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- An Unforgettable Story Unfolds: Mask of Deception offers a story-rich visual novel experience that lets players shape the future of a fully realized world filled with fantastical lore and history!
- An Active SRPG Battle System and Exciting Combat Awaits: Players will need to defend Haku and his party by engaging in intense SRPG combat with the various hostiles that populate the world.
- Get Lost in Adventure With the Gorgeous Art Style and Thrilling Score: The breathtaking art and rousing soundtrack will immerse players into the fantasy world of Utawarerumono.
- Languages: The story will be told in its powerful original Japanese voice acting with English subtitles.
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Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception
Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception is a grand tale that will enchant the hearts and minds of players as it takes them on an incredible journey. The story begins with an amnesiac man, Haku, who is rescued by Kuon, a woman with beast-like ears and tail. With a beautiful visual novel story experience, Haku and Kuon will meet a cast of intriguing and colorful characters in the beautiful empire of Yamato. But trouble is brewing on the horizon, and the pair will find they need to join forces with their friends to fight to survive monstrous foes and dark conspiracies alike in this incredible adventure.
Utawarerumono: Mask of Deceptions’ music breathes life into the world and the story is told in its powerful, original Japanese voice with English subtitles. Along with its VN portions, it features fast-paced SRPG combat that highlights unique combat features, such as ZOC, elemental weaknesses, precision timed Attack Chain mechanics and Final strike.
Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception is a grand tale that will enchant the hearts and minds of players as it takes them on an incredible journey. With a beautiful visual novel story experience, intriguing characters, fast-paced SRPG combat, world-class soundtrack, and more, the game is the perfect escape for adventure gamers! Mask of Deception begins atop a snowy mountain where the protagonist awakens in an unfamiliar wilderness, surrounded by deadly creatures, with nothing but a hospital gown and a splitting headache. However, he's rescued by a beautiful girl named Kuon, who sports both adorable animal ears and a beastlike tail. Finding that the hapless man has no memory of anything, Kuon decides to take the amnesiac into her care, naming him Haku. As their journey takes them across the land, Haku will (reluctantly) encounter colorful characters (yes, that means more animal people), build deep relationships, battle ruthless enemies, and find himself inexorably dragged into the political machinations of the mighty nation of Yamato. The 50-page softcover Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception Compendium Art Book contains art/information about some of the unlikely heroes, fantastical creatures, exotic locales and more. The book also features concept art, developer notes, and information about the mighty Yamato Empire and its surrounding nations that'll serve as a guide to those unfamiliar with the Utawarerumono series. The physical game and art book will be enveloped by a protective collector's slipcase.
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The game is a visual novel, so it's like a book with pictures, music, and sound effects. Being new to this style of game, the amount of reading was a bit off-putting at first, but I quickly became enchanted by this fantastic world and it's characters. One minor flaw is that the story starts off a bit slow while they show you the world and introduce most of the characters, but this makes the second half of the game and it's sequel so much better when the story picks up. You feel like you really know the characters and the game's world.
It's not all reading. There are also about 16 battles in this game that play like a tactical role playing game. Think Fire Emblem, Final Fantasy Tactics, Shining Force, or Disgaea. The system is fairly simple, but it is well designed and has some interesting scenarios. The characters all have a fairly unique playstyle. The battles are easy for the genre, and allow you to rewind up to 50 actions if you made a mistake or want to try something different. The 3D graphics in the battles are below modern standards, but the gameplay is solid.
There is voice acting, but it is only in Japanese. This was probably a budgetary consideration because this style of game isn't too popular in North America. I don't speak Japanese, but I found the voices to be quite enjoyable. Just hearing the tone and emotion in their voices really helped elevate the story I was reading. It made the touching scenes more emotional, the humorous scenes funnier, and further defined each character's personality.
Despite a slow start, I absolutely loved this game by the time I reached the end.
The SRPG portion of the game isn't as complex and varied as a game like Disgaea, but is still quite enjoyable as a great deal of your success is dependent on hitting precise button press or button release sections as your combo or "action chain" rolls out. If the timing is correct, you'll deal more damage, heal more, raise or lower a stat by a higher number, etc. After you complete the main story there are many more bonus missions that ramp the difficulty up by quite a bit. Between leveling all your characters and spending bonus points on stat increases, completing all the missions and reading through the story, one could easily spend 80 hours on this game. It was well worth the money and I'm looking forward to the sequel more than any other game right now.
For those looking for a challenge play the "Dream Matches" after you clear the game... that is where the SRPG fun is.