South Park: The Fractured But Whole Articles RSS Feed | South Park: The Fractured But Whole RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network The 20 Most Hilarious Arby's Video Game References Wed, 21 Mar 2018 12:25:43 -0400 Ty Arthur


It's a good bet we'll continue to see new anime and gaming references pop up in the months ahead, as this is an ad strategy that seems to be working, and there are plenty of games and shows they haven't covered yet.


I'm actually surprised we haven't seen a Secret Of Mana post yet, considering how they have been on top of the re-releases of classic games in recent months.


What was your favorite Arby's gaming reference, and what box art creation do you hope to see come up next? Let us know in the comments!




Game: Doom


Is there ANYTHING this crew can't do with those damn boxes?!? It doesn't even look like they had to paint on the red lower sections but just used the colored portions of the sandwich holders to make it fit perfectly. The only way they could have made this better is if it was an ultra-fast moving video with a chainsaw at the end.


Goomba Squad! Moooove out!!!


Series: Super Mario Bros.


Those classic Goombas 'n Boos will always hold a hallowed place in gaming history, even as the series expands out and drastically alters the gameplay with newer iterations like Super Mario Odyssey. That adorable cardboard Goomba has got me thinking a weekend family art project may be in the works!


He's the symbol this town needs


Game: South Park: The Fractured But Whole


I don't think anyone expected the South Park series to hit its stride with an RPG, but what started with Obsidian's Stick Of Truth and continued with Ubisoft's take in The Fractured But Whole may well be the best games in the franchise. The paper cut-out style of the TV series also clearly lends itself well to cardboard box art!


You've come a long way, baby


Series: Fallout


I'm calling it -- fast food sauce packet art is going to become a recognized thing. I mean, if Vincent Castiglia can paint with blood, why not Arby's sauce?


This saucy rendition of the Fallout stat system also just reminded me that I'm 95 hours into Fallout 4 but still haven't actually finished the main storyline after getting side tracked by all the DLC. Nobody ruin the ending for me.


The morning sun has vanquished the horrible night


Series: Castlevania


Considering you can eat burgers, mushrooms, and even whole turkey legs throughout this series, the idea of Simon's Lunch isn't too far fetched. The best part about this whole thing (other than the box whip), is that one genius fan immediately commented with this exchange:


"Fry monster! You don't belong in this world!"

"It was not by my hand I was again made fresh. I was ordered by humans who wish to fillet me tribute!"


How's your grip strength?


Game: Shadow of the Colossus


The wisdom of eating a tower of meat that size is definitely in question, but this is an absolutely perfect mixing of game and fast food imagery to get an idea across. It's clear just from a glance that he's about to fight a colossus, and now I'm kind of wondering if I have what it takes to tackle the meat mountain.


You might call this a post for 90's gamers, but we think of it as millennial fare


Game: Chrono Trigger


Featuring dancing robot Gato from the millennial fair, this Chrono Trigger-based caption was pure genius, and it immediately took me back to Saturday afternoon game sessions from my childhood.


The sad, cash-grab PC port might be garbage, but the original SNES version is still one of the best RPGs of all time, and I'm absolutely about to load up ZSNES and replay it tonight.


Sure, you've seen it before, but now it has Aqua.


Game: Kingdom Hearts 2.8


How can there be so many games in this series, yet none of them have managed to be Kingdom Hearts III yet? This post was kind of torture for the fans who have been patiently waiting for the next real sequel, although it did hilariously spur on a slew of photo responses in which diners set their keys next to a sandwich.


Lunch is Strange


Game: Life Is Strange


How do you say so much with so little? Even without the caption, it would have been clear what was happening here. Although sadly, the reference did leave the post wide open to all sorts of comments about wanting to rewind time back before eating that meal.


Overcome the impossible


Game: Gravity Rush


This Vita title wasn't exactly well known to the masses at large, so it was sort of surprising to see a sideways image of Kat pop up in the Arby's feed, but clearly the fans were happy to see this lesser-known action-adventure title get a little fast food love. If you remember this game and want to see more, be sure to leave a comment!


9929 years in the future …


Game: Nier Automata


This inexplicably awesome (and constantly genre-hopping) game managed to shake up the GOTY expectations early in 2017 with its combination of androids, giant swords, and killer robot enemies.


The swords and drones are spot-on here, although I'm kind of wondering if 2B as a "shake" is supposed to be a reference to her exposed behind throughout the game....


Which is it, wark or kweh?


Series: Final Fantasy


Obviously it's kweh, you uncultured swine! OK, I guess it can be both. Seriously though, that sandwich box chocobo is a thing of beauty. I shudder to think of the amount of work that had to go into crafting this guy, and I'm a little disturbed by the connotation of the chicken sandwiches next to him.... Maybe one day we'll get a saddled Chocobo creation in a Final Fantasy Tactics style?


Understand, understand, the concept of love.


Game: Jet Set Radio Future


Whoa, they are going old school and fairly obscure with this one, as the original game came out in 2000, and Jet Set Radio Future came out in '02. I'm hoping the resurrection of interest in this series from the social media posts might spur on some news soon, as Sega has been showing some proclivity towards resurrecting older IPs.


Beefy AND portable. We dig it.


Console: Switch


Speaking of the Switch, you had to know this one was coming, right? I never would have thought "Nintendo console = roast beef sandwiches," but somehow they made the connection with the beefy/portable comment. Those adorable little Switch Joy-Con buttons are also kind of amazing.


The last Metroid is in captivity. The galaxy is at peace.


Game: Metroid


Another totally classic and retro reference, this one takes us way, waaaaay back to the NES days of the earliest Samus adventures. Not only does this post successfully make me want some curly fries, but now it's got me wondering: When is that Metroid Prime 4 finally going to show up for the Switch?


So glad he crashed the party. 


Game: Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy


For a generation that grew up with Spyro and Crash Bandicoot, news of the remastered N.Sane Trilogy was like a breath of fresh air, and it didn't take long for word to spread on social media. The TNT boxes are fine and all, but it's really the cardboard sleeve gloves that push this one over the top and show off the level of detail.


It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this.


Game: The Legend Of Zelda


While Breath of the Wild might be the only thing Zelda fans care about right now, it's the classics that will always be remembered. They didn't even have to make a cardboard sword for the reference to work. Three triangles tells us Triforce, and in this case, a pretty darn tasty one made out of fried potatoes!


As one adventure begins, another waits in the shadows. She's one tough cookie!


Game: Tomb Raider


The cookie causing the eclipse just brings this one together (but who goes to a fast food place for the cookies?). With the pickaxe in hand, this is clearly meant to evoke the newer reboot series that the new movie is based off, rather than original tank top and shorts Lara Croft.


Rally the crew; we're going after the big ones


Game: Monster Hunter World


You ever look at that really artistic spray paint wall graffiti and wonder, "How in the hell did they do that and get such amazing can control?" Yeah, now I'm trying to figure out how someone has such amazing Arby's BBQ sauce packet control to create the Monster Hunter guild symbol! Just one slight twitch of the wrist and this could have been a disaster.


Sneaking into that Mobile Beta


Game: Fortnite


The reigning Battle Royale king Fortnite landing on iOS devices is the current talk of the town (with Android users more than a little jealous), so of course Arby's jumped on that immediately.


This one has it all -- the bush that players love to be while sneaking around the map, and a reference to the difficulty in actually making it into the mobile beta at this point!


You'd usually think of Taco Bell or Mountain Dew as the gaming champs, but a certain roast beef-obsessed fast food chain is creeping up and taking over with a marketing department that clearly loves anime and gaming culture.


Social media marketing is a vital part of any company's advertising strategy, and Arby's made a conscious choice to change tactics away from "buy this meal for this price" posts to much more engaging and organic images that people actually want to share.


Every new post features a hilarious composition of reliable comment types -- a few clueless people trying to puzzle out what that reference means, super fans who are in heaven, a call for the team to get a raise, and backlash from the bored Facebook and Twitter crowds who are upset people are talking about video games for some reason. Every now and again, cheers of joy will erupt in the comments when pop culture references show up that a wider range of people actually understand, such as ClueAliens, or Discworld.


Despite going really obscure with some of the video game references, the Arby's team has created an advertising juggernaut here because they perfectly meet at the intersection of gaming, nerd culture, and crafting fanatics. Some of these posts ahead are truly works of art that clearly took an absurd amount of time to construct out of Arby's boxes, bags, and even sauce packets!


Note: All photo rights belong to Arby's -- we're just appreciating these perfect references. 

The State of RPGs in 2017 Tue, 26 Dec 2017 12:32:38 -0500 Joseph Rowe

2017 saw a slew of new, noteworthy RPGs. Although most were sequels of previously established series, they were long-awaited sequels, and most were well received. Both Western and Japanese developers brought something to the table this year, so put on your RPG bib and get ready to dig in to our State of RPGs in 2017 roundup!

The Biggest RPG Releases of 2017

Mass Effect: Andromeda

Let's start this list off a little funky. Let's tackle the mess that was Mass Effect: Andromeda. The sequel to the mostly well-received Mass Effect trilogy had been anticipated for half a decade. While by no means the worst game of the year, many fans were disappointed with the weird graphics and the less-than-stellar storyline, likely caused by the game changing hands many times throughout its development. It currently sits at a user rating of 4.8 on Metacritic, with GameSkinny's ElConquistadork including it in his 5 Worst Games of 2017, but our own Synzer gave it a 9/10, showing that some fans of the series did end up loving it. They say that true art is controversial. I'm not sure that applies to this situation, but I imagine it's something the devs tell themselves to feel better about the scores it received.

Persona 5

It finally came out! Many Persona fans, including myself, had been anticipating this game for the better half of a decade. Luckily, the wait was worth it because Persona 5 lived up to the hype. With a user score of 9.1 on Metacritic, it's safe to say it was incredibly well received by most players. And with sweet tracks like the one above, can you blame them?

If you've been sitting out on buying any new RPGs this year, I recommend picking this one up! Whether it's the beautiful graphics, the gripping plot involving a talking cat and nearly mummified hikikomori, or its stellar soundtrack, there are no downsides to this masterpiece -- except maybe spending too much time building your social links/confidants up and neglecting your actual friends.

Torment: Tides of Numenera

The spiritual successor to Planescape: Torment, Torment: Tides of Numenerais a story-rich 2.5D isometric RPG in which players take on the role of a reincarnated ancient being (more or less). In the process of controlling this dude, players have to make some pretty tough decisions that will have long-term effects on their gameplay. If you liked the original, GameSkinny's Ty Arthur thinks you'll like the new one, too. It does only have a 7 on Metacritic, indicating mixed reviews, but if you're looking for an in-depth, complex, story-based throwback RPG, you're going to be hard pressed to find a better one available right now -- unless you wanna just keep replaying Planescape and Icewind Dale.


