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Undertale

Posted: Tue Oct 06, 2015 8:17 am UTC
by firesoul31
Has anyone else played this? It's an indy role-playing game in which you don't have to kill anyone. It's fairly meta and surprisingly (for me) good at getting an emotional response.

Re: Undertale

Posted: Sat Oct 17, 2015 2:40 am UTC
by applepi
I haven't played it myself, but I've seen quite a few videos of other people playing it! It's definitely something I can dig - especially since some of my favorite artists seemed to have a hand in working on the game too.

Seems like all my favorite artists end up collaborating though. Or ending up on some super successful project. Or both. :D

Re: Undertale

Posted: Fri Oct 30, 2015 6:54 pm UTC
by kiniget
I've played through once, and am now working on a True Pacifist run

this game is absolutely beautiful in so many ways

and I cannot say enough about just how brilliant the True Last Boss fight. I have never played *anything* quite so frantic and unsettling in my life, and I've played a *lot* of Bullet Hell

Re: Undertale

Posted: Fri Oct 30, 2015 7:16 pm UTC
by Zohar
I was told to play this by multiple people. It's definitely on my wish list.

Re: Undertale

Posted: Fri Oct 30, 2015 8:24 pm UTC
by CorruptUser
On wish list as well

Re: Undertale

Posted: Thu Nov 12, 2015 6:44 am UTC
by WilliamTheConqueror
a friend bought it for me a while ago, and so i was able to play through it all in a day and. oh my god. i was not expecting the emotional rollercoaster experience i got from it, that's for sure. i did pacifist run my first time, only because i had been told to do that by friends who had played it before, and now i'm not so sure i can do a no mercy (or honestly neutral) run, just because i love the characters that much.

speaking of characters? anyone have any favorites? (i'm stuck between papyrus, sans, and mettaton, honestly. all three of them are just so great!!)

Re: Undertale

Posted: Sat Nov 14, 2015 8:17 pm UTC
by Shivahn
I kind of like Alphys.

But on the other hand she is kind of a clone of me, which was unnerving at times.

Re: Undertale

Posted: Sat Nov 21, 2015 3:34 am UTC
by CorruptUser
I hope the mainstream developers copy undertale, the "make every opponent an individual" sort of thing. If I'm killing an Orc, I want to know there is an Orc mother somewhere that will cry because Gr'Hon'Blar was felled by my axe. I want to know that he was only attacking me because I had murdered his battle brother two weeks prior while invading his home for gold. I want to know that he left behind a pregnant lifemate. And then I want to load an old saved game and spare him instead.

Re: Undertale

Posted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 12:11 am UTC
by TaintedDeity
Brilliant game! Very enjoyable story and characters. Some great twists and reveals. I usually hate turn based fighting and random encounters, but I put up with it for this game. Definitely a strong recommendation from me.

Muffet's theme is great.

Re: Undertale

Posted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 12:20 am UTC
by Mighty Jalapeno
Dangit, now I need to play this, don't I?

Re: Undertale

Posted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 9:28 pm UTC
by Shivahn
TaintedDeity wrote:Brilliant game! Very enjoyable story and characters. Some great twists and reveals. I usually hate turn based fighting and random encounters, but I put up with it for this game. Definitely a strong recommendation from me.

Muffet's theme is great.

There's a lot of great music that would require three hands to play well on the piano, which is the greatest of tragedies.

Re: Undertale

Posted: Mon Nov 23, 2015 12:35 am UTC
by TaintedDeity
Shivahn wrote:
TaintedDeity wrote:Brilliant game! Very enjoyable story and characters. Some great twists and reveals. I usually hate turn based fighting and random encounters, but I put up with it for this game. Definitely a strong recommendation from me.

Muffet's theme is great.

There's a lot of great music that would require three hands to play well on the piano, which is the greatest of tragedies.
This person has done a lot/all of the songs on piano if you are interested in listening :)

Re: Undertale

Posted: Mon Nov 23, 2015 3:06 am UTC
by Shivahn
TaintedDeity wrote:
Shivahn wrote:
TaintedDeity wrote:Brilliant game! Very enjoyable story and characters. Some great twists and reveals. I usually hate turn based fighting and random encounters, but I put up with it for this game. Definitely a strong recommendation from me.

Muffet's theme is great.

There's a lot of great music that would require three hands to play well on the piano, which is the greatest of tragedies.
This person has done a lot/all of the songs on piano if you are interested in listening :)

Oh wow this is really awesome. Thanks!

(I'm more interested in playing than listening, really, but the person put up sheets so :D:D:D:D)

Re: Undertale

Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 8:24 pm UTC
by DaBigCheez
Highly recommend basically everyone to play this game, but especially anyone who's played classic JRPGs; it's still a wonderful and highly emotional experience if you haven't, but there's plenty of little references and in-jokes spicing up the mix.

Mostly, though, it is entirely too good at making me feel many feels, of many kinds. I think Toby's musical skills helped a lot, as the soundtrack seems to aid in setting the mood rather perfectly at a variety of different points; the characters are wonderful, the writing is lovely, and I had trouble dodging some of the attacks of the True Pacifist final boss because I couldn't see through the tears. Good tears.

