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South Park: The Fractured but Whole (Series) Review
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Posted: 4 months ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and @GrowingUpGamers.

OverviewOverview

The South Park games are based on the sitcom of the same name, and the most notable recent games, South Park: The Stick of Truth and South Park: The Fractured but Whole are role-playing games where you explore the South Park world and gather a team to talk and fight your way through a typically edgy story. They combine the series' staple humour, satire and parody with strategy, puzzles and exploration.

In The Stick of Truth, you play the New Kid in South Park, who befriends the local boys and becomes embroiled in their imagined war between Elves and Men. You choose which side you want to join, and which of the four classes you want to play as (Fighter, Thief, Mage or Jew) as you fight for possession of the Stick of Truth, a stick with unlimited power.

In The Fractured but Whole, a direct sequel to The Stick of Truth, the children end their imagined war and instead start a superhero franchise in an obvious parody of current popular heroes. Once again, there are two vying sides, and you pick which one to join and fight for.

Gameplay consists of exploring South Park, interacting with characters and solving puzzles, and participating in turn-based fights, where you use various powers and attacks, that are determined by your class. There is a significant level of depth to the combat system, which features different types of attacks, weaknesses, strengths, and different types of damage.

Along with these two games, there are also several other games that span lots of different genres:
  • South Park (1998) N64, PC, Playstation. A first-person shooter videogame.
  • South Park: Chef Luv's Shack (1999) N64, Dreamcast, PC, Playstation. A party game with questions and minigames.
  • South Park Rally (2000) N64, Dreamcast, PC, Playstation. A Mariokart-style racing game.
  • South Park Let's Go Tower Defense Play (2009) Xbox Live Arcade. An Action game where you defend your tower and defeat waves of enemies.
  • South Park: Tenorman's Revenge (2012) Xbox Live Arcade. A platforming game.
  • South Park: The Stick Of Truth (2014) Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC, Switch.
  • South Park Pinball (2014) Andriod, iOS, Playstation Vita, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC, Wii U. A pinball game.
  • South Park: The Fractured but Whole (2017) Playstation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC.
  • South Park: Phone Destroyer (2017) iOS, Android. A collectable card game.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 21/12/1998, updated in 2017

Platforms: Android, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Role-Play

Accessibility: 31 features

Developer: Ubisoft (@Ubisoft)

Players: 1

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 17 hours and 23 hours to complete. Those who want to see everything in South Park: The Fractured but Whole can play for towards 40 hours.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

South Park: The Fractured but Whole is rated PEGI 18 for Violence and Bad Language. This rating has been given due to depictions of gross violence to human-like characters, depictions of violence towards defenceless human-like characters, and use of sexual expletives. Some scenes show characters being decapitated and dismembered with very strong blood and gore effects. This game also features infrequent depictions of violence against defenceless human-like characters. This violence takes place against characters who are restrained and not able to escape. The violence that takes place in these scenes also feature strong blood and gore effects. This game also contains frequent use of sexual expletives, the word “f*ck” and its derivatives are found throughout, and the word “c*nt” can also be found in the dialogue. One of the major components of this well-established series is the way in which it subverts and satirises modern American social norms and issues. This game is no exception and one aspect of the game play centres around the contemporary issue of police brutality towards African-Americans. The game offers a character creation facility which allows the player to create darker-skinned characters which will result in the police acting with increased hostility towards and even attacking such characters. There are further references such as a mission in which the player enters a police station and sees the cells filled with African-Americans and the police using racial slurs. Some players may find this element within the game distasteful or even offensive.

CostsCosts

South Park: The Fractured but Whole usually costs £24.99 to £69.99. 

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

XBox Store Xbox One £49.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £47.99
Switch Store Switch £49.99

South Park: The Fractured But Whole: Gold Edition

XBox Store Xbox One £69.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £62.99

South Park: The Stick Of Truth

XBox Store Xbox One £24.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £24.99
Switch Store Switch £29.99

South Park: The Stick Of Truth + The Fractured But Whole

PlayStation Store PS4 £49.99

South Park: The Stick Of Truth .

PlayStation Store PS3 £24.99
 
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. There are several pieces of add-on content you can get for The Fractured but Whole, and you can also buy the Gold Edition, which comes with the season pass included.
  • Season Pass
  • Relics of Zaron
  • Danger Deck
  • From Dusk Till Casa Bonita
  • Bring The Crunch
  • Towelie: Your Gaming Bud 
  
The following in-game purchases are available:

South Park Theme: Primus

PlayStation Store PS4 £0.79

South Park: The Fractured But Whole: Bring The Crunch

XBox Store Xbox One £9.59
PlayStation Store PS4 £9.49

South Park: The Fractured But Whole: Danger Deck DLC

XBox Store Xbox One £5.19
PlayStation Store PS4 £4.99

South Park: The Fractured But Whole: From Dusk Till Casa Bonita

XBox Store Xbox One £9.59

South Park: The Fractured But Whole: Season Pass

South Park: The Fractured But Whole: Towelie

PlayStation Store PS4 £1.69

South Park: The Fractured But Whole: Towelie: Your Gaming Bud

XBox Store Xbox One £1.59

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our South Park: The Fractured but Whole Accessibility Report documents 31 accessibility features:
This report highlights specifically features found in South Park: The Fractured but Whole. Other games may not have all of these features, or may offer different ones.

There are several assist features that can be toggled on/off individually at any time. The hints assist has the character Towlie provide tips and tricks as you play. Minigame assist simplifies Minigames that require complex motor functions. Combat assist auto-completes timed and repeated button presses in combat. Explore assist changes controls that require multiple buttons or holds to single button press.

There is no on-screen HUD or navigation aids to indicate what you should be doing, however the map and mission list are accessed with a hotkey or from the main game menu and the mission list shows which missions you have available and a level rating to suggest which ones are appropriate for your current abilities.

Speaker is indicated by text color and placement of subtitles without any names, which can be confusing at times, especially when a lot of people are speaking In a scene.

Objects that can be interacted with are not always obvious or highlighted.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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