In South Park: The Stick of Truth
, the New Kid (sometimes named "Douchebag") becomes a hero and king once you conquer the fantasy game created by the crazy kids in the town. In South Park: The Fractured but Whole
, you are busted down to the low levels of society when Cartman changes the game from fantasy to superheroes. A civil war is brewing between the superhero factions. The game also entails punching out other sixth graders and making selfies that you take to upload to social media.
Early on, the game emphasizes building your character level, something we all know is absolutely endemic in any role playing game. Building the silent New Kid requires creating and expanding on your character definition. Three classes of character are available: Blaster, Brutalist, and Speedster. After a few minutes of exploring the town, including exploring strange houses, knocking over mailboxes, and throwing SnapNPops, you run into a bunch of sixth graders blocking a road. Combat plays out in a grid based tactical format.
There are three different attacks: a punch that can be used for a bonus, a ramming attack with a knock back, and an area fart attack that can gross out enemies by forcing them to vehemently vomit. You can maximize damage by nailing a time based button prompt during each attack. Each character has an Ultimate attack, an attack that can flatten enemies in a single attack. Every hit you land in battle increases the Ultimate meter, which can be increased further when button presses are correct after a hit, and can then be used to unleash the Ultimate attack. Each character class has a different Ultimate attack type.
There are a ton of opportunities to get into fights in the town of South Park, including Raisin waitresses (seriously awesome!), sixth graders (ugh), or the minions of Professor Chaos (Butters!). You can take advantage of enemies on the streets that you see if you go up and deck them, or throw a SnapNPop. There is far more to the game, of course. You get to go to Freeman’s Tacos (owned by Morgan Freeman of course). You can also find blueprints and combine them with ordinary items to create artifacts, such as Morgan Freeman showing how to create a burrito, combining it with an enchilada, to create an enchirito (yum!).
You also have an opportunity to meet with Father Maxi. He throws you into a meditative chamber (which is really just a supply closet). You are accosted by a couple of immortal priests (don’t ask; it’s South Park
of course), where you are given a tutorial about how to dodge telegraphed attacks. New Kid also has an opportunity to rescue Mosquito, a character who spends too much money at Raisins ordering an inordinate amount of wings and then refuses to pay, to the extent that the Raisin waitresses, who can temporarily charm allies into attacking you, attack you when attempting to rescue him.
After adding new heroes, we can attain the opportunity to explore the other areas of South Park, including SoDoSoPa. Randy Marsh can give a quest to discover who keyed his wife’s car, which will lead to a case given by Detective Yates to neutralize a Kingpin of Crime Drug Czar. New Kid also needs a gender (unlike Stick of Truth
in which you were automatically male), with which Mr. Mackay will help you. Regardless of what you decide, you will be attacked in the school by a bunch of rednecks, who loudly disapprove of your gender choice.South Park: The Fractured But Whole
will release on October 17th.