Pavel Barter runs the rule over the thrilling new South Park game.

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South Park: The Frac­tured But Whole

PS4 (Ubisoft)

Three years after South Park:

The Stick of Truth bum-rushed its way into our hearts, The Frac­tured

But Whole is a se­quel that gets to the bot­tom of South Park’s com­edy ge­nius. The game opens with you as the neigh­bour­hood’s new kid, en­gaged in a sword and sor­cery bat­tle that segues into a dif­fer­ent genre en­tirely: su­per­hero fran­chises.

Cart­man is The Coon, a crap Wolver­ine who leads a mot­ley band of su­per­heroes. Choose a cos­tume and spe­cial pow­ers, then wan­der around a graph­i­cally per­fect South Park, com­plet­ing quests and get­ting into turn-based bat­tles. Ac­tion takes place on a square grid: it’s like chess with pro­fan­i­ties and fart bombs. Take self­ies with char­ac­ters to in­crease your rank on Cart­man’s so­cial me­dia plat­form; add arte­facts to your Fid­get Spin­ner to boost stats.

The game’s hi­lar­i­ous, for sure, but poop jokes over­whelm South

Park’s satir­i­cal com­edy.

8/10 Canon EOS 200D

DSLR cam­era Small, light­weight, ro­bust, with an im­age qual­ity that holds its own against more ex­pen­sive cam­eras, the 200D is a pic­to­rial de­light. Cost­ing €684.99 for the body, with­out a lens, Canon’s lat­est pow­er­house is far more af­ford­able than the com­pe­ti­tion, mak­ing it an ideal en­try level DSLR. De­spite its pe­tite frame, the cam­era is per­fectly de­signed. Your hand fits neatly around the grip. ISO and Dis­play but­tons, and a ded­i­cated WiFi but­ton al­low­ing for in­stant up­loads, are on top. The rich de­sign and lay­out ex­tends into the flip screen, which is fully ro­ta­tional so you can go selfie-crazy. The op­ti­cal viewfinder has lim­ited scope, but the touch screen is ex­pan­sive. Tap the screen to auto fo­cus in a heart­beat. The menu is easy to use, giv­ing you vis­ual rep­re­sen­ta­tions when you change aper­ture, so you can judge whether your back­ground is more or less in fo­cus. A 24 megapixel sen­sor, the same found in Canon's 80D, cre­ates sub­lime photography (even in the hands of a clue­less am­a­teur). 200D's light­weight body is per­fect for por­ta­ble vlog­ging. The video qual­ity is 10130p rather than 4K - good not great - but the ro­ta­tional screen means you can see your­self and fo­cus on items while film­ing. There's a mic jack for ex­ter­nal au­dio, but no head­phone jack. Pro­duced in three colours -Canon Black, White, and vin­tage Sil­ver & Tan - 200D is the ul­ti­mate be­gin­ner's DSLR, teach­ing you the A-Z of photography while you snap pro shots. 9/10 Sky Sound­box

All-in-one sound sys­tem Tele­vi­sion tech has pro­gressed rapidly in re­cent times. But as flat screen TV has ex­panded, and res­o­lu­tion im­proved, so au­dio qual­ity di­min­ished. There's sim­ply no room to fit a meaty speaker sys­tem into to­day's flat screens. Sky has con­jured up the so­lu­tion with Sound­box, a sur­round sound sys­tem that dishes up a mag­nif­i­cent 360 de­gree ex­pe­ri­ence. It's a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Sky and De­vialet, a French brand known for prod­ucts such as 2015's Phan­tom, which wowed au­dio­philes with its 750W power. At first glance, this com­pact speaker unit is unas­sum­ing - a plain black box - but six woofers and three full range speak­ers are tucked be­neath the trunk. Un­like home cin­ema sys­tems - speak­ers scat­tered across the liv­ing room - you sim­ply place the box be­neath the TV and it bounces au­dio off the walls to cre­ate a fully im­mer­sive sound­scape. We tested the de­vice with a movie - Mad Max: Fury Road - and a foot­ball match. In both cases, the sep­a­ra­tion of au­dio tracks was closer to the cin­ema than a home ex­pe­ri­ence. Ac­cord­ing to the boffins at De­vialet, Sound­box analy­ses au­dio in real time, ad­just­ing vol­ume lev­els so you don't have to turn the vol­ume up to hear quiet di­a­logue, or down dur­ing ex­plo­sive ac­tion scenes. The de­vice also works as a stand­alone speaker, stream­ing mu­sic wire­lessly via Blue­tooth and pump­ing out thun­der­ous bass. Sound­box is com­pat­i­ble with Sky Q, so you can re­fine au­dio for a range of Sky-spe­cific en­ter­tain­ment and sports. It works with­out Sky sub­scrip­tion too. As a stand­alone prod­uct, the Sound­box ain't cheap: €949. If you're al­ready a Sky cus­tomer, you won't find a cheaper au­dio sys­tem on the mar­ket: €349 (or €299 for Sky Q Mul­tiscreen cus­tomers). 9/10

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