South Park Let's Go Tower Defense Play! Review
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System: X360 (XBLA) Review Rating Legend
Dev: DoubleSix 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Microsoft 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 7, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Mature 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

LGTDP's cartoonish presentation is a spot-on match to the show, and the level of consistency between the settings and characters found between the two is impressive. Don't expect to be blown away by the visuals, though they certainly match the tone and look of the cartoon better than some past game tie-ins have. Cutscenes between missions are done in a moving panel comic format that doesn't quite do the characters and their personalities justice. Fortunately, the strong voice work featured throughout the game picks up some of the slack.

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Some foes have vulnerabilities to specific defenses, while others are simply tough bastards. Most of the six towers you have at your disposal are pretty standard fare. There are cheaper turrets that throw snowballs and shoot lasers, pricier ordinance emplacements that launch fiery cherry bombs and fireworks missiles, and more exotic towers that shoot cat pee and freeze enemies. You can unlock two more bizarre weapons by playing through extra challenge levels. In some cases, the levels themselves can be used to your advantage. The crane at the junkyard in Kenny's backyard that can be used to drop trashed cars on opponents, the sewage-spewing sewer pipe at the sixth-grade hangout douses friend and foe in nasty fluid, and the anti-Mongolian secret sauce dumped from the great wall are just a few examples.

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Playing through the campaign on your own or with three other friends unlocks lots of extras that South Park fans will get a kick out of. There are lots of short video clips from different episodes to watch that introduce certain characters and events. More importantly, you'll unlock other kid characters from the series to play as in online play and the challenge maps. LGTDP is definitely at the top of the pile of South Park games. It's a good mix of tower defense and real-time strategy that stays true to the source material and offers an over-the-top dose of humor. A slightly unforgiving difficulty curve and the curious decision to leave out some classic South Park support characters keep it from being a profane masterpiece. That said, this is one game South Park lovers can truly appreciate.

By Nathan Meunier
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.0
Graphics
Great settings and goofy characters rendered in the classic South Park style match up with the show nicely.
3.6
Control
Controlling multiple characters on your own can be challenging, and it's not always easy to place towers where you want them.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Hilarious voice-overs and cursing galore.
3.6
Play Value
Quite a few levels to play through. Online play and challenge levels are nice, though the overall experience is rather short.
3.8
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • It's South Park: Your favorite characters from the popular animated TV show come to Xbox LIVE in an exciting action/strategy tower defense game.
  • Unlockable content: Unlock your favorite South Park character and unleash each of their special abilities. Continue to unlock more than 80 videos for your scrapbook.
  • Strategy, South Park-style: Build snow mazes to outsmart your enemies, and use the town itself to destroy your foes.
  • Multiplayer: Play locally with up to four players in intense cooperative levels, or team up on Xbox LIVE in either Challenge or Campaign mode.
  • New achievements: Twelve new achievements for you to earn along with the South Park gang.


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