I have been a longtime fan of South Park. I remember watching it even when I was not technically old enough to. Most of the jokes went over my head of course, but I thought I was pretty cool. Side note, I wouldn’t let kids currently watch it. I loved Stick of Truth, I most recently played it through on my Mixer channel and had so much fun! I knew I had to try out South Park: The Fractured But Whole when it was released. I was not disappointed!
Disclaimer: The following review will be spoiler free.
- Release Date- October 17, 2017
- ESRB Rating- Mature 17+/PEGI 18+
- Genre- Role-Playing
- Developer- Ubisoft San Francisco
- Publisher- Ubisoft
- Mode- Single Player
- Xbox One
You know your children better than anyone, but use the ESRB rating as a guide. It is full of things that those of the younger variety would get confused about. Drinking, Violence, sex, drugs, and surprisingly more. It may be a cartoon, but not all cartoons are meant for small children. Just a heads up, but as I said already you know your children better than anyone.
Now that I have that out of the way, lets move on to the story. The Fractured But Whole starts off a day after The Stick of Truth. Cartmen decides there needs to be a change in games. So like every other RPG out there, you start out all powerful and then BOOM, back to zero. This requires you to go and build up your skill and explore the town and learn about the other characters. There are side missions for collectibles and that gives you something fun to do along with getting things for accomplishing the goals. I think one of my favorite parts is going to talk to Mr. Mackey the guidance counselor in one of the missions. I will tell you this much, I did not see that coming and I loved it.
The combat is still turn based as in the previous game, but in The Fractured But Whole it is a bit different. Luckily I did not have to worry about blocking attacks, that was my least favorite part of The Stick of Truth. I found this was a bit more strategic in how best to move to be able to hit your opponents. I did find myself at first wasting moves instead of utilizing them. After a few battles, I got pretty good at it. This brings me to a fun part about picking your classes. You start off by getting to pick one of three classes and then later on you open the option to duel class and that is a lot of fun. It kept the combat pretty fresh and you do get the option to change your classes if you decide you did not like what you chose.
I found the graphics in Fractured But Whole to be very pleasing, it is right out of an episode of South Park. Cartoon like and absolutely fun. The special attacks in combat are just as eye popping as The Stick of Truth. I absolutely love the special attacks and how they put so much into them, it makes it fun and engaging. Plus I just love seeing each character’s different special abilities.
Customization is a lot more fun in this game, I think anyways. I get to change colors of everything and you get the option to grab stuff from the Ubistore to liven up your wardrobe. Each piece of clothing can be customized in the wide selection of colors available. It let me keep my character’s signature colors as the hero of my choosing. It certainly keeps me invested in changing up my costume. As you complete objectives or collect things you can get more and more costume options and it makes it fun and engaging.
The humor of South Park is not exactly for everyone, but for me personally I love it. Most of my friends and family love it as well and that is why South Park: The Fractured But Whole is an absolute must for almost everyone on my list. Does not matter if you have not watched the show in ages or if you keep up with it almost religiously. It will still keep you laughing and for me, yelling “Oh My!” Which I did on several occasions, but in a good way. It was always followed by laughter.
I absolutely adored this game. The combat has been changed up so that I actually enjoy it. It is strategic and I don’t have to worry about mashing the block button at the exact right moment. The graphics make you feel like you are playing an episode of South Park and that brings in it a realism that can’t be beat. The dark and raunchy humor of South Park had me reeling the whole time and I enjoyed that they added in some things that I never expected that give a new experience to the game in a way. The laughs and enjoyable storyline make this a must have game for those of you with the same sense of humor as I have.