This game has been described as a mix between Dark Souls and Onimusha. If that's not enough to grab your interest, I don't know what is. With a user rating of 8.5 for the PS4 version on Metacritic, Nioh was received quite well. Players loved its Souls series difficulty and kind-of-similar mechanics, and they praised the game's creativity that set it apart from other Souls-like games currently on the market. It's also made by Team Ninja, so if you're a Ninja Gaiden fan, you're missing out if you haven't picked this up yet.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

In a really big departure from the usual formula of the series, Nintendo went ahead and built a cooking Legend of Zelda game with an amazing open-world game built around it. Breath of the Wild is a breath of fresh air for the series, introducing tons of new gameplay elements, including a durability-based weapon system, crazy interactive environment elements that allow you to set fires, a tasty cooking system, and a degree of freedom that makes every other Zelda game look insanely linear. It currently sits at an 8.4 on Metacritic, with the only real complaints being about the durability system, but nearly everyone agrees that this is one of the best Zelda games in recent memory. 

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

2017 brought with it a sequel to 2014's Stick of Truth. This time around, the focus is on superhero movie franchises. According to GameSkinny's own Ashley Gill, the game was a solid entry into the franchise and different enough from its predecessor to set it apart. Sitting at a 7.6 for the PS4 version on Metacritic, The Fractured But Whole has been praised for its combat system, its soundtrack, and its faithfulness to the humor and look of the Comedy Central original. Some players, like Ashley, weren't impressed by the crafting system, but most players enjoyed the rest of the game thoroughly regardless of its flaws.

Nier: Automata

One of the most well-received RPGs of the year, Nier: Automata sits at a user score of 8.8 on Metacritic. Practically everything about the game received praise, including its character design, its story, and especially its varied gameplay. The game is a sequel to the original Nier, made by PlatinumGames. Both games are spin-offs of the Drakengard series. Not only is the game itself amazing, but it's got a rich story that is only enhanced by any enjoyment or knowledge you have of the previous game and its sister series. Who doesn't love action RPGs with anime androids?

Hand of Fate 2

In Hand of Fate 2, players take control of a character who must fight through various multi-floored dungeons set up by a a dungeon master-like entity known as the Dealer. It combines roguelike, RPG, and deck-building gameplay to bring a unique spin to the genre. If you're a fan of D&D or other tabletop RPGs, this is definitely worth checking out. It's been generally well received, with a user score of 7.7 on Metacritic. The main criticism that pops up is its combat, but players praise its other gameplay mechanics and the improvements the sequel made over the original.

Pokemon Ultra Sun/Moon

 In the spirit of other second releases of Pokemon games, Pokemon: Ultra Sun/Moon is basically the same as its originals but with a few extra goodies. It comes with a new Mantine surfing mini-game, a new online battle mode that allows players to rent Pokemon to create a new team, a Fairy-type trial, totem stickers, and more. One of the biggest updates is that the game now actually contains a real gym, whereas the original games got around that with the Island Trials. The coolest new feature added to the game is its post-game: you fight a supergroup of the previous game's evil organization leaders. Their name is Team Rainbow Rocket, which is the sickest name ever, I don't care who you are. If you're a hardcore Pokemon fan, this is worth checking out, but if you're not, you're probably fine just sticking with the 2016 release.


The Remastered RPG Releases of 2017

Final Fantasy XII: the Zodiac Age

If you weren't a fan of the original Final Fantasy XII, like GameSkinny's Ashley Gill, then you might still want to give this new game a try, as it completely remakes the MMORPG combat system into something more appropriate to the mainline Final Fantasy series. Not only does The Zodiac Age update the combat (which Ashley loved and which I will reserve my judgment on because I am one of three people who actually liked the original FFXII's MMORPG-style combat), but it also gives the game a lovely new set of updated graphics and, especially, sound.  Whether you're a fan of the original game or not, if you're looking for a new Final Fantasy to spend your time with this year, this one might be right for you.

Skyrim VR

Have you ever wanted to Fus Roh Dah a dragon face to face? Well, now thanks to the PS4 VR version of the game, you can. There's not much new to report on this other than some people really love Skyrim VR, and some people really hate it. If you're a fan of VR, though, you'll probably dig this update to the much-beloved fifth installment of the Elder Scrolls series.

.Hack//G.U. Last Recode

Forget about your Sword Art Onlines and your Log Horizons, the OG stuck-in-a-game game is back with a re-release of the original .Hack//G.U. trilogy as well as a new installment: .hack//G.U. Vol. 4//Reconnection. Fans of the original game series or the anime, manga, and light novels it's based on will love this (re)release. .Hack//G.U. Last Recode sits at a well-received score of 7.9 on Metacritic, with players praising its improvements/updates to the original, its story, and its addictive gameplay.


What Was New in the World of Online RPGs of 2017

World of Warcraft: Legion continues

(The cinematic above contains some pretty serious spoilers, so watch at your own discretion.)

While World of WarcraftLegion came out back in 2016, it concluded this year with players finally confronting Sargeras and banishing him to space baby jail, while Illidan watches over him in a surprisingly poetic resolution to our demon hunting buddy's storyline. There's an upcoming patch that will tide players over until Battle for Azeroth releases, but for now, players will be spending their time raiding Antorus or competing in the current PvP season.

Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind

Introducing the Warden as a new class as well as bringing players to the location of the beloved third Elder Scrolls game, The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind received mixed scores from players, largely debating about whether the price was worth it. However, many players feel like this gave the game enough fresh content to keep them interested, especially all that new lore. Delicious. It's what finally convinced me to want to give the game a shot.

FFXIV: Stormblood

In a bold move, FFXIV: Stormblood introduces the brand-new classes Samurai and Red Mage. Oh, wait, they're not new to the series? Well, they're new to this game along with a new level cap, new areas to explore, new primals, a new raid, and a few other new features. It was given a 7.1 user score on Metacritic, indicating that it was received neither well nor poorly. Most of the negative reviews came from players who had server issues, but the content itself seems to have been well received, making this one of the better MMO expansions to check out this year.

Destiny 2 and Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris

Bungie is a bit weird. They just released Destiny 2 back in September on the PS4 and XBox One, then released it for PC on October 24th. Yet, this month brought with it the game's first expansion: Curse of Osiris. Just like the original, the game is basically an FPS MMORPG that features both PvE and PvP. Unlike the original, it came with a better matchmaking system. It was well received at launch, with most players praising its varied gameplay, its graphics, and its new storylines. However, some players have since soured to the game because of the quick release of its expansion, which involved gating content from the original behind expansion-only gear levels (as well as misleading players in the original about the amount of XP they were earning). The Curse of Osiris' Metacritic score currently sits at a 1.7 for users, but that is likely due to (warranted) salt over the developer's content gating and the XP issue.


I wanted to like Absolver much more than I did. I really did. It's like Dark Souls and Jade Empire with a softer aesthetic. It was pretty great to play -- when it worked. However, this PvE-lite, PvP-focused online martial arts RPG was plagued with insane server issues at launch that killed a lot of the potential love I had for it. I gave it a 6, but the user score on Metacritic was a little bit higher at 6.6. It might be worth revisiting now that there's been some time to work out the server issues, but I'd rather just go back to Persona 5.

Citadel: Forged with Fire

This is another game that was plagued with issues in its early-access days when I was writing the review for itCitadel: Forged with Fire was an incredibly promising sandbox. It's like the other games, except you're a wizard and you fly on a broom. That might not sound exciting, but have you ever flown on a broom before? It's pretty dope. The main problems I had with the game were based on its early-access nature leading to numerous instances of game-breaking bugs, like server crashes, enemies who didn't attack, and an incredibly hard-to-navigate server browser. However, other players have reported that those issues have since been fixed for the most part, and the game's more recent reviews on Steam have been mostly positive. Given all that, it might be worth checking out if you want to get your Gandalf on.


What Does 2018 Have in Store for Us?

Kingdom Hearts III

While likely not coming out in 2018, a writer can hope, can't he? I've largely avoided playing the other games in the series (besides 1 and 2), so I've been waiting for Kingdom Hearts III for longer than I'd like to admit. When will Goofy come home?

All we have for now are trailers to hold us off, but luckily, this year's E3 showed off the combat system a bit more. The game looks just as good as it ever was. I can't wait to beat Pete up. Also, shout out to the accurate James Woods impersonator playing Hades in the Japanese dub.

Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom

The long-anticipated sequel to the original Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom comes out next year. Hype yourselves up, anime nerds, because this is looking to be a promising sequel. The Ghibli veterans who worked on the original game are reprising their roles for this, so if you got that same feeling from the trailer, you're justified. We might not get a Princess Mononoke 2 anytime soon, but at least we got this.


WoW: Battle for Azeroth

The Horde's done it again. We somehow managed to be aggressors again because story. So, after saving our world from utter annihilation and banishing Sargeras to titan jail, we will have another war with WoW: Battle for Azeroth. But at least we get some new allied races coming in, like the Zandalari Trolls and Void Elves. You'll catch me playing a Highmountain Tauren Druid while I explore Zandalar.

Call of Cthulu

Fans of horror RPGs and Lovecraft have a tasty little treat to look forward to next year: Call of Cthulu. Based off of the tabletop RPG of the same name, which is based off of Lovecraft's Mythos, players will be investigating some seriously spooky stuff in Boston, Massachusetts.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

When most Americans think of Bohemians, they tend to think of beatniks, but Kingdom Come: Deliverance is about to show that the Kingdom of Bohemia is back, sans the Kerouac books. This game is billed as being based on 15th century European history in the Holy Roman Empire. Everything from the clothing to the castles to the soundtrack is meant to be period accurate. If you're looking for a medieval RPG without the fantasy, this game will be worth keeping an eye on.


2017 has been a pretty generous year for RPG fans. Whether you're a fan of traditional JRPGs or Western MMOs, there's something for pretty much everyone. Persona 5 was hands down my favorite this year. How about you? What was your favorite RPG this year? Are there any games I overlooked? What are you looking forward to most next year? Let me know in the comments!


South Park: The Fractured But Whole Guide - How to Find Mr. Hankey Sun, 19 Nov 2017 19:20:06 -0500 Brandon Janeway

South Park: The Fractured But Whole is full of character cameos and Easter eggs from the beloved comedy show. One of those is the iconic Mr. Hankey from the very first season of South Park. He is hidden in the game, and finding him will let you take a selfie with this South Park character.

In order to get to his hidden location, you are going to need to have the sandblaster buddy power, which is with Toolshed. Sandblaster is the only thing that will let you solve the puzzle that you will encounter. 

