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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.

    ((Healthy Dog's Warning: Game contains imagery that may be harmful to players with photosensitive epilepsy or similar
    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.

    ((Healthy Dog's Warning: Game contains imagery that may be harmful to players with photosensitive epilepsy or similar condition.))

    features:

    * 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Aug 16, 2017
    100
    Though the game does have its shortfalls, like a lackluster tutorial zone and some infuriating boss mechanics, Undertale is undoubtedly a real stroke of genius. The game plays around with conventions and tropes normally associated with RPGs and subverts them in clever ways, all while telling a deeply personal story that everyone can relate to at some point in their lives. Undertale is a game that makes the player feel and think. It’s a game that fills the player with determination, and is most certainly one that you should play.
  2. Aug 15, 2017
    100
    Undertale is a clever and charming masterpiece, through and through...No game is perfect, but a very rare handful are special, exceptional examples of the best there is to offer, and Undertale stands proudly beside them.
  3. 95
    Nearly two years have passed since Undertale originally released, and it still manages to be an incredibly fresh experience. Every battle is a unique puzzle that the player has to solve, and it’s impossible to count how many times I laughed at the bad jokes of Sans. I’ll never see all that the game has to offer, but that’s okay. I’d rather make friends than destroy them.
  4. Aug 16, 2017
    90
    What I'd forgotten since first experiencing the game back in 2015 was that Undertale is more than just internet jokes, amazing music, and crazy boss battles — it's a heartwarming, beautiful, and tearful romp. I said at the beginning there was nothing like Undertale at the time, and there still is nothing else like it. It's hard to explain what makes Undertale so special without spoiling a lot of it, but all you need to know is that this is a modern classic at its most accessible, and it's worthy of your time, whether you're new to the game or returning for another adventure. This review should fill you with determination to play Undertale.
  5. Sep 7, 2017
    90
    A work so genial and original, where the definitions of "right" and "wrong" acquire new meanings, and in which the impact of our decisions takes on a tangible value.
  6. Aug 19, 2017
    90
    You wouldn't know it with a passing glance, but it's one of the most progressive and innovative RPGs to come in a long time, breaking down tradition for the sake of invention, with great success.
  7. Sep 12, 2017
    70
    Despite the fact that Undertale didn't tick all my boxes, it was still an enjoyable game. Its visuals and music brought to mind some of my most cherished memories from my formative years, and are top-notch even for games that try to evoke that retro vibe. Its narrative is tongue-in-cheek and consistantly sends surprises the player's way. The game excels at asking players to enjoy it in ways that are incongruous with the traditional way RPGs are designed. Unfortunately, those looking for a more traditional experience may feel short-changed here. The lion's share of the game's character, lore, and emotional impact is experienced by challenging yourself to play the entire game in a completely different fashion.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 109
  2. Negative: 18 out of 109
  1. Nov 16, 2019
    10
    Undertale, the best game of 2015.
    I love this game because it has a different mode than the other games and a good story.
  2. Oct 30, 2017
    10
    People like to hate for the sake of hating. Undertale is surely a failure of it's own success. This game is good, it deserves much higherPeople like to hate for the sake of hating. Undertale is surely a failure of it's own success. This game is good, it deserves much higher score than a 6.2. Expand
  3. Aug 15, 2017
    10
    The negative reviews are just people that love hating over the game that was popular in 2015.
    DO NOT LISTEN TO THEM!
    Undertale is a
    The negative reviews are just people that love hating over the game that was popular in 2015.
    DO NOT LISTEN TO THEM!

    Undertale is a Fantastic Indie game and it's worth it on PS4 and Vita as much as it was on the PC! there's not many differences from the Original version aside from Illustration Boarders and Japanese Language option, but if you never played Undertale, i Highly Recommend it!

