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South Park: The Fractured But Whole is a role-playing video game developed and published by Ubisoft. It is the sequel to South Park: The Stick of Truth and it is based on the animated television series South Park. The series and the game share the same creator/writer - Trey Parker. The game was released worldwide on October 17, 2017 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Players who order the game until January 1, 2018 receive a free copy of South Park: The Stick of Truth.
South Park: The Fractured but Whole picks up where South Park: The Stick of Truth ended, as well as an episode of South Park the television series tying the two games together, this episode is known as Franchise Prequel.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole takes place in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. As the game begins, The Coon is at a table in the Coon Lair where he and friends are dressed as super heroes. The Coon has planned out the group's film franchise and is explaining it to the group. Arguments ensue and the the group is split in two. One group becomes Coon and Friends while the now opposing group calls themselves Freedom Pals, led by Mysterion. The Freedom Pals demand their own franchise and a 'civil war' between the two superhero group begins.
The Coon's Opening Story:
"What has become of this city? There used to be laws, justice. Not anymore. Crime is out of control - cats are missing and townspeople are being victimized. We were supposed to protect those who couldn't protect themselves. Now superheroes are torn apart by political differences. We are two sides, at war, but war isn't going to save our city. Time travel is my only hope now. Ancient times, when a new king united a kingdom, torn apart by war. There is no time to waste. I have to go back, change the present if I can, find this cat and in doing so perhaps I can change what has happened to all of us."
The Coon has traveled back to 'Ancient Zaron' in 627 A.D. The King's soldiers are in a war (the children are role-playing in the street) and their side is losing. The King (player The New Kid) is missing and has apparently left the battle to sit on the throne (Toilet).
The King is called outside to protect his soldiers. After the fight, Coon shows up and claims to be from the future. He has returned to the past to fix the future and the children agree to play as superheroes. New Kid finds the Coon Lair and is given a superhero backstory by Coon. Coon sends New Kid out to find clues to locate a missing cat.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole uses a turn-based combat system. The player can start a fight by punching the enemy. Attacking an enemy first grants Combat Advantage, giving the player the first turn. When combat starts, the floor area becomes a grid. The turn order is displayed in a timeline at the bottom right corner of the screen. Players can move their character and buddies in specified areas marked by blue.
Different abilities affect different areas of the combat grid. The diagram under a power's icon allows the player to view the ability's range. Pressing the control for the ability will show the affected areas of the grid. Players can end their turn or cancel an ability by using the appropriate control. Combat automatically ends when either the player's team or opposing enemies are defeated.