South Park: The Stick of Truth Is Crude, Immature, and Oh So Funny

The writing of Matt and Trey shines through in The Stick of Truth, but the crude humour isn't for everyone.

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I'll admit my sense of humour is a little puerile. Hell, maybe it's even a little perverse. But delicately cupping your hand between your butt cheeks, letting rip a killer fart, and then setting that sucker on fire? I don't care who you are, that's comedy gold.

It's that crude level of humour that makes South Park: The Stick of Truth one of the funniest games I've ever seen; there were more F-bombs, farts, and poops dropped within the first 30 seconds of the demo than in even the most filthy of South Park episodes. It's a game that fully embraces the source material--in this case the excellent writing and animations of Matt Stone and Trey Parker--and pairs it with classic role-playing game mechanics in some wonderful ways.

Take the battle system, for instance. In any classic RPG you have spells and various powers with which to attack the enemy. But just what would a group of (admittedly problematic) 9-year-old children do to mimic such powers when playing make-believe? If it's a fire spell, then naturally it's farting on objects and setting them ablaze with a lighter. Or, if it's an electricity spell, dousing someone in water and then dumping a car battery into the mix is the most logical solution.

Ice spells are brought to life with fire extinguishers, fireworks are used for explosions, and cupped farts are used as bombs. The slick animation brings those attacks to life in a way that brilliantly mimics the series' trademark half-assed look, while the voice acting and writing from Stone and Parker ensures there's always a witty comeback or a barrage of swears to accompany each attack.

The madness doesn't stop there either. Like in any typical RPG, you can fully customise each of your characters for various types of buffs. Except, of course, most RPGs don't let you dress your characters up in assless leather chaps. Or gimp masks. Or arm them with a big pink dildo. Neither would most RPGs let you take your newly dildo-equipped character to a urinal, poop in said urinal, pick up the poop, and then hurl it at enemies in battle for a messy brown attack.

There are plenty of nods to classic episodes of the show too. Characters like the goth kids roam the halls of the school, Chipotle burritos restore precious mana, and the underpants gnomes give you the ability to shrink down in size and climb up vents to solve puzzles. Oh, and complete with a particularly disturbing animation, your character is equipped with an alien anal probe that pops off your character's behind and detects hidden objects.

OK, so this isn't a game for the easily offended. And the truth is, its crude sense of humor is going to limit its appeal. But if the thought of Craig creating an army of saluting zombie Nazi cats, or Eric Cartman unleashing a one-minute-long fart explosion as a special attack tickles your funny bone, South Park: The Stick of Truth might just be the game you're looking for. Also, farts: LOL.

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PrpleTrtleBuBum
PrpleTrtleBuBum

I love the dialogue and themes of South Park, but I can't say the fart-filled gameplay sounds fun. I didn't think farts were that important for South Park and honestly toilet humor has always been the worst part of it. But I would like to see Eric's psychic bolts and the anime-forms, and even Butters's stepdance shoe.

markgsxr1000
markgsxr1000

WHY IS THERE A 60 SECOND LONG COMMERCIAL PRECEDING THESE VIDEOS!!!!!

people have to speak up or all these ads will just get longer and longer.  if this continues, then i will not be visiting this site anymore!!

Psycold
Psycold

I remember renting the VHS copy of the first few episodes of season 1 back in the 90's. I used to have a BEEEFCAAAAKE! poster on my wall. 

drokmore
drokmore

Man its amazing how far they've taken south park

MrSlippyfists
MrSlippyfists

"Well, you know what I say about kids, they're all pink on the inside."

vadagar1
vadagar1

LMAO anal probe to find objects XD


those cheeky aliens 

DJKrayz_basic
DJKrayz_basic

why, when i click on an image does it take me to a 404 page...??? fix this Gamespot.. oh, and while you're at it, stop showing us console screenshots of games that are barely over the size of a cell phone screen size... thats dumb...

granola_goodnes
granola_goodnes

I wonder what powers Kenny will have?  If i get banished by Chtulu, will he be the only one able to escape?

lol.  But seriously can't wait for this.  Trey and Matt can only write comedy gold!

davidsor
davidsor

last game ill buy for my 360

devak108
devak108

Pre-Order f***ing confirmed.

