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The Best South Park Episodes to Watch Before Playing The Stick of Truth

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Guys, I'm being super cereal right now: South Park: The Stick of Truth comes out next week, and I finished playing it recently. I don't want to give away much in advance of the review, and there are certain things you simply have to see for yourself. But there are enough references to previous episodes that I wanted to prepare you. And so I present to you six South Park episodes that clearly inspired The Stick of Truth. And afterwards, we will all sing "Kyle's Mom is a Stupid B****" in d-minor.

Season 11, Episode 14: The List

Girls. They're such a mystery, making dumb lists all the time--and I don't say that just because they put lardasses at the bottom of their lists. The boys embark on Operation: Cannot Possibly Fail so that they might recover the girls' list of boys rated from cutest to ugliest. Does that sparkle with all the girls?

Relevant quote: "You think maybe girls keep their balls on the inside of their tummies?"

Season 10, Episode 6: ManBearPig

Totally super cereal story recap: Don't worry, it's not ManBearPig… it's Al Gore who takes center stage at a South Park Elementary school assembly, spreading ManBearPig awareness. But all Gore really wants is to be taken cereal for once. For maximum enjoyment, bring everyone you can to your ManBearPig viewing and watch at 8AM sharp, and keep an eye out for anyone with large hooves where their feet should be.

Relevant quote: "It is half man, and half bear, and half pig."

Season 17, Episode 7: Black Friday

Winter is coming. And if you've seen Black Friday, or any other entry in the show's recent three-episode arc, then you've met Princess Kenny, aka Lady McCormick. Let's not beat around the bush: these episodes are savvy companion stories that have more than a little to do with South Park: The Stick of Truth. But hey--marketing is what makes the world go round, and if you feel too squicky about the crossover, then douse yourself in pig blood and bring the m*****f***ing pain.

Relevant quote: "Have you ever noticed that almost every time they show a guy's wiener, that guy's character is gay?"

Season 1, Episode 8: Pinkeye

The little British kid is a limey zombie now in this episode that teaches us never to use Worcestershire sauce as embalming fluid. Come for the story, which has the town of South Park falling prey to zombies. Stay for the sight of a perpetually horny Chef proving that even death cannot quell a man's carnal desires.

Relevant quote: "Let's try to keep our hands and arms to ourselves, okay?"

Season 2, Episode 17: Gnomes

You couldn't accuse me of not teaching you enough about current events. Unfortunately, Mr. Garrison is lacking in this regard, and has to assign oral reports to the entire class. The frazzled Tweek joins Cartman, Stan, Kyle, and Kenny to work on the report, but Tweek finds it hard to concentrate, given the frequent appearance of the underpants gnomes, whose goal is to steal everyone's briefs. As if underpants in South Park didn't already have it hard enough.

Relevant quote: "Who is this woman with the gazongas and the high heels, what does she know about medicine?"

Season 1, Episode 1: Cartman Gets an Anal Probe

I believe. And you should too after viewing the episode that started it all. Cartman is abducted by scary aliens with big heads and big black eyes who violate anuses when not mutilating cows. He also learns about Christopher Columbus, the Indians' best friend, who freed the Hebrews from Napoleon. For best results, watch while recovering from prostate tumor surgery.

Relevant Quote: "We told you they were real, Cartman! Sorry about your ass."

These aren't necessarily the best episodes of South Park of all time, but they are the best ones to watch before diving into South Park: The Stick of Truth. What are your favorite episodes, and why? Sound off--and quote abundantly--in the comments below!

Discussion

268 comments
BFKZ
BFKZ

I never watched a single episode of South Park, maybe a few clips my friends showed me but that's it. I love turn based rpgs so I will probably enjoy the gameplay if its any good, other than that, Iam sure I will not get any of the joke references, so thanks for this article, if the game gets good ratings, I'll watch these episodes and give the game a try.

shipster30
shipster30

For some reason, I enjoy any episode that revolves around Stan's dad as the main character as the funniest episodes. I also get a kick out of the Chinese guy saying 'Welcome to City wok!"

Vampyre_Ghost
Vampyre_Ghost

Can't wait for this  going to be watching South Park all day.  It really looks like this game got the time and attention it deserved.  Should be awesome for fans.   

bemushroomed
bemushroomed

Uh.. i'd say it's missing the top two episodes to watch: Good Times with Weapons and The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers... 


