Musical Masterpiece: Undertale

Greetings and salutations everyone!

So it was a long long time ago that I ended up beating Undertale, but after a quick discussion with some friends about what makes a game, it really got me thinking. For some, it could be the art assets or the graphics, for others it could be specific gameplay elements that really make up your experience.

For me however, it’s the music.

Now I’m certainly no musical genius, I’m not familiar with the process of making music nor do I think that only I know what great music is. Rather I am but a simple person who appreciates a nice musical score, and Undertale’s music is its crowning achievement, at least in my own opinion.

Undertale sets its theme in a multitude of ways, perhaps in the art that gives it a retro feel, or with the gameplay of killing or sparing everything you encounter. But one of the best ways it sets its theme however is the presence of so many amazing pieces of music to embody every feeling, every encounter, just every single moment.

Given that Undertale has already been out for a while, I still feel obligated to mark this next bit as spoilers in the instance that you have not beaten the game yet. Where if you have not beaten the game yet or have not had the chance to play it yet, I COMPLETELY recommend doing so, where you can find the game for $10 here.

 

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So there are so many tracks that make up this masterpiece of a game that it’s difficult to choose only a few. Overall though I’ll only pick my top three that left a significant impact (for better or worse; for happiness or crying uncontrollably), and out of 101+ songs for an indy game such as this, it’s a monumental achievement.

The first one I’ll be choosing is the song literally called Undertale, it plays through when you approach the home of Asgore and during the story of how the Monsters came to live in the Underground. It’s like a culmination of the entire heart of Undertale, where it gives me a vibe of comfort in this home. Of course this does change if you do the genocide route of the game, but despite everything, it’s still you.

 

The second song on my list is the song Waterfall, played whenever you enter the Waterfall area just beyond Snowdin. This song gives me a feeling of mystery and a little bit of mounting dread as I progress through, where I do know that Undyne is just around any corner looking for me whenever I’m moving through. It’s there where you also get to have a quick flashback to your best friend, and get to see and hear the feelings of the monsters through the flowers scattered around the cave.

You hear a passing conversation:

“So? Don’t you have any wishes to make?”

“… hmmm, just one, but… It’s kind of stupid.”

“Don’t say that! Come on, I promise I won’t laugh.”

“… hmmm… if I say my wish… You promise you won’t laugh at me?”

“Of course I won’t laugh!”

“Someday, I’d like to climb this mountain we’re all buried under.

Standing under the sky, looking at the world all around… That’s my wish.”

You hear laughter

“… hey, you said you wouldn’t laugh at it!”

“Sorry it’s just funny…

That’s my wish too.”

 

 

Finally, I have the song that drove me to tears in the moments of, through so much hype and an eagerness to finish out this game. Ends just as soon as it begins, but oh was it so great. The song(s) that I’m talking about are Hopes and Dreams & SAVE the World, the songs that play going into the fight with Asriel in the True Ending following the Pacifist Route, and omfofsaoapsofjd is it amazing.

The world is ending yet here you are in front of you, the culmination of all of the struggles and the strength of the Monsters and your best friend, Asriel. He had been locked away for so long, devoid of any feelings and compassion yet you can bring him back. Through your determination, you make the impossible possible, and sets the final score for one of the best RPG’s I’ve played in a while.

 

 

In all honesty, every single track in this game is incredible. These were just some that set some amazing themes in my book. If it ever comes down to it, I highly highly HIGHLY recommend playing this game if you haven’t yet, and if you already have, then PLAY IT AGAIN! I’ve done complete play-throughs about 3 times so far, where I finally stopped because I felt bad about deleting their perfect world in the end.

It’s an incredible game and the music sets the theme so well, that I do indeed, crey evertiem.

To end this post, I do have one honorable mention, and for the rest of you, have a wonderful day!

Until next time,

-Nicholas”TAE”