South Park: The Fractured But Whole
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South Park: The Fractured But Whole is the spiritual sequel to South Park: The Stick of Truth. It is based off of the animated series and developed by Ubisoft. It was released on October 17, 2017 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows. It was later ported to the Nintendo Switch in 2018.
The New Kid becomes a member of Coon and Friends in an effort to develop their superhero franchise, but with a growing rift against the rival Freedom Pals franchise and crime rising in South Park, they must work together to take it down.
Why It Rocks
- You can create your own character like in The Stick of Truth.
- You get to play as even more characters for a whopping total of 12 (Stan/Toolshed, Kyle/Human Kite, Kenny/Mysterion, Cartman/The Coon, Wendy/Call Girl, Butters/Professor Chaos, Jimmy/Fastpass, Clyde/Mosquito, Craig/Super Craig, Scott/Captain Diabetes, Tweek/Wonder Tweek and Token/Tupperware) and if you include the DLC characters (Henrietta Biggle and Bradley Biggle/Mintberry Crunch), you have a total of 14 different playable characters.
- The combat system improves greatly upon the original.
- Much like The Stick of Truth and a few others, the game's graphics rank right up there with the show's animation style.
- Just like The Stick of Truth, it feels just like the South Park television series with every character and references to the past 21 seasons (dates all the way back from Season 21), including some that haven't appeared in years.
- Interesting dialogue between characters, depending on who's on the battlefield with you.
- Hilarious lines.
- Double the length of The Stick of Truth.
- Including the DLC, it is almost three times the length.
- You can change your character's race, religion and gender anytime in the game.
- The sidequests are a lot more fun in this game.
- It comes with The Stick of Truth for free when you pre-order the game for all platforms, and making the game available for both PS4 and Xbox One. However, as of January 26, 2018, this offer has expired and Ubisoft began releasing The Stick of Truth separately for PS4 and Xbox One in both physical and digital copies at a full price.
- One of the few times where Kenny's voice isn't muffled.
- The game is more challenging than its predecessor.
- Both of the DLC missions are well worth spending your money on.
- From Dusk Till Casa Bonita, a homage to the 1996 Robert Rodriguez/Quentin Tarantino horror-comedy movie From Dusk Till Dawn, has the New Kid teaming up with Mysterion, the Coon and Henrietta Biggle to save Mysterion's sister Karen from the Vamp Kids at the "Casa Bonita" Mexican restaurant.
- Bring the Crunch, a parody of '80s slasher flicks like Friday the 13th and Sleepaway Camp, sees the New Kid join forces with Fastpass, Professor Chaos and Mintberry Crunch to uncover the truth behind the mysterious disappearances of camp counsellors at Lake Tardicaca.
- Some fans might find the story weaker compared to that of Stick of Truth.
- Depending on who you ask, the concept for the main antagonist is pretty stupid.
- The final boss is a huge let-down compared to the three bosses before it.
- The ending is abrupt, and the entire plot line about returning Scrambles the Cat is never mentioned again.
- There are some glitches.
- There are times where the characters constantly blame the player for the situation they're in, even if it was out of their control, which comes off as incredibly mean-spirited.
- You can't visit Canada anymore (though there's a good reason why).