From the perilous battlefields of the fourth-grade playground, a young hero will rise, destined to be South Park’s savior. From the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, comes an epic quest to become… cool. Introducing South Park™: The Stick of Truth™. For a thousand years, the battle has been waged.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (17,532 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 3, 2014

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"Probably the best licensed game since Riddick, a light RPG with good loot customisation and the crude humour you would expect from South Park. 30fps o_o"
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From the perilous battlefields of the fourth-grade playground, a young hero will rise, destined to be South Park’s savior. From the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, comes an epic quest to become… cool. Introducing South Park™: The Stick of Truth™.

For a thousand years, the battle has been waged. The sole reason humans and elves are locked in a neverending war: The Stick of Truth. But the tides of war are soon to change as word of a new kid spreads throughout the land, his coming fortold by the stars. As the moving vans of prophecy drive away, your adventure begins.

Arm yourself with weapons of legend to defeat underpants gnomes, hippies and other forces of evil. Discover the lost Stick of Truth and earn your place at the side of Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny as their new friend. Succeed, and you shall be South Park’s savior, cementing your social status in South Park Elementary. Fail, and you will forever be known… as a loser.

Key Features

  • The Definitive South Park Experience
    Written and voiced by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, The Stick of Truth brings their unique brand of humor to video gaming.
  • An Epic Quest To Become... Cool
    Earn your place alongside Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny, and join them in a hysterical adventure to save South Park.
  • Friends With Benefits
    Recruit classic South Park characters to your cause.
  • Intense Combat
    Arm yourself to the teeth with an arsenal of magical weapons and mystical armor.
  • South Park Customization
    Insert yourself into South Park with something like a billion character, clothing, and weapon combinations.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: WindowsXP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8 (both 32/64bit versions)
    • Processor: Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2180 @ 2.0 GHz or AMD Athlon64 X2 3800+ @ 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 8800GT or AMD Radeon HD2600XT (512MB VRAM with Shader Model 4.0 or higher)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 6 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card with latest drivers
    Recommended:
    • OS: WindowsXP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8 (both 32/64bit versions)
    • Processor: Intel Core2Duo E4400 @ 2.0 GHz or AMD Athlon64 X2 4400+ @ 2.3 GHz or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 9800GT or AMD Radeon HD4870 (512MB VRAM with Shader Model 4.0) or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 6 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card with latest drivers
Helpful customer reviews
285 of 314 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
+ Side-quests are both extremely fun, and very practical
+ Canada is absolutely hilarious
+ Nearly everything that happened in the show is referenced somewhere
+ RPG elements work seamlessly with the rest of the game
+ Loot is everywhere, and even 'junk' items are clever throwbacks to the show
+ You can explore South Park in its entirety; everything seems recreated down to the tiniest detail
+ Fast-travel does well to break up the monotony of walking
+ Feels like playing an entire, interactive season of the show
+ Partially destructible environments
+ Humor is funny like only South Park can be funny
+ Dye and upgrade systems lend themselves well to the RPG-style gameplay
+ Overworld puzzles, using various abilities, are actually very fun; they can also be very rewarding
+ Crisp, clean, functional UI

- Hard to loot overlapping characters and be sure that you got everything
- 'Magic' (farting) demonstrations can be intensely irritating if you screw up, in that you have to watch (often long) demonstrations again, and again, and you cannot skip it
- Frequent loading screens (not long, just very prevalent)

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79 of 89 people (89%) found this review helpful
76.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
Simply one of the most amazing south park games ever made, simply the best, great story, good gameplay, you can see and meet all the characters from the tv series and you can feel that you are in the show as well

the bad thing is that the German and Australian version are censored, but this can be fixed with the patch that will disable the censor from the game and you can enjoy it without seeing black squares covering the freaking nazi flag on the zombies, you'll also be able to play alien part without censor and hear the nazi zombies screaming in german as well xD

another bad thing is that the game doesn't allow you to pick gender, it automatically give you a boy gender, yes you can dress your character as w/e you want but is not the same.

