A scene from the role-playing game 'South Park: The Stick of Truth.'(Photo: Ubisoft)
(USA TODAY) -- Mastery of the sword or bow and arrow are critical to surviving most
fantasy-themed role-playing video games. But in the case of South Park: The Stick of Truth, true power comes from within ... your digestive system.
new RPG based on the irreverent Comedy Central cartoon is every bit as
raunchy, shocking and hilarious as the TV series. It's a good video
game, too, with a wide selection of insane gear and weapons along with South Park's crazy cast.
The story of The Stick of Truth
follows the new kid whose family has just moved to South Park. His
parents want him to make friends, leading him to Cartman and his band of
cohorts. The kids are playing a fantasy game focused on The Stick of
Truth. "For whomever controls the stick, controls the universe," Cartman
explains after dubbing the new kid "Sir Douchebag."
fans are well aware the show is best known for its crude humor,
injecting some satire within every episode. The video game is no
different, starting with the four classes players can choose from:
Fighter, Mage ("like a wizard, only not as cool"), Thief and Jew.
start small with a basic sword, ranged weapon and clothing that mimics
armor. But the greatest power a player yields comes directly from your
rump. As a "Dragonborn," the new kid can attack foes using a variety of
weaponized farts, from the straightforward Dragonshout to the
Cup-A-Spell, allowing players to hit opponents at a distance.
game starts with the new kid joining lead wizard Cartman and his group -
which includes Butters as a paladin and Kenny as a princess - in Kupa
Keep to battle an army of elves led by Kyle and Stan. Eventually, the
groups join forces to stop Clyde, who was kicked out of Kupa Keep and
retaliates by stealing the Stick of Truth.
Players will roam South
Park embarking on missions and engaging in turn-based battles. In
combat, players have their melee and ranged weapons along with the
fart-based attacks that use Mana. Players also get special attacks. For
example, The Fighter has Assault and Battery, where a well-timed strike
of a baseball with bat deals massive damage. There's also the Roshambo,
which starts as a simple Rock, Paper, Scissors duel and ends with a kick
to the groin. These attacks use Power Points, which players can
replenish - along with health and mana - by consuming energy drinks,
burritos and the classic Cheesy Poofs.
There are sections where
players will use a variety of tools to explore the world, such as an
alien probe shooting out of the new kid's bum.
As players gain
experience and level up, they enhance these special abilities. They also
make friends and add them to their social network, which unlocks perks
such as added damage on melee attacks or better potions.
makes The Stick of Truth awesome is the writing. It's hilarious. It
pulls no punches, and it stays true to the series. Players collect items
such as a life size Antonio Banderas doll or the book "The Poop That
Took A Pee," or make friends with everyone from Stan, Kyle and Cartman
to the Prince of Canada and Al Gore.
Combat starts out with kids
dressed as elves before moving on to bigger prey such as aliens and Nazi
Zombie Rats. Some of the later stages in The Stick of Truth feature
some of the funniest and most outrageous sequences in the series.
fantasy role-playing quests featuring a group of potty-mouthed fourth
graders go, South Park: The Stick of Truth is epic. It's also ends
quickly. I finished a playthrough of the campaign in about 8 hours,
which seems small compared to other RPGs that can often taken dozens of
hours to wrap. There are still some tasks you can complete after the
main story is done, such as collecting Chinpokomon or helping South Park
citizens such as the owner of City Wok, whose restaurant is taken over
The Stick of Truth is like playing through an extended episode of South Park, paying homage to the TV show while delivering an entertaining and memorable role-playing adventure.
Developer: Obisidian Entertainment
Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Rating: M for Mature
Release Date: March 4
Score: 3.5 out of 4