Once you have sandblaster, you can make your way to the community center. In the community center, head to the women's restroom, which is in the upper left corner. In the restroom, you need to find and move the trashcan next to the sink so that you can punch the wall behind it. After you punch the wall, you will be able to scan and interact with the pipe behind the wall.

Now you will need to select and use the sandblaster ability. This will unclog the nearby toilet when you increase your fart strength to the proper amount. You'll know the proper amount because poop will leak out of the stall and shoot out. This means you have found Mr. Hankey. 

Open the stall and Mr. Hankey will want to take a selfie with you. He also will follow you on Coonstagram, which will increase your follower account and help you earn the Master of Social Media achievement. 

This guide is guaranteed to help you find the iconic South Park character. Let us know in the comments who your favorite cameo was. 

What's On Your (Game) Playlist This Month? Tue, 07 Nov 2017 17:36:42 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Have you ever wondered what the awesome writers and techies at GameSkinny play in their spare time? Well, wonder no more! We've asked everyone that same question and compiled some of their responses for your viewing pleasure. Don't think this piece doesn't include you, though. We want to know what you're playing this month, too!

Stephen Johnston

GameSkinny founder Stephen Johnston found an October-appropriate outlet for his love of strategy gaming.

I'm playing Dungeons III quite a bit. Good solid game, a tad easy, but it has  funny, if a bit childish, banter, fun gameplay and dungeon builds, light RTS elements, and quality graphics.

Ty Arthur

Halloween also helped featured contributor and lover of shooters Ty Arthur's choice of game.

The Ashes Of Malmouth DLC has me back into indie ARPG Grim Dawn again, freezing and electrocuting Chtonian horrors from beyond and Aetherial ghost creatures by the thousands! Couldn't ask for a better Diablo 2 style game, and it fit my October preferences for horror games perfectly, with its heavy focus on the Cthulhu mythos and a grimdark, post-apocalyptic setting. Enjoying trying out new Necromancer builds in the base game and taking my Arcanist / Soldier combo through the new game acts added with the expansion.

Jonathan Moore

Senior editor Jonathan Moore took the opportunity to check out one of the year's biggest releases -- purely for professional purposes, of course.

I'm currently indulging in Destiny 2, much to the sheer surprise of anyone around the office. Having put some 300 hours into the original, I'm finding more and more that Bungie mostly learned from their mistakes and corrected course into what we currently have in Destiny 2. My primary takeaway after a solid month of playing is that the game respects your time, which is increasingly important for me. Sure, there's grinding and sometimes-"unfair" RNG, but overall, it's a game that I can pick up and play and then put down when I need to, not feeling as if my clan is going to leave me behind because of it. The gunplay is tighter this time around and activities more varied. It's a solid improvement over the original in almost every way.


Katherine Zell, contributor and fan of 3D exploration games, also found herself pulled into another highly anticipated release.

I bought Super Mario Odyssey for my husband for his birthday. I played it with him for a little while, but then he continued without me, since I was busy doing other things ha. But the bit that I played was awesome.
Two player mode is great fun as well. My husband doesn't like using the Joy-Con sideways, but I think it is just fine. For those of you who haven't played it in 2 player mode, here's a breakdown of how it works. As Mario in two-player mode, it is a bit of a pain to deal with the camera angle, especially if you've already gotten used to playing the Switch normally. But if you are just jumping in as a spare and controlling Cappy, it's a blast. As Cappy, you don't have to worry about the camera angle as much, so the awkwardness of controlling that is irrelevant. You also feel like you are still useful, and you don't get bored. The boss battles we did do were really easy because whoever was controlling Cappy could focus just on projectiles and getting the enemy ready for Mario's attack, and then Mario just attacks. there are a few things Cappy can't help with, though, not to mention he gets kidnapped for a short time, and that is really sad if you're playing as Cappy. Suddenly useless, ha. Anyway, it has been a lot of fun. Both one-player and two-player are great. It has met all of my expectations of a 3D Super Mario game.

Brandon Janeway

Destiny 2 is proving to be quite popular among the site's writers, with contributor Brandon Janeway also enjoying it -- if not so much as the original.

I am playing Destiny 2. The game just has visuals that I love, and I like the RPG and FPS mix as well. The story is the not the same as the first and does not strike the same grand atmosphere I got with the first but nonetheless, it is still very satisfying.

Kieran Desmond

Mentor and contributor Kieran Desmond's choice of new release is more on the lighthearted side of things.

I just finished South Park: The Fractured But Whole. It 100% lived up to the hype and my expectations after theThe Stick of Truth blew me away when it came out. Clocking in at 26 hours, I felt that it maybe went on a little long, considering it's essentially just a long South Park episode. Also, after hearing it was a little easy, I cranked it up to the highest difficulty from the get go and still never lost a fight. But it was hilarious all the way through. Awesome game.

Rothalack (Brian Schaaf)

There's still plenty of enjoyment to be had in older games as well, as bug master and support guru Rothalack shows.

I've been playing Factorio. It's a rabbit hole of complexity that makes me feel exhausted after playing. 10/10.


Site contributor Spacechaser is balancing new and old, while also planning on working through a sizeable backlog.

I was replaying Ocarina of Time, but that was cut short with Super Mario Odyssey's release. I'm enjoying it so far; Nintendo heard the term "open world" and really ran with it! I'll probably finish up my OoT playthrough after I'm done, and after that, I have a couple more games I need to, ahem, finish up. Mainly Hyper Light Drifter, Cave Story+, and Song of the Deep.


From the biggest and best of the year to some hidden gems and classics of days gone by, if you've got a favorite genre, chances are, a GameSkinny writer is playing it too.

Drop a comment down below and tell us your favorites and what you're playing this month too!

5 Funniest Easter Eggs in South Park: The Fractured But Whole Wed, 25 Oct 2017 11:50:12 -0400 Sergey_3847


Gay Fish Easter Egg


One of the side missions in The Fractured But Whole involves an infamous gay fish, which references Season 13, Episode 5 of the South Park TV show titled "Fishsticks." In the episode, the gay fish refers to the famous rapper Kanye West and his inability to understand jokes.


If you play the gay fish side quest, you'll find the Kanye-fish doesn't get the joke at the end of the mission. It's a truly hilarious Easter egg that will leave you breathless.




Besides these best five Easter eggs in TFBW, you can also check out some the other South Park: The Fractured But Whole guides here at GameSkinny:


Canada Easter Egg


Unlike The Stick of Truth, Canada is only slightly present as an Easter egg in the South Park sequel. It's not that easy to find it either, so here's where to find it in The Fractured But Whole.


When you arrive at the organic foods vendor, he'll move in front of you, blocking the way that leads to the Canadian border. To get past him, you need to pick up a basket of Memberberries and use it to block his path.


Once you do so, you'll find the Canadian border via a short cutscene. Unfortunately, there is no gameplay involved with this Easter egg once you pass the vendor. Hopefully, a separate Canada DLC will come out soon enough and fill in the gap.


Rubik's Cube Eeaster Egg


Cartman's basement is a dangerous place that collects all sorts of mysterious artifacts. One such artifact can be seen under a glass dome -- the Rubik's Cube.


If you try to pick up the cube, Cartman will warn you to never touch it -- or you will die. If you keep trying to break the glass, Cartman will go on explaining that it's the most dangerous weapon in the galaxy, so don't ever touch it.


But who cares? Keep on hitting the glass until it breaks, and... everyone dies, just like Cartman said. 


Tom Brady Easter Egg


You'll learn a simple truth early in TFBW: Cartman will never leave you alone. Consequently, there are plenty of Easter eggs involving Cartman, and this one is no different. As you progress, you'll come across a secret code to Cartman's basement, one that has to be entered on a numberpad in order to unlock the doors found there.


If you cheat (as most people do) and find the code online ("307"), you can just try entering it on the numberpad when you first come across it. However, the game will know if you cheated, and Cartman's avatar will appear on the screen dressed in a New England Patriots' jersey, shaming you for cheating and mirroring Tom Brady's deflate-gate controversy.


Skip the Intro Easter Egg


One of the funniest and most unexpected Easter eggs in South Park: The Fractured But Whole appears right at the beginning of the game. When the intro cutscene starts, you are given the choice to skip it. 


But it's not as simple as it seems because whenever you try to skip the intro, Cartman starts bashing you and trying to persuade you to keep watching the cutscene, because it's "important."


If you keep pressing the skip button, Cartman's loses his patience and he makes you suffer through the entirety of the end credits, which lasts for about five minutes... but this time, you won't be able to skip them.


The South Park franchise is based entirely on references to other media, so it's no surprise that there are tons of Easter eggs in The Fractured But Whole. Many of them are insignificant and reference background characters, while some are full-blown references that you don't want to miss.


If you want to see what the five best Easter eggs in South Park: The Fractured But Whole are, then this guide will show you how to find them. Most of them can be seen during the main campaign, but others involve getting into side quests.


In any case, grab your popcorn and make your way through all of them!

South Park: The Fractured But Whole Guide -- How to Kill Mom or Dad Tue, 24 Oct 2017 10:15:00 -0400 Sergey_3847

In one of the final missions of South Park: The Fractured But Whole, titled "The Many Asses of Dr. Mephesto," you will be given a hard choice: killing Mom or Dad.

Before making the choice, however, you first need to get to the DNA lab where your parents are confined. Then, based on your own judgment, you need to make the choice. That is unless you use this guide to tell you which of your parents to kill and how to do it.

How to Get to the DNA Lab in South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Before you can reach the DNA lab hidden deep inside the Dr. Mephesto's facility, you will need to clear several rooms filled with dangerous foes.

First, you will arrive at Dr. Mephesto's Genetic Engineering lab at the very end of the game. There you will meet Morgan Freeman, who will grant you a new fart that will ultimately let you change the day into the night.

As you enter the lab, you will face a horde of terrible cats that you must fight to move on. After you've defeated your wiley foes, you'll need to move on to the next room, where a group of Mutant Sixth-Graders waits for you.

The next two rooms will reveal the evil plans of Mitch Conner (a.k.a. Cartman's left hand), and another fight with some more Ass Mutants. When you're done beating them, you will finally reach the DNA scanning room, where both of your parents are trapped.

What Happens When You Kill Your Mom or Kill Your Dad in South Park: The Fractured But Whole

As soon as you enter the lab, you will see that your dad is strapped to an operating table by what looks like a steel sheet. Your mom will be in the adjacent office bleeding all over the room. When you speak to Dad, he will tell you to kill Mom. When you speak to Mom, she will tell you to kill Dad

But no matter what they say, you need to kill one of them to move forward. Why? Because you have to put either Dad's head or Mom's arm into the DNA scanner to unlock the elevator, which will lead you to the next section of the mission.

How to Kill Dad in South Park: The Fractured But Whole

To kill Dad, you need to press the big red button on the bottom right corner of the operation table three times (shown in the picture above). Each time you press the button, he will try to persuade you to kill your mother instead.

