Much like The Simpsons it seems that South Park has been knocking around forever. Indeed the animated series first aired on TV screens around the world in August 1997 and is now up to it's 16th Season. There have, of course, been a few video games, but none have been of a standard one would expect from such a franchise. Things may be changing in March 2013 however with this RPG from Obsidian Entertainment looking every bit as entertaining, and controversial, as the TV series - and Matt Stone and Trey Parker are along for the ride. Together they have written the storyline as well as providing voiceovers for the game. So what's it about then?
From the perilous battlefields of the fourth-grade playground, a young hero will rise, destined to be South Park’s savior. Arm yourself with weapons of legend to defeat crabpeople, 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.
Fighting some crab people in South Park (2013).
South Park: The Stick of Truth is a bit of a mixed game - essentially an adventure/RPG title which includes elements such as the ability to arm yourself with magical weapons and armor as well as being able to alter your looks and clothing. Much more about the actual gameplay will be revealed in the leadup to release, but the games humour is certainly intact - check out the trailer below to see just how inappropriate this game is - and it will be slapped with a MA15+ rating here in Australia.
It has been confirmed that there will be multiple DLC packs release for the game and while the first one is an XBox 360 exclusive, there is plenty more content coming for PS3 gamers. One can only hope - and this is a concern I have with much of the industry at the moment - that there is enough content in the full game to justify the expense. We've seen other games (I'm looking at you Asura's Wrath for one) that "increased longevity" through expansion packs - which are, of course, at a cost to gamers.
South Park: The Stick of Truth retains the look of the TV series.
Visually South Park: The Stick of Truth retains the 2D cutout animation look and feel of the cartoon series - a key for Matt Stone and Trey Parker signing off for Oblivian Entertainment to develop the game. From what you can see from the surrounding screenshots it certainly seems that the developers have got the TV show's look down pat - let's hope it's screen-tear and glitch free!
With a release now set for December 2013 there are plenty of people that will be hoping for a hit. Naturally fans of the franchise will be keen to finally get a great South Park title, and the series' creators Matt and Trey will be hoping for the same. Obsidian Entertainment will be hoping to notch another solid title - and hopefully improve on their often good, but not great, review scores. Ubisoft paid a bit of money to get this game when THQ went bankrupt but rather then just slapt their logo on the game and release the title the company gave the developers a further 12 months to polish off the title even further and for that our anticipation for this game has crept even higher. We'll be checking this out just after Christmas with a March release now confirmed.