39 – Undertale
Developer: Toby Fox
Initial Release Date: September 15, 2015
Why it’s one of the best RPGs: What started out as a goofy Kickstarter campaign run by a small white dog blew up into a cult Game of the Year contender. Undertale, a bizarre little RPG inspired by Mario & Luigi games, the Mother series, and bullet hell games like Touhou tells the story of a human child who falls into a world of monsters. In their attempt to escape, they meet a cast of strange, yet lovable characters, including skeleton brothers, a fish lady, the lovable goat-mom, and at least five dogs.
Though short, Undertale received acclaim for its genius musical scoring, witty dialogue, and brilliant use of player choice beyond staples like dialogue wheels. The game features a kill/spare mechanic that allows you to either destroy enemies or find ways to make peace with them. By killing or not killing some or all monsters you encounter, you can achieve one of the multiple different endings. Undertale manages the feat of making players feel morally bad about making certain gameplay decisions. Goofy, sincere, and with a tear-inducing true ending, Undertale is a unique experience that deserves to be remembered with the RPG greats.
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