If you press the button three times in the row, however, the mechanical laser will cut off Dad's head. You can take the head and use it on the DNA scanning machine.

How to Kill Mom in South Park: The Fractured But Whole

To kill mom in TFBW, approach your her left arm and pull it three times. Every time you pull Mom's arm, she will scream in pain and try to persuade you that you need to kill Dad instead.

If you pull her left arm three times, however, you will tear Mom's arm off, killing her. After that, you can put her arm into the DNA scanning machine and move forward.

So Who do You Choose to Kill?

The truth is that the choice is completely irrelevant. Whether you kill your mom or your dad, the outcome will be the same. But you still must kill one of them in order to unlock the elevator.

So choose the parent that annoys you the most and continue on your mission.


Hopefully, this guide helped you make the choice on which parent to kill in TFBW. If you're looking for more tips, tricks, and strategies for The Fractured But Whole, be sure to check out other South Park guides here at GameSkinny:

South Park: The Fractured But Whole Yaoi Locations Sun, 22 Oct 2017 22:36:29 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Why Craig's dad wants to hoard a bunch of yaoi pictures of his young son and his boyfriend is well beyond me, but the new kid's got to find them to rake in all the dosh and goodies Craig's dad is willing to pay South Park: The Fractured But Whole.

The first chunk of yaoi pictures you'll come across will be easy enough to spot and grab, but most require you to either knock them down or find your way to them to add them to your stash. That said they're easy enough to find, you just need all your powers at your disposal to get them all.

It will save you a lot of time to grab what pictures you can when you see them. If you see one you can't get just yet, just come back later once you have the necessary ability to get to the picture.

The yaoi image titles here are in the order I found them, with a few exceptions. A good number of them require the use of snap n' pops to knock them down, but this isn't mentioned since you get the snap n' pops so early.

Push Me Higher - Found in the second floor of the Main Street Offices

Gaze of Thunder - Found in Bebe's room at Bebe's house

Twilight Boizu - Found taped to a filing cabinet at the South Park Gazette

Schooldazed - Found at the top of the top of the bleachers at the school gym

Tweek and Craig: Sweet Creams - Found in the examination room at Tom's Rhinoplasty

Tweek and Craig: Before the Storm - Found in Tweek Bros. Coffee

I Choose You - Found in the storage room at the church

Can You Read My Mind? - Found in the bathroom at Freeman's Tacos

Stargaze - Found by the piano inside the senior center

Tweek and Craig: Reaching for Love - Found inside City Hall

Hanabi Waltz - Found on the post board outside City Hall

Who's Your Seme? - Found inside the boy's bathroom at the playground

Starlight Whispers - Found inside the girl's bathroom at the playground

Tweek and Craig: White Nights - Found in the very last room upstairs in Token's house

Tweek and Craig: Golden Sparkle Days - Found on the north side of Stark's Pond, hidden under a heart on a tree

Brush Buddies - Found in the manager's room at the back of the Peppermint Hippo (Need Professor Chaos's minion skill to open)

Tongue in Tweek - Found on a tent in SoDaSoPa

Happy Return - Found in a bedroom in Kenny's house

Easy Breezy Daisy Boizu - Found in Kenny's garage (Need the key found in Kenny's parents' room)

Craig and Tweek: Fleeting Embrace - Found inside Butters's garage hidden behind a calendar

Hard Candy - Found inside Sloppy 2nds

Bedside Manners - Found in the bank

Tweek and Craig: Reverse Lotus - Found in Cartman's garage hidden behind an electrical box (Need Captain Diabetes's rage skill)

Craig and Tweek: Crotch Rabu - Found in the Photo-Dojo

Kemonomimi Kiss - Found in Kevin Stoley's living room (Need Professor Chaos's minion skill to get inside)

Open Lotus - Found in Clyde's garage (Need a key found in a backpack in Raisins)

Swept Away - Found in the break room at the police station

Spoonful of Tweek - Found inside City Wok

Touched by an Angel - Found in the attic in Kyle's house (access using snap n' pop)

After School Special - Found in Jimmy's garage (Need Toolshed's blasting skill)

Seme Surrender - Found in the parents' bedroom at Henrietta's house

Twin Stick Shooters - Found in the second floor of the Bijou Theater (Need Human Kite's Fartkour)

Tweek and Craig: Super My Heart - Found inside Raisins behind the counter

Just One Kiss - Found on the second floor of the school (Need Human Kit's Fartkour)

Extra-Curricular - Found in the hallway in Big Gay Al's house

Velveteen Dreams - Found in Nichole's garage (Need Professor Chaos's minion skill to enter)

Tweek and Craig: Steaming Surprise - Found in Ike's room in Kyle's house

Tweek and Craig: Soul Cuddles - Found in the backroom of Tweek Bros. Coffee (Fartkour from the roof of Bijou Theater, which you access via Fartkour inside the theater, to get inside)

Room for One More - Found inside a stall in the boys' bathroom at the community center (Need the time stop ability to get past the electrified water)

Craig and Tweek: Heart Peeps - Found in Shelly's room at Stan's house

And that's it for all 40 of the semi-explicit yaoi pictures you'll find around South Park in Fractured But Whole.

The 5 Best Classes in South Park: The Fractured But Whole Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:34:13 -0400 Sergey_3847


Class: Gadgeteer

  • Abilities: Boom-Boom Buddy, Straight Shooter, Gigavolt Globe, Airborne Annihilator
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  • Primary Attribute: Brains
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  • Secondary Attribute: N/A
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Gadgeteer never fights on its own, instead it crafts all sorts of weird gadgetz that do the job of killing and protecting. For example, the Straight Shooter ability crafts a turret that hits all the enemies within its radius, while Boom-Boom Buddy sets up an explosive dummy.


The ultimate for the Gadgeteer class, Airborne Annihilator, calls up an advanced drone that no enemy will ever be able to withstand. Obviously, with such powerful tools in its hands, the Gadgeteer is easily one of the very best classes in South Park: The Fractured But Whole.




Have a different opinion? Don't be shy to post your favorite classes from South Park: The Fractured But Whole in the comments below. 


Looking for more tips, tricks, and strategies for FTBW? Make sure to check out our other South Park: The Fractured But Whole guides


Class: Plantmancer

  • Abilities: Purifying Petals, Sweet Scent, Root Burst, Nature's Gift
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  • Primary Attribute: Spunk/Brains
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  • Secondary Attribute: N/A
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If you play RPGs, there is no doubt that you're already well familiar with Charm effects turning enemies into allies. Well, Plantmancer is the FTBW class that will let you perform similar tricks on your enemies.


Why would you fight if you can make your enemies fight instead, right? But that's not it! Plantmancer is the only Fractured But Whole class capable of reviving other friendly characters using the Nature's Gift ability.


And the animation of the effect is a sight to behold, so definitely try it out when you get the chance.


Class: Assassin

  • Abilities: Quick Cut, Spin Slash, Shadow Swap, Deadly Dive
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  • Primary Attribute: Brawn/Spunk
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  • Secondary Attribute: N/A
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The Fractured But Whole's Assassin is a complicated class that is hard to master, and that is why it is one of the best. Bleeding and Invisible status effects are at the core of this class' abilities, and if used correctly, they can quickly finish the fight in your favor.


Speaking of strategy, don't try to fight in a usual hit-and-back-out way with the Assassin class, but try to Spin Slash any and all enemies around you with your blades -- then instantly go invisible. Doing this will allow you to inflict bleed damage on your enemies and stay hidden until they bleed out. 


Class: Martial Artist

  • Abilities: Dragon Force Punch, Dragon Dance, Dragon Reversal, Dragon Swagger
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  • Primary Attribute: Brawn
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  • Secondary Attribute: N/A
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Just as the name of the class implies, Martial Artist is all about combat damage in TFBW. Want to send your enemies into the far corner of the screen? Then, hit them with the Martial Artist's Force Punch. Need to deal with two or more opponents at once? Activate this class' Dragon Dance and scare the hell out of them.


At times, when danger is too real and you need to protect yourself (because it does happen from time to time), then the ultimate Dragon Swagger will inflict Enrage effect on all enemies. It will give you a powerfully protective shield, making it impossible to receive any damage during the shield's duration.


Class: Elementalist

  • Abilities: Sand Trap, Ice Prison, Hydro Helper, Elemental Onslaught
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  • Primary Attribute: Brains
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  • Secondary Attribute: Spunk
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This Fractured But Whole class is definitely the most unusual class in the game. Using weather-based status effects, the Elementalist can easily deal with multiple enemies at the same time. Sand Trap and Ice Prison are some of its best abilities that not only delay enemy attacks but also do some well-rounded damage.


But nothing comes close to the Elementalists ultimate ability -- the Elemental Onslaught. This ultimate gathers the powers of all elements and hits the enemies with Shock and Chill effects.


If you're looking for the best support class in The Fractured But Whole, then make sure to pick up the Elementalist.


Since the launch of South Park: The Fractured But Whole, the question of which class is the game's best has been (and is still being) actively debated in the gaming community -- and it's only been out for a few days!


The truth is that the classes in SP:TFBW are very different, and it's really hard to pinpoint one single best class. However, some of the classes are objectively more powerful than others, and if you want to know what they are, then keep on reading our SP: TFBW class guide to find out.


Some of you may completely disagree with the given choices, but if you care about the right choice for yourself, then you should look out for the classes that fit your personal playstyle the most.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole Black Screen Fixes Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:25:26 -0400 Ashley Shankle

What's a AAA PC game release without some day one technical problems? Some users have reported their PC copies of South Park: The Fractured But Whole launch to a black screen. If you're running into this problem, we've got a few possible solutions for you.

There are four potential ways for you to fix this problem, and hopefully one will work for you. We'll start with the most simple solutions and work up to the more complicated ones.

How to Fix the Black Screen Problem in The Fractured But Whole

Option 1 -- Force Windowed Mode

This one's easy enough, and for most, this seems to be the way to go. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Launch The Fractured But Whole
  2. Get to the black screen
  3. Press Alt + Enter to force windowed mode
  4. If the game switches to windowed mode, go to the game's options
  5. Set the resolution to your monitor's resolution

It's definitely possible that step 3 did not force the game to display. If you've tried this, it's time to try the next possible solution.

Option 2 -- Open the Game Directly

This is another simple solution and just an attempt to get the game to launch properly by opening it directly.

  1. Right click on The Fractured But Whole in your Steam library
  2. Click 'Properties'
  3. Click 'Local Files'
  4. Click 'Browse Local Files'
  5. Open the game via the 'SouthPark_TFBW.exe' file
Option 3 -- Set the Game's Priority to High

This is a little less straightforward than the two options above, but it works on some machines. Don't be antsy about this one -- it will in no way negatively impact your PC. Let's go over how to do it.