    This is one of many amazing Indie Experiences you will ever try it out and i'm glad Playstation fans will be able to try it out
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  4. Sep 13, 2017
    9
    I've no idea why the game is received so poorly on PS4 but so well on PC. I can only assume that the PS4 gamers more overwhelmingly look for aI've no idea why the game is received so poorly on PS4 but so well on PC. I can only assume that the PS4 gamers more overwhelmingly look for a streamlined, "exciting" entertainment experience and don't have any appetite to reflect upon the actual contents/story of the game, which is a real shame. Also they might be less used to indie games/games with retro graphics. I don't think anybody who rated the game badly actually even understood what the game is about. They probably just stormed through the game killing everybody they see on sight... exactly the thing the game is making a point about. This game is a meta comment on the state of today's gaming culture. Sadly the ratings here seem to exactly prove why the author wanted to make such a comment in the first place... If somebody played through the story and yet isn't in the least bit moved by it, I can't imagine what kind of person he/she must be in real life... Just horrible. If you at least have some heart then play it and you won't regret it in the slightest. The alternative perspective it provides is incredibly refreshing and touching, though you might not necessarily agree with it. If you only look for the thrills of killing some enemy and never look at the story (which to be fair many modern games just don't give a f*** about), then don't complain after playing it or come here to leave bad ratings. Expand
  5. Aug 15, 2017
    8
    As a person who heard and never played Undertale on PC yet had a PS4, I was quite happy to hear the game was coming to the console and theAs a person who heard and never played Undertale on PC yet had a PS4, I was quite happy to hear the game was coming to the console and the Vita of all things. Hearing about it's achievements and awards it was given by even the most cynical of critics made me wonder much about the world of Undertale, so I was quite excited to jump on it and give it a run through. So does it deserve praise and acclaim then? Absolutely.

    There is such a love and fervor for this game's design, from the characters, the way you interact with the encounters, the fourth-wall breaking that can nail you, as the player, into a realm of humor, emotion and even guilt as every act you commit yields a consequence or effect. The music is top-notch and despite the graphics and textures being a bit lackluster, the homage to older games from the 80s and 90s really makes Undertale a game that takes a bold concept, and executes very well for what it has. Despite the praises, however, I feel the need to hammer at the game for a few things that aren't dealbreakers by any means (an 8 to me is a GREAT score, everyone deserves a chance to play this kinda of thing) but I feel hold it back some.

    The characters you encounter are definitely memorable, there is no doubt in my mind of this. The issue though is everything is VERY limited when doing things with them. It allows you to have a special moment with them once and doesn't show more of their side as they develop. Having a few more hangouts and conversations could make them far more powerful. Dating a skeleton should go alot farther and that's all I gotta say for that.

    The combat can be a bit unfair for newcomers. The game employs turn base RPG with bullet hell mechanics mixed to create a very interactive hybrid that gives you a bit of depth to your choices. The reason I feel it's unfair is that some attacks come so quick and have little time to react that I died quite a bit from my engagements. There is also a moderate irritation of backtracking for certain things, whether that be items, dialogue or events. I do think there should have been a smarter way of handling this without making newcomers feel the groans of running all the back for something and realize it was a waste of time. It's a shame because the game has great pacing leading up to the finale and it's spent doing side things despite the creator trying not to employ those kind of things and tell us in the game "doing something is going to be remembered". The last bit I would say that irked me (more of preference but perhaps an issue for some) is the voices. While I respect the homage to older games like Banjo and Kazooie for having goofy voiceovers instead of voice actors, Undertale's characters "voice" sounds can be grating to listen to. It feels like going silent would have been a far better move in my opinion, but if you are use to this kind of talk then it's fine.

    I do not want someone to misunderstand my 8/10 score. Undertale is a GREAT game that ends (the true ending of course) on a purely powerful and emotional note that speaks deep in not just the characters I encountered on my journey, but me as a person who has played games since I was a baby. $15 dollars for this game is honestly a no brainer and I recommend this to anyone interested in bold and new takes on current genres. While it has some issues that I feel can take away the experience much to the overwhelm of critical and fan acclaim it has now for almost 2 years, I completely understand more higher scores regardless. Undertale is a funny, emotional and interesting journey that pierces through your gaming soul in very clever ways.
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  6. Mar 9, 2018
    7
    really this is a good game it is now on ps4 and now the nintendo switch and its not my favorite game
    there is better rpg's but this one is
    really this is a good game it is now on ps4 and now the nintendo switch and its not my favorite game
    there is better rpg's but this one is still good with its charm of characters and the way it has you chose one side or the other is fascinating but if you ever play this game do not go near the fanbace cause well its different than other's that music though is just good but its not my game its kinda like cake you are like yay i cant wait and then you eat part of it and someone comes up and just pours some soda on it and its ruined besides being a counter part to homestuck its kinda bad
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  7. May 18, 2018
    0
    One of the most overrated games of all time. The combat is stupid and the memes make you want to die. Graphics are ugly and the game is sooooo slow.

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