It's hard to really say anything specific about the game without spoiling something about it, but it's very much worth playing, whoever you may be.

Now I just need to stop compulsively watching blind Let's Play videos so I can unfuck my sleep schedule. <_<

Re: Undertale

Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2015 6:59 pm UTC
by Zohar
So, I only played about one hour so far and I'm liking it, but I'm thinking of starting over because
Spoiler:
I killed Tauriel before the exit. I didn't know I could do anything else!


I suppose I should just keep going and maybe play it again in the future. What do you think, people who've completed the game already? How long is a single playthrough and how much replay value does it have?

Re: Undertale

Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2015 7:03 pm UTC
by Xanthir
I also did that - I'm just resigned to the Standard game now, and will do the other two endings later.

Re: Undertale

Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2015 11:08 pm UTC
by DaBigCheez
Zohar wrote:So, I only played about one hour so far and I'm liking it, but I'm thinking of starting over because
Spoiler:
I killed Tauriel before the exit. I didn't know I could do anything else!


I suppose I should just keep going and maybe play it again in the future. What do you think, people who've completed the game already? How long is a single playthrough and how much replay value does it have?

Various levels of spoileriness ahead - the top level is "I feel comfortable stating this to everyone but it could technically give away some information", more deeply nested info is more potentially revealing, but I'm not giving away any critical info so far as I know. Delve as deeply as you dare. Zohar, the top level gives a specific response to your question, the second level gives a more detailed reply. (The game's extremely spoiler-fragile, so I'm trying to be very careful with what information I give.)

Not-very-spoilery:
Spoiler:
A playthrough will probably take on the order of ten hours.
It has decent replay value to take different choices, but a lot of that's for taking starkly different choices/paths.

A little bit spoilery/playthrough advice:
Spoiler:
It is possible to spare Toriel.
Personally, I would recommend restarting in a pacifist playthrough immediately if you plan to do one, rather than doing a full neutral playthrough and then restarting later. There's nothing wrong with completing a full neutral run first, though.

Edging into questionable territory:
Spoiler:
The reason for this is that it is necessary to "pass through" the neutral ending on the way to the pacifist ending, so going pacifist from the start will lessen the amount of replay required.
There is a fair amount of stuff that changes on a partial or complete replay that you wouldn't see on a first-time-through run, though...

Re: Undertale

Posted: Sat Dec 26, 2015 11:57 pm UTC
by TaintedDeity
I don't feel bad about saying this unspoilered because it's essentially meta information about the game's structures rather than plot or what not, but I'll spoiler it anyway. No story or character spoilers in this post.
Spoiler:
It's impossible to get a Pacifist ending on your first play through. When you complete your first neutral ending some extra content is unlocked that allows you to finish a Pacifist ending. It is possible to do this content immediately after a Neutral ending by loading your save.
Now for some more relevant and potentially more spoilery bits about structure, how to get the Pacifist ending and how to save yourself some time.
Spoiler:
If your Neutral ending playthrough involved killing nobody and making friends with everyone you could you will be able to do the extra content and immediately get the Pacifist ending. Killing Toriel will prevent you from doing this and you will have to start over again to get the Pacifist ending.

Re: Undertale

Posted: Sun Dec 27, 2015 4:53 am UTC
by Zohar
I decided to start over, I just got past the point I mentioned earlier,
Spoiler:
I love the game remembers my previous choice, it's so cool.

Re: Undertale

Posted: Sun Dec 27, 2015 5:10 pm UTC
by TaintedDeity
Could you explain further? I've finished the game a few times now and I don't fancy starting all over again :P
Spoiler:
Did it remember you previously killed Toriel and change what she says at the start of the fight?

Re: Undertale

Posted: Sun Dec 27, 2015 6:10 pm UTC
by DaBigCheez
TaintedDeity:

Spoiler:
Among other things:
Toriel will somehow feel like you would prefer (butterscotch/cinnamon), whichever you said before, and that it feels oddly like she's meeting an old friend.
At the start of the encounter, Toriel will mention that you look like you've seen a ghost.
If you try to "talk" during the encounter after having killed her in a previous playthrough, it'll say "You consider telling Toriel that you killed her once before, then decide that may not be the best choice of conversation topic" or something like that. I may be getting this one mixed up with what happens when she kills you.
Flowey's speech changes depending on the combination of what you did this run and what you've done in previous runs. If you spare her after killing her before, he says something along the lines of "You probably feel really great right now, don't you? But I know what you did. You killed her. You regretted it, so you went back."

Things like that. At least, I'm guessing that's what Zohar's referring to.

Re: Undertale

Posted: Mon Dec 28, 2015 1:49 pm UTC
by Zohar
Pretty much what Cheez said.

Re: Undertale

Posted: Thu Dec 31, 2015 2:39 am UTC
by Xeio
Spoiler:
Oh gods, now it's making me feel guilty even thinking about resetting to do a Genocide playthrough...

