South Park: The Stick of Truth - I've been waiting 15 years for this game
When I was a high school Junior in the late 90's I was obsessed with everything and anything South Park. I was involved in many of the early fan sites, message boards, and email lists. I even went out and bought a extra large Cartman plush one time just so I could cut off Cartman's hat to use a yarmulke for myself. And I've loved almost every tie-in piece that came out, with two notable exceptions. The two exceptions were the two major South Park video games that were released in 1998/1999. The first one was just a re-skinned version of Turok 2 (literally) & the other one was a simple driving game. Both of these left much to be desired both in terms of gameplay and in terms of representing the property well.
There was a third South Park game that came out that year. It was a party quiz game called Chef's Luv Shack and while a lot of people might have not liked it, or even known it existed, I spent many a last night playing it with friends and family. What made that game work for me was the solid representation of the different elements of the show. It was a very simple game, but in a number of ways it sort of felt like you were a contestant on a game show inside of South Park. Ever since then I've longed for a South Park game that would play like an episode of the show that spawned it.
Well, now it's 15 years later and we finally have a new South Park game and let me tell you this game delivers on anything and everything you could possibly want in a game from Matt Stone and Trey Parker. South Park: The Stick of Truth plays like a super sized episode of the TV show and judging by the areas of the game that I've explored so far might just have a reference to everything ever featured on the show hidden somewhere in the game. It's so jame packed with South Park references that I'm struggling to think of any character that isn't in there somewhere.
This game has everything a South Park superfan could want, yet it somehow manages to keep things fresh. The story-lines within the game are new, novel, and are every bit as good as any of the greatest episodes of the series. Playing this game is just plain fun and leaves you wanting to go on quest after quest so that you can explore every inch of what this game has to offer. This is the game I've been I've been waiting 15 years to play and it does not disappoint.