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South Park: The Stick of Truth

Stick of TruthWhen I preordered The Stick of Truth, I didn’t know it was only about 12 hours long. If I had, I probably would have saved my money. But after spending about a week playing it and after beating the game, I’ve got to say that it does more things right in 12 hours than most games can in twice that.

You’ve got to really think about what went into this game to appreciate it, even if it is short. It was written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and it holds the same comedic value of any South Park episode. The jokes are all very funny and well-timed, and the fact that the majority are not repeated over and over makes the game even more enjoyable. I am sure if the game were longer, the quality in this respect would have to be compromised, and the laughs are hands down the biggest draw of the game.

If you’ve ever played a Paper Mario game, you will not be surprised by The Stick of Truth or anything that it does technically. That said, The Stick of Truth does offer a great deal of opportunities to learn new attacks and level up your character by earning XP and by finding new friends on Facebook in the game. That might seem kind of weak for a game mechanic, but usually these friends add you after you complete some kind of quest for them, and once they send a request you can view their posts on your wall. Some are hilarious and some can be pretty annoying (try to do Al Gore’s quest last, since he’ll blow up your news feed about MBP, for serial).

You can summon some characters for assists during battle.  Jesus' "Crossfire" attack summons Jesus and his machine gun.

You can summon some characters for assists during battle. Jesus’ “Crossfire” attack summons Jesus and his machine gun, for example.

Another great thing about South Park: The Stick of Truth is the endless amount of references to the show. Be it just a simple line from a party member when walking by a location, or looking through the rooms of famous characters from the show, there seems to be no bottom to the well of throw backs to the show.

The short playtime does affect the game in a negative way at times, however. For example, there are a TON of weapons and clothes to find and earn for your character. Unfortunately, you usually find a better weapon or a better hat, or a better anything within an hour, so you don’t really have time to enjoy using the things you find. For example, I found this cool club that steals health from enemies, so I upgraded it and equipped it. A half hour later I found a sword that did way more damage. So, I had to unequipped my club, take off the upgrade, apply the upgrade to my sword, and then equip my sword. This seems like it could have easily been fixed by letting weapons level up, but maybe the designers were just trying to keep things from getting complicated; I’m not sure.

If you end up in one of the kid's bedroom's, check out their closet for a ton of cool references to old episodes.

If you end up in one of the kid’s bedroom’s, check out their closet for a ton of cool references to old episodes.

There are small minor mechanics that made me scratch my head as well. Some enemies can block melee attacks, for example, and they deal damage to anyone who tries to attack them this way. At one point the only person in my party was Butters and he didn’t have any more ranged attacks to use. I was looking all over for a way to skip his turn, but there was none. I had to melee attack and take damage in order to progress the fight. Also, there were some tutorials that were vague, such as learning new fart attacks and conducting an abortion (remember, this is a South Park game).

Still, the game’s charm shines through its flaws. The humor and the characters push this game to another level that I really appreciate. I give South Park:The Stick of Truth a B+ for great game play, countless references for die-hard fans, spot-on humor, and a few minor mechanical issues.

You might enjoy this game if you’re a fan of South Park, low-brow humor, RPGs, and parodies of fantasy movies and games.