After the brilliant and refreshing The Stick of Truth I was really looking forward to the next instalment in the South Park video game franchise, but unfortunately, I was met with disappointment and ended up really disliking this game. The game as a whole was a step back compared to The Stick of Truth.
The South Park art style has always been admirable, and it translates very well into the video games. The environment was nicely designed and captivating. The new costumes were also great. You can get exclusive costumes by singing up to Ubisoft Club. The Assassins Creed costume was particularly lovely.
The new battle system is the main reason why I strongly dislike this game. I don’t mind good tactical RPG’s, but they took the wonderful and engaging battle system from the original and completely replaced it with a battle system that lacks depth and is an utter bore causing battles to last longer than they are supposed to. The original battle system was fast and snappy but this new battle system was sluggish and shallow and overall just was not fun. I personally thought Ubisoft decided to take the safe route and that was why we got this generic new battle system. Instead of adding new mechanics and polishing the original one we got a new dumbed down battle system that lacks the depth the original had. This is what I call a “downgrade.”
In this new battle system, you are able to use abilities based on the hero class you picked at the beginning of the game. As you play the game, you are able to add more hero classes. Once your gauge is full, you are able to perform powerful and flashy attacks
South Park The Fractured But Whole offers no real challenge no matter what difficulty you play on. Instead, battles become more tedious and bore you to tears when playing on the highest difficulty. I actually recommend you play on the lowest difficulty if you want some kind of enjoyment.
Absurdly this game lacks humour. Weird right? Something got to do with South Park not being funny? Well, this game definitely is a first. This game tries to be amusing but fails miserably and doesn’t capture the South Park giggles like the Stick of Truth did. The jokes just felt very forced and were dumb and created displeasure rather than laughter.
Even though the environment is nicely designed, the game still lacked variety in areas.
The story in this game was also very uncreative and was just dull. You’re basically the new kid again and this time instead of playing some kind of fantasy game you are playing Superheroes. The plot was obnoxious and was filled with unfunny jokes and repetitive missions creating a giant pool of boredom. It didn’t help that story was too long. I just wanted to get it done. The side quests were also nothing to write home about.
Overall this game felt forced. It was generic, and I felt I was playing stripped down version of The Stick of Truth. Not recommended.