Monday, 25 September 2017 13:14

REVIEW: Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth (Playstation 4)

Written by Ray Evans
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Aqua Plus and Atlus have released the sequel to the smash hit game Utawarerumono with Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth. Being the same as its predecessor, Mask of Truth offers a visual novel mixed with strategy, and turn-based gameplay.

Forced to flee Yamato's idyllic Imperial Capital, Haku and his friends now seek safety in Ennakamuy, only to find that nowhere is truly safe in all of Yamato. There are many hours of story. If you've seen the anime you will love this. The story follows on from Mask of Deception, so I definetly recommend finishing it first as the story is quite lengthy and will come together to answer many questions.

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Gameplay wise Mask of Truth is quite fun with the various battle options. There is equipment to find and use on different characters that applies different effects including increase guard and health buffs. Successfully defeating the enemy boss will end the encounter and head straight back into the story. Once you have completed the story you can skip it and play the battles on a higher difficulty. Using strategy to setup and kill bosses depends on many options for each character. Blocking close combat and dodging ranged attacks while moving up the battlefield takes time and can lead to lengthy battles.

Utawaremono offers 2D graphics at it's finest with well drawn scenes and a scripted on screen display. They're surrounded with speech bubbles that are easy to read while listening to the Japanese voices of the characters. The characters look part animal and are well dressed with many colours on display.

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When you sit down to play Utawarerumono be prepared as the story is massive requiring a huge amount of time, though gameplay is short compared to the sheer amount of story, so I highly recommend saving an entire weekend. Content wise it's lacking in gameplay, but it is all about the story. I Would recommend Utawarerumono Mask of Truth to a Mature age group due to adult content or to anyone who is interested in anime.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 3.0 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PS Vita, PS4
  • Developer: Aqua Plus
  • Genre: Strategy