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"Heaven vs. Hell" - South Park

“Heaven vs. Hell” – South Park

In South Park’s “Best Friends Forever,” Heaven vs. Hell is a hotly anticipated real-time strategy game for the PSP in which players must defend heaven from a seemingly endless demon horde from hell. The twist is that the game is genuinely divine, created by God to find a general with the skills needed to save the real heaven from the actual armies of Satan.

From there, “Best Friends Forever” takes a typical South Park turn for the ridiculous. Kenny ends up in a vegetative state after getting hit by an ice cream truck, but God wants Kenny to die so he can come lead the armies of heaven. The result is an extended riff on the Terry Schiavo media frenzy and the right-to-die debate more generally.

Thankfully, a full version of Heaven vs. Hell wouldn’t need to be quite so topical. Demonic and angelic iconography offers plenty of fodder for the different types of units that populate an RTS, while the setting makes it feel like the fate of the universe is (literally) hanging in the balance. Heaven vs. Hell is what you would get if Brutal Legend was a little less self-aware, and the sense of grandeur should more than make up for the lack of heavy metal comedy.


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