In South Park: The Stick of Truth, players act as the New Kid in the snowy mountain town, and are tossed into a conflict between the Elves, led by Stan and Kyle, and the Humans, led by Eric Cartman.
Game Informer recently saw a demo of the game at a pre-E3 event, where Butters and New Kid team up to battle through a South Park Elementary sprawling with children from both sides of the battle. We’ve summarized some details.
Bumping into one of your classmates in the school initiates battle, which is launched in a separate screen and uses a standard turn-based system with added South Park flair. Timed button presses enable standard attacks and initiate dodges, and “magic spells” can be cast by combining household items, like a hairspray and lighter to create a fireball.
Outside of battle, players will make creative decisions in the field. During the demo, an enemy Elf stands atop a pile of rubble and in your way. Normally, you could use your powerful fart ability to knock him down, but a fan atop the hill would just blow it away. Instead, you have the option of activating the school’s sprinkler system to short out the fan, or you could go the more creative route and use an anal probe satellite to teleport into the vents above, and then use the power of the Underpants Gnomes to shrink yourself and navigate forward.
Later, a boss battle with Stan Marshwalker ensues, with his loyal hound Sparky by his side. Sparky uses his “Call of the Wild” ability and pees on New Kid, inflicting him with the “Grossed Out” status effect, causing him to puke. After winning the battle, New Kid is awarded Stan’s Blade of the Ranger, which he can equip through the Facebook-like app on the in-game phone.
As the demo closed, a standoff between Kyle and Cartman forces New Kid to choose a side. New Kid chooses Kyle’s side and flings a piece of poop at Cartman. The battle concludes with a Dragon Ball Z-like fart duel between the two.