Not only are they pretty much like the game and surely the inspiration to it, but they're also two of the best SP episodes.


bannermanner
bannermanner

I think for me it's a draw between Jewbilee and Terrance and Philip: Not Without My Anus.

This is a good advance piece. Thanks for the read, Kevin.

Sunuva22
Sunuva22

I'm thinking this game will get an 8-9, but only because they wished the game universe would never end :D

gameroutlawzz
gameroutlawzz

Cant wait to grab my PS3 version this tuesday but I still wish the game came out on Wii U. Wouldve loved to navigate around the in-game friends page and party/inventory management using the gamepad without to always have to pause the game. Also Wii U is my main console now outside of Dark Souls 2 and  this game the PS3 wont get used much anymore...

redder1111
redder1111

@Kevin-V since you've already played this game, can you tell us if it's worth buying or not? is that a great game?

shantd
shantd

Aahahaha, this is all classic stuff. Thanks Kevin, this was a great idea and will undoubtedly be the highlight of my day.

befo72
befo72

Anything that is Butters-centric is my favorite, especially Butters' Bottom Bitch and The Tale of Scroty McBoogerballs. Hopefully SoT has plenty of Butters.


You know what I am saying?

anakvunky
anakvunky

i've seen this article somewhere.... ?

mattress805
mattress805

This last season was one of the best in years. Everyone I know that watches it, agrees. "Foofa's got that nice shaved strange that ya really wanna get into". Ha lol. This game will be EPIC!

Bazongaman502
Bazongaman502

Or you know... Watch them all. Every single one of them are great

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

Best Friends Forever should be on this list - that was the best standalone video-game-centric episode. Go God Go is the only better one and it was a two parter (and has the quite polarizing Mrs. Garrison/Richard Dawkins sex scene, which makes it a bit harder as an intro episode for people who don't watch South Park)

kozzy1234
kozzy1234

The Scott Tennerman episode is my favorite, I also love the Sadam/Satan episodes, Terrence and Phillip episodes and that one with Mr Slave/Lemmiwinks. Oh yeah, love the episodes where Randy or Cartman are the main focus :)


Also to people crying about Kevin's picks.... these are not his favorites of all time! They are just the ones that tie into the videogame.

CatAtomic999
CatAtomic999

Episode 112: Good Times with Weapons explains some of their special attacks. I am. Super. Cereal.

Ardiendos
Ardiendos

I just need a healthy dose of Towelie and the Goth Kids in this game and all will be well.

MateykoSlam
MateykoSlam

I don't think people are getting why he chose these episodes. They are episodes with direct ties to the content in The Stick of Truth. He tried to make that really clear in the intro. 

PyreofKoL
PyreofKoL

C'mon, Kevin. You can't make that list without including "Make Love, Not Warcraft".

TheTNWrestler
TheTNWrestler

Man, I totally wish escaping the death camp of tolerance was part of the game.


No more... arts and crafts...

ragnarockw
ragnarockw

Jesus is added as a friend then when you use him in a battle (except boss fights because they are tough) He will shine a holy light from the sky then land next to you ----then brings out a big chain gun and destroys everything lol (except bosses) Yeh I am getting this. 

twisted_sith
twisted_sith

Still to this day, my favorite South Park moment, "No, you don't understand. My chair, I control it with this little switch. It stopped dead on these railroad tracks you have to help m--BLEGH!!"

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

This game is funny on a few levels. If it bombs, lol @ a western develops thinking we like turn based RPGs enmass. If it's a hit, lol @ eastern developers who can barely get out of the niche catagory in the west with their JRPGs.

/pass

Darkeus
Darkeus

Wow, that made me miss Issac Hayes....

voreo
voreo

not the whole black friday trilogy? tsk tsk

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

RUN! BOMB INCOMING!!

Turn based RPG intended for a Western audience? Based on a 15+ year old franchise that's known for terrible games?

