A new gameplay has dropped for South Park: The Fractured But Whole, shining a vulgar light on some of the details that fans can expect out of the game.
Featuring just over eleven minutes of in-game footage, the IGN video (very NSFW!) delivers on all the vulgar language, animated boobs, and darkly clever writing that gamers have come to associate with both the television and video game series. What stands out most however, is an incredibly inappropriate lap dance scene featuring two drunken business men, Captain Diabetes, and the player character - the latter of which are both grade schoolers.
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The footage begins as Captain Diabetes and the player character sneak into the Peppermint Hippo, South Park’s seedy strip club, and try to seek out a specific hooker that has information on a cat. First, they have to identify which hooker has a penis tattoo, information that Captain Diabetes figures you can pull out of patrons of the club. After finding two drunken businessmen, the children take them to the V.I.P. room, where Captain Diabetes and the player character, who farts continuously during the dance to the sloshed business man’s disdain, take part in a lap dancing mini-game. After an unsatisfying, chub ruining lap dance, the businessmen jump into combat against Captain Diabetes and the player character. Combat looks to be more akin to a tactical RPG this time around, as Captain Diabetes and the player character maneuver around the VIP room to deliver attacks to the two flaccid villains. After defeating them, they move on to collect ingredients to make a gin and tonic for the DJ so that they can call out the stripper they need to question. After collecting a series of disgusting ingredients, including rat turds and a jar of boogers and semen, they craft the cocktail through an app on the player character's phone aptly named “Craftsy”. They deliver the cocktail, making the DJ sick, take over the microphone, and call the stripper out, who mistakes them for the cops before taking off.
Crafting and ingredient gathering looks to be an integral part of gameplay this time around, as the player character scavenges through drawers and pantries, collecting a plethora of off the wall components to use in the Craftsy app. The combat also looks polished and deeper than the previous installment.
After watching the gameplay footage, one thing is for sure; South Park: The Fractured But Whole will keep the "mature" and hilarious tone of the TV series with superbly absurd writing and subject matter. The tactical grid combat looks promising, as does the crafting system. Fans of the series have a lot to look forward to when South Park: The Fractured But Whole drops October 17th of this year.