Spoiler note: Don’t read on if you want to go into this game as a complete surprise!
Ubisoft’s South Park™: The Stick of Truth™ is the only game that made me cry of laughter. Naturally, I was ecstatic when they announced the sequel in 2015.
There’s something special about a game that evokes a chorus of chuckles in meetings (I’m looking at our ISV Relations Manager Josh Salem who’d slyly ask in meetings, “What’s that game called again?”).
The first South Park game combined classic RPG elements with the most ridiculous humor, and its sequel The Fractured But Whole™ (there you go, Josh) builds on the first game’s style with a new battle grid system and new character customization.
I played around an hour or so on my Radeon™ RX 570 on High settings. The aesthetics are great, obviously because you’re essentially playing an episode of South Park. With that, I wanted to share the ten amusing things (in no particular order) I came across in South Park: The Fractured But Whole.
10. The Difficulty Slider
Not so much amusing as it is compelling, the difficulty slider comes up after you customize your character. As you gear towards “Very Difficult” Cartman remarks, “Don’t worry, this doesn’t affect combat – just every other aspect of your whole life.” Simple, but powerful.
9. Loading Screen Tips
The loading screen tips are trolls. I almost wish the loading time was longer so I could read through all of them. (If you also caught any good ones, let us know in the comments!)
8. Cheap Phone Plans, the Stuff of Dreams
Oh, come on. $30 for unlimited talk, text & net on 5G? This is truly a fantasy world.
7. Play Safely on the Street
This game’s meta-humor is on point. From clearing the streets for cars during battles to adults commenting on your superhero costume, there’s no better setting for a game-within-a-game than South Park.
6. Morgan Freeman is the “Burrito Whisperer”
Whoa, Morgan Freeman?! I didn’t expect to see you here, much less teach me the art of tacos and burritos. I’m expecting to have to fight you soon, because the loading screen tip told me so.
5. What Are They Selling Me?
Uh, so, the TV commercials in this game are interesting. I sat and listened to a few, thoroughly amused that it was someone’s job at Ubisoft to
- think of these products and
- come up with the adverts selling these products.
4. Risking Death for Fried Chicken
Approaching “Medicinal Fried Chicken” triggers an intense security system, with iron curtains and lasers barring entry. That’s some top-notch dedication—is the final boss behind these doors? Am I gonna have to fight a giant piece of fried chicken?
3. Raising Your Influencer Game
Again, this was someone’s actual job at Ubisoft – this time, thinking of hashtags for your Coonstagrams. Bless you for “#buttlord” and “#swagstyle”, two hashtags I’ll probably start using regularly.
2. They Don’t Take My Kind Too Kindly Around Here
After speaking to the guidance counselor at school and choosing my gender (cisgender female), three guys drove up picking a fight. It’s not everyday guys like these jump out of their truck proclaiming, “We don’t take too kindly to cisgender females around here!” Uh, okay.
1. Your Origin Story
Every superhero has an origin story. Of course South Park: The Fractured But Whole takes your origin story to the most South Park-ey level possible – and I’ll leave it at that. If you haven’t started this game already, I guess you’ll have to try it and find out what it is.
There you go. Are you currently playing South Park: The Fractured But Whole? Do you agree with my list or can you top it? (I know I definitely will beyond the first hour). Let us know in the comments below—but keep it clean and subtle, mmkay?
If you’re not playing this game, you’re missing out. Beat the FOMO and pick it up from the Ubisoft store and work on your own top 10 amusing things list.
*All screenshots were taken in-game from South Park: The Fractured But Whole with Radeon™ Software’s Radeon ReLive feature.Download the driver here