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The same show we all know and love brings its crude humor and social satire into the world of video games with their first video game since the days of the Playstation and Nintendo 64, South Park: The Stick of Truth!

The Stick of Truth opens with your character, “The New Kid”, moving into the quiet little mountain town known as South Park. It’s not long before you meet the shows main characters as you join Cartman, Kenny, Stan, and Kyle, along with the entire rest of the shows major supporting characters, on a Dungeons and Dragons / Lord of The Rings style adventure to become the true owner of The Stick of Truth!

If you enjoy the show, you will undoubtedly enjoy this game, and with the RPG style of this game you can be sure to find yourself sinking hours into this game while exploring the town, looting everything you see, and powering up your character on your way through the main story line.

Now onto the review!

Speed:

  • Touchdown (6 Points)
    • The Stick of Truth gets a touchdown from me here because it took me around 15 hours to play through this game to the end. However those 15 hours were incredibly enjoyable to the point that I would rarely realize how long I had been playing. I did not 100 % this game and I know there are still a few side quests I have left to complete, but the main story line could probably be finished in 10-12 hours if you were really focused on just grinding through the game.

Agility:

  • Touchdown + Conversion (8 Points)
    • The Stick of Truth really shined in my eyes as being able to hop in and either complete a quest, or advance your quest forward in short bursts while still being a blast to play. Being an offline single player game definitely helps this cause as you can pause and save at almost any point during the game.

Acceleration:

  • Touchdown (6 Points)
    • The Stick of Truth does a good job at ramping you into all the abilities and features of the game. While some of the tutorials can be more tedious than others, the game itself allows you to get going fairly quickly and start your adventure. Tutorials peppered in throughout the game make you feel like you’re truly learning new abilities without slowing down your gaming.

Strength:

  • Field Goal (3 Points)
    • I’m giving this a field goal here simply because there is no better option for me to give at this point. I truly enjoyed the gameplay in The Stick of Truth, however the combat system, 2.5D world and movement style, and just enough slightly annoying quirks led me to this score. While only a minor detail, running up the wrong plank or getting stuck because you couldn’t activate the hit-box to break a part of the environment does get old after a few hours.

Toughness:

  • Touchdown + XP (7 Points)
    • The Stick of Truth provides challenging game play throughout without ever feeling over-bearing. The battle system is a combination of strategy and reaction based skill that, at times, can be difficult to master, but it never really feels like it’s the game’s fault when you miss a button press. The enemies scale up with you in order to keep the battles worthwhile throughout the game. Bosses are notably more difficult (as they should be) and will pose a significant challenge if you’re under-leveled.

Value:

  • Touchdown + Conversion (8 Points)
    • I picked this game up in a bundle with the games new, semi-sequel South Park: The Fractured but Whole for around the price of a single new game. I would say I got more than my money’s worth from this game alone and the whole second game is another great story that I will review some day soon!

Stamina:

  • Field Goal (3 Points)
    • This score for stamina is by no means an indictment on The Stick of Truth at all, however this is an offline single player, linear-ish RPG game. Unless you are a perfectionist who enjoys 100%ing their games, you will likely get through this in somewhere between 15-20 hours and most likely be done with the game. I can definitely see the potential replay-ability of this game with different skill distributions, but for most players this will be a one and done.

Overall:

Final Score: 41 Points – Above Average

All in all, South Park: The Stick of Truth is an incredibly fun game. If you can pick this game up for around $20 or less, or bundle it up with the second game, South Park: The Fractured but Whole, then you’d be getting a great amount of bang for your buck. If you are a fan of the television series then you will absolutely love the writing, the jokes, and the ability to explore the quiet little mountain town to your hearts desire. If you don’t like South Park, this game is still a fun and quick RPG with a hefty serving of adult humor.

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