I just finished South Park: Stick of Truth and it really lived up to the hype. An Obsidian RPG game set in South Park was something I never knew I wanted! XD
There is sooo much to it! There’s a bunch of fanservice, and fart jokes… which can be annoying… but there is some amazing stuff going on in the game. The amount of customization is brilliant T~T My heart cried tears of joy when I got to the point of being able to easily switch between my black and dark green assassin costume, and my Valkyrie Knight costume~ Appearances are nice, but the effects that the costumes can have when combined with modifiers allow you to craft your own play-style. I struggled soooo much to decide on whether I should keep my stealthy archer outfit to slowly kill individuals, or change into my Valkyrie Knight outfit in order to throw flaming Chakrams at the enemy group! (The game gave me a Chakram, so I gave myself a Kingdom Hearts reference.)
You also get to customize perks and abilities. You can decide to boost your attacks, or you can focus on regenerating your HP and PP. Maybe you want to add a fire modifier to your weapons, and then buy the perks that boost your fire attacks~
The actual fighting is pretty fun. It’s turn-based, but you have to do certain actions on your mouse & keyboard/controller in order for the attacks to hit at their full potential, and in order to block the attacks of an enemy. Because of this, you are always involved! There isn’t a feeling of waiting for your turn.
If you learn the attacks you like most, and set up your costume and perks to enhance those attacks, then you can become reeeaaally OP! Not “Oh, this game is easy” OP… It’s more of a "After collecting all this stuff and deciding on the best, I am invincible!!!"
It’s a great feeling XD
I did get a few game-breaking bugs during combat (OBSIDIAAAANNN!) where the GUI buttons would become unclickable when fighting certain enemies… so I’d have to reload to before the fight. For the few times it happened mid-game I went away, trained until I could 1-hit the buggy enemies and win before the bug strikes… but then it happened during one of the end-game bosses, while I was trapped in the boss room… and a lot of time went into OHKO-ing the guy without being able to train.
I think that’s just my computer though. I’m a whole 2GB of ram less than the required minimum amount, so I’m thankful the game even ran! Ahaha~
Outside of fighting, the way you get around South Park is usually by walking… and it feels perfect. Your avatar hops around like a character from South Park would, and it feels natural. Despite South Park being a small place, it can take a while to get around at first, simply because you get so many side quests, and stumble across so many secrets!
After you have explored everywhere, you will have most of the Fast Travel areas unlocked. (Which, of course, transport you to other areas of the map~)
There is a sections of the game where the whole South Park aesthetic is replaced for a short while… but it should be experienced first-hand. It is easily one of my favorite sections of the game~
The story was what you’d expect from the top-notch South Park episodes. Lots of comedy, lots of observations, and a bit of feels kicking in at parts~
I won’t say much about it, but there are lots of moments for SP fans to wow over, and lots of moments for non-SP fans to wow over. While there are lots and lots of South Park references, there are also references to big franchises like Call of Duty, The Matrix, Pokemon, and just any Medieval RPG around~
Since there is a lot to collect in the game, I imagined I’d want to go back and grab everything once I had finished… but the ending is perfect…
It’s one of those endings where you don’t need to go back to the game. Where you can just sit, watch the credits, and say "You know… that was a good game."
It feels like an end! Which isn’t something a lot of games do nowadays. (I’m guessing that’s down to DLC)
I see myself going back to that quiet mountain town in the future, but for now, the few days of LARPing is over.
Even if you aren’t a South Park fan, it’s worth giving this game a try. The gameplay is solid, and there are lots of jokes for people who aren’t South Park fans. I lost interest in watching episodes of it years ago, but I kinda want to see a few now… just to see if I recognize all the faces~