nyone who has ever played a video game knows that the character creation phase is basically the best part.
You can change everything about yourself, from your sex to the color of your hair to whether or not you have tattoos. In some games, you can even play as a giant panda. It can be an incredibly freeing experience to play as someone who is the complete opposite of your actual, true-life self.
The newest South Park video game allows you to make those same kinds of decisions, but once you get to the "Difficulty Settings" page, things get super real super quick. Suddenly, you're not just thinking about a video game. You're forced to think about one of the most pressing social issues in history. It's more than just a game.
A new South Park video game is (hopefully!) coming out later this year.
Fans of the South Park franchise will no doubt remember that the game was slated to come out last December, but a series of delays has pushed the release back to October of this year instead.
The new game is the second to take place in the South Park universe created by Matt Stone and Trey Parker.
The first game, which was released in 2014, was called South Park: The Stick of Truth. In it, you play as The New Kid and get involved in a war between humans, elves, and wizards…and Nazis, aliens, zombies, and gnomes. It gets weird.
This second installment in the series takes place in the same universe as Stick of Truth (and as the show South Park). It was originally going to be called The Butthole of Time, but Stone and Parker were told that retailers would never carry a game with the word “butthole” in the title.
Thus, the new game is instead called South Park: The Fractured but Whole. (Don’t read that one out loud.)
There are a number of differences between The Stick of Truth and The Fractured but Whole.
(There’s a sentence we bet you weren’t expecting to read today.)
In Stick of Truth, The New Kid was male. In Fractured but Whole, you get to customize a lot more about The New Kid. For starters, you can choose to play either as a “Male,” “Female,” or “Other,” with subcategories for “cisgender” and “transgender” avatars.
From there, the customization is pretty typical for a video game. You can choose your hairstyle and hair color from any number of combinations.
You can also add makeup to your character's face.
You can elect to wear a full face of makeup or none at all. Want purple blush? No problem!
What about green eyelashes? You got it!
And, of course, no video game character creation menu is complete without a section for facial hair.
Maybe you’re a cool dude with a cool goatee.
Maybe you’re a hardcore gal with a bit of 5 o’clock stubble. Anything is possible when you’re playing with cartoon characters in a game called The Fractured but Whole.
After these basic elements are covered, the character creation screen gets really interesting.