South Park: The Stick of Truth (2014)

by Ji-yeong
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With its faithful recreation of the South Park world, engaging RPG mechanics, and story written by the show’s creators, South Park: The Stick of Truth delivers an unforgettable adventure. The game masterfully blends humor, satire, and gameplay to create an experience that is both a parody and a love letter to RPGs.


Blending the irreverent humor of Trey Parker and Matt Stone with the immersive gameplay of an RPG, South Park: The Stick of Truth offers an unparalleled adventure in the South Park universe. Players are thrown into a world where childhood games collide with epic quests.


“South Park: The Stick of Truth” is a role-playing video game developed by Obsidian Entertainment in collaboration with South Park Digital Studios and published by Ubisoft in 2014. The game is based on the American animated television series “South Park” and features a unique blend of humor, adventure, and RPG mechanics.

The game’s story revolves around the New Kid, who has recently moved to the eponymous town of South Park. Shortly after arriving, the New Kid becomes embroiled in an epic role-play fantasy war involving humans, wizards, and elves, all vying for control of the all-powerful Stick of Truth. This seemingly innocent game quickly escalates out of control, bringing the children into conflict with aliens, Nazi zombies, and gnomes, threatening the entire town with destruction.

The New Kid is able to freely explore the town of South Park, interacting with characters, undertaking quests, and accessing new areas by progressing through the main story. The game is played from a 2.5D, third-person perspective, replicating the aesthetic of the television series. The player can choose one of four character archetypes: Fighter, Thief, Mage, or Jew, each offering specific abilities. The New Kid and a supporting party of characters use a variety of melee, ranged, and magical fart attacks to combat their enemies.

The game’s development began in 2009 after South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone approached Obsidian about making a role-playing game designed to look exactly like the television series. Parker and Stone were involved throughout the game’s production: they wrote its script, consulted on the design, and as in the television program, they voiced many of the characters.

The game’s production was turbulent; following the bankruptcy of the original publisher, THQ, the rights to the game were acquired by Ubisoft in early 2013, and its release date was postponed several times from its initial date in March 2013 to its eventual release in March 2014. The game was subject to censorship in some regions because of its content, which includes abortions and Nazi imagery; Parker and Stone replaced the scenes with detailed explanations of what occurs in each scene.

“South Park: The Stick of Truth” was released to positive reviews, which praised the comedic script, visual style, and faithfulness to the source material. It received criticism for a lack of challenging combat and technical issues that slowed or impeded progress. A sequel, “South Park: The Fractured but Whole,” was released in October 2017.

“South Park: The Stick of Truth” is a unique blend of humor, adventure, and RPG mechanics that offers an immersive and entertaining gaming experience. Its faithful adaptation of the source material and engaging gameplay make it a must-play for fans of the series and RPG enthusiasts alike.


Key characters include the ‘New Kid’, along with series mainstays Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman, and Kenny McCormick. Each character brings their unique abilities and humor to the adventure, contributing to the game’s dynamic storytelling.


The gameplay combines traditional RPG mechanics with South Park’s unique brand of humor. Players can customize their character, choose their class, and engage in turn-based combat, all while exploring an open-world South Park filled with side quests and hidden easter eggs.


South Park: The Stick of Truth stands as a testament to how video games can transcend mere entertainment to become immersive, narrative experiences that are extensions of television and film. It’s a must-play for fans of the series and RPG enthusiasts alike.

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