Here is Zero Punctuation’s full review on Undertale:
“Undertale is a good game.”
This was a quick review he did for the sake of being able to include the game on his top 5 best games of 2015. At spot one.
My full review probably involves a lot more slobber, but let’s just get straight to the point: Undertale features some of the strongest storytelling, characters, and humor I have seen in gaming pretty much ever. The gameplay is innovative and interesting, offering a truly wonderful take on what is usually the weakest part of JRPGs, the combat system, and it feels like work was put in to make even the throwaway bit players like the town NPCs or the random encounters interesting and meaningful. When’s the last time you teared up at a game? The finale consistently makes me break into tears. That’s how strong the writing is in this game.
(I also have no idea how to convince people around me to play it, because actually explaining any of the above in detail entails major spoilers, and the less spoiled you are, the stronger the impact is.)
But seriously, if you have any interest in story-driven gameplay, if you derived any enjoyment whatsoever from any JRPG in the last decade, The Stanley Parable, Cave Story, or pretty much any Bullet Hell shooter ever, please go buy this game. At $10, it is dirt cheap. I bought it for Christmas, and my girlfriend has since sunk something like 60 hours into the thing and spent most of the last week either playing the game, watching other people play the game, looking up secrets in the game, or exploring the fandom for the game.
Undertale is really, really, really good, and you should all buy it.