Before all these new-fangled computer games were invented, kids had to get their fix of exposure to violent imagery by using their own precious imaginations and by flinging rocks at each other’s heads. In these sophisticated times, however, the world of make-believe has collided with the world of fantasy RPGs to create Obsidian Entertainment’s 2.5D epic South Park: The Stick of Truth. Of course, since the game will most likely end up being rated M by the ESRB, young kids will have to carry on throwing rocks at each other for now.
As Game Rant learned during our E3 preview of South Park: The Stick of Truth, the player takes on the role of the new kid in town, and is caught up in an elaborate and out-of-control LARP starring many of the characters from the show, with Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s voices (and humor) providing the spirit of the show.
The set-up for South Park: The Stick of Truth seems fairly simple, like many of the best fantasy tales. There is an item known as the Stick of Truth, which the humans (led by Cartman the Grand Wizard) and the elves (led by High Jew Elf Kyle) both wish to own, and New Kid must help to obtain. Along the way lies danger, magic and a naked Mr. Slave. These new images released by Ubisoft at Gamescom show off at least two of those:
As evidenced by the fact that the New Kid is shown with both Eric and Kyle, and in a variety of outfits, you can choose to play as a certain “race” and it seems you can even decide which of the factions to join, though the trailer originally showed the New Kid starting out on Cartman’s team. Though obviously the whole thing is a tongue-in-cheek parody of the genre, South Park: The Stick of Truth looks like it could actually be a deep and very polished RPG in its own right.
The game was originally announced back in 2011 and underwent some delays before finally obtaining an as-yet unspecified holiday release. It’s one of Game Rant’s most anticipated games of the year, and also made it onto a list of the top 20 most pre-ordered games of 2013. Everything that’s been revealed so far looks pretty great, and this game is likely to be unmissable for fans of both South Park and the fantasy RPG genre.
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South Park: The Stick of Truth is schedules for a Holiday Season release on the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.