South Park: The Stick of Truth Preview
Sam Reimer / Aug 1st, 2012 No Comments
Do you remember the South Park game on the Nintendo 64 and PlayStation? Thirteen years later, the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, have teamed up with Obsidian Entertainment and THQ to make an RPG set in the South Park universe.
South Park: The Stick of Truth puts players in the role of the “New Kid” in South Park at a time when the children are caught up in live-action roleplaying. As the silent protagonist, you will join in the game and make friends with characters from the show.
When you first start the game, you are tasked with creating your character while Eric Cartman guides you through the process. Obsidian claims the game will contain a level of customization that outstrips that of any other known online character generator.
At this point, you will also be able to choose between one of five classes for your character. In true South Park form, one of the available classes will be Jew, a paladin/monk type described as being “high risk, high reward” in which players become more powerful as they get closer to dying. The other available classes are Fighter, Mage, Thief, and Cleric.
Styled in the same way as the show, the two-dimensional world will have divergent paths that will take the player in the foreground and the background. This will allow for greater freedom of movement than traditional 2D games. Platforming elements were originally implemented and scrapped early on in development. The gameplay is intended to be fun for both role-playing gamers and South Park fans alike.
Combat will be turn-based, similar to Paper Mario or Final Fantasy. The game adds the element of timing which leads to larger combos or better defense. There will also be a summoning system which allows you to call upon help from other characters in fights. Most fights will consist of you and a party of characters which you have complete control over while fighting enemies.
The items and weapons found in the game will be what you would expect from the kids of South Park. Everything from rolling pins and wooden swords to football helmets and pasta strainers are available. You also have the chance to augment weapons with different upgrades like fire or electricity. Collectible items will be scattered around the town of South Park as well, including dirty magazines and the lovable Chinpokomon dolls.
Quests will be grounded in the South Park canon. For the first time ever, Stone and Parker have sat down and mapped out the entire town in order to get a legitimate feel for the snowy Colorado town. You will be sent on quests to memorable places from the show including the school and City Wok. Players will carry around a smartphone which will act as a main menu and help track quests and stats.
Anyone who pre-orders the game will receive the Good Times with Weapons DLC pack, which features a special attack, Samurai costume, and a weapon. However, pre-orders for the Xbox 360 version will receive another attack, costume, and weapon in addition to the previously mentioned DLC pack. Through out the game’s life, DLC will come out in the form of standalone episodic adventures and all DLC will debut on the Xbox 360 first. As another tie in to the Xbox 360, South Park: The Stick of Truth will come with Kinect integration. This will allow you to taunt enemies, launch attacks, and interact with characters in the game.
Previous game titles from South Park have come out to poor reception. Since the first foray into video games, South Park and South Park Pinball released in 1998, there have been eight titles under the South Park umbrella. Xbox Live Arcade title, South Park: Tenorman’s Revenge, was released earlier this year.
Since Trey Parker and Matt Stone have had so much input in writing and voicing the entire game, you can expect the humor of South Park: The Stick of Truth to fall right in line with the show. With the graphic styles also mimicking the show so accurately, it should feel just like another episode rather than a licensed side project.
South Park: The Stick of Truth is set to release on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on March 5, 2013 and is available to pre-order now from stickoftuth.com.