If you played any of the older South Park games around the Nintendo 64 era, you’d still have a bad taste left in your mouth from the thought of South Park video games. No South Park game made any waves, until The Stick of Truth. Not only was the Stick of Truth a fantastic RPG, it was the truest form of a South Park game we’d ever seen. The Fractured But Whole had giant shoes to fill in order to exceed the expectations left behind from The Stick of Truth. After experiencing The Fractured But Whole, I can safely say that it is a fantastic sequel to a fantastic game.
The game opens right after the Stick of Truth, from the start this creates a feeling of being part of this bigger story. While the story of the original doesn’t carry over much, it’s nice to see thought put into the continuity of the two games. The boys have grown tired of playing fantasy and have donned their crime-fighting uniforms in this new adventure. Seeing all the characters come back but reprise different roles helps The Fractured But Whole feel like its own experience, and not just more of the original.
The Stick of Truth recreated the world of South Park down to a tee, and The Fractured But Whole does not disappoint in its faithfulness to the source material. The entire game feels exactly like a South Park episode, the humor, the characters, the world has all been recreated with obvious love to the series. The Stick of Truth perfected this and while The Fractured But Whole doesn’t add much new to this experience, there was almost nothing left to improve upon the original in terms of likeness to the show. Matt Stone and Trey Parker clearly have so much love for this world they have created, and being able to walk through it again is amazing. As a huge fan of the show, I loved being able to return to the world of South Park.