Reviews and Problems with South Park The Stick of Truth
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3 May 2014
Summary: Prior to The Stick of Truth, I'm not sure I can remember the last time a video game literally made me cry with laughter. I'm sure it's happened, of course, but few games have elicited such genuine belly laughter as a scene in The Stick of Truth where New Kid, the player character, faces off against Cartman in a battle of flatulence that had me laughing so hard I had difficulty holding on to my controller.
Excerpt: In many ways, South Park: Stick of Truth offers exactly what a game based on that particular license should. Graphics that accurately reproduce cardboard animation? Check. Shameless, vulgar writing? Check. Meta-commentary on pop culture? Again, check. It's basically an interactive episode of the show, which should please fans. Those of us looking for more, however, might not be as thrilled.
Conclusion: For a game that everyone expected to be complete junk, this was an amazing surprise. Considering the game packs a decent amount of content on its $60 disk, it is easily a great buy for any fan. + Insane Story + Giant, Explorable Town + Funny as Hell Writing + Runs Smoothly + Great Set Pieces - Not for the Majority of players
Excerpt: Much like the beloved TV show, South Park: The Stick of Truth is ridiculous, over-the-top, and crude. It's also painfully funny and just a little bit poignant. South Park has taken its shots at the world of video games before, but never with this kind of reverence. At the same time, the game is a celebration of seventeen seasons of the show, drawing references from fan favorites across the entire span of its run.
Conclusion: Cards on the table time: not since Rocksteady's Batman Arkham games has a developer so successfully made such an amazing title out of a licensed property, one that not only is a perfect South Park game but an incredible RPG as well. It may not offer you tons of choices or a gigantic open-world like The Witcher 3 or Dragon Age: Inquisition will probably end up doing, but already they have a challenger for RPG of the year as far as I'm concerned.
Excerpt: In South Park: The Stick of Truth you start out as a new kid with a forgotten past. Your parents encourage… no…wait, they pretty much force you to go out and make some new friends. When you talk to people in this game, they may add you as a friend on their (virtual) Facebook page. This is a good way to keep up on what’s going on in the small Colorado town.
Conclusion: South Park: The Stick of Truth is not the greatest game that Obsidian could have created, but it is so faithful to the universe on which it is based that any fan will be delighted to experience the new stories, the new gags, the new take on familiar characters, and the impressive way in which the quiet mountain town is brought to virtual life.
Pros: + Perfectly realized South Park world, + Superb graphics style, + Consistently funny
Cons: - Combat can be frustrating, - More sensitive players might be offended by some content
Excerpt: I’ve been lugging around a bag filled with dildos and Christian rock CDs. Conveniently, it’s weightless. It didn’t get in the way when I had to spend hours hunting down a mythical beast for form
South Park: The Stick of Truth Review: Come on down and meet some friends of mine
4 March 2014
Excerpt: It goes without saying that if you aren't a fan of crude humor and childish antics, South Park is a show you should avoid. The same can be said of its new video game spin-off, South Park: The Stick of Truth . Anal probing, Nazi zombies, abortions -- these are just a few of the wildly inappropriate topics you'll come across while playing. And as a long time fan of the show, I loved it.
Conclusion: After four years of development, one THQ bankruptcy and a switching publishers, South Park: The Stick of Truth is finally here. Developed by Obsidian Entertainment, with the help of South Park Studios, gamers finally get a South Park game that is so true to the series that it could be an actual story arc that spans several episodes.