South Park, the long-running and occasionally controversial comedy show, is having a banner year. It’s currently in the middle of season 21, and this week it launched its second major video game release entitled “South Park: The Fractured But Whole” ("TFBW"). This is the follow-up to 2014’s game “South Park: The Stick of Truth.”
Show creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker haven’t made a South Park movie since 1999’s “Bigger, Longer and Uncut.” Since that time, they’ve set their sights on something more ambitious: video games. The “South Park” games, written by the South Park team and developed by Ubisoft San Francisco, have acted as extensions of the show. There’s no editing necessary. Every joke that may be too edgy for cable television is somewhere in these games.
Comedy Central’s long running hit “South Park” has always needed a good videogame. It dabbled in first-person shooters with its self-titled game for the N64. At the time, that was enough. Then came “Chef’s Love Shack,” a bizarre party game with trivia and a collection of mini-games. At that time, that was enough, too. But modern games demand more than these cheap examples of lip service to a legendary series like “South Park.”
Enter “South Park: The Stick of Truth,” a game that brings a top-notch RPG experience blended with a brand of comedy that only show creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker can command. There is no other game out quite like this gut-busting story about the new kid who comes to the quiet mountain town of “South Park.”