Ubisoft should have left this turd in the pasture - like god intended.

drwhoiscool
drwhoiscool

@PowerDingALing Stealing Games eh?  douchebag... I hope your cracked version locks up all the time & gives your PC a virus...

robbiejones
robbiejones

@PowerDingALing  have a decent youtube channel and get a partnership and they'll send you free games all the time

phoiv
phoiv

@Vidpci You goddamned Loch Ness Monster. Kevin knows you are an 8 story-tall crustucean from the Paleozoic era. He aint gonna give south park tree-fiddy.

Daemoroth
Daemoroth

@CatAtomic999  "Hey! Hey! Let's go! [Kin katsuru, taisetsu namono]! Protect my balls!! [Bokuga warui] So let's fighing! Let's fighting looove... Let's fighting looove!"

Love South Park! Also, tune of "I saw three ships":

"Shelly is starting to get pissed, on Christmas day, on Christmas day. Shelly got up and killed the turds, on Christmas day in the MORNIIIIING!!!!"

So, so many quotes...

mattress805
mattress805

I hope towlie is in it. What am I saying. Of course he'll be In it.

kozzy1234
kozzy1234

@Sevenizz Reasons why it will be awesome     1. Obsidian are the best rpg devs atm (imo of course)   2. You have the south park writers working with the devs, this is not just come cash in

fatgingerxpress
fatgingerxpress

In the words of Mr. HANKEY :

Everything that lives on earth poos in some way

And that's how the cycle happens each and everyday

Just look at the green, green grass and the birds up in the sky

It's all here because of poo and now I'll tell you why

Grass is eaten by the cattle

Which is eaten by women and men

It fuses with their body, and becomes poo again

And that poo goes through the sewer

Which is dumped into the sea

And its eaten by the plankton which becomes the fishes meal.

When that bigger fish with the poo still inside

Swims up near the shore and gets eaten alive

By a grizzly bear that poos on a dead piece of sand

So that it can spring to the life and become food for the land!

It's the poo of the antelope, the poo of the giraffe

Which falls onto to the earth, and becomes the blades of grass

The grass is eaten by the cattle, which comes out the other end

To make poo for the humans, and start all over again.

gameroutlawzz
gameroutlawzz

@Sevenizz  Ignorant and clueless arent even strong enough words to qualify what you are. Maybe you havent seen the first 20-mins gameplay trailer but this game screams geniuism from both its gameplay/fun and characters/dialogues perspectives. Youre the tool thatll be missing out on a true gem. 

bannermanner
bannermanner

And then we can go DAAAAAAAMMMIT, VanOrd! Don't go givin dat goddom monsta no goddom tree fitty!

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Gameplay? It's a turn based RPG - I was unaware scrolling through menu after menu was 'fun'. This reviewer will score this game a six - he can't go lower as they're probably buying ad space around the release. He loves JRPGs and story games over actual gameplay so he will nick pick this into oblivion if it doesn't make him cry with a score to rival Beauty & the Beast.

Mark my words - this game will bomb.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@robbiejones

I doubt that. Dude plays videos games alone, as he mentioned under the review for Lego Marvel Super Heroes.

itsuhsjan
itsuhsjan

@Sevenizz You've been hurt in the past, this much is true. What JRPG hurt you, Sevenizz? Who hurt you?

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Of course you care - why would you respond?

Darkeus
Darkeus

@Sevenizz  The ignorance, it is asstounding....

We don't care if you don't like Turn-Based RPGs. Take your ADD somewhere else please....

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

The Internet says so, so it must be true!

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

So was the recent Aliens - and look how that turned out...

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Lol, the 'I'm smart cause I don't play shooters' card. Other than the upcoming Titanfall aod one CoD, I hardly even play FPSs. I bet you have more shooters in your collection.

soullessshadow
soullessshadow

@Sevenizz  The outcry from the internet for this game has mainly been positive. People want to play this. Your opinion is irrelevant.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@Sevenizz So you're just some kind of moron that doesn't like turn based RPGs?  Go back to your shooters and let the real gamers enjoy their games.

Trev9421
Trev9421

Fun is subjective last time I checked.

South Park: The Stick of Truth More Info

First Release on Mar 04, 2014
  • PlayStation 3
  • Xbox 360
  • PC
South Park: The Stick of Truth is an epic role-playing adventure that will allow the user to befriend Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny and explore the quiet little mountain town like never before.