South Park: The Stick of Truth is a role-playing action video game released for the Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One platforms. The game is based on the long-running animated adult cartoon show titled South Park, and features various elements from it, including but not limited to characters, settings, voice actors and pre-existing lore. The game is also designed to look exactly the original T.V show and was written by the show’s creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game have not been released as of yet.
Characters, plot, and setting
In The Stick of Truth, players are put in the control of a character called The New Kid, who has recently moved into the fictional South Park city in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The New Kid can’t speak but makes friends with the local kids quickly, and is also quickly nicknamed “Douchebag”. Now the player, in the shoes of Douchebag, must fight against elves, dwarves and other mythical foes using a variety of combat techniques to get his hands on the Stick of Truth. The Stick of Truth is set in an open-world setting of Canada, and players can roam around in a variety of locations to fulfill their quests. Several historical locations from the original series have also been added, and these include the South Park Elementary school and the South Park Mall, amongst various others. The game also features several historical characters from the series, like Stan’s father Randy Marsh, sentient turd Mr. Hankey, and a lot of others.
The combat in Stick of Truth is turn-based, where two opposing teams dish out attack after attack on the enemies based on turns. There are several creative attacks to choose from, some of which include turning into a muscular man and crushing the foes or calling for divine help from the skies to attack the enemy. Each attack is thoughtfully crafted, and this makes for some incredibly fast-paced and dynamic gameplay. The animation of the attack sequences is similar to the animation of the original series (a cutout animation).
South Park: The Stick of Truth met with critical acclaim upon its release. It was praised for sticking close to the source material, and the story and animation sequences were also lauded. However, being South Park as it is, the game was also subject to controversy, as some jokes and events in the game were considered too serious, particularly some of which included Nazi references (while being a part of the story), as well as including a graphically detailed abortion scene, both of which were removed and replaced with textual descriptions instead. The Stick of Truth went on to be a commercial success, and it has led to the creation of a sequel titled named South Park: The Fractured but Whole (a pun on ‘the fractured butthole’), which is set to be released sometime in October of 2017.