Game Review: South Park: The Stick of Truth (Xbox 360)

The style, the voices, the close to the bone humour, is all here in the game and works so much better than I expected. The game is played like a traditional RPG with quests, collections, leveling up your character and engaging in endless battles with increasingly difficult foes. However even if like me this is not your typical choice of game the power moves, the enemies you face and the weapons you wield all fit seamlessly into the South Park theme and make it entertaining at every turn.

The depth and breadth of the game is massive, with side quests and diversions galore as well as the expected twists, turns and jokes at everyone’s expense. You could be playing this for days, weeks or months depending on how much time you want to put in and how much you want to complete. The battle elements and classes all offer different types of experience so you can always replay the game as a different class to see how far they take the offense on any given path.

However easy and familiar the game setting may seem it is still an RPG and as such you will not just play a few levels here and there to get the full experience. You have to commit a decent swathe of time and effort to get the best out of it, so it’s definitely not a casual game experience.

The real gripe is that despite the R18 rating and the new laws for gaming censorship in Australia, the “Anal Probe” scenes have been excised. “Anal Probing” may sound bad on the surface but if you have ever watched the show then you would be able to put this in context so I am not sure why this had to be done. Fortunately the game makers treat this with some humour and a South Park version of a Koala explains this in some witty little ‘censored’ screens. Twenty seconds and a Google search later and you can find the missing scenes online if you want to see what all the fuss was about. Half a point off for the censorship otherwise it would be 5/5.

PROS: Depth, Hilarious dialogue, true to the source material, loads of things to do, Good RPG elements.

CONS: Not for casual gamers, Censored for Australia

 




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