I love a good surprise, and South Park: The Stick of Truth is one of video games’ best.
You’re the new kid in South Park, Colorado. After a brief introduction, you are thrust into the character creation room. You are prompted to construct a personalized South Park character from an unexpectedly wide range of costume and palette options. I was immediately charmed by the possibilities. My little guy began the game with teal hair, a hoodie, and a black eye. I was ready to embark on, as explained on the game’s back cover, “an epic quest to become…cool.”
As the new kid, you double as the game’s silent protagonist. Naturally. Whenever someone asks you a question, you respond with a blank stare and nothing else. As your buddies remark, “he doesn’t talk much.”