“South Park: The Fractured But Whole” amuses
By Melissa Green, Photo Editor
“South Park” has been airing on Comedy Central for almost 21 years with overwhelming success. The franchise has grown from a simple paper cut-out show that featured a group of fourth-graders in the small town of South Park, Colorado, to more recent additions of video games like “The Stick of Truth” or the latest, “The Fractured But Whole.”
The “Fractured But Whole” continues the story of “the new kid,” a customizable character. Where “The Stick of Truth” centers around knights and wizards with two sides fighting over one stick with magical properties, a great homage to the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, the “Fractured But Whole” theme revolves around superheroes.
When a wanted poster for an old and scrappy cat is posted with a reward of $100, Cartman, one of the main four characters from the show, springs into action, calling out his team of Coon and Friends to search for and find the missing cat.
When the new kid is brought into the fray of things, gamers are sent on a series of tasks that include completing a character sheet and going to a strip club after a
suspect. As the story progresses, gamers find out that there is more to the crime of kidnapped cats than what is initially implied.
“The Fractured But Whole” follows the turn-based genre, with each kid having a set of four basic moves with an ultimate move that can be used after a specific amount of time. The combat takes place on a grid-like battlefield in the streets of South Park against a variety of enemies, from strippers to other children in the game, with a steadily increasing level of difficulty as the game progresses.
The gamer’s character, the new kid, goes through the motions of becoming a full-fledged superhero role player, completing a character sheet that covers every aspect, from the basics of finding your weakness to the more touchy subjects of gender and sexuality. Each part of the character sheet causes a side quest that ultimately ties into the main quest of finding the missing cats.
Unlike the series’ previous entry, “The Fractured But Whole” allows the player to play as a female. There is nothing different about the gameplay if you choose to be a male/female or black/white, except for the dialogue.
Despite the raunchy language, crude jokes and some sensitive topics that gives “The Fractured But Whole” a mature rating, the game itself is very well done. With a well written plot, dynamic characters that gamers can fall in love with and a combat
system that can cause anyone to throw their controller in the air with frustration, this game makes for a great play if you have $60 and 30 hours to spare.