Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth – PS4 Review – by Draul

Draul

Draul

Founder of TDM and Streamer on Twitch since the Justin TV days. Loves RPGS, Believes every game should have coop. Loves LightSamusss.
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Genre: Visual Novel, Tactical RPG
Developer: Aquaplus
Publisher: Atlus / Deep Silver
Release Date: September 4th, 2017

Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth is a Visual Novel with some rpg mixed in. It is developed by Aquaplus and published by Atlus or Deep Silver depending on your region.  The game is based off of a existing anime series and to that point does not disappoint. In fact playing Mask of Truth has me wanting to finally watch the anime. While I do enjoy Mask of Truth‘s rpg system and combat segments I feel that it needs a lot more of the rpg and a lot less of the Visual Novel style gameplay.

Pretty good artwork, along with a variety of scenes, and many unique characters makes the game worth of a purchase for those wanting an expensive Visual Novel. At the end of the day this game is just that a Visual Novel with SOME rpg mixed in. Don’t buy this game expecting an RPG because you will be left with disappointment.  As for a Visual Novel it seems to hold it’s own in an ever growing market in a vast, fast growing industry. If there is but one thing this game could give me that would change my opinion of what the game is, then that one thing would be English voice acting. I could finish the Visual Novel if I had English voice acting. However it does not include English voice acting which ends up being the game’s biggest disappointment. Yes the story was intriguing but simply not enough to keep me playing to story’s end.

Pros:
Nice 2D Artwork
Many unique characters
Lots of back drop/scenes
Wonderful Ambient soundwork
Fun Strategy RPG elements
Characters level up!

Cons:
Lack of English Voice Overs
To much Visual Novel
Not enough RPG
Extremely annoying music
Way to much “fluff” dialogue

Draul gives Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth a Drastik Measure 7.7 out of 10 (77)

Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth is 49.99$ on the PSN Store which seems expensive for a Visual Novel with a lot of fluff. Still it does hold a high production value and that is worth something. I can’t say for someone looking for a new RPG to go and spend that on this game but someone who might be looking for a Visual Novel willing to spend that then absolutely. If playing this game did one thing for me it was create a fan of the anime.