‘South Park’ game brings perfect mix of comedy and entertainment

By Jen Weddle

The fourth graders of South Park Elementary are still trying to be the coolest kids on the playground.

This time, they come to us in a completely different form: A new role-playing game called “South Park: The Stick of Truth” will be released March 5.

According to StickofTruth.com, the game begins by introducing the player as the new character in town and the first challenge is to make some friends. As the quests begin, the children will be able to go all around the city for some live-action role-playing fun. They will have the ability to cast magic spells and will wield pretend swords.

As time progresses, the game will become more intense, splitting into a battle of good versus evil. Some of the enemies in the game which you must defeat include crab people, underpants gnomes, hippies and other evil forces. When the lost Stick of Truth is discovered, the player will earn a place with Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny as their cool new friend. If the player can succeed and win the game, you will forever be known as the cool kid of South Park Elementary. If you fail, you’ll be deemed a loser until the end of time.

There will also be different playable classes to choose from in “South Park: The Stick of Truth.” Some classes that you will find are fighters, mage, thieves, clerics and a class which acts as a paladin and was invented by Cartman. Customization will be available for the player’s avatar and Cartman will help guide you through the process of creating a character.

When the news first broke of the game, I instantly imagined it was going to be a lot like the “South Park” episode “Make Love, Not Warcraft.” This episode delves into what it’s like to be addicted to World of Warcraft, and the boys in particular become obsessed with it after they decide to rid from the game a character who doesn’t play fair.

Sadly, I learned that the game wasn’t going to be like WoW, which is an massive-multiplayer online game (MMO), but instead it will be limited to a single player.

Ryan McCaffrey writes in his preview of the game on IGN.com, “With Parker and Stone in control and a construction paper-perfect recreation of the show’s look and feel, South Park: The Stick of Truth looks set to set a new high bar for licensed games. Sweet….”

Sweet is right. I haven’t been this excited about a game release since I was a little girl and “Crystal’s Pony Tale,” a game which looked a lot like “My Little Pony,” came out for the Sega Genesis.

“South Park: The Stick of Truth” is now available for pre-order for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. It will cost $59.99, but if you order it early at GameStop.com you can get a few bonus items. These items include Bulrog chicken attack, which summons ninja powers and turns enemies into chickens, Cartman’s kick-ass sai, which are daggers that become an ultimate weapon of destruction in the game, and a samurai outfit.