  1. Launch the game
  2. Press Crtl + Alt + Del at the black screen
  3. Bring up the Task Manager
  4. Find the game in the Processes tab
  5. Right click the game, then click on 'Go to details'
  6. Right click on the game's already-highlighted listing
  7. Click 'High priority' and switch back to the game

This one's a bit of a stretch, but it's less hassle than the last solution.

Option 4 -- Reinstall Uplay

Exactly as it reads, your last option is to reinstall Uplay. As mundane as it seems, this solution has a fair success rate. If none of the above solutions work for you, this is the route you're going to have to take. Luckily it's easy and doesn't take too long. That's a plus!

No one likes getting a black screen on a game they paid $60 for on release day. Give these four potential solutions a shot, and hopefully one will work for you.

Looking for more tips, tricks, and strategies for TFBW? Make sure to check out our other South Park: The Fractured But Whole guides

South Park: The Fractured But Whole Review (Spoiler-free) Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:06:10 -0400 Ashley Shankle

To say South Park: The Stick of Truth surpassed almost all of my expectations is an understatement -- The Stick of Truth was one of my favorite games of 2014 thanks to its nearly- perfect TV-to-game transition and how closely its humor was tied to the show's apologetically crass early years.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole puts on the big shoes The Stick of Truth left behind and wears them pretty competently, but don't come into this game looking for the same experience. It's its own thing.

This time around, the game continues from where last week's episode left off, with the boys' superhero league, Coon and Friends, getting broken apart due to Cartman's uneven franchise plan. Because, you know, why become a superhero if you don't get to be a main part of the franchise? I highly recommend watching season 21 episode 4 on the official South Park website before diving into The Fractured But Whole.

Watching the above episode alone should fill you on the type of humor you're going to encounter here. The Fractured But Whole's satire and irreverence is closer to the show's more recent episodes -- albeit a little toned down -- than its predecessor. Despite this, much of the game should be fairly familiar to those who played The Stick of Truth. South Park itself hasn't changed all that much between the two games, so it makes sense that the humor in The Fractured But Whole wouldn't change extensively either. 

As the player takes the role of the new kid in town, you get a fresh start in Coon and Friends. This means you get to choose your own starting class from the three available options. Each plays very differently from the last, but don't stress about your choice at the outset: Cartman will allow you to change your class if you ask. Later in the game, you're given further class options, allowing you to mix and match your abilities to come up with a combination that suits your playstyle.

While flexible via class combinations and pseudo-equipment called Artifacts and DNA, the game is not very difficult. Most players will have an easy enough time directing the new kid along with Coon and Friends in combat.

Unlike the traditional turn-based combat in The Stick of Truth, combat in The Fractured But Whole is instead more akin to tactical RPGs. You have to navigate the battlefield to position your party (or your enemies) for success. In addition, each ability you use requires some Paper Mario-style inputs to make the most of them -- but thankfully, messing them up won't penalize you.

Certain boss fights break the mold of the rest of the game's combat, making players fight against a real-time clock in an otherwise turn-based battle system. These fights are frustrating and push the player to make hasty and rash decisions just to get a turn in before the boss interjects. I can certainly say it adds some much-needed tension to the encounters these bosses are featured in.

But one thing to note that many players will surely remember from Stick of Truth is the game's perhaps over-reliance on status effects. Stacking bleed and grossing enemies out was pretty much the best way to play the game, even more so on its hardest difficulty. This is not the case here in Fractured. Status effects are definitely more balanced, for better or for worse. Bleed spamming was pretty great...

The map is almost the same, combat is different, but what about everything else?

Exploration in South Park: The Fractured But Whole is almost identical to that of The Stick of Truth, though that's not necessarily a bad thing. Exploring the town of South Park and "helping" the townsfolk was one of the best things about the first game, and it continues to shine here. As before, you feel like you're inside the show.

There is far more side content here than in Stick of Truth, too. One second you're finding Jimbo's wallet to get him to take a selfie with you and the next you're trying to master pooping in the women's toilet in the police station for completion's sake.

As you progress in the story, you unlock both new places to explore and new abilities to make you an even better crime fighter -- you know, to make it into the franchise plan. But it does keep the gameplay fresh and interesting. 

Each inch of increased capability feels worth it and, despite most of what you take on being easy, feels earned. Even if you're just finding a powerful dildo artifact in a bathtub or are simply being pushed along by the story, everything has a sense of pride attached to it. In other words, you did it, new kid!

In addition to all of the above are minigames, which range from frustrating to pretty fun -- and each of them provides a wealth of customization options for your character, adding a sense of depth to the Fractured. Really, what more could you want from a South Park game?

The Verdict

Essentially, South Park: The Fractured But Whole is a worthy successor to 2014's The Stick of Truth, but it's not perfect.

The game's crafting system feels tacked on and ultimately unrewarding. Most of what you craft boils down to consumables and costume items, though the Artifacts are certainly welcome.

You get all these referential items while digging through people's drawers and trash, but they all culminate to be generic crafting items in action. You see the item name when you pick it up, then it's chucked into the stack of generic crafting items. The reference is fleeting and disappointing, sort of like the overall crafting system.

In addition to the above, something feels a bit off. While The Stick of Truth was completely in your face with every disgusting aspect of South Park, The Fractured But Whole feels a little safer.

This may be a reflection of how the show has changed over the years (with one of the big draws to the first game being its similarities to the show's earlier seasons) but answer me this: How does a South Park game have a pooping minigame where the poop is represented as blue instead of brown considering the overall content of the show? I think our answer lies in some sites dedicating such large portions of their reviews to how offensive The Fractured But Whole's humor is. Way to waste their time and the time of their readers by complaining about offensive jokes in a South Park game. High five, guys.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole does a fantastic job of filling the shoes of its predecessor. As with The Stick of Truth, you're tossed right into a scenario that fits perfectly within the South Park universe and it eases you into its intricacies like a sociopathic chunky kid with a complex franchise plan. It's not perfect, but if you enjoy the show you simply should play The Fractured But Whole. Just don't get too sad over the lack of bleed spam.

(Note: A review copy of the Fractured But Whole was provided by the developer for the purposes of this review.)

Get Your Fart Featured In South Park: The Fractured But Whole Mon, 02 Oct 2017 13:37:42 -0400 adam.leviness

Ubisoft is holding a one-of-a-kind contest to allow one lucky fan to be featured as “the official in-game fart” of the new South Park: The Fractured But Whole video game. The winner of the contest will be flown to California, where they will record the very best of their fart noises at Ubisoft’s San Francisco Studios. They will then get to see their fart integrated into the game by Ubisoft's development team.

The creators of South Park have built a media empire around fart jokes -- and the newest game is embracing those jokes while letting fans in on the fun. Contestants can submit ten-second clips of their fart noises at the I Am The Fart official contest website. These entries will then be voted on by the community. The contest runs from October 2 to October 16.

The Fractured But Whole is the second game in the series following the classic turn-based RPG that followed you, “the new kid,” as he went on a large fantasy adventure. This time around the boys and your character are playing superheroes and your superpower is your superhuman ability to pass gas.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole will be released on the October 17, and is now available for pre-order.

E3 Ubisoft Conference Recap Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:54:19 -0400 Wizard of Warsaw

Ubisoft's live stream at E3 showcased some impressive titles. With 11 games and one expansion, Ubisoft had quite a lot going on. They unveiled a few new games with a lot of promise, and took a look at some of their more long-standing franchises as well. 

You can watch (or rewatch) the Ubisoft conference on YouTube, or keep reading below for a brief recap. 

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle 

Starting off strong, Ubisoft introduced Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, confirming the Rabbids crossover leak that happened a few weeks ago. In a team up with Nintendo, Ubisoft has stepped up to make a Mario game unlike anything else. The brief gameplay teaser showed off the game's exploration aspect, as well as its turn-based tactical combat. The combat included some fun mechanics -- like the ability to perform combo moves and use pipes to move around the battle area. With classic Mario concepts mixed with the silly Rabbid-esque style of humor, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle should appeal to a number of different fan bases when it releases in August this year. 


Assassin's Creed: Origins 

An Assassin's Creed game might have been an expected reveal from Ubisoft, but that doesn't diminish the hype that Assassin's Creed: Origins is bound to generate. With a drastic change in location and time period, I'm particularly excited to see how this one turns out.  

Ubisoft set up a 30 minute live stream after the conference to show off Origins' features. A lot of the same gameplay that AC fans have come to love are still around, but the reconnaissance eagle feels like a nice addition to the player's arsenal. 


The Crew 2 

The Crew 2 is a new racing game that has truly embraced a variety of motor sports. The trailer shows cars and planes racing through city streets and forested off-road tracks, and even boats navigating rivers and the open ocean. Beautiful environments and the expansive race options are making The Crew 2 out to be a brand new experience for the racing world.

On top of everything, beta access is available for those who can't wait until the early 2018 release. 

South Park: The Fractured But Whole 

The classiest title from Ubisoft this year, South Park: The Fractured But Whole has a focus on the cast of South Park playing as superheroes. Fans of the previous South Park games, as well as the show, will be sure to get a kick out of this one as well.

Unfortunately, only a trailer for the game was shown, but a demo was accessible at Ubisoft's booth. 



One of the most interesting titles that Ubisoft talked about was Transference, with a planned release date of Spring 2018. With a mini-movie to show off, Ubisoft and SpectreVision (a partner on this project) took some time to tease a bit about a possible future VR game.

The video spends some time discussing how VR can fit into making players "feel like [they] are in a movie," but it's unclear as to how this is going to be incorporated into the game. There is a creepy vibe throughout the whole video, which makes it seem like a horror or psychological thriller. But until more information comes along, we're stuck with speculation. 


Skull and Bones 

Skull and Bones was one of the most impressive titles from Ubisoft's lineup. Based on the naval combat from Assassin's Creed: Black Flag, players take on the role of a pirate, and can join up with other friends in a multiplayer mode to pit their ships against an enemy team's and see who really rules the open seas. This team-based game mode boasted different classes of ships, with each type specializing in some aspect of combat -- like ramming, long range shooting, and more.

A sign-up for beta access for Skull and Bones is available on the official website. But be warned...Ubisoft says this is a dynamic world that will react to you as much as you react to it. And there are far more dangerous enemies than pirates lurking in the open waters -- like the mysterious kraken, which makes a short appearance as the video comes to a close. 


Just Dance 2018 

The new Just Dance 2018 was announced, with an interesting song compilation to boot. Colorful lights, some fun dance moves, and an appearance by singer/songwriter Bebe Rexha were about all that was shown during the announcement of this newest installment.

A release date of October was announced, but Ubisoft didn't spend much time on this one.  


