South Park: The Fractured But Whole
An RPG to take seriously: no one wants to see a pro lapse
Having tried the Nosulus Rift – a one-off VR gimmick that lets you actually smell the farts emitted in game – South Park’s delay isn’t actually a bad thing. To be clear, the game is great – it’s just going to take a while to get over the trauma of those… odours. Fortunately that monstrosity won’t be released to the public. You just get all the good stuff – the weird Marvelgone-wrong story of the kids trying to start their own superhero franchise, via the medium of turn-based combat and some pretty stern humour. Just like the TV show, this doesn’t mince words, with jokes about religion, race, sex and comics. But, under all the puerile stuff, there’s a strong game with a redefined gridbased combat system and a great grasp of superhero lore. Battles are tactical affairs that require a keen grasp of your abilities and the space around you. It’s like chess, but with more poop jokes. And, like the last game, it’s beautifully presented with animation and voice acting on par with the show itself.