Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth – PlayStation Vita

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Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth - PlayStation Vita
PROS
  • 4 REVIEWS MASK OF DECEPTION
  • 4 REVIEWS VISUAL NOVEL
  • 3 REVIEWS GAMES I HAVE PLAYED
  • 11 REVIEWS GREAT GAME
  • 5 REVIEWS BATTLES
  • 3 REVIEWS COMPLETE
  • 3 REVIEWS FANTASTIC
  • 4 REVIEWS UTAWARERUMONO
  • 4 REVIEWS VITA
  • 3 REVIEWS ELEMENTS
  • 3 REVIEWS ENJOYABLE
  • 3 REVIEWS MAIN
  • 9 REVIEWS PLAYING

Return to the World of Utawarerumono – Mask of Truth is an 80+ hours long experience that features more fascinating characters, dastardly creatures, exotic locales, and important battles than ever before!

Top Positive Review

The Utawarerumono games are some of the best visual novel/strategy games I’ve played. The story is amazing and takes you on a roller coaster of emotions. The soundtracks are probably my favorite aspect of the games. If you love stories that focus on deep character relationships and amazing soundtracks, I recommend this game for you. Mask of Deception feels more like a slice-of-life novel since most of the story revolves around their time in Yamato, and Mask of Truth focuses on “Oshtor” as a leader and his political actions.

As for the battle system, Mask of Truth improves a couple of problems I noticed while playing Mask of Deception. In MOT, I feel that the battle is more back-and-forth. I felt like in MOD, if your unit was attacked, it would lose a large amount of its health or die in one hit; on the other side, your units would pretty much one-shot the enemies. Healer and support units didn’t shine as much since the healing wasn’t enough to keep up with the damage. However, in MOT, the battle is more balanced. Most of the times, you would be able to attack the enemy, deal some damage, then they’ll deal some damage to your unit too. Since units aren’t dying left and right, healer units have a more important role in sustaining the front line. In addition to this, when you complete a battle, all the units gain exp, even the one that didn’t participate in battle. I saw this as a good thing in MOT since trying to fight a lvl 50 boss enemy with a couple of lvl 19 units is not fun in MOD. Even so, in both games, I never had to grind levels to complete difficult levels.
As with Mask of Deception, Mask of Truth has a “Dream Arena,” battles you can play after completing the main story. These are quite challenging stages that put your mind to the test with different objectives and more difficult enemies (one level took me almost 3 hours to beat without restarting the battle).
A problem I have with both of these games is the unit balancing issue. There are some units that perform better than others at a specific task, which is normal and fine, but it’s at a point where there’s almost no situation in which I would choose Unit A if Unit B excels at everything Unit A does. Mikazuchi and Ougi, for example, are two of the best damage-dealers (Atuy is up there too) since they not only deal large amounts of damage; they’re the fastest and are both able to get their overzeal in two turns. They are both my go-to units when I need damage since they’re better than the other damage dealers in almost everything and even provide a little bit of utility. The other units provide some more support and debuff abilities, but their strengths are not enough to justify their use versus Mikazuchi and Ougi.
Still, as for the support and utility units, I find them all to be balanced since they each have their own strengths and weaknesses. Fumirul and Nekone, the two primary support units, each have their strengths that makes them stand out from one another. Nekone focuses more on the healing aspect and is able to heal multiple allies at once. However, she provides little use outside of that, and her offense is lacking. Fumirul, on the other hand, provides a larger healing range and more utility to her allies, also being able to debuff enemies with some important debuffs, but her heal lacks strength and can only heal one unit at a time. Oshtor and Kuon also provide a little healing, and though it’s not their strong suite, they deal more damage and can cleanse status ailments.
Overall, this game is magnificent. Whether you’re here for the story and music or the strategy elements, it is worth your money.

Top Critical Review

The game box came crushed. The cardboard is pretty weak and thin, and it was probably pressed with another object during shipping. The content of the box was complete and in good shape though, and it??s a good game.

Customer Questions & Answers

Do I need to play earlier games in the series before playing this one?
Answer:

Aside from the direct prequel, Mask of Deception, no. Though these games are sequels to the original Utawarerumono PC game (which never saw an official western release), so I’d recommend checking out the 2006 anime beforehand. It’s not necessary, but there are alot of details you’d miss otherwise, such as the entire ca??

Is the entire game in English?
Answer: It’s Japanese audio with English subtitles.

Does this come with the pillow case?
Answer: I ordered it and did not get a pillow case. 🙁

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Expert Score 9.7
PROS:
  • 4 REVIEWS MASK OF DECEPTION
  • 4 REVIEWS VISUAL NOVEL
  • 3 REVIEWS GAMES I HAVE PLAYED
  • 11 REVIEWS GREAT GAME
  • 5 REVIEWS BATTLES
  • 3 REVIEWS COMPLETE
  • 3 REVIEWS FANTASTIC
  • 4 REVIEWS UTAWARERUMONO
  • 4 REVIEWS VITA
  • 3 REVIEWS ELEMENTS
  • 3 REVIEWS ENJOYABLE
  • 3 REVIEWS MAIN
  • 9 REVIEWS PLAYING
Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth – PlayStation Vita
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