South Park: Phone Destroyer 

Another addition to the South Park games, South Park: Phone Destroyer is a new mobile game. In a play on the classic kid's game, Cowboys and Indians, the cast of South Park adds in all sorts of other groups to battle against each other -- with knights, clerics, buccaneers, princesses, and choir boys joining the fray (just to name a few). No substantial gameplay was revealed during the trailer, but glimpses of scenes imply that it is some kind of battle game. 


Starlink: Battle for Atlas 

Coming in Fall of 2018, Starlink: Battle for Atlas appears to be a science fiction, ship-based game. The game looks like it allows for on-the-fly component swaps, to allow players to tackle challenges no matter what their current equipment load out. Components can be gathered in game, but they can also be collected as figurines that attach to your console controller and can just as easily influence your options in game.

Coming to all consoles, Starlink promises freedom to play your way, hopefully providing enough options for all manner of people to find something to enjoy. 



Last year, Ubisoft announced Steep, the open world extreme sports game. This year the company is giving us an expansion for it with the "Race to the Olympics" DLC that takes place in PyeongChang 2018. With a winter Olympics theme, the footage displayed a lot of races -- hinting at a more competitive style of play coming with its release on December 5th.  


Far Cry 5 

Far Cry 5 was no real surprise, but there was still plenty of new information to dazzle everyone. The gameplay looked similar to other Far Cry games -- but judging by some of the scenes shown, it looks like the player might be getting a little help from friends. It seems that companions will play a much more pointed role this go round, with the player having the ability to position them specifically and use them for other purposes -- whether it's having Nick Rye drop bombs from his plane, or having your dog Boomer attack enemies and fetch guns for you.  

So far, these companions look like a fun addition to an already enjoyable franchise.  

Beyond Good and Evil 2 

14 years after Beyond Good and Evil's original release, a sequel has finally been announced. Technically a prequel, the trailer debuted by Ubisoft shows off a cast of wild characters -- including a mob boss style pig man and a British monkey with a robotic arm attachment. While there was no gameplay footage for Beyond Good and Evil 2, this teaser was a fun ride, and will certainly hype fans of the original as well as new players to the series.  

That wraps up everything we saw at Ubisoft's E3 conference this year. What was your favorite reveal from the show? Let us know down in the comments!

E3 2017: Ubisoft Predictions Mon, 12 Jun 2017 13:42:56 -0400 Curtis Dillon


And there you have our Ubisoft E3 2017 predictions! For all intents and purposes, it seems like it's going to be a pretty great show for the publisher. With several huge games coming in the next year, from South Park to Far Cry, The Crew and Assassin's Creed, there's going to be a lot to show.


As well as the games we know about, Ubisoft is likely to have several unannounced titles that could steal the show, be it Splinter Cell 2, Child of Light 2, or the brand new IP. It's definitely an exciting year and, considering they've chosen for developers to host the briefing, it seems like games are going to be the focus.


What do you think Ubisoft is going to show-off? Which game are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments and be sure to check out our other predictions! Until next time, stay tuned to GameSkinny!


New IP


Ubisoft can't help but close out it's E3 shows with a new IP we've never heard of. The company has done this every year since Watch Dogs was originally revealed, and more often than not it's a pleasant surprise. I expect this year to be no different.


Of course, there's no way of telling what the new IP will be for sure, but we've already gotten a big tease. In a fantastic tongue-in-cheek mission in Watch Dogs 2, players sneak into Ubisoft headquarters and steal a new game trailer, then leak it to a games website for a nice fee. This trailer pops-up online and it shows images like the one above; weird spaceships orbiting planets with the tagline: E3_Conf_Video_v03.


That's as on-the-nose as you can get when it comes to teases. Sources have said the game is indeed real and codenamed "Pioneer", although it was also reported that the game suffered a snag in development. This means the game is not a sure thing to be seen at E3 this year but, given Ubisoft's track record for revealing new IP to close the show, I'd still put money it.


Far Cry 5


Back to serious business, and that business is the awesomely-crazy, Far Cry 5! Just to get something out of the way, I do not understand the so-called "controversy" surrounding the game; it seems some people believe Ubisoft is trying to reflect the Donald Trump supporters in the American Mid-West. A notion that is simply ridiculous.


Far Cry 5 is releasing in the spring of 2018 and it is exciting! The mainline series needed a shake-up after Far Cry 4, and moving to the beautiful plains and mountains of Montana is certainly that. Brandishing Far Cry's signature brand of charismatic cult-leader, black humour, beautiful landscapes, and fanatical action, the new entry in the series is going to be a big deal.


I would expect Far Cry 5 to almost get as much time at Ubisoft's E3 conference as Assassin's Creed, underlining how important the franchise has become to Ubisoft. I also think it could close the show...were it now for one more surprise announcement!




Time for a complete change of pace. UbiArt Framework is a game engine created by Ubisoft to make smaller titles, the likes of which Child of Light and Valiant Hearts emerged!


Those two titles were genuinely fantastic games and a sequel to Child of Light was confirmed by the developer back in 2015! It's been three years since the original title and I wouldn't be shocked if we seen a trailer for the follow-up. Or so I can hope. For what it's worth, a sequel to Valiant Hearts seems less liekly but no less desired.


Moreover, we could very well see a brand new title emerge from the UbiArt Framework engine. Valiant Hearts was the last game made by the engine to release on either PS4 or Xbox One, so we're long past due a new title in the beautiful art style.


Splinter Cell


Here's something that tends to get predicted every year - well since the last instalment in 2013 - but it's bound to happen at some point.


Splinter Cell is one of Ubisoft's best-known franchises, with combined sales of nearly 18 million units! The last game in the series was Blacklist for PS3 and XBox 360 in 2013, and therefore plenty of time has passed for a new title to be almost ready to go. Not to mention, a supposed leak said that Sam Fisher's voice actor, Michael Ironside, had been spotted at Ubisoft Toronto.


In a time when so few stealth games exist, a new Splinter Cell would be a welcome surprise to fans. We'd be very eager to see what a Sam Fisher adventure looks like in 2017 on PS4 and XBox One!


For Honor/Watch Dogs 2/Ghost Recon: Wildlands


Let's keep this one short and sweet. In the past year, Ubisoft has released Watch Dogs 2, For Honor, and Ghost Recon: Wildlands. These games have received varying degrees of success but none has set the world on fire.


Regardless, support for all three of these games is unlikely to be concluded. Watch Dogs 2 has received five different DLC packs already but I wouldn't be surprised to see one more story-based DLC pack shown off at the conference. Despite selling even less than the original, the game has gathered a fan base and Ubisoft will want to show them faith.


For Honor and Ghost Recon: Wildlands are a different story however. Despite charting well initially, For Honor only sold 1.72 million copies and it was reported this past week that the game has lost a gigantic 95% of its player base. That's horrendous news for Ubisoft but the company will definitely want to try and recoup those losses with some DLC to get fans back on board. Some decent DLC is probably a last throw of the dice for For Honor.


Ghost Recon: Wildlands on the other hand, sold a little better and has retained a player base. A major expansion for Wildlands just launched, titled "Fallen Ghosts", and has been received well. This makes another expansion for the game this soon unlikely, however I wouldn't be surprised to see a quick trailer for the recent DLC.


The Crew 2


The Crew 2 was announced in an earnings call by Ubisoft, then confirmed on Twitter with the new logo. The game is set to release in the current fiscal year, which ends on March 31 2018 - so we can guarantee a showing at E3.


The Crew released in 2014 to mixed reviews but it did managed to accumulate 10 million registered players, meaning a sequel was fairly inevitable. New features are unknown as of now but it's fair to say that The Crew 2 will have to impress a lot more than its predecessor when it faces competition from the biggest names in the genre: Forza Motorsport 7, Need For Speed: Payback, and Gran Turismo Sport.


South Park: The Fractured But Whole


The second South Park game from Ubisoft was revealed two years ago at E3, in what was a fairly unexpected announcement. After suffering two delays, the game is finally ready for release in October.


We've already seen quite a bit from The Fractured But Whole but I fully expect another trailer, or gameplay demonstration from Ubisoft at E3. Due to the game releasing in a couple of months, Ubisoft will wish to keep it in the minds of everyone and get them excited again. If the sequel is anywhere near as good as The Stick of Truth, we'll be in for a treat come Halloween!


Assassin's Creed: Origins


Ubisoft managed to hold the next Assassin's Creed game a secret for longer than usual, but still, the game inevitably leaked before its official announcement. From alleged screenshots to a season pass and even a T-shirt, Assassin's Creed: Origins leaked in some ridiculous ways in the past month.


Ubisoft's E3 briefing will be the first official showing of the game however, and it's fair to say this is the most anticipated Assassin's Creed in a long time. You can blame Unity, glitches, and repetitive gameplay, but the reality is that fans simply became burnt out on the franchise and needed a break. Well, two years later and we're more than ready.


Assassin's Creed: Origins is said to take place in Ancient Egypt and star a new protagonist by the name of Bayek. The game is expected to feature redesigned gameplay, vastly improved visuals, horse-riding, and a massive and seamless open-world. All of this and the game is said to be releasing this fall, fitting the usual reveal-to-release schedule for the series. I could be completely wrong but I can see Ubisoft starting the E3 showcase with Assassin's Creed and just addressing the elephant right away.


Another year and another Ubisoft E3 briefing is at hand! This year will be a little different however because Aisha Tyler will not be hosting. This probably comes as pleasant news to some but a lot of people, myself included, really liked the personality and skill that Tyler brought to the shows.


Ubisoft has a massive E3 ahead with a lot of exciting new titles coming in the near future. Rather than allow several of it's titles to get leaked, Ubisoft wisely announced a few ahead of time and we'll get to those later in the slideshow. The company has several sequels in the pipeline but each of them has more excitement than usual, not to mention a few surprised we believe may be on the way.


But enough beating around the bush, let's get on with the predictions and, with any luck, we'll get more than a few right.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole Gets A Release Date Sun, 21 May 2017 12:37:07 -0400 ChazSanity

Following a lengthy delay from its original release date, Ubisoft has announced that South Park: The Fractured But Whole will be coming out on October 17, 2017. It was first due for release in December of last year, only to get bumped back to the first quarter of 2017. A Ubisoft financial filing then revealed the game would be released in the 2017-18 fiscal year, which was later clarified as being October 17.

Fractured But Whole is the sequel to 2014's highly-acclaimed Stick of Truth. Anyone who pre-orders the new game in this series will receive a copy of The Stick of Truth for free.

Fans everywhere are hoping that this is the last delay they'll see for this long-awaited South Park sequel. And if all goes well, this release will come right before major blockbuster FPS games like Call of Duty steal the show. 

