South Park: The Fractured But Whole RACE-BASED DIFFICULTY

Game News: South Park: The Fractured But Whole RACE-BASED DIFFICULTY

South Park is no stranger to brutal social commentary, but the new race-based difficulty slider in The Fractured But Whole has still come as a surprise to many gamers. Well, that plus the whole cis/transgender options and the rednecks who assault you if they don't like you because of it. On the bright side? The difficulty doesn't affect combat! It just affects... your whole life.

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  • GrumpyDruunk FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold GrumpyDruunk

    2 months ago

    @MatPatGT on his Game Theory channel covered GTA 5 having racial profiling built into the AI. Want to see the explanation? Here's a link to the vid https://youtu.be/ZXpfsYiG8Dc

  • colespock FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    However you take this it will be fun seeing all the let's plays of this. I hope either AH, FH, or both play it. 

  • ragentungsvik FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    Stay civilized in comments? but commenters are always civilized. *Sarcasm* 

  • ktpage337 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    I'd say a big example is Elder Scrolls; from Morrowind to Skyrim you're able to choose whichever race you want, but depending which one you pick your experience can be different. Some NPC's will act cold or even straight racist or prejudiced depending on which you pick.

    • DavidtheWavid FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 months ago

      Dragon Age is the same, but fictional races are a different argument. 

    • colespock FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 months ago

      Yes and no. A lot of time Fictional races are allegories for races in the real world.

  • RiverRunning

    2 months ago

    I'm interested that you concentrated on the skin colour aspect of this story but it also sounded like you didn't have much information at all on the gender side - a shame for me since I'd have been interested in what other impacts that had on gameplay (though I can well imagine what sort of things might be involved...)

    • ktpage337 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 months ago

      It seems like they had a good amount of basic info on both aspects, you just seemingly care about one of them more so than the other...

    • RiverRunning

      2 months ago

      One example (you get attacked at the outset) of how it changes things does not make much information on the gender side... the change in difficulty might seem like only one thing but then that is a complex idea that encompasses a known list of things that tend to change in these types of games with the difficulty.

  • RDV-1996 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RDV

    2 months ago

    Not looking at the social commentary part of the choice, it's also a brilliant game design choice, if the interactions differ greatly from your race and gender, it will add a greater replay-ability than just changing your class. 


    Stick of truth was fun, but I didn't feel like replaying with another class, because I got the story and interactions anyway.

  • DavidtheWavid FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    if anything, this could help alleviate racism and transphobia in the smallest ways. A lot of people aren't aware of what minorities experience. I think this is a great idea, and aside from Dragon Age Origins slightly touching on it with Elf characters (not that fictional racism could ever compare to what people experience in their daily lives), I can't think of this really ever happening in a game before. It might suck for those who play video games to escape discrimination, but I honestly think this might help society as well as adding a new layer to RPG storytelling. 

    • ktpage337 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 months ago

      There's been games that have done this before, people just aren't really trying to remember which ones. The Elder Scrolls is a big example where this has been a common theme in those games for decades at this point.

  • Cynoclyses FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    All I have to say is that there is an adorable video of a fruit bat getting scritches on youtube. Aso Dante's Peak is better than Volcano. Fight me. Or don't. Also Strawberry Shakes are better than chocolate shakes.

  • meganmaz FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    I am really excited for this game and to find out all the other gems that we have waiting for us

  • JesseJustice FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Sp00kmaster

    2 months ago

    This is actually really cool and funny. To have a game where the colour of your skin or your gender identity affects how NPC's interact with you, or situations that you go through is actually a really cool commentary by the creators. I've always loved South Park and the commentary and jokes its made for all walks of life, and this just seems like a very real and comedic way to talk about how different people experience different things. Good on them for making it both hilarious and insightful in its own little unique way.

  • Otherbuttons FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    People using games to 'walk in someone else's shoes' is a really fantastic thing, and I personally wish we saw more of it. As a disabled person, I found out quickly that although you can attempt to sympathize with a personal situation, you can never truly empathize without experiencing it; although it's only a game, it's still a start to allowing people to have those experiences.


    I've not seen many examples, but the one that stuck with me was a short indie game that put you in the shoes of someone with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and it did so well in helping you feel what it's like, allowing for some semblance of empathy and understanding. (https://robingame.itch.io/robin if anyone's interested)


    Seeing this with something as important and crucially topical as understanding race and the treatment of non-white folk will hopefully help people see things from an angle not our own, and perhaps let some realize where we've been going wrong.

  • Thebluerayxx FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ray

    2 months ago

    wow thats funny AF

  • Hotash FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    Shouldn't you really say "as you change your difficulty the colour of your skin gets darker"?  skin colour is based on difficulty and not the other way around, Thats the comment matt stone and trey parker are trying to get across, 

    • ktpage337 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 months ago

      Not really. The idea is that the darker the color of your skin, the more difficult your life becomes.

    • RiverRunning

      2 months ago

      Hotash is talking about the mechanic, not the idea...