(LOS ANGELES) — Plenty of rehashes and sequels were on display at XBox’s E3 Media Briefing Monday, 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, 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 THQ to ”make a game that felt like you were in an episode of South Park.”
Footage from the upcoming role playing game 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 game 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. The user’s character will 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.
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Kayla Nelson, Idaho State University Marketing and Communication
Jim Bennett, Deseret News