South Park: The Stick of Truth
It shouldn’t be surprising that South Park: The Stick Of Truth is funny, but thankfully it also looks incredibly fun.
Our Gamescom demo begins with epic fantasy music, complete with harp strings and monk-like chorus chanting. In South Park: The Stick of Truth, the entire town of South Park has been pitted against each other in an epic roleplaying game. As Sir D***hebag, players join Cartman on a quest to become cool.
Our hero has tracked down a bard to a local bar called the Giggling Donkey (actually, it's a section of someone’s house that has been converted into a bar; a cooler has been placed on a couch to simulate an actual bar). Cartman and the player enter the “bar,” but as soon as Cartman inquires about the bard, a record scratch noise plays and everyone at the bar looks up. It seems that Cartman should be careful about what he says.
The bartender tells us to head down to the basement. After smashing open some crates and equipping a silly looking metal bikini costume on our male character, we enter a turn-based battle. The bard (played by Jimmy Valmer) sits in the back and sings songs that buff his henchmen. Archers in the back are harder to hit before taking out the warriors in front of them, but we make short work of the whole party thanks to our unique set of stills.
A Hammer of Justice attack kills an enemy in the front and then damages some characters in the back. Our Armor of Reynolds ability allows our hero to wrap himself in tinfoil, which affords him extra protection, and then he finishes off the rest of the attackers with a sword/fart combo that does massive damage.
The game features a silly interpretation of magic. Since most of the characters in the game are in fourth grade, the most magical thing any of them can do is fart, and our hero is good at magic. While wandering the basement he farts into his hand and then throws this ball of magic at a lantern on the wall. The gas explodes and knocks down a wall, clearing the way for us to further explore the dungeon.
After killing a few more goons and collecting a lot of loot, we hear Cartman screaming from the kitchen. By the time we get there, however, we see Cartman pouring ketchup into his mouth and then coughing up this “blood.” Cartmen explains how he got attacked by the bard who has now run off. Our target remains elusive.
Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait to see the next chapter of this encounter when the game releases on PS3, 360, and PC – supposedly this holiday.