Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Dec 29, 2015
    92
    Honest, hardcore, and truer to the original Fallout vision than certain stillborn “GOTY contenders”, Underrail will absolutely delight RPG purists.
  2. Feb 5, 2016
    80
    With dozens or even hundreds hours of gameplay, tremendous replay value and low price, Underrail is a must-buy title for RPG fans that don't mind its slightly outdated visuals.
  3. CD-Action
    Mar 30, 2016
    75
    If you regard the 90s and first two Fallout games as ancient history, Underrail is not for you, because without the anesthetic power of nostalgia it might be completely indigestible. [03/2016, p.71]
  4. Jan 4, 2016
    75
    UnderRail shows that classic ideas and mechanics can deliver impressive gameplay results even in an age when even the RPG space tends to lose its identity under the assault of improved graphics and the need to make combat the best way to solve every situation.
  5. Dec 30, 2015
    75
    If what you miss most about games like Fallout is the act of rolling your character, exploring a space from that particular camera angle, allocating your AP in combat, or tweaking a build after several runs' worth of trial and error, you'll be in good hands with UnderRail. Otherwise, it may be more productive to simply play the older games again.
  6. Jan 25, 2016
    72
    UnderRail manages to capture the spirit of the original Fallout even despite its abhorrent UI, heavy focus on combat, unforgiving character development system, and the final chapter which is basically a guide on how not to design a role-playing game.
  7. Jan 6, 2016
    72
    It's like an alternative Fallout with simple turn-based fights and old school atmosphere. A good tip for Fallout veterans.
  8. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Jan 20, 2016
    71
    If not for the Underrail Wiki, it would be all but impossible to complete some quests. The in-game journal keeps track of active quests, but makes no mention of their stages or received hints. Still, the game is good, from nice 2D graphics to challenging tactical combat to sense of exploration when every new location has some surprises in store. [Issue#205, p.56]
  9. Mar 7, 2016
    60
    Core fans of the first two Fallout games will enjoy Underrail as well as the players who hate the last 15 years of game development. It is a hardcore game that somewhere under the terrible interface and illogical absence of some key elements hides days of traditional post-apocalyptic entertainment.
  10. Feb 22, 2016
    60
    With more intelligent and varied AI, and a combat system that didn’t effectively screw over anyone wanting something just a little more accessible (sadly a trait shared with many games attempting to be ‘hardcore’, especially the retro-styled ones), this could have been a genuine classic instead of a missed opportunity.
  11. Feb 17, 2016
    60
    Underrail is a hard and unpolished game that can challenge and entertain the most hardcore rpg lovers. Casual gamers will find its lack of production values and its unfriendliness completely off-putting.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 160 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 26 out of 160
  1. Dec 18, 2015
    10
    A solid rpg experience, underrail remind the old classic fallout combined with deus ex and system shock (psi powers). You can make theA solid rpg experience, underrail remind the old classic fallout combined with deus ex and system shock (psi powers). You can make the character you want, choose your path and explore an enormous system of metro station and cavern (and much more) that is called the Underrail.
    Graphics is basic but it has it's own style and united with the good music and ambient vibe recreate a good visualaudio experience.
    The game also is pretty long, you can easily put 70 to 100 hours and not see everything, not to count the replay value that is very good. Recommended.
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  2. Dec 18, 2015
    10
    The game is everything everyone hoped for it will be.
    It has been a long time for Fallout players, but Fallout 3 is finally released after 17
    The game is everything everyone hoped for it will be.
    It has been a long time for Fallout players, but Fallout 3 is finally released after 17 years since the last one.
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  3. Dec 19, 2015
    10
    If you googled about this game, chances are that you will find some over enthusiastic fans talking about the isometric Fallout 3 that wasIf you googled about this game, chances are that you will find some over enthusiastic fans talking about the isometric Fallout 3 that was never released. That has some truth in it, but with some caveats. Underrail takes the post-apocalyptic atmosphere and perks of FO1 and FO2 (in Underrail they are called “feats”), improve the combat and exploration tenfold, but cut most of the skill checks and reactivity.
    The weakest aspects in the game are the writing and the quests, which represent the usual variety of kill things or delivering something to a NPC. However, even if the writing of Underrail is not stellar, at least it has a lot of personality and it’s very immersive. I love the causal way in which NPCs talk about creatures, like rathounds and hoppers, or the different cities and stations, etc. This, accompanied with a direct presentation, makes everything in the game look like a real world.
    The strongest aspects of the game are the combat, the exploration and the atmosphere. The variety of builds and feats are fantastic. The crafting in this game is rivaled only by the crafting of Arcanum. There are tons of quests to do, and the tunnels and caves feel endless. The cities are great too.
    Overall, the game is falloutish in some aspects, but it’s a very different game on its own and has a lot of personality. Which is good, especially if we consider how many attempts to imitate classics resulted in grotesque caricatures of great games. It would not be an exaggeration to say that Underrail is, by any reasonable standard, a new classic to be added on the pantheon of great cRPGs.
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