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E3 2013 | Full Abundance Of Magic & Flaming Farts In “South Park” RPG

Posted on June 16, 2013 AT 09:32am

When it was first announced that South Park would be making its return to the video game realm many people were curious as to how it was going to be done. After all, we’ve seen past incarnations done either good (the first-person shooter) to pretty bad (that weird kart racer). This time they’ll be taking on a role-playing game, and with Obsidian Entertainment developing you can sure bet that something epic is about to be unleashed unto the world. Sure enough that’s exactly what I saw when I finally laid my eyes on South Park: The Stick of Truth.

The demo the developers showed off began around a third into the game. You and Butters have infiltrated South Park Elementary, where the Stick of Truth is said to be hidden. Stan and Kyle are already there, so it is up to you to get there and defeat their elven armies. How you do so can range from setting up traps to battling in turn-based fights. It’s the latter where things get creative.

As The Stick of Truth takes place within the realm of a LARP the “magic” and powers are nothing more than your average household items and tools. Butters’s heavy combat attacks are nothing more than him hitting a kid with a hammer; smoke attacks usually deal with fire extinguishers; and fire-breathing magic are the ever-so classic flaming farts. They each may have their look of super-powered moves, but in the end it’s just the kids of South Park taking their imaginations to a whole new level.

In one area we had to fight off Stan, who was partnered up with Sparky The Gay Dog. If you wind up killing Sparky Stan’s powers become more powerful, as his rage raises a higher level on account of his beloved pet dying. Once you defeat Stan you are then given a choice: either take on Kyle to defeat the Elven Nation or betray Cartman and face off against his Grand Wizard powers. The developers took the high road and decided to betray Cartman. When battling him the fight climaxes with an epic fiery fart contest, one that will bring to mind the final battle between Harry Potter and Voldermont (only with, well, farts.) What happens next is something I don’t want to spoil.

From the presentation the gameplay looks stellar, and while I may not really be into turn-based RPGs the humor in the game will make me suck it up and give it more of a go. What’s amazing about the game, too, is how much it looks like the actual show. All the kids move around like paper cutouts, and the dialogue shines with nods to past episodes and parodies of classic games. (It helps that Trey Parker and Matt Stone have been there every step of the way to make sure the game is as authentic as their cartoon.)

While there is no set date yet we may be able to expect South Park: The Stick of Truth to come out sometime this holiday season on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. Whether or not it’ll be coming to Xbox One and PS4 is still up for speculation.

An accomplished music, anime, and video game critic, Evan Bourgault has been a Contributing Editor and Podcast host with ElectricSistaHood since 2008. His passion for discovering new bands, developers, and Japanese pop culture began in his college radio days and continues on today. Follow Evan on Twitter at twitter.com/King_Baby_Duck

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