South Park: Stick of Truth has "mature humour"

The Entertainment Software Rating Board has gotten its hands on South Park: The Stick of Truth, and – unsurprisingly – it’s found a great mess. Blood and gore, drug references, mature humour, nudity, strong language, strong sexual content, and violence. (Did you expect anything less?)

The Board’s report summarises the game for fans who might have otherwise missed the story.

Basically, you are the New Kid in the white bread, mountain town, and you must prove your worth by taking on a number of quests with other boys in the neighbourhood. Combat is turn-based, and you are given melee attacks, magic skills and various weaponry (the report references swords, baseball bats and hammers) to fend off your attackers.

“The game includes several instances of mature humour and sexual material,” the report says:

  • characters getting anally probed by alien creatures;
  • doctors using a vacuum to perform procedures on male characters (in an abortion clinic);
  • one level takes place inside the rectum/colon of a character (sex toys, random objects and fecal matter appear in the level)
  • an out-of-focus couple having sex in the background … sexual moaning sounds/dialogue is heard

The report explains the sequences are “cartoony and over-the-top”, acknowledging that there is also occasional nudity “e.g., breasts, buttocks, male genitalia)”, violence (“characters dismembered or decapitated”), drug use (“drug paraphernalia can be seen strewn around a methamphetamine lab”), and offensive language including “f**k,” “sh*t,” “a*shole,” and “f*ggot”.

While this content is adult enough to warrant an American M rating (recommended for gamers 17 years and older), it is also precisely the sort of thing we would expect from a South Park game.

South Park: The Stick of Truth has just been delayed to March 2014 – fingers crossed that if it’s at a stage where it can be classified, we shouldn’t see any more delays.

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