DELTARUNE (CHAPTER 1)
By Tom "El Diablo" Brock on March 15, 2019
Ahh Deltarune, the long awaited return of the famous Toby Fox (creator of the epic masterpiece that is Undertale) has come. I remember watching the February Nintendo Direct in the hope that my boy Sans would get announced as the newest Smash Bros DLC fighter (I'm dead serious, I need this man in the game). That didn't happen (yet), however, we got something equally awesome...
With undisputedly the best trailer in that entire Nintendo Direct (seriously, go watch it) they revealed that Deltarune would be making its way to the Switch as early as the end of that same month! Let's just say that your favourite reviewer was incredibly excited to play this game!
I'll start off by saying that even though Deltarune is not a sequel to Undertale, it would probably still be best to play Undertale before you start Deltarune to understand the game mechanics better. The game does have a nice little tutorial though, so if you decide not to play Undertale first, you'd still be able to survive the game.
So, let's just assume that all of you played Undertale (cause if you haven't, I well and truly hate you) and know the combat mechanics by now. Deltarune really added some nice new aspects to the already great combat mechanics of Undertale. Instead of just playing as yourself, you will have a party of 3 characters to control now, each with their own abilities. All three party members have the ability to fight, use items, defend and spare. Added to that are their special abilities; Kris (aka the main character in the game) can use 'act' to communicate with enemies, working towards a way to peacefully end the fight. Susie and Ralsei, the other party members are able to use magic instead of act. Susie is able to use magic in order to do more damage to the enemy, whereas Ralsei, the more calm of the two uses it to either heal or end the fight peacefully.
The storytelling in Deltarune is wonderful, especially the character development for Susie throughout the game is amazing. There are also multiple recognizable faces from Undertale making an appearance in the early and late parts of the game, with Toriel being your mother/caretaker and Alphys being your teacher at school. At the end of the game you get the opportunity to walk around town and see even more familiar faces. And if you play the true pacifist route like me, you may even see the surprise of a lifetime at the end of the game!
When it comes to the actual story of the game, it feels very straight forward compared to Undertale, really linear if you will. The game also runs for a very short time, you could fully complete the game within 4 hours if you really feel like it! However, both these things aren't necessarily bad things! When it comes to the actual time it takes to finish the game you have to keep in mind that this is only part 1 of the entire game, meaning that just part 1 already makes for at least 3 hours of fun gameplay! Imagine how long you'll be having fun with the rest of the entire game! The fact that this is only chapter 1 also justifies the linearity of the game, because if you already had to go there and back so many times in chapter 1 it would already be way too much.
My final verdict on chapter 1 of Deltarune is that it's a brilliant introduction to what is still to come. The gameplay feels fluent, the character development is great and the humour is pretty solid as usual. The story offered some great surprises as well and the new characters already hold a place in my heart. If you haven't done so yet, download this game, it's free! What's keeping you from getting it!? Download it now or. you're going to have a bad time.
DELTARUNE (CHAPTER 1)
October 31, 2018 (PC)
February 28, 2019 (PS4 / Switch)