South Park: The Fractured But Whole Review

  • Dev: Ubisoft Studio SF/South Park Studio
  • Pub: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: 17/10/17
  • PEGI/ESRB: 18/M
  • Players: 1
  • Size: 18.3 GB
  • Category: Role Playing
  • Price: £54.99/$59.99/€69.99
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole (TFBW) is a new shot at making another masterpiece as it is the sequel to South Park: The stick of Truth (TSOT) and both has direct similarities with each other but have some considerable differences.

    The combat has been changed from a only turn based system, to a XCOM type system where you get to move your character and your hero powers and the enemy powers have and effect within a certain amount of squares depending on the power being used. This is a good thing when it comes to bosses as it makes you have to think a lot more about where and what your character/party is actually going to do next. On TSOT there was only four classes to pick from: Fighter,Mage,Thief and Jew but on TFBW, there are many more to choose from however to start with you only choose one class and then eventually unlock more to add to your character the further through the game you play, this is a great as it adds variety to a new play through of the game.

    There is also different types of followers that you can get to double up with to get past certain obstacles that are scattered throughout the game and during battle you eventually learn how to rewind time with a fart by taking away a enemies turn, this is very useful if you are trying to do a mastermind difficulty run however this is on a three turn cool down after you use it.
    Having little abilities like this along side the many variations of heroes you can select makes the combat in the game a lot more satisfying than TSOT, I think that as a actual game without thinking about the franchise it is from would be a solid standalone thing but as it is paired with the largely successful and amazing team that created South Park it makes the game much more creative and beautiful in its own way as it is not too complex but still can be quite hard.

    In the settings you can change the combat difficulty itself from casual,heroic and mastermind. The difficulty has no real effect on the story itself but it just becomes a game of retrying if you cannot play the game on a harder difficulty. As I am a fan of outrageous and morally wrong humour I find TSOT AND TFBW jokes both amusing but even as a fan some of the jokes are obvious and are not really well timed. I believe that if you are not a fan of South Park or do not know much about it try out this game to see if you like the humour and overall look of South Park.

    There are different and many collectibles to be obtained in TFBH as there is Coonstagram where you take selfies with the people of South Park and to sometimes allow certain people to take a selfie with you, you have to do their quest or solo quest, this is to mainly make the game longer and spread it out. Another is collecting yaoi pictures for Craig’s dad who will reward you for returning them to him, and then there is other quests that are similar that require you to search across the whole of the town to find one certain thing to complete a single side quest, this can become very tedious which is why I mainly stuck to doing the story unless it was a side quest involving certain characters that I actually like from the series.

    However there are many parts of The Fractured But Whole where you feel as though the cutscenes you are watching or the part of the game you are playing could be apart of a actual South Park episode and is so well written and thought out in some cases, for example the strip club mission the plot of that mission seems as though it could actually happened in a South Park episode alone.

    A physical copy of the game was provided for this review by the developer/publisher
    Gameplay 8.5
    Graphics 9
    Audio 9
    Replay Value 7.5
    Value for Money 8
    South Park The Fractured But Whole

    Overall, South Park: The Fractured But Whole is a game that farts on morals and completely pushes the boundaries like any South Park game should and even though it has some of its downfalls they are not massive problems with the game.

    • Crude jokes that stick to south parks origins
    • New combat method
    • More involvement with other characters
    • Lots of back and forth with some side quests
    • Coonstagram has no real use

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    Generally i like to play any type of game,however i play MOBAS, Platforming games and dungeon crawlers which is what i mainly play in my spare time.

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