To yours truly, South Park is less a television
show… and more a grim weekly reminder that the late 1990s were a thing, and for whatever
reason, like the decade that spawned it… refuse to go the fuck away! I state this up-front
in the hope that you understand that I’m not judging this as an entry in the South Park…
‘franchise’… if that’s even a fucking thing… no, I’m judging this more as a turn-based
RPG and a comedy game. Within those fairly liberal criteria…? South Park: The Stick
of Truth is an eminently entertaining ‘Babys First RPG’. Like Final Fantasy VII, but with
all the dialogue bubble ellipses and weeping for dead chicks you met 15 minutes ago…
replaced with dick jokes and anti-semmitic snarkifyin’.
Combining – and lampooning – turn-based JRPG hallmarks that (much like South Park’s sense
of humor) haven’t been relevant since the ’90s, with a game engine that can best be
described as a television show simulator, for whatever faults the game may have, you
really have to doff hat at the motherfucker. Not least of which due to the fact that this
game is easily the most functional, least-buggy product Obsidian Entertainment has shipped
in its ever-lovin’ lifespan. That they had to release a game whose art style was literally
inspired by construction-paper fucking dolls to release their first semi-professional product…
is a kind of ‘pathetic’ we rarely see outside of Fur Affinity.
I find South Park to be about as funny as genocide, but even my jaded ass has to grudgingly
admit to cracking the odd smile here and there. Sadly, much like the show that spawned it
– The Stick of Truth also demonstrates a unique talent for driving one, not even accidentally
humorous joke far enough into the ground, that by the third act, it’s having a tea party
with fuckin’ Morlocks. If you thought the ‘gay fish / fish dicks’ saga was the most
gratingly unfunny nugget pinched from the briny buttocks of Trey Parker and Matt Stone…
you haven’t lived until you’ve endured the ‘Never fart on another man’s balls’ Chronicles.
That – despite this fact – I still came away thoroughly enjoying The Stick of Truth is
a testament to the competence of the people that created it. And you really have to pay
tribute to Ubisoft for actually being willing to publish a game this controversial. I mean,
this is the same Ubisoft that – 7 years removed from the only game in the series that was
actually set in the middle east – still runs a disclaimer before every Assassin’s Creed
game that roughly translates into ‘We swear to god, brown people actually worked on this
game’. So way to grow a fuckin’ dick. The game’s balance could also do with a chiropractic
adjustment or… seventeen. Because while the game can occasionally present a respectable
challenge, that entire premise does a handstand once you familiarize yourself with a heaping
helping of ‘Bleeding Damage’. Backstab a bitch, and be sure to stack that shit, and you may
as well just eject the disc and take up goddamn knitting, because the game completes itself.
The sidequests span a vast scale of variety… from ‘bitchwork’… to ‘short bitchwork’,
but since when are RPG sidequests not comprised of activity more commonly reserved for Ron
Jeremy’s fluffer? At least in these side quests, you can occasionally extract a few CCs of
humor, and generally the loot for accomplishing said quests is commensurate with the sporadic
spikes in difficulty. Where the game flounders, unfortunately, is
in replayability. With a tape measure-linear narrative featuring but one minor, player-driven
choice to make over the course of the outlandishly truncated campaign – and a complete absence
of class-specific gear and weaponry to differentiate a Mage from a Thief from a… class that only
Mel Gibson would name out loud – your reward for completing the game in rapid succession…
amounts to a half-hearted pat on the ass. Which is fine. Not all games can be multi-playthrough
extravaganzas, and if it took removing player choice… to get this to be the first Obsidian
game that – as a rule – actually goddamn functions… then Vaya Con fuckin’ DIOS, I say!
Really, the lack of demarkation between the classes is the worst offense. There’s literally
nothing stopping a Thief from rocking a sledgehammer or a Mage from mastering archery, which before
long turns into a raging case of Skyrim Syndrome. In short: If you can do anything in one playthrough…
why bother ever booting the game again? Would I recommend it? Fuck – to the – yeah,
I would! It’s not my kind of humor, but it’s clearly
lots of other peoples’ kind of humor, and those people are going to positively shit
themselves laughing. If you don’t dig South Park…? The worst-case scenario is that you
play a decent tribute to the beginner RPGs of yore. It’s Paper Mario with pussy jokes!
What’s not to like?! I’m RazörFist.
God – fuckin’ – SPEED!

