Gift guide for great gamers: South Park & The Stick of Truth

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Now I don’t have to say it but I will just in case someone out there missed it: South Park – The Stick of Truth was an excellent game that kept to the spirit of the show. From beginning to end it was like a fully realized interactive episode of the show that was also a pretty solid classic RPG. It was glorious! So if you know a South Park fan who still have their PS3/Xbox 360 and hasn’t played this game for some reason then by all means be a Mr. Hanky to that person and give them this awesome gift for Christmas (and not poo like the real Mr. Hanky).

 

 

 

Game Review: South Park – The Stick of Truth

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Ladies and Gentlemen: South Park is an animated comedy TV show on Comedy Central. It is a revolutionary series that pushes the boundaries of political-social norms. It also has the unfortunate tendency to push the boundaries of good taste, seriously the things I’ve seen watching that show (and movie) really weren’t necessary to the overall episodes. Despite that fact though the show is funny, brilliantly written, and even have ‘moral’ lessons to them.  Now I said all of that because the writers of the show also written the game, South Park: The Stick of Truth, and they did the impossible – they made the game just like the show. Warts and all, the show is a masterpiece and so is this game.

 

 

So the game take place in the town of South Park, uh, I mean the lands of Zaron, where the Stan & Kyle and Cartman & Kenny, uh, I mean the Elves and the Humans are locked in a bloody civil war for the fabled Stick of Truth, uh, I mean the Stick of Truth.  Deadlocked, Cartman believed the only way to tip the war in his favor is to seek the aid of the new kid who moved into town: You, and thus the game begins. South Park: The Stick of Truth is the evolution of the classic turn based RPG, very similar to the Mario & Luigi RPG titles. Your basic and special attacks must be activated in a certain way otherwise they won’t be effective, or in Kenny’s case will completely backfire. Player’s weapons and armors will range from wooden swords and sweat bands to alien energy guns and mini SWAT uniforms.  And trust me they’ll be put to work as you explore all over South Park (first time since the show’s creation that the town’s been mapped actually) in your quest for the stick, as well as doing side quests for some of the more familiar characters from the show. So after delay after delay after publisher going under after finding a new publisher after delay – does The Stick of Truth ring true?

 

 

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To take from Daniel Bryan: YES! YES! YES! This game is creative, innovative, and entertaining as any last generation or current generation (so for) game. Customizing your character doesn’t end at the beginning of the game. In addition to the unique looking weapons and armors you find throughout the adventure; players can also collect wigs, facial hair and make-up to configure your character look any way like. You gear can also be configured with different ‘stickers’ to improve their functionality or give an edge in combat. And speaking of which, the combat is glorious and well designed, if anyone thinks that turn based combat can’t be challenging should park this title for quite a surprise. Finally the level of writing and animation to make this game as close to the show as possible is so good it’s almost 1 to 1. Seriously Matt, Trey, and all of the staff that worked this game put in 150%; everybody in the industry should take notes and notice what gaming could become with effort. Sadly this doesn’t earn the long awaited triple platinum rating for only one reason, the same weakness that the show has honestly: it’s raw. South Park has never been a show to play it safe, and the game follows suit: certain things and images, are not for kids (heck I think I’m too young for their content half the time). It doesn’t happen often but every once in a while some explicit scene will appear and you’ll say: “I really wish I didn’t see that…” Stuff like that keep this game from true greatness, but hey art’s in the eye of the holder and all that.  South Park: The Stick of Truth on a storytelling and mechanical standpoint is pure dynamite and is the last great game of the PS3/Xbox 360 era. If you’re over 21 and still have those systems I strongly suggest you pick up this game and play it with vim and vigor; it is truly the game we’ve been waiting for.

 

 

 

 

Games & Gear of 2014 – South Park: The Stick of Truth (3/4/2014)

 

I swear people it’s almost here, and it will be righteous. Just two months to go…

 

 

 

Trailer-Rama: South Park – The Stick of Truth

 

Ah South Park – The Stick of Truth, the game that died and lives again. A game that has the potential to be one of the next great games to be. A game that the creators of the show themselves (Trey Parker and Matt Stone) had a hand in developing. The game that has a lot of trailers… Has another one now, but this one has some game footage, cut scenes, and most importantly a release date. So hopefully December with be the magic month we all become the welders of the Stick of Truth, and I swear if if South Park studios gets closed down or ubisoft disappears off the map, then I quit.

 

 

 

 

 

This just in (Or not) – The Stick of Truth now belongs to Ubisoft

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Well people today’s news is a little bitter sweet; as we all know THQ has been going through a rather messy bankruptcy and in order to barely survive they have to sell their I.P.s (Intellectual Properties) – including the ones in development. Upcoming titles like Metro: Last Light and their developing studios are finding new homes in other video game publishers, but in my opinion THQ biggest lost so far is losing South Park: The Stick of Truth to Ubisoft (as well as THQ Montreal who had publishing rights for said game). Why? With all due respect to the current games being sold now, and those properties that will be sold in the future, South Park: The Stick of Truth will be the next great game of the year (yeah I’m calling it). Now I have nothing against Ubisoft, I love the Tom Clancy games (can wait for Rainbow 6: Patriots), but I also love THQ, a lot of my personal favs are there too (well not WWE ’13, but you know that). If THQ still had the rights to the Stick of Truth I know the success of the game would have been the shot in the arm the company needed. But now? THQ fate is still in question, again in my opinion. Let’s just they hope they don’t lose anymore, I don’t want THQ to be known as “The Hastily Quantulum” game company.

 

And now South Park’s greatest cultural contribution to the world:  Let’s Fighting Love. I totally watch that show.

 

 

 

 

Games & Gear of 2013 – South Park: The Stick of Truth (???????)

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I think I’ve talked enough about South Park: The Stick of Truth, but here’s a recap: South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are creating a video game equivalent of a South Park episode where players play as a new kid moving into town. Unfortunately every single kid in town is caught up in a larp civil war and if you want to get some brownie points you got to play along. Well if you ever watched any episode of South Park, something as simple as role play can easily turn into end of the world – but now it may be our fingers of the button to destruction. I can’t want until March.

1/28 = Well apparently since the Stick of Truth was bought out by Ubisoft, the release date has been changed to ‘I don’t know’ so stay tune for the adjusted date sometime in the future. I hope…