If you were lucky like me, you got to start watching a show called South Park at a young age, which is probably where most of your humor came from. Now I don’t know who said “Yeah, I’d loved to play a game based around the show” but hey, it gave us 2 really good ones. We aren’t talking about the 1990s South Park games, which don’t play because they’re bad, we are talking about a modern day series. More specifically the sequel to a good South Park game.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole is a direct sequel to South Park: The Stick of Truth, which is another fantastic game. Both featured turn based RPG gameplay and an amazing story that felt like an episode of the show more than a game based story. In TFBW, the combat becomes more of a tactical RPG than the traditional we were used to in the first one. The story is a tie-in from the show’s 21st Season episode “Franchise Prequel” which leads to some hilarity. In the TSoT, it had a medieval aspect, while TFBW has a superhero style, and the game kind of does feel like a really superhero game. It features some mechanics parodied from other games, such as an Inspection Mode similar to that of Batman’s “Detective Vision” in the Arkham series. It also parodies superheroes from both Marvel and DC Comics.
Most of the game revolves around the gang attempting to get a $100 reward to boost their credibility. The game starts off where you ended; you are the “New Kid’ with a shady past being the King of the medieval world that the children play in. When Cartman as The Coon finds out that there is a large crime syndicate in the town, you must take on a new persona to help combat it. There are more classes to choose from in this game, 10 which is up from the 4 in the previous title. They are given to you throughout the game and you can choose up to 4 of them. After playing through 7/8ths of the game, the amount of twists, side missions, collectibles and various other content will have you playing for a long time. I just binged about 12 hours straight of the game and am still not done with it
The combat feels like a classic Final Fantasy game or Secret of Mana even. The humor is spot on with some really good laugh out loud moments and a lot of meta-humor and callbacks to a lot of the earlier seasons of the show. It touches on topics of the modern day; where you have to choose a gender, sexuality, religion, race, ethnicity and as a joke, selecting a “difficulty” in your skin color which that doesn’t actually change the combat difficulty. The combat is fantastic and plays very well, some of the best I’ve seen.
If you are a long-time fan of the show, it honestly feels like another episode of the show that you can control and explore. Even if you haven’t seen a single episode of the show, it’s still a fantastic game in every aspect given. Personally, I would give the game a 10/10, though as of this writing, I am almost to the end of the game. If the rest of the game is like the beginning or even the first title, I am going to thoroughly enjoy it.