If you are the sort of person who waves at passing cars….with no clothes on...then South Park Stick of Truth may be for you.
This review contains only minor spoilers in that it shows you a few things in the game. This review does not give away any plot points or twists. With that said, try to limit the number of gameplay.
Saying that South Park the Stick Of Truth is only for South Park fans is like saying dog food is only for dogs.
South Park fans will get the most out of this game because it features hundreds of episode references from the time when South Park was both hilarious and inspired. This was the period just after the movie in 1999, up until the end of season 18 in 2014.
And don't get me wrong, that is around fifteen years of solid material. Even their hit and miss episodes are better than what many other shows call their A material. I am just saying that around about season 19 is when the show stopped connecting with me.
Here you can see the game in action. My character is the long-haired blonde. You cannot play as South Park characters, you have to create your own. But you can change the appearance of your character both from the start and as you go along. You pick up more clothing types, hair types, facial decorations, and all that stuff.
You play as the new kid who wants to join the South Park gang, but must prove himself with a series of tasks. As you can imagine, the tasks get more and more absurd and nutty until…...well, actually, I am not going to tell you.
One thing I will say is that your character, a young boy, will end up being stuffed up a gay man’s bottom. That's right, as part of the story, you take a trip to toilet town.
Keep your eyes open, and you will see there is stuff hidden everywhere. But the kicker is that most of it you cannot get right away. You have to wait until later in the game when you have certain abilities or certain events have happened. Like the time I was arrested for hugging strangers
Things change each time the scene loads, which usually means that some bad guys respawn and different NPCs appear. As you walk past some people, they will give you clues as to what you can do in other locations.
See, here you can smash the window and it reveals what looks like a hidden camera, but you do not find out what it does until later. It actually looks a lot like my Mic.
Here is the microphone I used at home. It comes in black or white.
As you play South Park Stick of Truth, you will notice how similar it looks to this type of microphone.
The buddy fighting system works rather well. You can earn more damage with timed button presses, which removes the more common rock paper scissors element that you find in this type of role playing game. For example, I am not casting ice spell to counter a fire demon, I am casting something filthy in order to make my enemy sick.
I can fight offensively, defensively, or I can react to what they are doing. The fighting system is not original, and it is not even sophisticated, but it is just right. Not too much detail, and not so simple that it becomes boring because I never really got bored of the combat.
South Park Stick Of Truth is an RPG with puzzle elements, but there are not that many puzzles, which is great because I don't like puzzles.
Hardcore gamers will easily be able to make themselves overpowered so they can cut through enemies like warm butter.
South Park stick of truth has caught very little flack for its offensive material despite the fact that it is loaded with unsavoury things that some people are going to find offensive.
I think the reason for this is because the most powerful stuff is nestled at least 45 minutes into the game, and if you have been playing for 45 minutes, then you kinda know what to expect, and if you push on past that point, then you kinda know what you are letting yourself in for.
I would have to disagree when people say that South Park has survived so long because it breaks taboos and pushes boundaries, but I do not think that is the case. I agree that they have pushed boundaries in ways that no other TV shows have ever done before.
Such as by showing images of Muhammad, tackling Aids twice, saying “Shit” more times than any other show ever, and cartoon wars where they literally try to crowbar the word “Freedom” into America’s freedom of speech while simultaneously being censored by their own TV network.
Terms like “Derp” wouldn’t exist if South Park didn't. Nor would Durka Dur, Mud Monkey, Muff Cabbage and Mung. "They Took Our Jobs! They Terk Er Jerbs! Durka Dur!"
I agree that they have pushed boundaries in ways that no other TV shows have ever done before, but the real reason they have survived is because they are funny. The game is not laugh-out-loud funny, but there are so many funny elements that it is like reading a saucy pop-up book. You chip away at the story like any hardcore gamer, but behind every turn is something surprising, ticklish, or self referential.
One of the things that will stick with you is the Chinpokomon theme. For some reason, it became my catchphrase of the month.
Did I Ever Get Bored of Playing South Park Stick Of Truth?
Yes, there was a late-game period in day three where I had got every collectible and the game was pretty-much asking me to jump the final hurdle and complete the game.
But, like a champ, I fought a few more random battles, and gave up like all good quitters do. Up until that point, I was as eager as a dog who just discovered he can lick his own bollocks.
In the end, I had to watch my girlfriend run through the final scene with Morgan Freeman. Its not a spoiler, but yeah, that guy.
I wasn’t too impressed with the final boss, but then I don’t envy the creative decision that the script writers had to make. An exciting conclusion is needed, but then I also have to remember that the game is all about kids playing games, which means I can’t expect velociraptors in beards and Abe Lincoln hats.
Before continuing, I want to talk about this homeless man.
If you have watched the movie Toy Story One (1995), you may know that the character Sid, who also reappears in Toy Story Three (2010) as the garbage man, which is a theory backed up by the Chatter Phone Tipline video that the Toy Story YouTube channel put out on the 6th of October 2010.
As you know, Sid from Toy Story one became the garbage man in Toy Story three. Many people believe he spent his working day rescuing toys from the garbage because he knows they are alive.
My theory continues on this theme in that people overheard him talking to toys and he told people how toys were alive, so he was fired by his bosses and shunned by the community.
With no job and no friends at all to fall back on, he eventually became a homeless person who had to sell his possessions, which included his old and favorite shirt.
In the South Park game, we see he still sticks close to the bins in order to keep an eye out for any more toys in need.
