Being a huge fan of the show and the creators of the show, South Park: The Stick of Truth was like a dream come true to me. Exploring the town of South Park in the most faithful gaming adaptation possibly of all time was a euphoric experience, one that prompted me to 100% the game and write numerous, extensive guides covering every nook and cranny within Colorado’s most famous quiet little mountain town.
Most games nowadays are expanded upon through DLC or expansion packs. A lot of games that don’t really even need to be expanded upon are expanded upon regardless, but there are many games that a lot of gamers simply want more of, and do not want to wait for a full-fledged sequel.
South Park: The Stick of Truth is one of those games. It is unlikely that the game will actually get a proper sequel due to Matt Stone and Trey Parker being busy with other ventures, namely the South Park TV show, and I have an unfortunate feeling that they are unwilling to throw their hat back into the gaming ring again so soon.
That being said, smaller content that expands the game, such as in the form of DLC expansion packs, would be absolutely wonderful. While The Stick of Truth touches nearly every aspect of the South Park TV “lore” so far, there were some notable exclusions, and I’d love to see these elements added to the game in some way, shape, or form, or perhaps even be included in a sequel (as far-fetched as the prospect of a sequel may be…)
New areas to explore
This goes without saying really, especially since you explore the vast majority of the town in the game, but there are some iconic settings from South Park and the surrounding areas that were not included in the game.
Granted, Obsidian did a pretty great job in making sure that most of the town appears in the game. However, the South Park Mall is closed off for the entirety of the game. Quests set in the mall have the potential to be interesting.
An area that I would REALLY like to explore is Mephesto’s Laboratory. Mephesto was a very important character in the early days of South Park, and as a diehard fan of the show since the beginning, it’d be great to see all of the various animals he has caged up…and their many, many asses.
Missable items, quests, and whatever else in games is always disappointing. Unfortunately, South Park: The Stick of Truth suffers from this issue. There are many gamers that are irritated at the missable content in Stick of Truth in regards to Chinpokomon that are made unattainable forever or friends that can’t be befriended.
Why not make these missable collectables available to players in a DLC add-on? Maybe make the missable ones appear in different areas of the game to find? Or maybe even a new game plus option would be a good idea, except all of the collectables you’ve already found are checked off so you don’t have to redo all the side quests or anything to see everything that the game has to offer.
One of the main criticisms levied at South Park: The Stick of Truth is the lack of challenge. By the end of the game, players are so insanely overpowered that virtually every enemy can be defeated with next to no effort.
It’d be nice to face off against tougher enemies that provide more of a challenge, especially if the DLC takes place after the events of the core Stick of Truth experience. They could be brand new boss enemies dreamed up by Matt, Trey, and the folks at Obsidian, or it could be enemies that already exist in the South Park universe.
As for potential pre-existing enemies? Well, the list is truly endless. MechaStreisand comes to mind immediately, as does Cartman’s infamous Dawson’s Creek Trapper Keeper that turned into a giant blob abomination. I’m just looking for a bit more challenge in the battles, and surely these gigantic foes could provide that challenge.
Though on the topic of MechaStreisand, which version of her would be in the game? This one:
or this one?:
New summons and friends
A few fan favorite characters did not make appearances in the game. Towelie is the one that I’ve seen people complain about the most, though he does appear in some loading screens. I was most disappointed at the lack of Mephesto, as stated above, though Matt and Trey went to great lengths to include some of the most obscure characters from the early seasons, such as Damien, to their credit…
Anyway, Towelie is the obvious answer for a new summon or friend. I have no idea what a Towelie focused side quest would entail, but I imagine it’d be insane. There could be numerous side quests built around Mephesto’s lab. We could answer the age old question…exactly what happens when an elephant makes love to a pig?
I played South Park: The Stick of Truth endlessly for about a week and a half straight. I just couldn’t put the game down. It is easily the funniest game I’ve ever played and I wouldn’t feel out of bounds calling it the funniest game ever made. There are some kinks to work out, but otherwise it is also a very capable and highly entertaining RPG, with a combat system reminiscent of the Paper Mario games…if Paper Mario allowed you to kick people in the balls.
My time spent within South Park was satisfying, but still, it was too short. It’s the kind of game and adventure that you never want to end.