2016-01-29 08:59 pm
ree: (scared)
[personal profile] ree
I tried playing the demo of Undertale and found myself firmly ambivalent: I appreciate a lot about what the game is trying to do. Also, I sort of want to light it on fire and watch it burn to ash, then scatter the ashes so it can never mess with me again. It is not coincidence that my experience with the demo sent me running for my most cherished of comfort-food games, one exclusive to Nintendo. Last I knew, Nintendo specifically disallowed the type of gimcrackery that Undertale pulled on me. Link's Awakening is comforting, familiar, safe, loved.... and Undertale is really super not, much as I kick myself for not enjoying it "enough", whatever that means.

It changed the manual. The fucking program changed the manual as though a game character had done it, just to be juxtapose cutesy "it's really 'real'" with nightmarish "I can see you".

Install the demo, read the manual, play the demo through, and check the manual again. Did you notice what changed? For extra paranoia points, the updated manual referred to an action I had desperately striven to avoid taking, but took anyway because I couldn't see any way to advance without it.

And when I replayed the demo to do it right this time, the fucking game remembered and made fun of me! It could have been worse - if I had found the updated manual late at night, alone, it would had confused me into paranoia. I guess it still did, a little bit.

I've been gorging on spoilers for the game, struggling to find a way that I could play it that wouldn't allow it to drive me bananas, but there are too many variables for me to keep track of. It's hideous. A game with this much heart and resemblance to EarthBound ought to delight me, but it doesn't, and that discovery leaves me troubled and sulky.

Apparently I can remove the demo from my computer, but not from my thoughts.
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