South Park: The Stick of Truth – The Rageaholic

100 thoughts on “South Park: The Stick of Truth – The Rageaholic

  • April 18, 2014 at 5:05 am
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    South Park is awesome. Hipster.

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  • April 18, 2014 at 5:06 am
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    Now I fully understand why you had a problem with Skyrim removing the class system (even though I'm all for it) though I do have to question your reasons for replayability becuase if a games good or great, why not relive and play the game several more times?

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  • April 18, 2014 at 5:44 am
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    Definitely an entertaining game, he's right though about the replayability, there is none. 🙂

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  • April 18, 2014 at 5:56 am
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    The game was worth it for the colon dungeon alone….oh and the pants gnome boss fight on the bed.

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  • April 18, 2014 at 6:08 am
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    Lightning will never live it down lol

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  • April 18, 2014 at 6:10 am
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    dude, don't fart on anyone's balls….

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  • April 18, 2014 at 6:14 am
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    Your constructive, thought enlightening criticisms are a breath of fresh air, but can you try to talk a lil slower.  Too fast, man.

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  • April 18, 2014 at 6:52 am
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    It's a sad day in gaming when South Park the stick of truth is more of a RPG than recent Bioware game.

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  • April 18, 2014 at 6:55 am
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    So… do you like fish sticks?

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  • April 18, 2014 at 7:03 am
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    5:28 Do you actually like Ken Park?

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  • April 18, 2014 at 7:04 am
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    I enjoyed the game, but the mage is also utterly broken. I only used the first attack throughout the game and got around half of my HP and mana back every time I casted. Normal enemies usually died with one hit and bosses with 3 or 4…
    If you use the patches cleverly you can break every class I assume.

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  • April 18, 2014 at 7:15 am
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    always watch your vids…  good stuff

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  • April 18, 2014 at 8:25 am
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    I'll past on this.I have always thought that south park humor is soo soo so boring.

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  • April 18, 2014 at 8:39 am
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    ginger suicide

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  • April 18, 2014 at 8:54 am
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    I like the occasional social commentary aspects of South Park and also the poking the beehive type humor that's clearly there to offend people with sticks up their asses. Never cared for the toilet jokes though. South Park is kind of a mixed bag for me. I was surprised to see a really well made RPG game under all this though, in your face Dragon Age 2.

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  • April 18, 2014 at 9:50 am
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    Vaya con fucking dios! 

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  • April 18, 2014 at 10:33 am
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    You should try Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z..  i quite enjoyed that one.

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  • April 18, 2014 at 11:17 am
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    I didn't take you for a Hammerfall fan XD

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  • April 18, 2014 at 11:29 am
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    Game was awesome, not worth anywhere near $60 though. I especially liked the part at the end where you can choose to just say 'fuck this' and walk away and have the whole town blow up, followed by the credits scene. So South Park.

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  • April 18, 2014 at 12:44 pm
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    thanks for another great review, but thanks even more for the introduction to hammerfall

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  • April 18, 2014 at 1:01 pm
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    Be honest, how many pictures of Ron Jeremy naked did you look through to find that one?

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  • April 18, 2014 at 1:22 pm
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    Very sudden unexpected review

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  • April 18, 2014 at 2:48 pm
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    I bow before the master.

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  • April 18, 2014 at 3:20 pm
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    Wow fallout new Vegas was a functional game but there were bugs

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  • April 18, 2014 at 3:21 pm
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    Whole-hearted agreement with this one, except on one point.

    Paper Mario and its infinitely superior, sent-from-the-heavens sequel Paper Mario 2 kick Stick of Truth repeatedly in the nether regions until "WONDERFUL" appears on-screen, and for one simple reason.

    Stick of Truth is South Park. It's not a new take on anything, it's just South Park as we've come to know (and possibly enjoy) it. By contrast, Paper Mario (especially the second entry) is a vastly darker and more sinister take on the Mushroom Kingdom than any other set of titles in the franchise. For the love of nonexistent deities, we've seen a demon possess Princess Peach and turn her into the final fuckin' boss, people. Where Mario games are concerned, it doesn't get any more horrifically awesome than that, and I for one wholeheartedly wish Nintendo would maintain some measure of Paper Mario's dark undertones in the entire franchise going forward. Nothing fits a bright, cheery environment better than the feeling that it's all about to fall to pieces.

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  • April 18, 2014 at 4:53 pm
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    I managed to enjoy this game three times through myself, don't know how beyond just seeing how each classes abilities worked and all. Easiest was Mage, worst was the Thief, Jew was fun though.

