As a relatively die hard South Park fan, I have been long awaiting the release of this game or even just some inkling of what it would look like and play like. After much delay, I still didn't know what to expect after all it does go against one of my biggest gaming rules "never buy games based on a movie or television show." This is something I remind my son all the time and after his disappointment with the Chronicles of Narnia game and the Zack and Cody Suite Life game, he got the message.
"never buy games based on a movie or television show" except this one.
However, after watching the first official trailer, I think the South Park: The Stick of Truth game is becoming a great, if not the best game adaptation of a television show ever! I think the key that while it still filled with fan service, they are not long and drawn out but just quick bit sized morsels that we can appreciate with out feeling like we've seen this all before or that feeling of knowing what to expect of the outcome. As well all know, when it comes to South Park, you should expect the unexpected.
The story is definitely interesting since you are put into the role of the new kid in town and set off to make new friend of whom in fact we all already know so well. When you meet Cartman, you'd expect him to say something about Gingers or Jews and still they way it is executed is still different and refreshing. Much like the South Park movie, people are expecting to see as many of their favorite characters re-emerge: Satan, Sadam, Gingers, Aliens, etc, the sheer number of reappearance is way more than I could have expected. It seems they made a strong effort to really bring back every possible character that has ever existed on the show from the rarely seen Mongolians to holiday special Mr. Hanky and friends.
The gameplay is very much your typical turn based style RPG action. The kind you'd see in a traditional Final Fantasy game or Paper Mario. Personally I find it to be a bit boring but I believe the game is less about the fight encounters and more about story progression so as long as they are quick and easy, it's not a big deal. At least you are able to choose different classes, which offer different abilities, gear and comical quips in both the actions and the cast's interaction with you. This should offer some level of replay-ability which is something people like my son who love customization would appreciate.
It's definitely a game both my son and I are excited to try out. We already love the show and the game has been so well designed that it really does play as if you were watching the actual show. I'm sure that for most of the game we will be anxiously waiting to see which of our favorite cast members will show up next. Also it will be fun to try the game over a couple of times as different classes to see how the story and interactions change. No doubt, it will be a game we will play to the very end.