Check out the new trailer above to get another sneak peek at the game, or check out our first impressions of Fractured But Whole at PAX West for more info!

5 Games You Need to Play to Prepare for 2017 Releases Mon, 09 Jan 2017 07:00:02 -0500 Naomi N. Lugo

2017 is officially here. While you may still be reeling from the tide of solid releases in 2016, the new game release calendar, unfortunately, just isn’t going to wait.

This year is set to see quite a few sequels and comebacks from major franchises. Below is a list of games that, if you didn’t get a chance to play them the first go-around, you should play right now. If you have played them, you should replay them in anticipation of these new titles.

South Park: The Stick of Truth

In anticipation of South Park: Fractured But Whole

Stick of Truth was exactly what the next gen South Park game needed to be. It’s combat, albeit simple, was fun (the “summons” were definitely a highlight), the humor was very very South Park and it all actually tied into the franchise nicely.

In other words, if you haven’t played this game yet go now! There isn’t really a better time to do so. The Fractured But Whole is slated to come out soon, on March 30. TSoT is a little bit more forgiving to your schedule too since the play time is about 15-20 hours.

Bonus: If you’re not caught up on recent seasons of the show it might be a good idea to start a marathon. At the very least watch season 13 episode 2 and season 14 episodes 11-14. That whole superhero franchise thing definitely seems like it will be a huge part of the new game.

The Resident Evil series

In anticipation of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Ok, so you may not have time to play every game in this series, but it might be worth playing one or two to hype yourself for the latest installment. There’s a small window for this one since Resident Evil 7 is supposed to release later this month on Jan. 24.

Through the demo, gamers have been able to see a game that seems to depart from the formula of its siblings. There have been reassurances from Capcom saying that this new game will not completely abandon all that makes the series what it is.

Knowing that tidbit of info, it might be a good idea to venture back into the franchise. Even if it’s just to enjoy the 'amazing' voice acting of the first.

The God of War series

In anticipation of God of War

The reveal of God of War was a highlight of the E3 2016 Sony press conference. The public got a new view of an older and paternal Kratos. A huge development for the character since past games. Big changes are coming to the God of War universe.

Playing the older games of the series would be worth it just to see the progression of the protagonist. Just look at the description for the game on its website:

“With new purpose and his son at his side, Kratos must fight for survival as powerful forces threaten to disrupt the new life he has created..."

The game doesn’t have a solid release date yet but is rumored for late 2017. That’s plenty of time to at least get started on past games.

The Mass Effect Trilogy

In anticipation of Mass Effect: Andromeda

Another game rapidly approaching release in March is the latest in the Mass Effect series, Mass Effect: Andromeda. On March 21, players will be able to explore a whole new galaxy within the Mass Effect universe.

It’s still not entirely known if Commander Shepard will have any sort of role in the game, whether it be through lore or otherwise, what we do know though is through trailers and words from BioWare. A 2015 blog post from the developer reads, “this game is very much a new adventure, taking place far away from and long after the events of the original trilogy.”

Playing the first trilogy before this release might be a good idea not only to catch up on the inner-workings of the game’s world, but this game could signal the start of something completely new. No need to miss out on a solid story line in the hype of the new.

Red Dead Redemption

In anticipation of Red Dead Redemption 2

The original Red Dead Redemption could debatably be called one of the best games of all time. Its beautiful open world is paired with a strong story and a highly personable underdog of a hero.

Fall can’t get here fast enough. The good news is though, you have plenty of time to play the first game. Especially if you never got around to finishing it the first time.

Chances are, the story of the first game is going to play into Red Dead 2, but of course, all the details aren’t out just yet.

What are the games you are playing or replaying to get ready for 2017 releases? What other games should be on the list? I would love to hear your thoughts via the comments below!

The State of RPGs in 2016 Sun, 20 Nov 2016 09:34:36 -0500 Sergey_3847

Last year was huge for the RPG scene with such releases as The Witcher 3 and Fallout 4. The year of 2016, on the other hand, has really only one AAA title worth talking about -- but there are plenty of smaller games that kept the fans of the genre glued to their computers.

There also have also been some solid expansions for some of 2015's titles coming out this year and just as many remastered versions of even older cult classics. What's more, the future of RPG gaming looks super exciting, as there are some huge releases coming up at the end of the year and the first half of 2017.

So it looks like there is much territory that needs to be covered here, and without any further ado, let’s begin the analysis.

The Biggest RPG Releases of 2016

RPGs of 2016

Dark Souls 3

Undoubtedly, the best and the biggest RPG game of the year is Dark Souls 3 -- the last installment in a series of games that enriched the genre with precise mechanics, multifaceted progression system and hardcore bosses. And all this was encapsulated in a world of ever-growing gloom and doom.

Undoubtedly, the best and the biggest RPG game of the year is Dark Souls 3.

From Software is not scared to pull out a series of games that has no clear story and that makes new players run away from their PCs or consoles after a few miserable deaths. You can't do anything but respect such a developer in the current state of the gaming industry. Hopefully, Hidetaka Miyazaki and co. will deliver some more goodness in the future, albeit perhaps not in the Souls series.

Deus Ex: Mankind Evolved

Another game worth mentioning here is Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. The game has delivered exactly what it promised and there is really nothing to complain about. It builds upon every aspect of its predecessor, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and adds greater scale, more freedom, infinitely interesting quests, weapons, stealth mechanics, and of course, better graphics.

The Technomancer

But before we move on, there is one more AAA title that cannot be ignored -- The Technomancer. It wasn’t received too well by the community, and understandably so. It was presented as a grandiose AAA project -- with the corresponding price tag too! -- but the final result was mediocre at best. Spiders Studios tried really hard this time, but the game just didn’t do it  for many gamers, either in terms of story and gameplay or graphics and animation.

The Remastered RPG Releases of 2016

RPGs of 2016

Skyrim: Special Edition

Talking about graphics -- here are some of the finest remasters of the year. This section must be launched with a discussion on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Special Edition, which has been both praised and cursed by fans, with many critics saying the game doesn’t need a remastered version on PC and that it already has tons of cosmetic mods available for free.

However, console players have been more than happy to lay their hands on this gem. And to be honest, Bethesda planned this version mostly as a present for owners of current-gen consoles, anyway. 

JRPGs to the Remastered Rescue

A few classic JRPGs, such as Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen and Disgaea, have also been remastered and ported to PC for the rest of the world this year, with the latter having significantly improved textures and UI.

On top of that, all Final Fantasy fans could once again experience Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster on their computers. The FF port was released on May 12, and finally implemented an auto-save feature, five game boosters, three parameter changes and the option to skip FMVs and Cinematics.

The Biggest RPG Sequels of 2016

RPGs of 2016

Final Fantasy XV

It took ten years for Square Enix to deliver one of the most anticipated sequels in the history of gaming -- Final Fantasy XV. Finally, on Nov. 29, Final Fantasy XV will be available worldwide. (However, some gamers have reported that it is already possible to find a copy in a few countries of the world, such as Peru. So beware of spoilers!)

Up to this point, Final Fantasy XV has had many different reactions, some of which have mentioned that it will ruin the franchise once and for all, while others have actually put some faith into it

The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine

Although technically not a sequel, the “Blood and Wine” DLC for The Witcher 3 can easily be called a sequel because of its scope, secrets, quests and new NPCs, some of which are arguably the most diverse and interesting in the series. More than that, the developers have updated the game's UI and skill tree system. 

The Banner Saga 2

If you haven’t played the original Banner Saga from 2014 -- a small indie project started by the three former BioWare developers -- then you should halt before playing its sequel, Banner Saga 2, as they are tightly interconnected. The first game has already become a classic and the only thing that needs to be done is to finish the third one in the series – which will close the grand trilogy of the Vikings’ adventures.

Baldur's Gate -- Siege of Dragonspear

Last but not least, we have to mention the brand new expansion for Baldur's Gate -- Siege of Dragonspear. It unveils the mysteries behind the fight with Sarevok and the escape from the Irenicus Dungeon from the very first Baldur's Gate, released in 1998.

Siege of Dragonspear is a sort of bridge between the first two games, which is a really cool way of serving the old fans of the series, but completely confusing the new ones, thus evoking lots of unnecessary negative comments from the community -- that could’ve been easily avoided. Hopefully, the developers from BeamDog will try to redeem themselves next time with a completely new story that will satisfy both new and old players.

The Best Indie RPGs of 2016

RPGs of 2016


Many people have treated Tyranny from Obsidian Entertainment as an intermediate game that would fill the gap between Pillars of Eternity and Pillars of Eternity 2. However, little did they know that it turned out to be a truly great game. As a result, we now have an original title that allows you to turn to evil means in order to finish the campaign successfully It's refreshing to not have to save the world for the millionth time! 

Grim Dawn -- A Kickstarter Success Story

Early this year we could experience the results of another Kickstarter project success story -- Grim Dawn,  a game that clearly nods to the times of Diablo 2 and pays all respects to it. The classical RPG gameplay is supported by large locations full of secrets and dangerous traps. Give it a go and you will thank us later.

Darkest Dungeon

2016 has been a fantastic year for the RPG scene, and the future seems to be just as bright as ever.

No mention of Darkest Dungeon yet? Yes, of course, we couldn’t forget about this little masterpiece – a game with a perfectly dark atmosphere and visual style. The game is full of unexpected events and the gameplay is at times so hardcore that you can't but gasp in frustration. Darkest Dungeon is a unique product on the market, so if you never had the chance to play it -- now is the time.

Stardew Valley

But enough with the dark and broody games -- let’s talk about Stardew Valley instead. Imagine that this little farming simulator with RPG elements competed against such giants like The Division and XCOM 2. But two months later, the game had over a million sales on Steam, which is mind-boggling for an indie project that had been developed by one person -- Eric Barone. Stardew Valley definitely has the bright future with all the upcoming updates and fan-made modifications.

Looking Ahead: The Future of the RPG Genre

RPGs of 2016

Mass Effect: Adromeda & Horizon: Zero Dawn

Two big games are currently nominated for the most anticipated RPGs of the year at The Game Awards 2016 -- Mass Effect: Andromeda and Horizon: Zero Dawn. Let's look at Mass Effect first, undoubtedly the most recognizable brand here, since the other title is a brand new IP from the developers of the Killzone series.

Those who had the chance to play Mass Effect: Andromeda say that it is the best game in the series. That’s a pretty bold statement, but it probably would be wise not to jump aboard the hype train too soon, and instead just wait for another 4-5 months before the game is officially out.

But what about Horizon: Zero Dawn? This game is totally new territory for Guerilla Games. The developers have stated that they always wanted to make a game in an open world, but they never considered it as an RPG title. However, after a long period of testing, it turned out that all their ideas worked best exactly within the action RPG genre, and that’s what we all should expect from this new title… oh, and giant dinosaur robots, too.

