South Park: The Fractured but Whole

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Politically incorrect tale with lots of mature jokes, fun.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Any positive messages outnumbered by racy content.

Positive Role Models & Representations

While these boys are good friends and fight evil, they're not ideal role models in how they behave (including fighting) and speak (profanity, bathroom humor). Characters resemble their counterparts on animated South Park TV series. You play the "new kid" who works with his friends.

Ease of Play

Simple controls, easy to learn.

Violence

Turn-based combat against enemies, players use various weapons -- including blades, claws, magic blasts, physical melee attacks. Blood, some gore can be seen during and following a battle, including dismemberment and decapitation, but it's all very cartoon-like.

Sex

While cartoon-like, very racy sexual references, imagery, implications. Along with some nudity -- including bare breasts, buttocks, male genitalia -- one scene in a strip club has a character performing a lap dance. In a backroom of a church, Catholic priests pull rosary beads out of their backside (implying anal beads) and whip themselves. In another scene, a security guard reaches for lubrication behind his desk. 

Language

Very strong profanity, including words like "c--t," "f--k," "s--t," many others, including "douche bags." Title cleverly hides word "butthole" in it. Some racially offensive words heard and seen on-screen, including "nigga," "coon." Lots of bathroom humor, including urination, defecation, vomiting, plenty of flatulence. 

Consumerism

Based on popular animated, controversial South Park TV series that covers lots of merchandise. Those who buy this game receive South Park: The Stick of Truth video game for free, as well. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters snort lines of cocaine, attack with beer bottles. One quest is to bring a marijuana prescription to someone.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that South Park: The Fractured But Whole is a mature role-playing game (RPG). While cartoon-like, the game is violent, bloody, and gory (including scenes of decapitation and dismemberment). It has many scenes with sexuality and nudity, including a controversial scene with Catholic priests who want to molest a South Park character and pull rosary beads out of their anuses. There's also a scene in a strip club where players perform a lap dance on other characters. The game features strong profanity and scenes of drug use (along with a mission tied to delivery of narcotics). Finally, there are comments made about movements like Black Lives Matter, along with some potentially offensive racial comments, including words like "nigga" and "coon" (though both aren't used derogatorily). In fact, the game lets you choose the difficulty for your character by sliding the color of your skin from white to darker to make life "harder" (like the TV show, there's social commentary mixed with satire here). 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 12 year old Written byre w. October 22, 2017

Only one bad scene

I got the game for my son who had been begging me for ever to get it at first I thought that no way it's 18+ but I let him get it and said that if he is ba... Continue reading
Adult Written bySally D. October 22, 2017

Not as bad as normal south park

Great game. I got it for my kids
Kid, 12 years old October 22, 2017

better than the stick of truth

We all thought this would be way worse the the stick of truth(tsot). but we were wrong there is not a lot of nudes no sex scenes.it is implied thought nothing i... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byFamilyGuy October 28, 2017

AWSOME SOUTH PARK GAME! BETTER THAN STICK OF TRUTH!

Not as much voilence, some swearing but 13+ just like the show.

What's it about?

SOUTH PARK: THE FRACTURED BUT WHOLE is a fantasy role-playing game (RPG) created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone -- the same duo behind the hit animated (and controversial) television series. This new game tells of rising crime in South Park, Colorado, so the town needs new heroes to come to the rescue. Eric Cartman takes advantage of the opportunity to create "the best superhero franchise ever" (also in the hopes of scoring a movie deal). As the South Park friends travel to multiple places and take on many quests, they'll engage in combat sequences against enemies in turn-based fashion on a gridlike battlefield. By choosing the right offensive and defensive moves, you could destroy evil and slowly unravel more of the story. This single-player game also features a revamped looting and crafting system, more options on upgrades and leveling up, hidden goodies, and hilarious (but oh so racy) situations the team find themselves in.

Is it any good?

If you enjoy turn-based role-playing games, love the South Park TV show or racy humor, you'll love this take on the characters exploring their town. While there might not be a lot of tact, there's a whole lot of tactics with the refined combat system. So if you don't mind your main character using flatulence to destroy enemies, you'll find a lot of solid gameplay here that can last more than 20 hours. While adventuring through South Park is a gas, and quite funny, it's the combat that will keep you glued to the TV or PC. You'll have a field of play during fights, with a limited number of squares to move across during each move. That forces you to choose the right member of your party (based on class and skill) and select when they should inflict damage, heal, or use a crafted item. Boss fights are funny (if not cringy at times, like an overweight stripper whose saggy breasts are falling out of her top).

You'll take on multiple missions and side quests, as well as explore indoor and outdoor areas, including ones that have environmental puzzles. You can look for collectibles, crafting items, and secret goodies, and you'll unlock and upgrade characters through a deep skill tree structure. There isn't much wrong with this game -- unless you think the multipurpose "flatulence" mechanic is a bit much -- but overall, it's an excellent turn-based RPG that's anything but politically correct.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Parents can talk about violence in video games. Is the violence acceptable in this game because it's clearly cartoonish, or does it push the envelope of acceptable violence, just like the TV show pushes the boundaries of acceptable broadcast content?

  • Talk about the concepts of satire and parody. Comedy often tackles hard subjects by making the audience laugh about things they normally wouldn't, but do you think this is effective? Are there certain subjects that should remain taboo?

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