South Park: The Stick of Truth was a crazy game that combined some mildly decent turn-based RPG mechanics with that special brand of humour that’s just really rolling around the bottom of the barrel and embracing itself for being exactly what it always has.
It’s the crass, juvenile expression of the series that’s enabled it to basically shit all over everything that’s special to anybody, and in doing so, sometimes having enough of that fecal matter stick to the real matters that make us rethink things.
No, this isn’t some tantalising experimental production of Don Giovanni, because very often a smear of shit in South Park is exactly that, but it sticks to what it is.
The Stick of Truth was filled with the same essential flavour that’s endemic to South Park, and that has helped make it (and I use the term loosely) the impacting cultural touchstone that it is.
A new South Park game promises to deliver more of that cringe-inducing commentary on this messed-up thing we called modern society (and absolutely sure to contribute to the mess itself by sheer virtue of its approach to all areas of it). South Park: The Fractured But Whole, will take us back to the backward town, forsaking the medieval RPG connotations for the sake of superheroes.
If you enjoyed Stick of Truth or are a fan of South Park, you’ll be sure to enjoy it. Unless you’re in Australia and it encounters censorship problems again.