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South Park team creates gross, offensive, hilarious new game

By Caleb Hennington
On March 6, 2014

From the wickedly creative and hysterical minds of South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone comes one of the funniest, grossest, rudest and most unapologetically cringe inducing video games to ever grace gaming. “South Park: The Stick of Truth” is the first full-length South Park video game since 1998’s “South Park” game, originally released for the Nintendo 64.

Published by Ubisoft and developed by Obsidian Entertainment, “The Stick of Truth” is a satire of the popular RPG genre, and features simple turn based combat, quests, a plethora of weapons and armor, level-ups, upgrades, disgusting (and sometimes racist) magic abilities, class customization, puzzle solving and a bunch of other elements that make up any good RPG. It’s crude in the most genuinely acceptable way possible, which is to be expected of a game based off the insanely popular 17-year-old TV show.

Like most RPGs, the game starts out with an epic prologue, which explains what the stick of truth is and why Cartman and the rest of the Humans in the Kingdom of Kupa Keep (a.k.a. the KKK) seek to obtain it and keep it safe from the Elves. The Wizard King (Cartman) is the leader of the KKK, while the Elf Kingdom is led by the Elf King (Kyle). You start off assisting Cartman, Princess Kenny, Butters and other members of the KKK, but later the game allows you to switch sides and join the Elf Kingdom, which consists of Kyle, Stan, Jimmy and other classic South Park characters.

The game also allows full customization of your South Park character, “with something like a billion character, clothing, and weapon combinations.” The customization is pretty in-depth and allows players to create and insert themselves into the world of South Park.

Your character in the game is a new kid in the town of South Park, who is kind of dragged into the mythical make believe that the other kids are playing. In an obvious satire of games like The Legend of Zelda and Elder Scrolls, your character is not given his own voice, and greets every attempt at conversation in the game with a blank stare and awkward silence. And even when you’re allowed to name your character, no matter what name you enter, Cartman and everyone else in the game will constantly refer to you as Douchebag (although later you do get to upgrade from just Douchebag to Sir Douchebag). You are also allowed to choose between four different character classes: Fighter, Mage, Thief, and of course, Jew. Each class has a different set of skills and weapons (if you pick Jew you are given abilities like The Sling of David, Jew-Jitsu, and Circum-Scythe…*cringe*).

Along the way you’ll make friends and add some recognizable characters to your traveling party. The game starts you out with only Butters and Kenny, but further progression in the game will unlock Stan, Cartman, Jimmy and Kyle. Each companion has its own buddy command, which allows you to reach some areas that would otherwise be inaccessible.

The environments in the game mimic the show down to every single minute detail, which makes it feel like you’re playing through one long episode of South Park. Every single character in the show seems to make an appearance in the game, including Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo, ManBearPig, Al Gore, the anal probing Aliens, and even Jesus. Even the “junk” in the game references recognizable episodes and gags, such as copies of the novel “The Poop That Took A Pee,” and Terrance and Phillip dolls.

The game is so gross, so shocking, and so vulgar that at times you’ll be laughing so hard it will make you question your own morality. At times, the frame rate for the game lagged quite a bit, but this didn’t keep me from having a great time playing. But despite how much fun the game is, there’s really no incentive to play through again since no matter what class you pick at the beginning the story will remain the same. The game will take, at the most, probably 14 hours to complete, but it’s well worth it to play one of the funniest and most vile video games ever made. “Succeed, and you shall by South Park’s savior. Fail and you will forever be known…as a douchebag.”

9/10

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