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  • April 18, 2014 at 4:57 pm
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    when this is at a bargain price ill pick this up for a laugh

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  • April 18, 2014 at 5:50 pm
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    Great review, Razor.

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  • April 18, 2014 at 6:06 pm
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    When was Ron Jeremy ever that thin?

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  • April 18, 2014 at 6:15 pm
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    Never found South Park funny, same for most American comedy cartoons.

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  • April 18, 2014 at 6:51 pm
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    That Randy Savage dragon mod is going into my Skyrim install right the fuck now.

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  • April 18, 2014 at 7:04 pm
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    Paper Mario with Pussy Jokes? As long as it's not Sticker Star sign me up.

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  • April 18, 2014 at 8:38 pm
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    HELL TO THE YES MAN!

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  • April 18, 2014 at 8:43 pm
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    if you dont think south park is  funny then  something is  wrong  with you

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  • April 18, 2014 at 9:00 pm
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    yeah but seriously. just dont do it. dont fart on a man's balls.

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  • April 18, 2014 at 9:49 pm
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    Dude!  Would you ever consider making a top 20 list of your favorite metal bands ? m/ 

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  • April 18, 2014 at 10:11 pm
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    Did not know you were into primal fear, thats awesome man!

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  • April 18, 2014 at 10:17 pm
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    Big problem with this game, i got all the value out of it by watching a lets play and now have no desire to buy it.

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  • April 18, 2014 at 11:15 pm
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    "…a kind of pathetic we rarely see outside of Fur Affinity." And how exactly would you know? Surf FA much? Though it doesn't make the statement any less true (especially with that photo.)

    I enjoyed Stick of Truth but I hated the fart jokes…the first time I heard "never fart on a man's balls" I knew that's exactly what was going to happen at the end. Overall, fun game.

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  • April 18, 2014 at 11:22 pm
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    Will you be making a video on the passing of The Ultimate Warrior?

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  • April 19, 2014 at 1:00 am
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    I liked the game, but I didn't like that it was turned based. Everything else was fine. I was always a South Park fan. Haven't been following it as much anymore though.

    And Razor's right. Once you finish the game you pretty much don't want to play it anymore. There's not much else after that.

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  • April 19, 2014 at 4:26 am
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    its a good game dont hate.

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  • April 20, 2014 at 8:32 am
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    This game was a fucking piece of horseshit. Nothing more than repetitive fart and dick jokes + glitches galore.
    Seriously, this series NEEDS to be cancelled along with the likes of Family Guy, The Simpsons, Archer, and every adultswim show currently airing. Humanity would be better off without them.

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  • April 20, 2014 at 9:54 am
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    I'm enjoying it. It's exactly as you say, Razor! It was worth it to finally see where everything was supposed to be located in South Park. Now I know their school is on one end of town and that Kenny lives right next to a forest trail that leads to Canada

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  • April 20, 2014 at 10:04 am
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    …and speaking of Canada… apparently, Matt & Trey flunked geography, as Colorado is nowhere near Canada

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  • April 20, 2014 at 10:07 pm
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    South Park has good political satire yo.

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  • April 22, 2014 at 1:11 am
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    To be honest this is one of the best RPGs I have played in a long ass time. No convoluted love story, no dudes that look like chicks. Just pure unadulterated humor mixed with timed action sequences that rewarded the player with poop jokes and dildo weapons. 

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  • April 22, 2014 at 1:43 am
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    "Baby's first RPG" XD Brilliant!

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  • April 22, 2014 at 9:46 am
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    I think I keep misjudging you, I seem to go into these videos expecting nothing more than hateful, elitist vitriol, but when I remove you and your videos from your "metal" persona I come away thoroughly amused, I think I need to learn not to take you seriously and learn to take what you say as an opinion, a rather hyperbolic and amusing opinion. So thanks for the laughs, I'm going to subscribe now.   

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  • April 22, 2014 at 10:19 pm
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    Why do you, and the rest of the Hatebit podcast continually claim that FF7 is simple, over cinematic and set a trend of both of those things, and then defend FF10? FF10 is those things 10 fucking fold for Christ's sake! Overly cinematic? It has damn near more cut scenes than gamplay. Simplified? That games is literally a straight fucking line. I haven't played much of final fantasy since 10, but from what I can tell, It's quite a contender for the most brain dead installment of the series. (not to say i didn't find some enjoyment playing it when I was 12 or 13).

