I love the way South Park: The Stick of Truth looks just like the TV Show. I know the show has been animated on computers for years, but imitating its 2D animation so perfectly is a greater magic trick than anything performed by Battlefield 4.
Speaking of magic tricks. Come watch this latest trailer about how to cup and throw one in the other new Obsidian RPG.
The script for the game is being written by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of the TV show, and it’s going to be interesting to see how the game’s equal-opportunity-offensiveness translates to a different context.
South Park was a controversial TV show that convinced moral critics to leave it alone by, often enough, finding a line of smart satire to counter the parts that were crude or appalling. Videogames that have tried the same – to offend, be funny, and have a point all at the same time – have traditionally failed by not being funny and not having an intelligent point to make.
The Stick of Truth could be funny, have a point, and hit the same targets as the TV series, but there’s already a line in the trailer above that made me tense up far more than I would have while watching the show. It’ll be interesting to see the response to the game, because different mediums are in different stages and the same language can have different connotations when used in different places.
I laughed at the fart jokes, though.
The game is out March 7th 2014 and I’m not sure what’s more surprising: that there might be a good South Park game, or that the delays it’s experienced while changing publisher from the defunct THQ might mean that Obsidian have finally been given enough time to release a licensed game that isn’t buggy.