2014 Game of the Year 7: South Park: The Stick of Truth

Comedy Central’s South Park is no stranger to video games. Not only has the show made numerous references to gaming during its lengthy cable run, but it was also licensed for a number of games throughout the years. We first saw South Park on the Nintendo 64 in 1998, and since then, there have been a total of five games dedicated to the little mountain town, which have usually received mixed reviews. This year, South Park: The Stick of Truth changed what we perceive a South Park game could be. Not only did it have an expectedly outrageous storyline, but it also had a number of fun side quests, fantastic voice acting, and poked fun at the absurdity of social media.

South Park: The Stick of Truth starts simple enough. You play as the new kid in town as you and your family have moved to South Park for reasons made unknown at the start of the game. While your family is unpacking, you’re instructed to go out and make friends, and after a short walk, you meet Butters. Butters invites you over to Cartman’s house, and that’s when the game takes its players on an unforgettable journey that involves an epic quest for The Stick of Truth.

During your adventure, your character will be passing an unhealthy amount of gas, fighting a wide variety of enemies that include gingers, fetuses, and zombie nazis, and making a lot of friends on Facebook. In fact, making friends on Facebook actually increases the strength of the new kid. You’ll also come across notable celebrities such as Morgan Freeman, Al Gore, and Jesus Christ along the way.

The combat wasn't as deep or complex as most modern-day RPGs considering your party could easily dispose of your enemies in just a few seconds, but there were some bosses that required a bit more strategy than just hitting them with the most powerful attacks in your arsenal. What also held South Park from greatness was its short story as players could complete the game in around 15 hours, which isn’t very long in RPG standards.

Even with its shortcomings, South Park: The Stick of Truth kept us entertained for hours on end as it’s presented like yet another episode of the popular television show. And if you’re a fan of the show, then you owe yourself to check out the game as we have a feeling you’ll be laughing from start to finish.

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