WHY GAME, WHY MUST YOU DO THIS TO ME

Re: Undertale

Posted: Thu Dec 31, 2015 6:27 am UTC
by CorruptUser
Was on sale, kind of, got it for $8. Put 2 hours in, will finish it this weekend. I kept trying to spare my mommy, but no, it wouldn't let me. Apparently I was only 1-2 spares away from not having killed her. But I did, and I felt sad. So I reloaded and spared her. But the flower, the flower knew...

Re: Undertale

Posted: Fri Jan 01, 2016 1:32 am UTC
by DaBigCheez
Get called out, son.

Re: Undertale

Posted: Mon Jan 04, 2016 2:19 pm UTC
by Zohar
So I finished a full pacifist run
Spoiler:
Yes, including the reload, befriend Undyne sequence etc.

And it was so satisfying and great. And, of course, now I'm doing the opposite of that (reading a bit to make sure I don't miss anything) and it feels brutal and sad but I also want to complete it. However, some of the fights are much harder so I'm considering using a cheat engine.

Re: Undertale

Posted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 8:12 am UTC
by CorruptUser
On genocide runs
Spoiler:
If you go full genocide, you PERMANENTLY destroy your soul. No matter what you do, you will never be able to undo the genocide. You'll never be able to go pacifist again.

Re: Undertale

Posted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 3:52 pm UTC
by Zohar
Yeah I saw that. I don't mind though.

Re: Undertale

Posted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 9:46 pm UTC
by rmsgrey
Completed a True Pacifist run with 12 hours on Steam's clock (probably including an hour left idling while I did something else during one session) - which represents a neutral run then a full restart (I did the right thing in a particular fight, but didn't realise it was so went on and did the wrong thing instead - there are just one or two times where the game doesn't quite tell you what you need to do as clearly as one might hope).

I did a lot of boasting against Mettaton - it didn't always pay off, but I'm a lot happier betting on success...

Re: Undertale

Posted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 8:13 pm UTC
by raudorn
I picked up Undertale last week and while I was sceptical for the first hour, the game grew on me very quickly. Basically after the Ruins I was hooked. I first did a neutral run due to a, well, let's say accidental trap that apparantely a lot of players fall into when battling the boss at the end of the Ruins. Currently I'm on a pacifist run with moderate success. Having only 20 health really is a problem on some fights or when low on food.
I thought about doing a no mercy run after that. Then I saw a video of the fight with Sans. Hahahahahahahaha, killed that idea right quick.

Re: Undertale

Posted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 8:41 pm UTC
by Zohar
I used a cheat engine to get through that. There are only two difficult fights on a no-mercy run (the one you mentioned being by far the harder).

Re: Undertale

Posted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 1:15 am UTC
by TaintedDeity
I utilised a slowmo cheat to finish the pacifist run. Got my ass kicked again and again without it in the first proper fight.

Re: Undertale

Posted: Sun Apr 10, 2016 3:06 am UTC
by cyanyoshi
I finally sat down and played through Undertale, even having pretty much the whole darn thing spoiled for me just by being on the Internet at all for the last several months. It's a really good game, and I'm glad to have played it, but it didn't have the impact that can only be had with low expectations going in. (That honor would go to OFF, which Undertale reminds me a lot of.) However I really was quite impressed how ambitious the game is after seeing The Completionist's review of it.

Re: Undertale

Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 12:34 am UTC
by cyanyoshi
Now I've played it through again going full-on pacifist, and all I can say is wow. I totally wasn't prepared for that laboratory section at all. It was perfect. I've also played a pacifist run in "Hard Mode", which certainly was something. Maybe I'll watch a let's play of a genocide run. My heart can't take much more of this...

Re: Undertale

Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 5:42 pm UTC
by Sizik
Finally got around to playing this, so I could watch (most of) the Pacifist speedrun at AGDQ this year (Twitch VOD, run starts at 38:43:25). I was able to watch the run until it caught up to where I was at about a hour in (Neutral ending, befriending Undyne). Just beat the Pacifist ending last night, makes me feel bad about going for genocide next.

Re: Undertale

Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 5:58 pm UTC
by Zohar
Ugh, don't do it. For one, it has the two most difficult battles. But also, I really do feel guilty about doing it, and it has permanent repercussions.

Re: Undertale

Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 4:40 am UTC
by cyanyoshi
The genocide run is just a lot boring grinding for the most part. Everyone talks about how bad the last boss is, but I found another boss to be much MUCH harder. Good riddance.

Re: Undertale

Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 4:15 pm UTC
by Zohar
I couldn't finish genocide without infinite health cheats, and while I was at it I used cheats for higher/lower encounter rates as needed. But it was just really depressing...

Re: Undertale

Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 7:05 pm UTC
by Thesh
I restarted the game after the pacifist run, didn't even start to play, and I still feel kinda bad.

Re: Undertale

Posted: Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:16 pm UTC
by Zohar
Demo/chapter 1 of the sequel, Delta Rune, is out, for free. It's hard to find though - there are so many articles about the game that the actual website was only on the third page of google results...

I've played about 2 hours of it and I'm not done, but probably getting close to the end. It feels very similar to Undertale - in its themes, music, art style, dialog, and gameplay. I'm liking it a lot so far. Not entirely clear if it's actually a sequel or not.