LOS ANGELES - Plenty of rehashes and sequels were on display at XBox's E3 Media Briefing today, but only one game had everyone laughing out loud.
That game was "South Park: The Stick of Truth."
In a break from Microsoft's presentation that featured a "Halo 4," a fourth "Gears of War," "Black Ops 2," a twelfth "Ghost Recon" and perhaps the zillionth "Tomb Raider" sequel, the latest South Park game managed to "stick" out in one way- it looked nothing like a game at all. South Park's creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, took to the stage and announced that they had been working with Obsidian to "make a game that felt like you were in an episode of South Park."
Footage from the upcoming RPG (Role Playing Game, if this is not your thing) looked identical to an episode of the show and promised to feature a wide array of well known creatures and characters from the "South Park" universe, spanning from Crab People to Underpants Gnomes. One important new character has been added to the game, however, and that character is you.
The RPG looks to take advantage of the popularity surrounding " South Park's" avatar generator and place your self-designed character in the forefront of the story. As the new kid in town you'll explore the town, mapped out by South Park's creators in great detail for the first time, "trying to become the fifth of the four boys."
Stone and Parker have gotten into gaming before; the first "South Park" game was released 14 years ago for Playstation and the Nintendo 64. Most versions failed both to capture the spirit of the series and turn it into solid gameplay. The most recent title, this year's "South Park: Tenorman's Revenge," arrived to lukewarm reviews and little fanfare.
With "Stick of Truth" at last it seems that gamers are in for a "South Park" game with a scope as epic as 1999's "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut." Stone and Parker have mastered TV, movies and even Broadway shows, but until now they have failed to impress on the gaming front. Will "Stick of Truth" turn that all around? Watch the trailer below and let us know what you think.