When Southpark: The Stick of Truth was released, Ubisoft managed to perfectly capture the essence of all that is an amazing show and The Fractured But Whole does nothing more than improve on that exact formula.
Southpark: The Fractured But Whole isn’t necessarily just every Southpark fan’s dream RPG but it is an amazing experience in general for anyone who’s new or not acquainted with the show. The intense humor and outrageous story arcs combined with impressive turn-based game play mechanics (which have been changed a bit from the first) make this game a perfect sequel to the first and a must-play for anyone who’s even slightly intrigued by Southpark and anything related to it.
The Fracture But Whole takes cues from the show and goes into everything social justice aspect that’s controversial right now, and delivers it with the classic humor that the show is known for. Things like racial profiling and gender issues are common in Southpark and in more than one way affect the story-line. Firstly, others’ behavior towards your character depends on your skin color and it is made prominent throughout the casual moments in-game. You wouldn’t want to play The Fractured But Whole if you’re easily offended because it takes a lot of controversial issues and mixes them up casually with dark/dirty/adult humor.
The core mechanics are still mostly same from the first game but combat has been tweaked a bit. The addition of area of effect attacks on a chess-board like battle arena is refreshing and pretty fun where no two fights feel alike. A problem that the game suffers from is a lack of content apart from the main quests, the game took me 16 hours to beat. Not that this is a bad thing, the game provided rich content rather than filling up an open world with different meaningless side quests.
Southpark: The Fractured But Whole is a new and refreshing sequel and is definitely a game that will keep you immersed for a number of hours.. Pick it up if you liked the first or are into RPGs that revolve around satire and not-too-complicated mechanics.
Overall I believe that Southpark: The Fractured But Whole is an amazing sequel which manages to blend slapstick humor with an easy to play mechanics and improves upon the original as well.
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