South Park: The Fractured But Whole isn’t afraid of its main characters name

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South Park Fractured But Whole story trailer

South Park has always been crass and controversial. It’s part of the reason why its satire (sometimes) its often lauded (again, sometimes). Its first foray into videogames was just as successful, taking a particular narrative idea from the show and transforming it into a surprisingly enjoyable and faithful RPG. It’s sequel looks rather familiar in that sense, if not only for the change in overall theming. The Lord of the Rings rip-off is gone, introducing South Park’s take on The Avengers. Including Cartman’s more…colourful name.

This year has been one rife with political and racial tensions, exemplified by the events of the American election and the eventual President-Elect. But if you thought that would trigger a change in the way The Fractured But Whole is marketed, you’d be sorely mistaken. This latest trailer introduces you to the overall tale that this 2017 sequel will be dabbling with, rigged with flashy introductions for most of the main characters. Most of tame – like Kenny’s Mysterion or Butter’s Professor Chaos. Cartman though – well you know how Cartman is.

In a way, it’s kind of fitting to stick that name to a character like Cartman, who embodies some of the worst traits out of any of the characters on the show. But just like the timing of the showing at E3, it’s still bound to feel a little odd for many people. And that’s perfectly understandable given the rising concerns of normalism in media this year. But if you’re a fan of South Park’s writing, you’ll likely struggle to empathise with that group, which, in a way, is also ok.

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South Park: The Fractured But Whole is really all about what the show is about, and it’s exactly what made the first game so unexpectedly great. But if you’ve never been a fan of the lines creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone cross, this likely isn’t going to sit well with you.

Last Updated: December 8, 2016

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff’s a bastard.

  • Andre Fourie


  • I can’t wait for this xD

  • Captain JJ

    Pity this is on Uplay. The first one didn’t need it.

    • Wait…it’s on uPlay?

      • Alien Emperor Trevor


        • Well fork this game then.

          • Guava_Eater

            Get it on Xbone….


          • No thanks. I have a Raspberry Pi to stream my series.

          • Captain JJ

            #shotsfired XD

          • Guava_Eater

            LoL, well I’m sure it’ll be out on steam as well then

  • Captain JJ

    I must say though Sandy, even for people that haven’t watched South Park the game is a very enjoyable one, regardless of its theme. It’s that good.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    I’ll enjoy the heck out of it, first one was surprisingly fun.

    • Captain JJ

      When you buy a game that uses Uplay it must be really damn good.
      This one is worth that sacrifice 😛

      • Lu

        I didn’t need Uplay for Stick of Truth or Rocksmith 2014 as far as i can recall. Just a Uplay account. Is it forced on Fractured But Whole?

        • Captain JJ

          Yea. But apparently (from what I’ve heard) it will be different with this one. But I suppose I’ll wait and see. If not, then I’ll get it for sure.

          • Lu

            Sigh. Uplay is the Internet explorer of game clients. They should just give up.

          • Captain JJ

            Agreed. Actually. I don’t mind it by itself, because it can be ignored…but if I buy a game on Steam and it tells me that I need Uplay as well, then I lose my sh*t.

          • Lu

            Yeah, when I have to go through more than one launcher to start my game I gravitate towards the uninstall button.

  • Nikola

    So excited for this one!! What surprised me with the first one was actually the RPG element to the game with really good turn based combat…did not expect that:)

    • Gareth Lagesse (eXCheez)

      It was made by Obsidian: the kings of turn-based RPGs…

  • Gareth Lagesse (eXCheez)

    The Coon has been around for years, and the game itself is called The Fractured Butthole. 😛

  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    So keen.
    The first game awesome!!!

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