Things I Disliked!!!
The game has no replay value. Get your fill and soak it all up because the second you complete it, you will not want to play it again. It may leave you with a hankering to play South Park the Fracture But Whole, but it is just a shadow in comparison to this game, so be warned.
I was not keen on he DLC. I am not saying that the DLC is bad, but I found it a bit redundant. After about a third of the way through the game, I had stopped enjoying its benefits and had gone on to get better gear and equipment.
By all means, if you are buying South park stick of truth on discount and the DLC is just a few pennies extra, then give it a go, but I don't think it is a wise investment if you are paying full price for the DLC.
I Wasn’t Keen On The Canada Bit. The Canada section went on just a tiny bit too long. I got the joke, and I smashed my way through it like a champ, but I didn't enjoy all of it.
There was a part where I couldn’t find Terrance and Philip, and I didn't enjoy walking around the 2D version top-down version of Canada.
I found them in the end, but still, I am not a fan of the Canada section of the game, but luckily it is a one-time visit and not a place where you have to keep going back.
Things I liked!!!
The cut scenes and many in-game sections are just like watching one of the good old South Park episodes. You know, the episodes after the movie but before it went all continuous-weird-trend-following-forgetting-to-be-funny type episodes in season 19 and onwards.
In that respect, the game is like a warm blanket for fans to wrap themselves in, plus it beats the piss-n-vinegar out of the Fractured But Whole sequel that kinda spluttered on the story side, and too much stuff relied on the buddy system, aaaaand that FFFing U-Play thing you have to log into, Gahhh!!
And believe me, I was looking forwards to that Game (shows Ted red faced and waiting for the game).
I liked the fighting mechanics. I felt they kept things interesting, and even the grindy bit didn't feel too laborious simply because they allowed me to overpower my characters so significantly without me having to rely on the same repetitive moves.
It is crude but funny, and it really looks like the show. It is not like the Simpsons wrestling game were the characters looked like plastic dolls, or the previous South Park games that were just terrible.
It is crude but funny, and it really looks like the show. It is not like the Simpsons wrestling game were the characters looked like plastic dolls, or the previous South Park games that were just shit.
The game creators used assets from the TV show, which is why things look so right.
The only thing that doesn't match up with the show is the rejiggered map, since this is the first time the South Park team have actually mapped the town of South Park. For the first time, you can see how far it is to walk from Stan’s house to the school. Plus, the game is downright loaded with hundreds of South Park characters, from Tweaks parents all the way down to the Crab people. The sound effects and the music are of a movie quality.
Things I Wish I Had Known Before Playing The Game
The game exists over three days. There are things you can only get or achieve on the first, second or third day. This means you are going to have to walk past things you cannot get until another day passes. On the same note, it is possible to miss things on the first and second day that you cannot get back on the third.
Despite the fact it is relatively easy to fully complete the game, I don't think the game was built with completionists in mind.
For example, you are going to miss things on your first run through, which means you are going to have to play all over again if you want to complete the game fully, and yet the game has very little replay value, so completionists will probably go unfulfilled.
Specifically, the easiest things to miss are the Christmas Critters, which you need to follow a map to get to, even though what you see doesn't look like a map. You will only play through once, so get everything and go for 100% completion first time.
So, to sum it up, I give it a Way Hey out of 17
South Park Stick of Truth Review Credits
Background fire image from Lenny Acompanado
Dog food image by kalhh on Pixabay
Cambridge University Image From Wikimedia Commons
Pink Background From Pixabay
Musical interlude music by Xythe from Freesound
Snowman falling sound by TheScarlettWitch89 on Freesound.
Vinyl record scratch by musicvision31 on Freesound.
Mic photograph from Amazon
Ambient Moving Background Image by LiviaDesigns from Pixabay
In cases where I needed a 24 fps, and my videos were at 29.98 fps, I used HandBrake to change the video file to a 24 fps file so that I may transfer it to Blender and edit.
HipHop music during butter slicing by Decentyo from Freesound.org
Chu-Chu Nezumi picture from FindOutFree.co.uk
Chinpokomon theme tune lifted from the South Park Stick of Truth game.
Did I Ever Get Bored Of Playing sound by xtrgamr on Freesound
Morgan Freeman graphic harvested from screens shown by Comedy Central. The graphic is only a cartoon representation of the real man of the same name.
Velociraptor image by mdherren from Pixabay
Beard image by Antonio_Idelvan from Pixabay
Top Hat image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay
Sid images came from Chatter Phone Tipline "Sid's Cameo"
I didn't like it at all soundtrack by deleted_user_1390811 October 31st, 2010 at FreeSound.
Images of South Park Stick of Truth DLC were retrieved from the Steam website.
Things I Liked Theme Tune By fmceretta April 26th, 2018 From FreeSound
Theme Tune “Things I Wish I Had Known Beforehand” was created by Timbre for https://freesound.org/s/73750/
Ted Nipples and most other voices by Ash the Great
Professor Julie Mc Tickle-Me-Nips was played by Jodie Turner on 05/05/2019
Audio altered with Audacity
Video created with the use of Blender, Paint 3D, Microsoft Paint and GIMP
Used the MP4 Converter from Tomabo to convert my sound files to .WAV
Thank you to https://www.dictionary.com/ for spelling out words phonetically for me so that I could work on my various speech impediments to the degree where I could actually publish this video.
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Written By Ashley Gaynor, 22/05/2019