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  • April 23, 2014 at 1:22 am
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    hey razor, which hammerfall album do you think is the best?

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  • May 5, 2014 at 6:18 am
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    thanks for making it perfectly clear you hate southpark at the start of the video now anyone who actually likes the show now knows to compleatly ignore your opinion as your attitude is nowhere near the games target audience

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  • May 10, 2014 at 6:16 am
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    I decided to put my question here to Razorfist since its the most relevant thread to ask this question so here goes:

    Have you played the Diablo series and if so, what are your thoughts on Diablo 1 and 2 as well as the latest installment of Diablo 3? Will there be a retrospective video on this topic or is there one already being planned in the foreseeable future?

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  • May 12, 2014 at 11:42 pm
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    holy fucking shit…ive seen it all.  randy savage dragon! XD    truly the most badass of all dragons

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  • May 26, 2014 at 8:13 am
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    My biggest issue with the game is its length.
    A little on the short side, like Final Fantasy 4 in fact the whole game feels like Final Fantasy 4 in a weird way.
    If they make a sequel I'm hoping it's longer and it definitely appeal still a little bit of a bar or grin while still being funny in true South Park style

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  • June 19, 2014 at 5:49 am
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    This game looks like the kind of game that would scratch that paper Mario itch i have been having since paper Mario 2 was over. 

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  • June 28, 2014 at 4:46 am
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    i actually really enjoy south park for the way they parody, mock and generally make fun-of society and people's idiocy.

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  • August 9, 2014 at 8:18 am
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    This game made me laugh so much but i'm glad I borrowed it from my friend. I got all achievements in one play-through but I enjoyed every moment of it. 

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  • October 18, 2014 at 2:01 am
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    i've seen some disturbing shit in my time.

    but 4:11 THAT… is one of the most disturbing things i've ever seen.

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  • November 18, 2014 at 5:20 am
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    South Park is about as funny as a lemon squeeze in your pisshole but eh, the game is okay.

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  • December 13, 2014 at 8:24 am
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    1:35 – Gave me quite a bit of a chuckle. And I say this even though I'm a furry bunny myself. The dark kinds of fail you see on that site man. Wait til you get to Fur Affinity Forums. That's just…wow. 

    ~Niko

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  • January 6, 2015 at 4:41 am
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    Actually, each class has different weapons, armor, and skill sets. It's just that only the skills matter when it comes to strategy. But between that and the main choice, there's enough change for a second playthrough or half of one.

    It's like Telltale's The Walking Dead series: you can play through once being the true friend trying to keep kids alive, and again as the Darwinist who knows everyone's fate.
    SPOILERS: almost everyone dies.

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  • January 13, 2015 at 10:38 am
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    Here comes the #FurFags trying to defend themselves from one reference.

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  • January 14, 2015 at 11:34 pm
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    There are people who don't think South Park is funny?

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  • February 10, 2015 at 12:10 pm
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    "South Park humor hasnt been relevant since the 90´s"? What the bleeding fuck hole are you talking about? That is just a poo that took a pee right there!

    Cartoon Wars is epic! Best episode I´ve seen and it came out in 2006. Also although South Park is now like a box of chocolates, some pieces are not as good as others, all of them have their moments. And some episodes are brilliant and mindblowing; Like the episode "you are getting old" and its "Assburgers" sequel. South Park is not just the best show on TV right now, its the best show ever made. 

    Yes, I am a fan boy. And the game is fucking epic! Best game of 2014!!! BEEEEST!

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  • February 11, 2015 at 8:50 pm
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    very fair review

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  • March 1, 2015 at 9:52 pm
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    1:39 that is a great jaded ass. UHHH

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  • March 3, 2015 at 7:45 am
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    "You say you dont know where the Macho Man is coming from!?!?!"

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  • March 6, 2015 at 4:40 pm
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    Rocked it as usual.  Thanks man!

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  • March 28, 2015 at 11:55 pm
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    Nice to see another HammerFall fan. m/

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  • April 29, 2015 at 9:04 pm
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    its a nice little game … but that's about it dont take it too seriously 😛

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  • May 13, 2015 at 5:37 am
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    As a person whose played through Skyrim over twenty times now and hasn't played the same way once in all those times, I REALLY do not get the whole "Skyrim has no replayability" accusation. Maybe it's just me?

