New York Comic Con has come and gone, but as I reflect about all that I saw at the convention, the South Park: The Stick of Truth demo I watched seemingly lingers in my mind as what made me the most excited.
If you are a fan of the show and RPGs then quite possibly this might be the game you have been waiting for. As the demo started, I actually had to do a double take because I thought they were just showing a clip of the show. Everything that you have come to love about South Park was translated perfectly into the game including the animation, characters, and most importantly the humor and dialogue.
In fact from the 5+ minute demo we saw immediately had my mind going back to the “anime” episode of South Park in the sense that you can tell you are in South Park, but everything has been translated into a completely different world at the same time. Whether it is the living room that now looks like a classic RPG tavern, Jimmy singing hilarious bard songs to give his minions buffs, or shooting farts to debilitate enemies prior to your encounters with them on the battlefield, South Park: The Stick of Truth gave me an excitement for an RPG that I haven’t felt in quite some time.
The turn-based style is familiar to RPG fans, but more importantly, the way the player moves throughout the map and interacts with enemies prior to the encounter is reminiscent of Super Mario RPG, providing a fresh feel. The skills shown off were hilariously appropriate for a South Park video game including the “Shit Nugget” ranged attack and a “Roshambo” that ends in a nut kick to name a few. With Matt Stone and Trey Parker writing the script for the game, it isn’t surprising to see all the greatness of the show in video game form.
Take on the roll of Sir Douchebag (as named by Cartman) in South Park: The Stick of Truth on December 10th for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. Check out some screenshots below and let us know what you think.