Over the years, adaptations in the world of video games have become a difficult beast to judge. From the infamously bad E.T. to the critically acclaimed 2002 Spiderman game, these tie-ins and spinoffs have definitely been hit or miss. With the recent release of South Park: The Stick of Truth, an audible sigh of relief was heard as the game struck a bulls-eye (read our review). Now nearly a month after its release, gamers have received their first taste of DLC for Obsidian's lewd RPG.
While it's no surprise that gamers are clamoring for another chance to jump into the morally-ambiguous town of South Park, that dream will have to wait. The first batch of DLC to hit The Stick of Truth will instead provide gamers access to the various preorder bonus packs that were available prior to the game's launch. They might not be the most exciting or comprehensive inclusion, but for a game that prides itself on its off-the-wall presentation, this DLC - available now - at least serves to heighten the ridiculousness.
The first pack that gamers will find available to purchase on their platform of choice is the "Super Samurai Spaceman Pack." This lets players get their hands on - you guessed it - the Superhero, Samurai and Spaceman costumes. As with the rest of the game's costumes, these additional pieces provide players with special buffs at the beginning of combat and upon defeating enemies, as well as emergency shields respectively.
For those looking for a more Tolkein-esque experience, there's the "Ultimate Fellowship Pack." This time around, players get access to four new costumes. The Necromancer Sorcerer boasts bonus fire damage, the Ranger Elf has bonus weapon damage, the Rogue Assassin brings in bonus gold and the Holy Defender sits tall with bonus defenses.
The final DLC pack combines the previous two packs at a discounted price, going by the name "Super Ultimate Pack." This will set players back $3.99 while the "Super Samurai Spaceman Pack" costs $1.99 and the "Ultimate Fellowship Pack" goes for $2.99. Alas though, this is the price that one must pay to be at the height of LARPing fashion.
They're hardly additions that will rank amongst the DLC greats, but at least it's a step towards expanding upon this highly-praised RPG from the minds of Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Obsidian Entertainment. The game's already run into its share of controversy, but if 17 seasons on the air is any indication, there's still a wealth of offensive content that's just ripe for the picking.
Perhaps in the future the series could receive a Telltale Games-esque episode format to align it with the show? Regardless, after the game's success there's definitely potential for additional content so only time will tell whether gamers get to make a return trip to South Park.
Do you think The Stick of Truth would benefit from a story-based expansion? What part of the South Park universe would you most like it to encompass?
South Park: The Stick of Truth is available now on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.
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