South Park: The Stick of Truth – Game Review

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Publish date: March 4, 2014
Rating: ★★★★★

SUMMARY

You are the new kid in South Park, and it doesn’t take long for Cartman to recruit you for their game. But when the battle between fake mages and elves for the Stick of Truth becomes a battle to stop the very real green alien goo that creates Nazi zombies, there is only one kid who has the strength, and the farts, to save the world.

WHAT I LIKED

I am a huge South Park fan. I love the satire and the 2D animations, and this game felt very much like playing through an episode of the show. I loved the fact that this game had turn-based combat; being a newer gamer, this aspect really helped me to gain more control of the combat at my own pace. And I didn’t feel like being turn-based slowed down the combat at all. Adding upgrades to my weapons and trying to build my ultimate character, and then smacking down some zombies with my fiery vibrator-sword was really satisfying. Being able to pick from South Park’s finest to be your combat buddies was pretty cool, too. (Butters. Always Butters.)

I also really enjoyed the collectible aspect of the game. I loved exploring South Park, discovering inside jokes from the show and collecting all of the items (Chinpokomon!) It was just so much fun to play through, and play through again to complete all of the side quests you may miss during your first attempt.

Side note: I’m currently streaming my third playthrough of this game – trying to collect all of the friends. Follow BohoWallflower on Twitch to get notified when I go live!

AND WHAT I DIDN’T

If I had one piece of criticism, it would be that I don’t particularly like how some of the collectibles (i.e. Chinpokomon, making friends, etc.) can be missed in the main quest. Some places you can only enter during certain points of the game, and if you miss these collectibles, you can’t just go back once you’re done – you have to restart the game and play through the whole thing again to get the few things you missed. I don’t mind replaying this game, because it’s a lot of fun, but it’s sort of frustrating to go back and do a whole replay for one little thing to get the achievement.

RECOMMEND IF…

  • You are a fan of South Park;
  • You love games with lots of side quests and collectibles;
  • You’re looking for a fairly easy game with which you can kick back and relax.

I cannot wait for the sequel, The Fractured But Whole, to finally hit shelves!

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Additions to My Game Library

Since the last time I wrote about video games, I’ve purchased a few more for my shelf and actually finished a couple of them! I’ll post some full reviews soon, but here are the games that I’ve added to my library.

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I’ve been a fan of the Guitar Hero series since I had Guitar Hero 1-3 on my PS2. It was a staple in my high school gaming experience. Well, I decided to put some of my Christmas money towards adding the party edition of Guitar Hero Live to my library. And I love it. I like the real people in the play-through, making me feel way more epic than just pressing buttons in my bedroom. I also love the idea of TV mode, where you can play whatever songs come up on  various channels – keeping the game interesting far after you complete all the setlists.

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Rayman was another huge one in my childhood – played this one on my N64. So I was really excited to pick up a copy of Rayman Legends. I’ve played a couple of levels so far, and am definitely way more interested in the regular platforming levels as opposed to the auto-scrolling levels. It’s given me a reason to put this game down for now, but I will for sure come back to it!

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STICK. OF. TRUTH. I am such a fan of South Park, and had really no idea what I was getting into with this game. I wasn’t sure what to expect. And honestly, that’s the best way to go in. I finished it within a couple of days – and I mean finished as in, I collected everything and didn’t just rush through. I’ll write a more complete review later, but this game was AWESOME. I’m definitely going to replay it sometime soon, and if you’re a fan of South Park, I recommend you give it a go.

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I’d never heard of Rocksmith before my boyfriend mentioned it, but I’m so glad he did. I took guitar lessons through high school but haven’t really tried to progress since then, and have been losing my ability to play. Kind of stuck at the “simple chords” level. I’ve played this game a couple days in a row, and it’s incredible. You plug in an electric guitar and it teaches you how to play. There are technique lessons, games to strengthen your skills, lessons how to play specific songs, leveling up as you get better and leveling down if you’re having troubles – it’s so helpful and has turned teaching myself how to play into less of a chore! I love it.

Have you played any of these? What are some of your favourite games that I should add to my library?

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