South Park: The Fractured but Whole is the sequel to the 2014 smash hit South Park: The Stick of Truth. The bar was set incredibly high for this sequel, so does it stand up to the hype? Short answer: HELL YES!
Taking place directly after the events of The Stick of Truth, The Fractured But Whole stars the entire cast of South Park fourth graders, but this time the kids are playing Superheroes. The Coon (Cartman) tasks the New Kid to gain Coonstagram followers and track down a missing cat. Along the way you'll gain new superpowers, increase your skills and explore every inch of town. The missions are entertaining and hilarious and it feels like an extended episode of the show.
You'll meet tonnes of characters from the show around every corner. It genuinely feels like an episode. Nuff' said!
The gameplay is incredibly entertaining. All the various powers are fun, and the three tiered fighting area makes for a great challenge. The RPG elements will keep you busy for hours. There is a tonne of stuff to collect, characters to get selfies with and a crazy amount of new abilities and summons to unlock.
Like it's predecessor, The Fractured But Whole looks and plays exactly like an episode of South Park. The visuals transition perfectly between cutscene and gameplay and even the fight sequences manage to play out as if they are part of the show. For a simple art style it is remarkably stunning.
Taking what was already a fantastic system and adding many extra layers makes this an easy sell. The new fighting system is challenging and entertaining. All the new powers are well crafted and easy to grasp. And the super hero story is the perfect step for the gangs next adventure.
The game is super easy to pick up and dive in to. The mechanics are well explained and easy to grasp. But don't let it fool you, this game has some serious layers that can test the skills of any seasoned RPG veteran. It all comes down to the difficulty settings you choose and how much you intend to explore the crafting mechanics. If you're looking for a challenge, you can find it, but if you're just in it for the story you can glide right through.
I can't put this game down. It's highly entertaining and incredibly funny. South Park has always been edgy and political in it's commentary and this game is no different. And there are enough dick and fart jokes in the mix that any fan will be rolling on the floor.
This game is fantastic, but I will add the caveat that it's probably only going to be fantastic for South Park fans. While I have loved the game and cannot put it down, my wife can't be in the same room with me. If you don't like the show, you probably won't like the game. But for South Park fans or fans of great RPG's this is a perfect holiday buy!