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  • June 8, 2015 at 12:06 pm
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    Is it weird the I like console rpgs and South Park but have absolutely no desire to play this?

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  • November 22, 2015 at 7:15 pm
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    ..what does Rage'A find funny then? Being american an'all;-P

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  • December 7, 2015 at 3:05 am
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    I see you use images from Family Guy all the time. If you hate South Park but love Family Guy I am sorry, I don't think we can be friends.

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  • December 10, 2015 at 2:44 pm
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    Primal Fear Mind Control- Nice intro music

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  • March 21, 2016 at 6:35 pm
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    Yeah, Hammerfall!

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  • March 23, 2016 at 5:44 pm
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    what holds me back from trying this game out is the price tag. Not worth a $60 or even $40 launch price for a game i can't imagine playing a second time. When the story is over and you've heard all the jokes, is there any reason to go back and play it again? If i can find this game $10 i'll try it out, but $30 is best price i've seen to date.

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  • March 28, 2016 at 8:34 am
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    I'm surprised to hear you say South Park isn't funny..
    2013/2014 were the least funny seasons but last year was hilarious with them going after the PC police

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  • April 19, 2016 at 4:53 am
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    Someone got offended by the T.M.I. episode.

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  • July 4, 2016 at 3:44 pm
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    this guy lives to hear his own voice.

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  • August 30, 2016 at 4:05 am
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    To be honest, the worst part of the "gay fish" thing wasn't even how stupid the joke was or how boring the episode was – it was all the people I heard telling the joke like it was ever even slightly amusing.
    I'd rather fight nazi zombie aborted fetuses. Or hit and fart on Cartman.

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  • October 17, 2016 at 11:00 am
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    did you just throw shade at FF7? The greatest rpg of all time?! Fuck are you smokin?

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  • December 6, 2016 at 11:39 pm
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    Stone and Parker are a couple of dinosaurs who's shitty fucking fax machine refused to print out the memo that the great extinction event was happening. Unless they actually manage to do something that rubs the infantile executives at Comedy Central the wrong way, I have a feeling we'll be forced to suffer their primeval humor another 20 years. Maybe even 40.

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  • January 16, 2017 at 7:40 am
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    "Crying over dead chicks you met 15 minutes ago?"

    Yeah, okay.

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  • February 2, 2017 at 5:01 am
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    I played the Jew class… it was fucking brilliant…

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  • February 6, 2017 at 7:24 pm
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    I've never disagreed with a reviewer more than Rageaholic.. Yet I still love every single review. I agree with Angry Joe on nearly anything, and more and more are starting to hate his reviews..

    Weird shit.

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  • February 25, 2017 at 5:22 am
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    I loved this game through and through.

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  • July 6, 2017 at 1:02 pm
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    Watching this years later but man I like that you can review a game that you don't like and still present a good case for it. it's nice to see a reviewer that can remove personal bias and review it in others perspectives.

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  • November 11, 2017 at 5:18 pm
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    "I find South Park to be about as funny as genocide, folks."
    So pretty funny, then.

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  • December 15, 2017 at 11:44 pm
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    Best RPG for me since FF7

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  • December 24, 2017 at 12:00 am
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    Never fart on another man's balls? Is this some kind of tranny creed? Only women could ever get close enough to a man's balls with their butthole to ever accomplish such a feat.

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  • February 3, 2018 at 7:05 pm
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    Hey fuck you I have 100% achievement completion. You cant do that without playing through more than once! It's a great game if you like a casual rpg

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  • May 11, 2018 at 4:43 am
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    Thought you'd hate it given the thumbnail but was actually a pretty fair review all in all, with hilarious picture clips as always.

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  • July 1, 2018 at 3:55 pm
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    1:35 Is that The Dishonored Wolf?

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  • July 24, 2018 at 8:57 pm
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    Non white genocide is funny, SP has it's moments, but making a RPG was a shit choice

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  • August 28, 2018 at 4:01 pm
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    south park is more needed in 2018 then ever

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  • August 31, 2018 at 5:55 pm
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    I loved the fish-dicks show… now. crab people was weak!

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  • September 2, 2018 at 10:52 pm
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    i actually put together a nice gear set for my fire mage, every piece buffed my spells. you aren't kidding about stacking DOTs, against an experienced player the game has no chance. still an awesome game and funny as hell!

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  • November 8, 2018 at 2:57 pm
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    Sometimes you have shit taste, Razorfist.

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