South Park hasn’t had a very good line of games–sure the previous releases are quite old, dating all the way back to PlayStation and Nintendo 64…but all that is about to change.
The Stick of Truth is a diamond that will no doubt redeem the terrible games based on the franchise, shining crazily within the muck of previous South Park games and promising hours of hilarious, engrossing RPG action unlike any other game around.
Forged in current-gen graphics that adequately portray the show’s cartoonish style without alienating fans with bizarre and awkward 3-D renders, The Stick of Truth stays true to the show, bring authentic voices of all of your favorite characters. In essence, it’s very much like coordinating your very own series of episodes…which is something I’ve always wanted to do.
Everyone knows about South Park, the TV-show from Trey Parker and Matt Stone that utilizes cheap construction-paper cutout characters to make fun of anything and everything in pop culture, going over the line and stretching the bar when it comes to both humor and parodies. The show has won countless awards and accolades, and has been hailed as one of the most-watched and entertaining television programs in decades.
The Stick of Truth follows the few episodes that parodied The Lord of the Rings including ” The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers“, where all of the kids of South Park–not just Kyle, Kenny, Cartman and Stan, but nearly every kid in the town–dress up as their favorite characters from the movie.
The game itself, however, has evolved and become something more than just a simple satire: it’s become a full-fledged RPG of epic proportions with it’s own dynamic (if hilarious) story arc infused with intricate RPG game mechanics and characters.
“From the perilous battlefields of the fourth-grade playground, a young hero will rise, destined to be South Park’s savior.
From the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, comes an epic quest to become… cool. Introducing South Park: The Stick of Truth. Coming soon to XBox 360, PS3 and PC.” –Official YouTube description
Theg game dev veterans of Obsidian Entertainment–who have brought us such gaming gems as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords and Fallout New Vegas–have taken the helm of game development, so it’s quite fair to say that The Stick of Truth is in more than capable hands.
THQ will be heading up the publishing, confirming that this South Park game is indeed a bona-fide release that could very well win a few awards, and looks to be the most enjoyable South Park title ever released.
Millions of fans have already pre-ordered their copy of The Stick of Truth and are eager to explore the game’s RPG elements, and it’s fair to say that the release is pretty well anticipated by fans worldwide.
The newly released trailer actually reveals many of the game’s elements, including the story arc, told in the hilarious imaginations of South Park‘s youth:
The Elves and Humans have been in an eternal war over the Stick of Truth, a magical artifact that contains untold power. A New Kid comes to South Park, and Cartman reveals the Stick of Truth as well as his kingdom to the New Kid…but Clyde–who’s one job was to guard the Stick–informs Cartman (the leader, of course) that the Elves have stolen the Stick.
Players take on the persona of the New Kid in an epic journey for the Stick, and much choose a side between the Humans (led by Cartman) or the Elves (led by Kyle) and wage war in a series of amazingly funny combat sequences.
It’s interesting to see how creative the story arc will become, and one of the most enjoyable elements about The Stick of Truth is that it fully encapsulates the imagination of South Park’s youngsters, giving players a chance to relive their childhood moments when they dressed up in cardboard armor and fought make-believe dragons with plastic swords.
The Stick of Truth is available for Pre-Order and is slated for release on March 5, 2012 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. For more information please visit the game’s official website.