In 2010, the long-running controversial TV show, South Park, showed an episode entitled, “It’s a Jersey Thing.” This episode shows The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, MO in the background of a newscast. Just two years later, the latest video game based on the TV show was in development. After several delays and a new publisher, due to the old one, THQ, going bankrupt, the newest “South Park” game is finally here.
“South Park: The Stick of Truth” was recently released on March 4 for the 360, PS3 and PC. “SP: TSOT” was developed by Obsidian Entertainment, with the help of South Park Studios, and published by Ubisoft, and it is rated M (Mature) for blood and gore, drug reference, mature humor, nudity, strong language, strong sexual content and violence. The genre of “SP: TSOT” is a turn-based RPG video game. Single-player is the only game mode in the game.
Creators of the popular TV show South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, have written the game’s script, overseen the development, and provided the character’s voices, just like they have always done with the show. The creators allowed the game to be developed as long as Obsidian used the 2D cutout animation, similar to the look of the show (Hanson).
There should be more establishments in the “South Park” series, and its predecessor is “South Park: Tenorman’s Revenge.” “SP: TSOT” is the sixth major installment in the series. The first game came out in 1998, and it is called “South Park.”
“SP: TSOT” lets the player join Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny in a hilarious adventure to save South Park. The player can recruit classic South Park characters and arm their character with many magical weapons and armor. The player’s character can be customized in millions or billions of clothing and weapon combinations, and can play as one of four classes: Jew, Fighter, Mage and Thief.
Positives for “SP: TSOT” include hilarious and simple gameplay, great aesthetics, all locations in the show are geographically placed for the gamer to explore them, over 100 characters, infinite references to the show and fun RPG mechanics. Ryan McCaffrey of IGN said that “one day [sic] soon look back on “The Stick of Truth” as the best and most authentic licensed game ever made.”
Negatives for “SP: TSOT” include the small differences between the four available classes, tutorial sessions, thumb stick motions and small replay value. The fact that important and useful methods are hardly, if at all, described to the gamer is a downside.
Even though “SP: TSOT” has some downsides, it is still worth buying, unless you are not a fan of South Park. For those who are a fan, and have one of the three above hardware systems, this game is perfect for you and can be purchased here in St. Louis stores.
“SP: TSOT” is about $60 for the 360/PS3 and $50 for the PC at Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Toys “R” Us, Hastings and GameStop. The Grand Wizard Edition is $80 and includes a Cartman figure and kingdom of South Park map, in addition to the game itself. The game guide is $25. Check each link for store availability and pricing. A pre-owned game from GameStop can be purchased for $55, and Amazon.com, as well as collectible figures and skins.
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