South Park: The Stick of Truth

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It's genuinely laugh-out-loud funny
As satisfying as South Park's combat system is – it's Paper Mario's approach if you want more of an idea – it was never meant to be the main attraction for the game. Much like the television show, though, The Stick Of Truth is genuinely hilarious. It does often lean heavily on 'in-jokes' – Al Gore hiding behind a bush ranting and raving about ManBearPig, for example – but for the most part it's as immediately funny as its TV counterpart. It pulls no punches either, so if something can be made fun of, it will be.

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It doesn't water down the humour
My most recent playthrough of South Park focused on the start of the game, from opening cutscene onwards. During this time there were jokes about farts, David Hasselhoff, video games, films, TV, sex, the homeless, the Japanese, and masterbating. It will offend the people who have always been horrified by the series, and will no doubt cause a hooha because now it's happening within a different medium. But it firmly sticks to the Parker/Stone maxim that everything is funny, or nothing is.

Fans will feel catered for
The Stick Of Truth has been designed to throw references at people almost constantly. We've already mentioned ManBearBig, and the dedication to give back to those who have been with the show since day one is of credit to Matt and Trey. That's not to say it's a requirement to have seen every episode – you just have to get the South Park sense of humour – but it's definitely an extra bonus to take away from it.

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You get to explore South Park
It's ff absolutely no concern to anyone who's not a fanatic, but there is something incredibly compelling about walking around the environment and seeing how everything is laid out. I unashamedly proclaimed 'So that's where City Wok is!' when I saw its location. Does it make any difference to the game itself? Not at all, but it's an avenue never really explored outside of The Stick Of Truth.

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You can be a part of it all
The combat may take a backseat, but that doesn't mean it's bad. In fact, the simplicity of it – which mimics how the TV show has always approached matters – is nothing but a good thing. It's a very stripped back real-time system that caters for the jokes the game wants to tell while still allowing you to be engaged with what you're doing.

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The opening of the game is excellent
How many games actually make you laugh? I imagine you can count them on one hand. Here, Trey Parker and Matt Stone have brought their comedic talents across near perfectly. No line is out of place, no character feels watered down, and the situations you find yourselves in manage to straddle a very enjoyable line between making you laugh and gasp in shock at the same time. In short, it's South Park.

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tem1985

Really looking forward to this. Also appreciated the dig at south west trains. useless ****'*
Posted 09:31 on 18 February 2014
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Vixxy

So many good games still coming on PS3/360. My PS4 has barely been used in the past month.
Posted 15:05 on 15 February 2014
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stealthshock

Looks great hopefully the game is long are similar throughout the game
Posted 11:45 on 15 February 2014
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RFK87

Can't Wait, wish it was comming to next gen, goanna have to blow the dust off the ps3 i think :s
Posted 21:21 on 14 February 2014
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Neon-Soldier32

This game sounds incredible... but I'm only a small-time fan. I've seen a couple of seasons and know major things like Imaginationland, ManBearPig (BearPigMan!) and the like, but not all the in jokes. Is this game still suitable for me for full price (which I presume is £40)?
Posted 16:59 on 14 February 2014
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BombaLuigi

Very nice to hear, I was always very optimistic about that Game because Parker/Stone working on it, and of course Obsidian. One of the few Studios I have trust in (even tough not everything they do is perfect).
But a thumbs up of the Miller is always good for confidence!

Oh and that: "I unashamedly proclaimed 'So that's where City Wok is!' when I saw its location."
I think I read something somwhere some Time ago where Matt or Trey (not sure) said that they had to find out exactly that. They had no Idea where for example Kyles or Cartmans House are in the City.
Must have been a cool Time for them to after all those Years making the Show finding that stuff out.
Posted 16:21 on 14 February 2014
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GurdishBurger

Cant wait for this, finally something funny that I can play with my mates sitting next to me, none of that online only multiplayer crap.
Posted 15:30 on 14 February 2014

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Release Date: 07/03/2014
Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
Publisher: Ubisoft
Genre: RPG
Rating: PEGI 18+
Site Rank: 668 15
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