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08 сентября 2017, 02:34

Darker Skin Equals Higher Difficulty in South Park: The Fractured But Whole


The South Park animated series has always been known for its biting social commentary. This is one aspect that isn’t overlooked in the recent South Park video games. Like most games out there, South Park: The Fractured But Whole features several difficulty settings. What’s unique here is that the various difficulties change your character’s skin color. Lighter skin means less difficulty while darker skin means more difficulty.

As you change difficulty, Eric Cartman says: “Don’t worry, this doesn’t affect combat. Just every other aspect of your whole life.” When Eurogamer asked Ubisoft developers about how skin color affects gameplay, they were told players who choose darker-skinned characters will receive less money and they’ll be treated differently by the game’s characters. If you haven’t guessed by now, this is all a commentary on modern day racism. It’s both subtle and direct, which makes this a pretty genius move on Ubisoft’s part.

The social commentary doesn’t stop there. In South Park: The Stick of Truth, you played as a boy. In Fractured But Whole, you can play as a boy, girl, or other. If you choose anything besides male, Mr. Mackey calls your parents to confirm your decision.

When speaking with your parents, he’ll say: “So the whole King and Stick of Truth thing, she was actually a girl the entire time?” Mr. Mackey follows up with: “It still tracks with The Stick of Truth, yes it does. She was definitely a girl the whole time. Yes of course. I get it.” This is a clever retcon of the first game if you decide to switch genders.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole isn’t the only Ubisoft game tackling controversial topics this year. To many, the upcoming Far Cry 5 appears to be a commentary about American religious extremists and folks who voted for our current president. To be fair, the group in Far Cry 5 is actually a multicultural, anti-establishment cult similar to other insane groups in the Far Cry series. Still, there are some similarities to current events which are blatantly obvious and intentional.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole will be released on PC, PS4, and Xbox One on November 17. You can pre-order it now from Amazon.

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Source: https://www.geek.com/games/darker-skin-equals-higher-difficulty-in-south-park-the-fractured-but-whole-1715246/?source