South Park: The Stick of Truth Preview from E3 2012 -- The First OMGRPG?By Leah Jackson - Posted Jun 06, 2012
South Park: The Stick of Truth is the most hilariously vulgar game that I had the pleasure to play at E3 2012. During our oh-so-short eyes-on demo, I counted at least 10 things that would make most parents cringe, but would make any South Park fan throw their head back in laughter. Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and crew have brought the essence of the show to the game beautifully, and for the first time ever, we really do get to go on down to South Park and meet some brand new friends.
As the game opens, we learn that you're the new kid in South Park, and it's up to you to find some friends while your parents go "wrestle" in their new bed. Even in this very first scene, the game's graphics are so impressive that it seems like you're just watching an episode of South Park. For example, if your Mom came in to the room while you were playing the game, she'd think you were watching the show. The characters talk, move, and act as hysterically as they do in the series, which will delight fans of the franchise.
As will watching kids playfully beating the crap out of each other, which is exactly who your character finds in the neighborhood. He approaches them to see if they want to be friends, but unfortunately they proceed to be jerks and tell you to f**k off. The developers mentioned that this definitely wouldn't be the last time we'd see kids fighting each other and beating up one another either, because at its core, South Park: The Stick of Truth is a role-playing game.
As you continue to wander along through South Park, only Butters, the lamest kid of all, will play with you. Butters tells you that he'll take you to a powerful wizard's castle, which really turns out to be Cartman house. Once you arrive at Cartman's, the fatass shows you around his make-shift medieval military base, complete with sandbox stables, all the while referring to you as Douchebag.
Once Cartman agrees that you can play with him and his friends, you get to decide how Douchebag's going to fight his enemies. You can choose from four staple RPG classes: Cleric, Mage, Fighter, or Thief, and your choice will determine the abilities that you'll get to defeat neighboring bullies and other...weird enemies that we'll get to later.
As soon as you pick a class, Cartman's castle comes under attack, and it's up to Douchebag to save the day. Combat in The Stick of Truth follows old-school RPG rules. Your attacks are turn based, with your characters on one end of the screen and the enemy on the other, like in an old Final Fantasy game. To modernize things a bit, there's the ability to actively block and counter your enemies moves, which adds a new level of depth to old-school combat.
Not only is the combat nostalgic, it's hilarious as well. Cartman constantly cracks jokes while waiting for you to take your turn, and he even has a move called Burning Fire where he pulls down his pants and lets out a flaming fart on his enemies; one of Douchebag's abilities lets him light a firework off in someone's face.
But since the game is about meeting friends, Douchebag's special move lets him call in his friends to take care of enemies personally. I won't tell you exactly how Mr. Slave takes care of some Douchey Vampires later in the game, but I will say he somehow uses his butt hole. Did you really expect anything else?
So far, South Park: The Stick of Truth is shaping up to be the absolute best South Park game to date, and I'd even go as far to say that it's looking to be the best use of the license since the South Park movie. The graphics are perfect, the characters are brought to life fantastically, and most importantly, the vulgar spirit of the show is there, and the creator's aren't afraid to take it to the next level and then throw another fart joke in there just for fun. Even if you're not a RPG fan, if you love South Park, you are going to wanting keep a very, very close eye on South Park: The Stick of Truth in the coming months.