Doesn’t seem like anyone made a topic about this (maybe no one played it yet or is too put off by all the hype)
I got around to actually trying this title after being nagged for a couple weeks straight by a couple friends about how amazing it was. It’s been getting rave reviews but it didn’t leave much of an impression on me at first glance. I ended up buying it just because I was curious about what all the craze was over it. By no means was it the best game I ever played, but it was really quite adorable.
Undertale is like a 16 bit jrpg type game, but it’s fairly light on the gameplay. I’m usually not a fan of retro-styled throwback games, but I enjoyed this one. Combat is minimal (and actively discouraged) and enemy attacks initiate a mini bullet-hell type game where you dodge their shots to avoid damage. You can attack, escape, or communicate with a monster to get different outcomes within a battle. It’s actually preferable to avoid killing even a single enemy in the entire game, as it will irreversibly give you the neutral or even the bad ending. The charm of the game, however, comes far more from it’s writing and music. It seems really influenced by Earthbound, but I haven’t played Earthbound enough to draw similarities. There’s a lot of in-jokes and self awareness in the game. The writing is pretty goofy, but can also be really sad and sweet. It reminds me of To the Moon somewhat, but has a lot more humor, meta-jokes, and it really likes to play around with the fourth wall. The music is spectacular and really appropriately executed.
A lot of characters, even the monsters you fight have unique aspects that make them really feel like they matter and are a unique part of the world rather than a disposable obstacle in your way. Antagonists aren’t really bad guys and you can easily befriend them. The game’s world isn’t huge, but there’s a lot of character in it.
It’s strange, but it felt really refreshing to me playing a game that (potentially) has a really happy, sappy ending. The whole game is fairly short and can be beaten in a single sitting, like 4-6 hours or so. It was impossible not to smile, finally reaching the perfect ending after the journey. On that note, there’s actually 3 separate endings, depending on how you play the game (one permanently alters your game even into subsequent playthroughs). The pacifist ending is the true one I believe, and you can only get it if you dont kill a single monster in the entire game. The neutral one is what most people get, and is kind of lukewarm, but has a really cool boss battle. Genocide is if you kill absolutely everyone, but I haven’t tried it (this is the one that carries over permanently to your subsequent games). I’ll probably watch a Let’s Play or something for that route, I don’t have the heart to kill these fictional video game characters I’ve gotten so attached to.
All in all, not a bad game. I had a good time. I’d like to hear anyone else’s thoughts.