Review: South Park – The Fractured But Whole

The Nintendo Switch’s early success has fueled third-party developers to jump on board the hype train. Ubisoft has done just that by releasing South Park – The Fractured But Whole only a few months after its initial release on the Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC. This is the second South Park game to be released and is a sequel to 2014’s The Stick of Truth, which garnered great reviews. Similar to the first game The Fractured But Whole almost feels like you are watching the TV show as it has been incredibly adapted to feel like you are on set.

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The game is played in a 2.5D perspective and has you controlling the New Kid. The game starts out simple enough: you are on a mission to find the missing cat “Scrambles” so that you can get the reward money of $100 to kick off the superhero franchise. As with any South Park show, you will find yourself in hilarious South Park moments such as the very beginning of the game has you sitting on a toilet and trying to poo properly. Yes, you heard that right. Only would South Park have a player do that, what with the controller rumble too. The game is a turn-based RPG game played on a grid with some pretty basic fighting mechanics. It does get a little more complicated as you progress and the action sequences are entertaining, to say the least. Eventually, you get to special battles where you have to keep moving or move enemies into special spots keeping the fighting mechanics fresh.

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What’s great about the game is the instances where it feels like you are playing in a fantasy world only to be interrupted by adults driving their cars through the street making it abundantly clear that they are simply kids playing in a make belief world. It is even cool to see the little details in some of the costumes that the kids have put together making it obvious that they built them from scratch, such as the kite on the Human Kite and what looks to be a vuvuzela on Eric Cartman. It is just as exciting to progress to get to see the new characters and their superhero costumes.

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The game has a lot of content and if you get stuck in one particular area you are free to play some of the many side quests. These side quests are played among the many South Park streets of which there are tonnes of collectibles to find and selfies to take with the residents of South Park. The actual story is entertaining and has many of those moments where you can’t believe that someone just said something but it is South Park after all.

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Although South Park – The Fractured But Whole was a few months late for its Switch release it feels just as good as on the other systems. The game looks and feels just like the TV show and the story is just as good. If anything this is one of the best adaptions of a TV show to a game out there. For those who enjoy turn-based RPG games and “South Park” type humor, which is odd and unsettling, this game is for you.