The Fractured But Whole is a whole different game compared to the previous game (The Stick of Truth). It goes a lot more in detail with the characters you can play, with the social media aspect used to further enhance the story and progress. The combat has become more detailed from The Stick of Truth, which was decent, but very stoic and static. The new combat system allows for more rapid and fluid battles, while the puzzles within the game have become more accessible, but also more difficult (if you wish to adjust the settings). The game is very detailed and in-depth which is at total odds to South Park generally – given how its sense of humour is often very shallow and in your face.
Although it may seem that The Fractured But Whole is an evolution and that the RPG details are far more advanced, in essence, it’s not. If you’re hoping for even more crude humour and more “oh no, they didn’t” moments, prepare to be a little disappointed. While the fart jokes ceased to be funny very early on in The Stick of Truth, it’s more of that in this new game. You can also expect some cutscenes, like going to Mr. Mackey’s office to talk about your behaviour, characteristics, and looks, to be abominable. In the end though, if you’re a degenerate just like myself, you will find this game enjoyable if you played the first one.
Despite this, this is South Park and it still does make us all laugh, alongside how deep the RPG elements are this game just about made it onto the ETNL GotY list for these reasons.