CrushedGear
CrushedGear

South Park + RPG + Obsidian = One hell of a game!!!

ColdstoneX3
ColdstoneX3

looking forward to this, love it when a game doesnt abide by all that politcal and social correctness that gets thrown into our faces recently, just a nice incredibly fun game for alot of laughs :D

SmartGhost
SmartGhost

they should be spending that cult of Cartman money and make this game amazing and not to many fart jokes 


Rival_Son
Rival_Son

I hope it doesnt turn out to be a complete disaster

abhisheknerdy20
abhisheknerdy20

I am waiting for this game for very long so please don't disappoint us 

OldKye
OldKye

O.o If he uses his ass to cast fire what exactly does he do with his staff?

DrKill09
DrKill09

Meh.  RPG's suck.  Gimme the N64 fps.  Sure, it was mediocre, but I really don't like RPG's. 

gaming_binge
gaming_binge

can't even fuck with the genius that is southpark.  if stone and parker are writing the dialog, no doubt will be epic 

rat5112
rat5112

Glad to hear this was salvaged from the carcass of THQ. Can't wait.

djpetitte
djpetitte

cant wait to own this, and like actually own it.

kozzy1234
kozzy1234

Cant wait, south park writers are awesome and Obsidian is the best rpg devs in the world imo.

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

That's the thing about South Path though: its humour has two faces, and people usually can't see both due to the more readily apparent immature humour. SP has some really great social commentary, when it's not being too heavy handed.

Sure, it's absolutely immature, but it's also really smart. That's the whole point of South Park, because it's set in a world where the most immature characters -- the kids -- are also the least stupid people in it.

digits52
digits52

from 4:52 on is really entertaining...

JFERNANDEZ84
JFERNANDEZ84

Well, I was expecting exactly this! That's South Park, dammit! And we love it!!

tightwad34
tightwad34

So the game is going to be like the show? Stop lying, GTFO.

CUDGEdave
CUDGEdave

At last a game with a sense of humour!!....I'm sick of humourless,dull,serious characters in games.

holtrocks
holtrocks

I love South Park, that is all.

OldKye
OldKye

@DrKill09 that cow launcher was sweet and nothing like peeing on a snowball to increase it's damage.

metalhead451
metalhead451

@rat5112 I know!!!! was so surprised to see this. really happy it came through. my game informer with this on the cover is still at the top of the pile!

AlkaPorty
AlkaPorty

@kozzy1234 
Because we all know their last games; Alpha Protocol, Fallout: New Vegas and Dungeon Siege III were master pieces

drgribb
drgribb

@sexyeyes79 Seriously, one of the greatest movies ever.  No one I know besides me has even heard of the movie though lol

sexyeyes79
sexyeyes79

@CUDGEdave  

Same here.  I am a stressed out parent of a teenage daughter and need comic relief.  I enjoy crude humor.

WantYouBad
WantYouBad

@CRAPCOM1926 @DrKill09 "RPG as Are Fun"?????

rossrjensen
rossrjensen

@AlkaPorty @kozzy1234 Uh, did you actually play any of those games.  New Vegas was pretty darn close and Alpha Protocol is severely underrated.

the_bi99man
the_bi99man

@Dissentioncc @sexyeyes79 Cannibal the Musical is incredible. And from well before South Park, as well. Those guys are great. Also, they were the lead actors in Baseketball, but they didn't actually have anything to do with the writing or directing of that one.

sexyeyes79
sexyeyes79

@Dissentioncc @sexyeyes79 

I have Baseketball as well and it is very funny.  I will have to check out Cannibal The Musical though.  Thanks for the heads up.

OldKye
OldKye

@sexyeyes79 @CUDGEdave If all it takes is a little crude humor to get you through that one your a boarder line super hero.

AlkaPorty
AlkaPorty

@rossrjensen @AlkaPorty @kozzy1234 
Yeah, New Vegas I think it was the worst of the Fallout series, it doesn't feel open-world at all and at the strip the game felt so boring I never finished it.
Alpha Protocol was great in term of story telling and choices you could make, but I hated the gameplay so much that I couldn't enjoy it.

I love how they bring the story to the table, but I hate how they surround it in term of gameplay, and since Trey and Matt are working on the game, I have no faith in this one, though I'm gonna give it a chance 'cause I'm a fan of the series.