesn’t have very high replayability. After I beat the game I had no desire to jump back in it. Once was enough for me and I think that’s because I’m not a fan of the show and as a game it does have some flaws that I feel like most people overlooked simply because this is a South Park game. I had a lot of fun playing South Park and I honestly haven’t played a game this funny since Conker’s Bad Fur Day.
Our Verdict: 7/10
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