Parents' Guide to

South Park: The Stick of Truth

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Audacious, satirical RPG with mature themes to the extreme.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 16 parent reviews

age 15+

Okay but you have to play this first then the fracture buthole

This title has:

Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
2 people found this helpful.
age 16+
Rated 18

This title has:

Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (16):
Kids say (43):

Like the TV show, South Park: The Stick of Truth is definitely not for kids. And its sense of humor -- more edgy and boundary-pushing than ever, thanks to a lack of network censorship -- won't be to all tastes. That said, grown-ups attuned to South Park's unusual brand of comedy will find a season's worth of politically incorrect satirical jokes scattered through the game. Its animation and dialogue are so similar to what's seen on TV that the game is essentially an interactive version of the show.

Sadly, though, the role-playing isn't quite a match for the presentation. Turn-based combat is sloppy and unforgiving, and navigating the two-dimensional town can be frustrating. Making matters worse, the controls are hard to figure out -- especially when it comes to solving puzzles outside of combat -- and likely will leave many players stumped in some areas. None of these issues will be deal breakers for die-hard South Park fans, who'll likely keep moving along just for the laugh-out-loud jokes. But players hoping for a great gaming experience equal to the comedy are bound to be disappointed.

Game Details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: UbiSoft
  • Release date: March 4, 2014
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • Topics: Magic and Fantasy
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Mature Humor, Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Violence
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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