South Park: The Fractured but Whole, a video game review

A video game review by: Lee Sonogan

(2017) RPG/Adventure, Comedy


South Park: The Fractured but Whole is a role-playing video game developed and published by Ubisoft, in collaboration with South Park Digital Studios. The sequel to South Park: The Stick of Truth, it is based on the American adult animated television series South Park and written by series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

IMDB describes this new game as delve into the crime-ridden underbelly of South Park as the New Kid, to battle the forces of evil while Coon strives to make his team the most beloved superheroes in history. The game features twelve new superhero classes such as Brutalist, Blaster, Speedster, Elementalist, Gadgeteer, Mystic, Cyborg, Psychic, Assassin, Commander, Netherborn, and Karate Kid.

Unlike The Stick of Truth, the game allows the player to choose their gender of their character which will affect how other characters react to the player. The Fractured but Whole also features race customization, which is jokingly shown as a difficulty level . The choice doesn’t affect combat difficulty, rather how the player talks to other characters and the amount of money the player receives.

The original title planned for the project was The Butthole of Time. However Matt Stone and Trey Parker were informed that the retailers would not place a product with the word ‘butthole’ on their shelves. This caused Trey Parker to go back to his office and work for a few hours on how to sneak the phrase onto the game without upsetting retailers, and eventually settled on ‘but whole’.

To compare this sequel to the first, it is slightly harder. It brings back a lot of greatness from the first game. You get the South Park story with the same town. The town this time is bigger and more refferences than ever. Night time missions add to the excitement of the game. This game gets a lower rating from me because the gameplay in the battles is less exciting. The ultimate moves are cool but, all the other moves and moving around the battlefield does not feel as good. The ending was also predictable and not that exciting. I recommend this video game to fans of the first game and superhero lovers.

PS – If they kept the battle system from the last one and had 4 people instead of 2, it would have been much more interesting to me.


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