South Park: The Fractured But Whole

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a game by South Park Digital Studios
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 3 reviews, 2 reviews are shown
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South Park: The Fractured But Whole
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
South Park: The Fractured But Whole

South Park, unlike other famous animated sitcoms like the Simpsons, had never truly received a video game that matched the same sort of irreverent slapstick that the series was famous for. That all changed however when Ubisoft took the mantle as South Park’s primary video game developer. The Fractured But Whole was released as the direct sequel to Ubisoft’s first South Park game in 2014 and saw an equal uproar of positivity from fans.

Crazy Cartoons

The Fractured But Whole is a continuation of the genuinely impressive recreation of South Park that South Park The Stick of Truth provided. Seemingly ripped right out of an episode on Comedy Central, The Fractured But Whole genuinely feels like an interactive adventure with the show’s most iconic characters and locations.

And while this authenticity to the original show is commendable, there are certain issues when translating to gameplay opportunities. The Stick of Truth had the benefit of novelty when offering players the chance to move around the town of South Park, but the limitations of the 2D format begin to affect the variety of gameplay on offer throughout the game’s campaign.

Fart Jokes Galore

Criticisms of the South Park TV show have often focused on the cartoon’s excessive profanity, violence, gore, nudity and pretty much any other taboo you can imagine. Fans of the show will be pleased to hear that none of this has been taken out of The Fractured But Whole. Yet even ardent defenders of the show’s oftentimes careless approach to sensitive topics might find the humour tiresome.

It’s hard to go even a couple of minutes in The Fractured But Whole without encountering some sort of shocking piece of toilet humour. And while low-brow humour can be an effective form of entertainment, the show has done a much better job at presenting its ideas beyond the low hanging fruit found here.

Issues Of A Sequel

Really the biggest negative that can be thrown at The Fractured But Whole is the fact that it is a sequel. It still retains some inherent issues with the Ubisoft South Park format, but it does its best to iron out any of the kinks it can that were present in the first game.

This is seen in the improvements to boss battles, which introduce fun mechanics like out-of-turn attacks, environmental hazards and even time restrictions. But when all is said and done, this second entry into a potentially expanding franchise won’t convince anyone who wasn’t drawn to the first game.

5

If you’re a fan of the original Ubisoft South Park game, then playing The Fractured But Whole is a total no-brainer. It’s very much more of the same, but it provides enough new features that it keeps things interesting. The humour definitely won’t convince those who dislike South Park’s edgelord, contrarian tendencies.

PROS:

  • Visuals mimic the South Park TV show flawlessly
  • Improves negatives that were pointed out in The Stick of Truth
  • Better combat system and greater accessibility to new RPG players

CONS:

  • Too much content in crafting system and world map
  • Humour is childish and some of the worst examples from the TV show
  • Not great for those not overly familiar with the show

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

South Park: The Fractured But Whole is another hilarious RPG from the creators of the South Park television show. Acting as the sequel to South Park: The Stick of Truth, this zany adult adventure is packed with shocking jokes, wonderful visuals, and all your favorite characters from the show. Although the game borrows a lot of elements from the first South Park RPG, there's still enough new content to keep players invested. If you're a fan of South Park, especially the superhero plot-line that pops up from time to time in the show, you'll love South Park: The Fractured But Whole.

Main Game Features

  • New grid-based combat
  • Mix-and-match character classes
  • Controversial, shock-value humor

Story

This game picks up right after the end of South Park: The Stick of Truth and follows your custom-made character, simply known as “The New Kid”. Bored with their previous fantasy adventure, the neighborhood boys of South Park start up their own superhero business. Although the kids start off solving simple suburban crimes like a missing cat, they hope to eventually become popular enough to star in their own Netflix-style television show. With this lofty goal causing a few arguments along the way, the group split into two teams, starting a classic rivalry that carries the rest of the story. As in the previous game, you're free to explore South Park and pick up a variety of side-quests and activities, but your main goal is to become the most powerful superhero you can become!

Gameplay

Like the first game, Fractured But Whole features turn-based combat. As you progress through the game, you'll amass a party of friendly neighborhood kids, each with their own superhero identity. Each character offers a different role in combat, be it a defensive tank, high-damage attacker, support healer, or anywhere between. In addition to the expected turn-based combat, Fractured But Whole adds a grid-style system, reminiscent of tactics games like Fire Emblem or Into the Breach. Players can move a certain number of squares around the board and utilize a variety of special attacks to damage, defuse, and destroy their competition. Each superhero also has an awesome, animated ultimate attack, giving your team enormous help when needed.

When you're not engaged in hilarious superhero battles, you'll spend a lot of time exploring South Park and meeting new friends. One of your main objectives in the game is to build up a hefty following on Coonstagram, the in-game social media app. This requires you to take selfies with different townsfolk, but not everyone is so keen on taking a picture. Sometimes you'll have to solve a simple environmental puzzle, clear out some enemies, or find the right item to convince them to take the snapshot. As you gain more followers you'll level up, allowing you to further outfit your custom superhero with more moves and better upgrades.

Conclusion

When compared to other epic RPG games like Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest, South Park: The Fractured But Whole is pretty simplistic. However, the easy-to-learn combat and approachable storytelling makes it one of the best superhero RPG games available. Unless you're easily offended by controversial topics or really dislike the South Park show, there's a good chance you'll find yourself laughing harder than you ever have.

9

In the moments where the story becomes lackluster of uninteresting, the new grid-style combat keeps things refreshing. Not only is South Park: The Fractured But Whole a great game, it's also one of the best RPGs of the generation.

Pros

  • Visuals look just like the television show
  • Hilarious story and dialogue
  • Engaging costume-class system

Cons

  • Combat can feel repetitive at times
  • Some pacing issues
  • Lack of side content

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