When I first heard the game was announced, I got excited. The first 2 games were incredible and I had high hopes for the third. I then watched the trailer and all of that excitement just dwindled. If you haven’t seen the trailer you can do so by clicking the play button below;
It just looks poor. The 3D aspect feels off, the graphics look terrible and the gameplay looks even worse.
For me personally, the main core concept of The Fractured But Whole was the superhero gig. Cartman decided to take his wizard hat off and instead portray a superhero named “The Coon” instead.
It was unique, funny, and had a very good story. It was an upgrade in comparison to the first game that’s for sure.
They’ve now gone back to the Grand Wizard character and just forgotten about everything they built up during the second game. Granted, it’s new developers but they should’ve continued this formula.
It’s easy enough if you continue down the path the second game went on. All the new game would have needed in my opinion is the following;
- New powers
- New characters
- Bigger map
- More upgrades
- More members in a squad
There’s a reason why both the previous games were successful. Yes, they’re turn-based combat. Yes, people are bored of this mechanic but turn-based combat is very rarely done nowadays so the South Park games felt like a refreshing entertainment source.
I don’t know, I guess I’m just disappointed. The new game looks like a Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare rip-off. They’ve already tried this type of game, especially with the snowballs in 1998/1999 and it did poorly then. These are the types of games that the majority of people don’t care for, especially in a world where gaming is extremely competitive as is.
I mentioned on release that I’m tired of developers taking tried and tested games and then trying new things to push them on. Sometimes games are just perfect the way they are.
Call of Duty is a prime example of this. They had the formula perfect during Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops 1. Throughout the years they’ve tried many different things and most of the time, it’s genuinely failed. It shows that there are times games do get it right and it’s about building on that and not trying to change the core mechanics of a game.
I really hope Snow Day completely blows me away and I really hope it does but at first glance doesn’t look great at all. I hope it’s a one-off and the real sequel to the second is still to come.