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  • Summary: Welcome to UNDERTALE. In this RPG, you control a human who falls underground into the world of monsters. Now you must find your way out... or stay trapped forever.

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Undertale PS4 & Vita Announcement Trailer - E3 2017
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  1. Positive: 40 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  1. Sep 25, 2015
    100
    It was a whispered reminder that great games can do more than impress with sheer complexity and breadth, they can also draw us in close to them as to engage with our humanity.
  2. Nov 19, 2015
    100
    It’s rare for a game to so ruthlessly and completely nail the altered reality games place us in the way Undertale does. Whether it’s the nameless NPCs you always meet in RPGs or the hundreds of mooks you mow down with gunfire in games like Uncharted, Undertale brilliantly demystifies these conventions and questions why games are still codified this way. But even outside of its ambitious themes, it proves to be a compact, perfectly paced RPG experience with hilarious, tense writing and endearing characters. That it succeeds so completely in its thematic approach on top of all that is what makes Undertale a truly essential experience.
  3. Feb 23, 2016
    100
    Through a combination of often relaxed but sometimes tense gameplay, a dreamy atmosphere, and genuine characters that feel like they’re actually alive and all living together in this isolated society of longing, Undertale transcends its medium and becomes a genuinely moving experience I would recommend to anyone who is open to a sometimes sorrowful, sometimes hilarious, always bizarre and engaging emotional journey.
  4. Pelit (Finland)
    Jan 4, 2016
    92
    Undertale fills me with determination. The biggest surprise of 2015, a unique masterpiece. [Dec 2015]
  5. Jan 15, 2016
    90
    Undertale is a fresh and original indie adventure: great story, great characters and a wonderful soundtrack.
  6. Sep 30, 2015
    90
    Toby Fox's work is not just an anecdote: it is perfectly well-thought out. It hides something that connects directly or indirectly to anyone who has spent too much time with a gamepad in his hands.
  7. Jan 25, 2016
    60
    An interesting concept, a weak execution.

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  1. Nov 6, 2018
    10
    In recent years, there have been a few things which have been widely adored for their wholesomeness. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic setIn recent years, there have been a few things which have been widely adored for their wholesomeness. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic set the Internet on fire with its brony fandom, attracted to it by its positive message and general wholesomeness. Steven Universe likewise inspired many people.

    This is the world that Undertale entered, and brought into the world a very wholesome roleplaying game.

    There’s one central conceit, upon all the rest of which the edifice is built – Undertale is a turn-based RPG where no one has to die. Every single enemy in the game – from random encounters to boss monsters – can be spared. You don’t have to kill anyone, and indeed, can befriend almost everyone you meet if you work at it hard enough.

    The game, then, is a very wholesome thing – it’s a game where you have the choice to be a good person or a terrible, murderous one. And if you choose to be a bad person – if you choose to murder the many goofy monsters that inhabit its world… well, it will be merciless in showing you just what an awful person you are, and how hurt everyone is by what you’re doing.

    This is a game which is on its surface very light and cheerful – there’s a large number of goofy characters, and indeed, almost everyone in the game is quite silly when you get down to it. You’ve got Toriel, a goat monster who tells corny jokes. You’ve got Alphys the hapless shut-in otaku scientist who is deeply socially inept but who tries to help you anyway. You’ve got Papyrus the skeleton, who speaks in the titular font and who has no idea how funny he is, and who gives you his phone number to try and help you out, but who mostly instead just makes terrible jokes about the areas you’re in.

    But there’s a disturbing undertone to it all. Toriel doesn’t want you to leave, and apparently has left the rest of the monsters for some reason. Alphys is depressed and not only unable to come to grips with her feelings, but has apparently failed in some disastrous way that has led her to shut herself off from the rest of society – and the further you go, the more you learn about just what happened. And Papyrus… okay, he’s just a goof. But the further you go, the more obvious that there is just something OFF about the world you’re exploring.

    There’s some real darkness lurking under the surface, with some monsters wanting to steal your powerful soul to use it to break the monsters free and overrun the human world, a talking flower who keeps encouraging you to become a murderer, and the whole fact that you *can* kill everyone in the game… if you’re a terrible person. There’s something fundamentally wrong with the world of Undertale, and yet, the people in it manage to be surprisingly wholesome anyway, with everyone having some core of goodness to them, no matter how far lost they might seem at first glance.