if you are a fan of the tv series, this is a game you must have, if you're not a fan, this is a game you must have xD because it will make you want more and you'll be a fan of the show :3

if you see this game on sale or you have $40, you must buy it, i can assure you wont lost your money.
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77 of 91 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
NOTE: This is a shortened review without screenshots.For my full review, please visit RealGamerReviews

Background

It’s often said that licensed games usually don’t carry a lot of quality. Unfortunately, we live in an age where many good video games have such huge budgets that developers and publishers aren’t willing to take a risk on a new franchise, instead churning out poorly-made games based on franchises and preying on the fans of the franchise.

This is not one of those cases. Though it had a somewhat tumultuous development cycle, the end product is a fantastic representation of everything that’s great about the South Park series. If you’re a fan of the series, or at least its style of humour, this is a no-brainer. For others that have never been impressed with the juvenile and tasteless jokes ubiquitous throughout the South Park universe, I’d recommend that you avoid this title. This isn’t because the gameplay can’t hold a candle on its own – It can, and it was a fun romp in its own right. It’s more that the developers spent so much effort on building the perfect South Park game and added as many of their well-renowned politically incorrect humour that it becomes unavoidable if it isn’t your thing.

Storyline

The game begins with you, (“D-bag”) and your parents moving into South Park, Colorado. You’re then tasked with making friends in the new town, which isn't easy given that your protagonist is mysteriously silent throughout the game. Before long, you’ll find yourself involved in a real-life role playing game with the other kids in South Park. There are two factions – The humans, led by Cartman, and the elves, led by Kyle. Both factions fight over a stick – the titular Stick of Truth, which supposedly possesses the power to control the universe. Throughout your journey, you’ll encounter numerous (and often ridiculous) obstacles and hazards and meet a tonne of infamous characters from the South Park franchise and an even greater number of references to events that have occurred in the TV show.

Fans of the series who have seen the South Park episode “The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers” will find the setting very familiar. As in the episode, the characters don costumes representing their class and/or position (including a cross-dressing princess Kenny) and are deeply engrossed in their roles, but they do occasionally have to break out of character in order to satisfy their real-life commitments, which more often than not involves the parents telling them that it’s time for bed.

Gameplay

The game itself resembles other turn-based, quick time event (QTE)-heavy RPGs such as Paper Mario and the dreaded Costume Quest. Battles aren’t random, but rather are usually initiated by walking into an enemy. During each battle, you’re given a party of up to two characters (your main character and a character that you can choose and switch between). Each character has its own unique set of attacks and abilities. For each action that you choose, there’s an associated QTE action that you have to perform perfectly in order to maximise the effect. This often includes pressing a certain button at some point in time, mashing another button, spinning the left control stick or some combination of the above. Unlike in Costume Quest where the timing of these was very lenient and forgiving even if you happened to miss it, The Stick of Truth requires you to be on your toes. The window of opportunity for pressing these buttons is fairly strict, and the consequences of missing button sequence can lead to severe consequences. For example, one of Kenny’s special abilities involves him calling a horde of rats. Once the rats appear, you’re required to rapidly and repeatedly pull your left control stick to the left and right. If you succeed, the rats swarm your enemies for significant amount of damage. Should you fail however, the rats will literally eat Kenny alive. When it’s your opponents turn to attack, you’re once again given a small window to press a button in order to defend their attack, which results in reduced damage or prevention of a negative status effect. Overall, actively pressing buttons at the correct time matters in this game, which adds a level of intensity to every battle. It’s a fantastic combat system that forces the player to be actively involved, rather than continuously mashing a single button and hoping for the best.

Whist outside of battles, your character is freely able to roam around South Park, gathering quests and looking for loot (equipment, potions, cosmetic items or junk to sell), collectables (i.e. Chinpokomon) and even more friends to add to Facebook, which helps to unlock perks which will assist you in battle. Completing side quests usually rewards you with equipment, friends or even “summons” that you can call to battle when things get rough. The Mr. Slave summon ability literally causes him to violently shove an enemy up his butt for impressive, but disturbing results.

