South Park: The Stick Of Truth, Three years ago, it became a model of how to make games on films and serials. In vain that the source was very specific, which, however, does not diminish the merit Obsidian Entertainment. Rather, on the contrary: to keep the high passage of passions raging in each episode South Park – a difficult task. Developers coped with her to bang. The authors forgave even the fact that the gameplay himself, if you drop the whole accompanying entourage, looked very unpretentious and was a typical game process JRPG of the middle hand.
Such success to the publisher came to taste, and Ubisoft, Changing the company-developer (now it is an internal studio Ubisoft San Francisco together with South Park Digital Studios), announced the continuation – South Park: The Fractured But Whole. It did not cost without a couple who were already familiar from the first part of the releases of the release, but now everything is finally behind – the South Park is open again for all lovers of adventure.For cardman, as always, have to clarify quite obvious things.
“How do you want to return to the town …”
CHILDREN Matt Stone And Treya Parker (Matt Stone, Trey Parker), of course, not “Simpsons”, but for the twenty-year history of the series, so many plots were often photographed and so many different stories are shown that the choice of the basics for the game scenario was almost limitless. The authors decided to stop at the regular peak of the popularity of superhero comics experienced now. The experts of the South Park must remember the adventures of the raccoon (in the execution of the Cardman) and his associates and opponents, first appeared in South Park in 2009.
The Fractured But Whole continues the superhero theme: if the “truth stick” was a fantasy parody in all its manifestations, then in the center of attention … No, not the salvation of the world (or cats, as it would be possible to think at the beginning of the game), and the struggle for leadership in creating his ownFranchise between two superhero teams. Obvious kick in the direction of confrontation DK And Marvel, But, of course, the “South Park” would not be a “southern park”, if not passed throughout the rest. All and all: politics, religion in general and clergy in particular, family relationships, education system, police, gay and natural, mothers of the main characters, in the end … The combination of inventive satire and dull fecal jokes is invariably happy – everything is relying in South Park.
It is possible to meet and at least throw a pair of words with almost all more or less significant characters who met in the series throughout almost three hundred episodes. It is noticeable that the game was created primarily for those who have long followed the adventures of four schoolchildren and their friends. Separate moments may be completely incomprehensible to those who do not understand in the bright life of a small town in Colorado state. On the other hand, the fans of the series will feel like a fish in the water – the situation with the first part is repeated, which was so close to the original source, which impressed the only one episode in which you can manage the heroes.
“Meat, Matyuki, Murder and Naked Tits”
The same first part, despite all the praise, it was possible to scold a bit: the scarce combat and role-playing systems led to the fact that the battles (which in the “Stand of Truth” had enough) turned out to be quite boring. They wanted to quickly skip to get to the next cat-scene or roller. They promised to work on.Sorted humor here at every step. Who said it is bad? Not only in South Park!
Good news: not deceived – worked, much significantly improved and diversified. The news is bad: all efforts have little influenced the final result – ordinary battles perceive anyway as an interference, and there are little fun in them. Not without exception, of course: they please the fights with the participation of the cousin Kail, accustomed to “playing not according to the rules” (literally), or individual battles with “bosses”, in which something funny-insane.
Battle themselves, as before, step-by-step. The battlefield is divided into cells for which you can move, and the locations are completely different – from the smallest to gigantic. In one course, each character can move to a free cage and use one of the four abilities or apply an item from the inventory. In our team there are places for a maximum for four fighters (almost always the composition of the party is allowed to change directly before the fight), but the opponents are usually more, and sometimes new appear already during the bout.
It’s great that special skills are unique in almost every opponent, and not just the main characters. The fantasies of the authors were where to raise: six-graders can throw balls with urine and goats, girls scratched with nails, and Redneki can also call a bottle. Completely in the spirit of the “Southern Park”, the benefit of the characters and locations in it is enough for every taste – the battle with stripters in a nightclub or the battle with the priests-perverts in the pantry of the church will be typical examples of local meetings with enemies.
Be that as it may, battles in The Fractured But Whole not in the spotlight. Private specks with six-graders, ninja or highlights (these are all separate fractions, by the way) can be avoided using a banal flight – if it is allowed to the plot, of course.
A bunch man in a hurry to the rescue
Changed the role system. Available classes now already dozen. It will not be possible to try out everything immediately, but as you can create a multi-class – Cartman will fit, let it have to return to the terrible (according to the same Cardman) Events of the early Chief Hero. In general, filling the character’s questionnaire with an indication of not only its class, but also such important features in the southern park, like the floor, religion, racial affiliation and many others, occurs not at the start, and gradually, in the process of performing various missions.One of the most funny battles in the game – Sly Brother Kyle changes the rules right during the battle. It is a pity that most of the rest of the fights turned out much more fresh.
Artifacts and battles consumed in battles can be obtained by several ways: to find (I had to quickly learn to shake every locker), remove from the defeated enemy, to buy or create from girlfriend materials. Consumables and money in abundance are lying in the same cabinets, boxes and bags throughout the city. Until some, it will not be possible to get it easy – you have to show a seamless or call for help friends. Finally, not forgotten and “perfine magic”, and it is possible to use it both in battle and while traveling around the city.
South Park itself is worthy of a separate mention. The town is perfectly moved from the series to the game, and you can enjoy witching on familiar places. In addition to such walks and performing plot tasks in it, there is something to do: secondary quests like searching for posters with the Yaoi or postgraduate of Mr. Adams in the right places, solving various puzzles, allowing you to get “LUT” from hard-to-reach places, talking with ordinary residents, selfie with themFor new subscriptions in the “Enotogram” … Finally, visiting numerous toilets for use by direct purpose – with a small mini-game, of course. All these numerous classes, among other things, bring experience, thanks to which our character grows in the level.
Mighting about the comparison of the first part with the TV site itself, we can safely say that the developers managed to create a video game this time, which is not inferior to the original source. Of course, there were fears that without Obsidian Entertainment to keep such a high quality bar will not be easy, but now it has already been clear – it cost. If the “truth stick” showed a clear example of how to make playing adaptations, then The Fractured But Whole no less clearly shows how to continue.
However, everything is already on the verge – the differences from the first part are minimal, and the next time (if it) will have to change the gameplay noticeably stronger. In the meantime, as before, in the separation from magnificent setting, the gameplay looks very weak.Nothing such, ordinary day in southern park.***
To be honest, cons will feel free to write off. South Park fans The second part can not be skipping in any way, let it be perceived again as one of the episodes of the series. But in front of us “South Park” as it is: branded black humor, familiar characters, worthy of a full-length film plot – what else is needed for happiness?