South Park The Fractured But Whole was developed by Ubisoft San Francisco and is the follow-up to 2014’s South Park The Stick of Truth. South Park is one of my favorite shows and The Stick of Truth was one of the best games of 2014 so naturally the hype was pretty big on this one and for the most part it doesn’t disappoint. As usual no game is without its flaws so let’s get into it.
The Fractured But Whole takes place shortly after the events of The Stick of Truth, and like the previous one you play as the new kid in town whom you can customize to suit your liking. Though this time around the game is parodying the Marvel vs DC superhero feud instead of the game parodying Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. And this change works surprisingly well. You get to choose your super power, and scavenge together your costume. It all feels right at home in the South Park universe and brings a good deal of nostalgia for both the show and growing up as a kid.
As usual Trey Parker and Matt Stone do 99% of the voice acting and as usual it’s often pretty god damn hilarious here. They bring life to funny, charming characters who keep the game afloat even when the story begins to falter. Each of the characters has their own unique powers which makes choosing the right character to bring along for the right fight all the more important here. Where as in the Stick of Truth it didn’t really make a difference who you brought along. It all makes for a much more satisfying experience than the first one.
This bring us to the combat. In The Stick of Truth the combat consisted of a simplistic but satisfying turn based RPG where as here we get a slightly more complex turn based RTS/RPG and I got to say the change was definitely for the better. I normally hate RTS games but here the combat is complex yet simplistic enough to make it really stand out in a market over crowded with first person shooters and hack and slash style games. It was honestly quite refreshing to have a change in gameplay for once.
My One big complaint is the third act of the story which just kind of goes of the rails as it loses most of its steam. The game just suddenly ends after a mediocre boss fight not nearly as challenging as the one at the start of act three. The ending gives you no real explanation as to what the hell was happening from end of act two onwards. It was underwhelming and kind of disappointing but didn’t ruin the overall experience. Another thing that really isn’t a complaint but more of a side note is that the Fractured But Whole never reaches the ridiculously inappropriate extremes of The Stick of Truth. Which makes it a little less memorable but I was grateful for not having to bleach my eyes out this time.
Quick side note: I reviewed this game on PC and had no frame rate issues but a few minor glitches that I’m pretty sure just got patched. Also I hate that the reviews on Steam are so low due to review bombers, we get it you hate Uplay but don’t take it out on a fantastic game.
Overall I had a blast with South Park the Fractured But Whole. It had charming memorable characters, satisfying combat and an open world with plenty to do after you finish the game (Which took me around 19-20 hours to beat so definitely worth the price tag). It honestly is one of the best games of the year and fully recommend it to South Park fans (over the age of 18 of course due to some of the content, It wasn’t as bad as The Stick of Truth but it gets damn close).
I rate South Park The Fractured But Whole a 8.8 or B+
Thanks for reading check back later this weekend for my review of Suburbicon and Middle Earth: Shadow of War.