The game also gives you access to certain abilities that you can use to solve simple puzzles that are strewn across the game. Whilst some of these puzzles have to be solved in order to progress, many of these merely offer you an easier way to deal with enemies without actually fighting them in battle. If there’s a rock sitting on a ledge above your enemy, you can shoot it with a slingshot and have it drop on your enemies, which avoids the necessity of combat entirely. There are many more examples of manipulating the environment in order to gain an advantage or avoid combat entirely, but I'd hate to spoil the fun of discovering these for yourself. Overall, it’s a very refreshing and unique mechanic that’s highly welcome in a game where things may otherwise get stale.

Presentation

Visually, the game beautifully replicates the aesthetic that the show is famous for. It’s not mindblowing by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s just the way any fan of the show would want it to look.

More importantly, the developers, in conjunction with the creators of South Park, have done a wonderful job replicating the world of South Park. Every building in town can be entered and interacted with. The game is chock-full of characters and/or references to characters or events from the series. The voice-acting is on-point, with the original voice actors of the show providing the voices of the characters. Characters have context-sensitive remarks. If Cartman is in your party and you walk into Kyle’s house, you bet he’ll mutter something about Jews and/or make a derogatory remark regarding Kyle’s mother. Ultimately, the game does a tremendous job at making you feel like you’re a part of the world that is South Park, and fans of the show really couldn’t ask for anything more than that. With that said, if you’re not a fan of the show or think it’s too vulgar, please turn away now. This game pulled no punches in vulgarity, and even as a long-time fan of the show, there are certain segments that I think are a little bit too disturbing or distasteful. Your mileage may vary.

Overall

After numerous delays, I’m happy to say South Park: The Stick of Truth is a tremendous title that successfully replicates both the humour and personality of the show, whilst providing a refined, tightly-controlled and satisfying combat system to boot. Whilst it's a solid game in its own right, your enjoyment of the overall experience will be very heavily influenced by just how much the humour that the show is famous for actually appeals to you. As a result, I wouldn't recommend this to anyone that hates the show, but would recommend it without questin to anyone that is a fan.
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51 of 56 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
Best movie license game I've ever played. I love it. The turn based RPG system fits so well with the animation. This is the game that south park fans deserve. I'll go over the positive aspects and the negative aspects.

Positive:
-This game is incredibly funny. It's raunchy and dirty sense of humor fits me so well. I love it. However, if you are not into that kind of humor, this game will not appeal to you.
-The turned based combat would sound bad, and boring... But it actually has you involved. You don't just choose a move and then watch it play out. It's kind of like the Mario rpg games, where you have to put in some sort of actions to make a "Perfect" hit. The combat is also fairly fleshed out. There are status effects that can be inflicted on enemies. Also the unique ways each buddy can be used to suit your play style. You can even use the enviroment outside of combat using your abilities you get, such as your fart magic, and an anal alien probe. Skipping combat completely, but getting the experience.
-Plenty to explore, and has some replayability. Although I never completed it after doing it twice.
-It is creatively written. The story line is fantastic. Which it should be, being written by the developers of the show themself.
-Due to the kids larping, it makes some creative items. You can literally take a crap in a toilet, and throw it at an enemy to gross them out.
-The story line and all side missions can give you around... 20 hours, even more if you want to replay it.

Negative:
The negative aspects are just me nit picking a bit, but some of these can be an issue for others.
-This game is for south park fans, and for people who are not easily offended. If you are not a south park fan? You might not enjoy this game, and not get most of the jokes.
-The game is too easy on the default difficulty, and even on hard mode, it can be easy. I've found myself never losing a single battle when you follow the story line.
-20 hours is a VERY short rpg game, when it ends, you just want more!!
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57 of 68 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
paid full price a day before it went on sale


10/10
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