South Park The Fractured But Whole Review: Twice the Content, Twice the Fun

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South Park The Stick of Truth brought the show to life in the gaming world and its sequel continues the crazy, pun-filled, offensive adventure. Taking place 3 years after the events of South Park The Stick of  Truth, the children head off to a new adventure by taking on the roles of Super-Heroes.

To further this plot our heroes play the parody of many memorable Super-Hero movies including Captain America: Civil War and Batman V Superman. Basically, the parody of movies in which heroes are at odds and have differences between themselves. Until you play South Park The Fractured But Whole, you don’t realize how many movies are using the same plot over and over these days, and the game does a great job pointing out the repetitive storylines of Super-Hero films.

The gameplay is like South Park The Stick of Truth, it is similar to what you would find in a JRPG. But to be honest, players are not picking up South Park to enjoy its gameplay. The primary attraction here is the storyline and excellent writing done by Ubisoft.

The gameplay is pretty solid, no doubt about it, however, the most fun you will have is while exploring South Park and experience the hilarity of each presented encounter. The amazing level of detail and excellent writing actually makes you feel as if you are in a South Park Episode.

The writers did a great job of bringing the same type of comedy that you would find on the show. If you are a fan of South Park than you will thoroughly enjoy the South Park Fractured But Whole but if you are new to this universe, some of the jokes may not be as impactful to you. It is clear that this game is something Ubisoft made with fans in mind and they paid very little effort to make sure newcomers feel welcomed. But then again, if you aren’t a fan of South Park why would you even pick up this game? So it doesn’t really matter.

South Park The Fractured But Whole is simple enough to understand and varies between battles and walking around interacting with things. If you strip down the fun storyline, the game isn’t anything special but its simplistic gameplay actually suits the IP. There is nothing in the gameplay that would distract you from the hilarious story. Still, at its core, it is an RPG and takes a lot of time to complete. To my estimate, it can easily take around 15 to 20 hours to complete.

The character creation mode is back but this time it lets you play as a female. Interestingly, the race of your character also defines the difficulty at some points in the game. It’s a unique mechanic but those who are over sensitive to racial issues may be triggered by South Park The Fractured But Whole.

Throughout the game, you are given new skills and abilities to keep the turn-based gameplay fresh.  The whole experience is constructed very well and runs at a steady pace. Even though the battle system becomes stale outside of combat, you can spend time crafting and looting to improve your stats (Brawn, Brains, Spunk, Health, and Move). You earn XP with pretty much everything you do, leveling up will unlock more Artifact slots. Equip these to get better stats and team bonuses. You’ll be able to craft many new Artifacts and Consumables such as Antidotes and Summons to use in combat.

There is an Inception mode in place that allows you to throw firecrackers at breakable objects, Fartkour with the Human Kite that gets you to higher places, open the Sandblaster to rid of lava, and more.

The one-liners and backgrounds gags are exceptionally done. South Park The Fractured But Whole is a prime example of how comedy, if done write, has a place in video games.

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