After a long wait fueled by multiple delays, South Park: The Stick of Truth is almost here. With the upcoming release date upon us, Ubisoft has released a video showcasing the first 13 minutes of gameplay, and it shows quite a bit of the core gameplay and what Stick of Truth is all about.
The story begins as the ‘new kid’ moves into town, and as the new kid, players are tasked with making new friends in South Park, Colorado. Immediately you are presented with a bit of a mystery as to why it is this family has made the move to South Park, and the subject is presented in such a way that you can be sure it is an interesting story element that will be expanded on as you play through The Stick of Truth.
After going outside and meeting Butters, the new kid is taken to meet the Wizard King, who is none other than Eric Cartman. The Stick of Truth gameplay video then shows us class selection, which gives players the choice of a Fighter, Mage, Thief, or, in true South Park comedy styling, a Jew.
Combat is then showcased, which is turn-based, with the player and NPCs taking turns choosing attacks and abilities. The attacks and abilities players have access to are of course determined by the class they chose. There are defensive stances which hard-counter certain attacks, and players must strategically choose which enemies to attack, and how to best go about doing so. Although combat is turned based, players must keep on their toes and be ready to actively block incoming attacks.
Several reviewers have already gotten their hands on South Park: The Stick of Truth, and the RPG seems to be getting high marks across the board. IGN says that the game plays as if it is an episode ofSouth Park, and praises the game for maintaining the feel of the show while also providing an immersive and fun gameplay experience.
“Every corner of this turn-based, Paper Mario-esque role-playing game is filled with fan service. Go upstairs at Cartman’s house, wander into our favorite fat-ass’s bedroom, open his closet door, and you’re faced with what is almost literally a treasure trove of references to classic episodes: the Awesome-O suit, a Faith +1 platinum album, the Coon costume, the Beefcake t-shirt, etc.” -IGN
As reported before on Inquisitr, a lot of the reason the game looks and feels so much like an episode of South Park is due to the hands-on contributions of series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone in Stick of Truth.
The South Park: Stick of Truth RPG game is being developed by Obsidian Entertainment along with South Park Digital Studios, and will be published by Ubisoft. The Stick of Truth is scheduled to release on March 7, 2014.
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