48 – South Park: The Stick of Truth
Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
Initial Release Date: March 4, 2014
Why it’s one of the best RPGs: If you had asked me to name a genre for a South Park game before Stick of Truth, I’m not sure what my answer would have been, but it certainly wouldn’t have been RPG. Somehow, the at times witty, at times highly irreverent, world of South Park worked as an RPG–certainly enough to warrant a sequel coming out later this year with The Fractured But Whole.
You play as the “New Kid,” just moving into the neighborhood and joining in with the play-fantasy games of Cartman, Kenny, and Butters. You encounter elves, UFOs, Nazi Zombies, girls, and government conspiracies as you work to unravel the troubles caused by the fabled Stick of Truth. Battles are a mixture of RPG homage and fart jokes. Everything is accompanied by the clever and crude mixture of dialogue that has made South Park famous. Altogether, it’s South Park: Stick of Truth’s juxtapositions that win it a spot on this list–it combines solid mechanics with an unconventionally hilarious universe.
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