Divinity: Original Sin 2

What other RPG games can’t do, Divinity: Original Sin 2 can. It’s the game that is proclaimed to be “the last hope of the RPG genre,” which may be a bit of an overstatement, but nevertheless, Larian Studios showed that they can do no wrong after the release of the first Original Sin. The newest installment of the franchise introduces a brand new co-op system, which sounds awesome, but the developers also promise a lot will return from the original, so there’s a lot to be expected here.

RPGs of 2016

South Park: The Fractured but Whole

South Park: The Fractured but Whole keeps getting delayed over and over again, and now the game that was originally planned for 2016, will only be released Spring 2017. Trey Parker and Matt Stone said that the new combat system developed for the sequel was inspired mostly by classic table-top role-playing games. Also, they said it will let you play as a girl character from now on, which is a really neat addition that, to be honest, should have been available in the first game, too.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Another highly anticipated RPG that keeps suffering from the constant delays is Kingdom Come: Deliverance -- it will be available Summer 2017. The developers promise 30 hours of gameplay for the main campaign, and an extra 100 hours for the rest of the side quests.

Torment: Tides of Numenera

Lastly, the long-awaited Kickstarter project Torment: Tides of Numenera should be delivered early next year. The first mission of the game has been available at Steam Early Access since January 2016, and currently, the developers are adding a few final touches to it and some more quests, as well.


2016 has been a fantastic year for the RPG scene, and the future seems to be just as bright as ever, showing that indie games can be just as good AAA titles. And apart from single-player RPGs, next year will be full of excellent massively-multiplayer releases, too, so don’t miss on those.

The only thing left is to find out what other projects we can expect from Hidetaka Miyazaki -- the definitive king of the RPG gaming. If one of them is going to be at least half as good as the Dark Souls series, then it will prove that he is a true master of his craft.

Other than that, let us know what RPG releases should have been mentioned in this article, and what games do you expect to see in 2017? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

South Park Fractured But Whole is Being Delayed Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:47:03 -0400 ESpalding

Developer Ubisoft today announced that the upcoming game to feature everyone's beloved characters from Trey Parker and Matt Stone's South Park is being delayed until the first quarter of 2017. South Park Fractured But Whole was originally due to release at the beginning of December 2016, but this has now been pushed back to the start of next year. In an official blog post, Ubisoft commented that the development team wants to make sure that players get the best experience from the game and that it has to meet the high expectations that the fans are sure to have. A delay in release ensures that they meet this goal.

Fractured But Whole is the sequel to Stick of Truth, which released in March 2014. Players will once again be playing as the New Kid and will have to join forces with everyone's favorite residents, Eric, Stan, Kyle, and Kenny, to clean up the evil gangster underbelly of the sleepy little Colorado town, their town, South Park.

The game is expected to release on PS4, XBox One and PC.

5 PAX West Demos that Kept Me Coming Back for More Tue, 06 Sep 2016 11:38:26 -0400 Auverin Morrow


All in all, there were some great demos at PAX. And this year, it seems like non-AAA devs are coming out on top. While there were certainly some big-name demos that lived up to our expectations, a lot of them were underwhelming (I'm looking at you, Final Fantasy XV). 


From South Park's gutter humor to Torment's impeccable world-building, I'm stoked to see these 5 games drop throughout Q4 of this year and Q1 of 2017. 


What were your favorite demos at this year's PAX West? Let me know in the comments below! And stay tuned for our countdown of the best indie games from this year's showcase. 


Torment: Tides of Numenera


This upcoming isometric RPG is the thematic successor to the 1999 title Planescape: Torment. Boasting veteran talent like Creative Lead Colin McComb (Planescape: Torment, Fallout 2, Wasteland 2) and Lead Area Designer George Ziets (Neverwinter Nights 2, Dungeon Siege 3, Fallout New Vegas), Torment: Tides of Numenera hooked me instantly. 


Set nearly a billion years in the future, Torment meshes rich fantasy with cyberpunk, sci-fi, and visceral Lovecraftian horror elements. The writing and general aesthetic brought to mind one of my favorite authors, William Gibson (Neuromancer, Mona Lisa Overdrive). The world you play in spans several galaxies, and ventures into the labyrinth of your own broken psyche. The story will take you many places -- from the mind if a dying artificial intelligence into the depths of a colossal organic being, where you venture around inside its veins. 


While everyone else is getting hype for Divinity: Original Sin II, I'll be counting down the days until Torment: Tides of Numenera releases on PC and consoles early next year. Another Planescape game has been many years in the making, and from what I've seen of this successor, it was definitely worth the wait.


Death Squared

SMG Studio

You might be doing a double-take and wondering why the heck an indie puzzler game is on this list. But Death Squared is by far some of the most fun I had playing a demo at PAX this year. 


This co-op puzzler, which is vaguely reminiscent of Portal, is designed for a seemingly lost aspect of gaming -- LAN or couch co-op. Death Squared is a multiplayer game with no online multiplayer involved, which sounds like a bad idea. Until you actually play it. The game is designed to get people talking, as conversation is key to successfully completing the puzzles. 


During the PAX demo, I grabbed a few random passers-by to hop into a 4-person game with me. And after the initial awkwardness of playing with total strangers passed, we were having a blast. A few puzzles in, we were laughing together, cracking jokes, and chatting about strategies like any couch-sitting friends would. And that's pretty freakin' cool. 


Death Squared looks to be a great game for friends, families, couples, or anyone who likes a good challenge and pure fun. Of all the games I played at PAX, this is the one I came back to more than once. 



Hi-Rez Studios

From the studio that brought us SMITE comes this objective-based fantasy FPS. Paladins has been in closed beta for a while, and will soon open its arena to the public for lots of run-and-gun fun.


With the same sense of humor that makes SMITE such a blast to play, Paladins totally hooked me on its demo. What separates it from games like Overwatch or other squad-based shooters is its card-based character loadouts. Players build decks to customize their characters however they want -- whether that means focusing on cooldown reduction, buffing certain abilities, or general power-ups for that character.


Between each round of the match, players can further customize their characters with burn cards that offer further buffs and perks for that round. These burn cards reset after each round, so you have even more options for adapting to the enemy team's playstyle.


It's a dynamic mechanic that adds more customization than is standard for shooters of this type. And loads of fun to boot. Even though I hardly ever play FPS games, I see myself sinking a lot of time into Paladins during the open beta. 


Shadow Warrior 2

Flying Wild Hog

This demo had chainsaw swords, magical spikes, and a giant wang. What more could you ask for?


Although I never played the original 1997 Shadow Warrior or the 2013 reboot of the same name, Shadow Warrior 2 looks like tons of fun. The demo, which was showcasing some late-game content and a new zone, was not just nice to look at, but hella fun to play.


Even though I'm not a dedicated (or even very good) FPS player, I had a blast with Shadow Warrior 2. With a wide variety of weapons -- from katanas to cyber-shotguns -- and a world that meshes fantasy and cyberpunk environments, there was lots to love here.


South Park: The Fractured But Whole


Okay, okay. Some AAA demos were pretty awesome. (They couldn't all be bad, could they?) And the Fractured But Whole demo was a hilarious preview of the upcoming sequel to Stick of Truth.  


Picking up 4 days after the end of the previous game, Fractured But Whole seems to have all the raunchy South Park humor you know and love in full force. But there are some added little features to take the game's absurdity to the next level -- like analog pooping. You can use both sticks and your triggers to bring a whole new meaning to the term "toilet humor". 


It's all the vulgar fun you could hope for from a South Park sequel game, and I can't wait to see the finished product when Fractured But Whole drops on December 16th of this year. 


Like any good gaming convention, PAX West was packed with awesome demos. From AAA to indies, developers were bringing their best to the show floor over the course of the weekend. 


Resident Evil 7: Biohazard had a massive walkthrough installment with a line that never fell below full capacity. ARK: Survival Evolved came with giant climbable dinosaurs, while Rock Band Rivals had a full stage with fans playing their favorite songs from the upcoming tracks. But a great gimmick does not necessarily a great demo make. And the demos that stood out the most are not the ones you might expect. 


Here are the 5 game previews that I just couldn't get out of my head, even after leaving the show floor.

THQ name lives on as Nordic Games rebrands Wed, 17 Aug 2016 05:28:40 -0400 Anne-Marie Coyle

The name THQ has been out of the spotlight for a while, as the publisher declared bankruptcy in December 2012 and its assets were auctioned off to various developers a month later.

Following the demise of THQ, Crytek acquired Homefront, Sega snapped up the Warhammer 40,000 series, and South Park: The Stick of Truth went to Ubisoft -- while Metro and Saints Row were bought by Deep Silver. Many of the remaining IPs, including Darksiders, Red Faction, and Destroy All Humans!, were auctioned to a little known publisher called Nordic Games.

In addition to acquiring many of the company's major franchises, Nordic Games bought the rights to the THQ trademark. In order to more closely associate itself with the the recognizable brand, the publisher will now operate under the name THQ Nordic.

Addressing the decision to rebrand, CEO Lars Wingefors said:

"Whilst we take great pride in our Swedish roots and accomplished a great deal under the Nordic Games masthead, we decided it was time to incorporate the THQ name. Those key brands will continue to shape our business in a meaningful way going forward, and THQ Nordic represents a core approach of doing much more than “owning” a highly competitive portfolio of IPs. We cherish them, and align them with the very best development resources to expand upon them with the level of experience that communities and established fan bases expect and deserve."

THQ Nordic has reportedly 23 games in development, 13 of which have yet to be announced -- with the majority of these based on former THQ-owned franchises. Given the recent emphasis on the Darksiders series (Darksiders 2 got a remaster last year and the original is set for the same treatment with Darksiders: Warmastered Edition) our money's on Darksiders 3 being among them.

Ubisoft Announces 'Nosulus Rift' to Promote South Park: The Fractured But Whole Sat, 13 Aug 2016 09:09:19 -0400 Jeremy "Digit" Brown

Ubisoft takes a stab at their own version of virtual reality, but it's not at all what you'd expect. The Nosulus Rift is a virtual reality headset that straps onto the players' noses, giving them the odors of... farts. Yes, the headset is a spoof of other headsets and it is compatible with one game- South Park: The Fractured But Whole.

The headset's tied to your avatar, "The New Kid's" ability to have a godly powerful flatulence, much more potent than the novelty fart move in the previous South Park: The Stick of Truth.

It is a real headset, and fully operational. To prove to audiences that it's fully functional, the headset will have a world premiere at this year's Gamescom, which runs from August 17 to 21, for those brave and willing to try it.

For everyone wanting a different kind of immersion, South Park: The Fractured But Whole will be coming out for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on December 6, 2016.