    This balance of humor, wholesomeness, and disturbing darkness all works together to create a very compelling package. Combined with a highly novel system where you defend yourself in the turn-based combat by dodging enemy attacks in a sort of shoot-em-up type thing that turns into something bordering on bullet hell by the end of it, and the game feels very fresh, despite being what appears to be on the surface a simple retro 8-bit turn-based RPG.

    This is a game that breaks its own rules, which integrates story and gameplay, which makes the player laugh but also makes the player love the characters and want to protect them and keep them from harm. It’s a game that makes the player CARE.

    That’s why people love it so much. The gameplay, without everything else, would only be okay. But the way that everything in this game is so tightly tied together – and the way that the game deliberately both helps and misguides the player to put them at risk of hurting the goofy inhabitants of the world – makes Undertale an experience that many people won’t want to miss.

    That isn’t to say it is perfect – it has some issues with pacing here and there, especially in the pentultimate portion of the game, where things start to drag with a long series of repetitive puzzles, and in a game as short as this is, the weak portion of the game is all the more prominent.

    But by the end of Undertale, I was filled with warm and fuzzy feelings. I felt good about completing this game – indeed, in my whole time playing video games, I think I’ve only felt this good about a game a handful of times. Portal and Portal 2. The Talos Principle. Chrono Trigger. And now this.

    And in the end, it’s hard to say that a game that made me feel this good about having played it isn’t amazing.

    If all you’re looking for is challenging gameplay, this isn’t the game for you. But if you’re someone who does like being touched by a charming (if offbeat) story and characters, you shouldn’t miss out on this.
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  2. Sep 16, 2015
    10
    Clever, fun, and full of heart. The closest comparison I can think of in tone are the Mother series, and the games of Yoshirou Kimura. TheClever, fun, and full of heart. The closest comparison I can think of in tone are the Mother series, and the games of Yoshirou Kimura. The type of game that uses weirdness, humour and innocence to teach you something about how you approach games and maybe a little bit about yourself. Expand
  3. Feb 29, 2016
    10
    This game is amazing it has the best soundtrck i have ever heard an awesome Story (everyone who didnt like it because of the story is dumb orThis game is amazing it has the best soundtrck i have ever heard an awesome Story (everyone who didnt like it because of the story is dumb or didnt play the pacifist run and didnt understand it) the Graphics are awesome i dont get why people dont like the game because it has Pixel Graphics you did you ever play a real Game before that just hasnt a new installment every year that has i dont know NEW IDEAS the combat is perfect its not like every other RPG where you just have to gain EXP and grind to win you dont even have to get a single EXP to beat it and this game is Skill based its not like every other RPG where you just have to take the hits you can dodge them and the characters have depth to them especially Sans Toriel Asgore Flowey and Alphys

    This Game is unique has lovable characters an awesome story and the best soundtrack. I understand why it got the PC Game of the year Award...

    AND NO THIS ISNT AN SOCIAL EXPERIMENT
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  4. Oct 16, 2015
    10
    Ugh, created an account just to give this 10/10
    Just go play it already!!
    Killing is unnecessary: negotiate out of danger using the unique
    Ugh, created an account just to give this 10/10
    Just go play it already!!

    Killing is unnecessary: negotiate out of danger using the unique battle system.
    Time your attacks for extra damage, then dodge enemy attacks in a style reminiscent of top-down shooters.
    Original art and soundtrack brimming with personality.
    Soulful, character-rich story with an emphasis on humor.
    Created mostly by one person.
    Become friends with all of the bosses!
    At least 5 dogs.
    You can date a skeleton.
    Hmmm... now there are 6 dogs...?
    Maybe you won't want to date the skeleton.
    I thought I found a 7th dog, but it was actually just the 3rd dog.
    If you play this game, can you count the dogs for me...? I'm not good at it.
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  5. Nov 11, 2015
    10
    This game honestly made me cry.
    One of the best games I've ever seen.
    The multiple endings and the story.. it's just awesome! Warning: Lot
    This game honestly made me cry.
    One of the best games I've ever seen.
    The multiple endings and the story.. it's just awesome!
    Warning: Lot of twists :P
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  6. Jul 17, 2016
    9
    I just recently bought the game after watching a few videos to see what it was about and I was able to get it one sale. (whoo) I don't thinkI just recently bought the game after watching a few videos to see what it was about and I was able to get it one sale. (whoo) I don't think it the best thing mankind has been blessed with, but as far as I'm concerned its a pretty well put together game and I enjoyed most aspects of it other then than its unforgiving save point/checkpoint feature Expand
  7. Jul 14, 2020
    0
    Undertale is the type of game that everyone should play at least once in their lives, it totally changes our perspective on life

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