A note from Katie: A couple of years ago I was part of a Just Dance Dream Team through Ubisoft. Through this connection, Ubisoft still contacts me (and John) about game review opportunities. Sometimes the games are of no interest to me but are totally up my husband’s alley. Today, I bring you John’s review of the highly anticipated South Park: The Fractured But Whole. You can send this review to your gaming hubby and friends in your life! We would like to thank Ubisoft for this complementary game and as always, thoughts and opinions are honest and our own. Now, here’s John!
South Park: The Fractured But Whole (FBW, for short) is not just a funny (and admittedly sophomoric) play on phonetical pronunciation but a fun and deep sequel to 2013’s Stick of Truth. Produced by Ubisoft and South Park creators, Matt Parker and Trey Stone, the FBW is a turn-based RPG that explores the imagination of kids and how their play ends up becoming intertwined with real events going on in the town. For anyone not familiar with South Park during its 20 year run (new episodes air on Comedy Central on Wednesday nights), this game is full of mature language and visuals, despite the cartoony appearance.
Playing the FBW is equivalent to being in an extended episode. I’m at 16 hours of play time and still not through the game. If you’re a fan of South Park like I am, it’s a delightful and funny world full of inside jokes and throwbacks to South Park episodes from previous seasons. The biggest surprise, though, is that behind the fart jokes and satirical façade of political correctness lies a great RPG with a crafting system, mix-and-match character classes, and extensive character customization. This combat system takes a departure from its predecessor as well; there is an added element of positioning in addition to where your attacks land that give a welcome layer of strategy to how you form your group (i.e. do you have abilities that cover close and far attacks). The leveling system is fairly streamlined as you gain new abilities through progressing in the story as Cartman, aka “The Coon,” opens up more of your back story in hilarious ways. Instead, when you gain a level from experience points you open new “DNA” slots that allow you to tailor your stat distribution to suit your particular play style.
While recommending South Park always come with a heavy of dose “…if you enjoy that kind of humor,” I found FBW to be a entertaining adventure into the world Matt Parker and Trey Stone have created. The RPG seems were on the lighter side but had enough depth to give the feeling of customization and the inside South Park jokes were plentiful and would delighted any fan of the series. Pick up South Park: The Fractured But Whole on PS4 and Xbox One. (<— Disclosure: amazon affiliate link. Change drop down for console options).
Another note from Katie: I’ve sat beside John while he’s played this game and humor fills the air. If you have a husband or friend who loves South Park, they’re certain to love this game. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to have John take over this space!