Practically three years on from the discharge of Deltarune Chapter 1, the long-awaited launch of Chapter 2 is lastly right here. Out there as a mixed obtain on the eShop with the earlier chapter, it’s removed from a conclusive follow-up, and it introduces extra questions than solutions, however this typically seems like a worthwhile continuation of an intriguing launch. Plus, it’s additionally free, so you actually don’t have any excuse to cross up giving it a strive.
The story picks up proper after that cliffhanger ending, although it amusingly treats that occasion in a slightly anticlimactic vogue. From there, it isn’t lengthy earlier than Kris and Susie discover themselves again within the Darkish World and caught up in one other journey with Ralsei. This time, your get together has to discover a metropolis impressed by the early web and also you primarily battle in opposition to a goofy, wine-drunk antagonist named Queen. And whereas decisions made within the earlier chapter might have affected the story main as much as the ending — however not the ending itself — there’s a notable second route you possibly can take right here that results in a fittingly chilly and considerably completely different outcome.
As anticipated of a Toby Fox recreation, the off-color and absurd humorousness is on full show right here, making for a refreshingly foolish tackle the standard RPG format. Merchandise descriptions are sometimes written in a sarcastic method and there are occasional moments of fourth wall-breaking to maintain issues attention-grabbing. For instance, when one notable boss battle is dragging on for too lengthy, one of many get together members decides to do an motion they aren’t ‘supposed’ to be doing to hurry issues up. The humor is well-balanced, nonetheless, with sudden contemplative moments and sharp tonal adjustments that hold you in your ft.
Gameplay principally mimics the earlier chapter, with the most important change right here being that you may ‘recruit’ most enemies. For those who select to go the pacifist route in battles, you’ll ultimately recruit your foes right into a city the place all the opposite recruited enemies go, and you’ll then return to work together with them and study extra details about them. Then, when the ultimate battle is initiated, all of your recruits will come collectively and make the ultimate battle slightly simpler relying on what number of you saved. Recruitment isn’t a large adjustment to what got here earlier than, but it surely provides in a pleasant bit of additional content material for completionists searching for extra replayability, and it seems like an natural extension of the morality system that lies on the coronary heart of Deltarune’s fight.
Very like the earlier chapter, it nonetheless feels a bit like Deltarune is struggling to type its personal identification. That’s not essentially a nasty factor—Undertale was a massively well-liked recreation for a motive—however the borrowed artwork model, battle system, and writing do imply that the distinct ‘X issue’ that made its predecessor so pleasantly shocking is now one thing that you just merely anticipate. At any fee, Deltarune Chapter 2 is an enchanting, enjoyable, and thrilling deconstruction of RPG tropes and for the retail value of nothing, you may as nicely give it a shot.