Shameless Review – Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen (PS Vita/PS3/PS4)

The original Utawarerumono was a serious tale about war and conquest with tragic developments. I could even compare it to Lord of the Rings or even “A Song of Ice and Fire” (Although George Martin’s novels have more “H-scenes” than the actual Eroge). Itsuwari no Kamen, however, is more of a comedic story, with more female characters than recent Aquaplus RPGs and a lot more of fan-service. All of this combined with a protagonist that is a magnet for troubles involving baths and naked women. Sacrifices were made in favor of those “Galge” antics, as seem that all the RPG gameplay that’s left is very simplistic and lacks depth. But this game is still bound to please fans…probably! Either way, I wouldn’t recommend it! And here’s why:

11 responses to “Shameless Review – Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen (PS Vita/PS3/PS4)

  1. Having just finished tokyo xanadu, I was literally only minutes away from buying utawarerumono seeing how well received the game is over in Japan but now, I’m seriously afraid it’d end up a waste of my money. What would you say is the ratio of actual gameplay vs. reading?

    • You will spend 90% of the time only reading. There’s no multiple endings, side-quests, extra events or multiple choices during the Visual Novel parts. It’s hours and hours of completely linear story where you just keep pressing the button to read the next dialog.
      The combat system is very simple too. With few options to customize your units and few tools to use on your strategies.
      BTW: I’m at chapter 2 of Tokyo Xanadu and I’m loving it! All the characters I’ve seen so far are so great! They are so…nice and kind! I had forgot all about those things after playing uta2!

  2. ugh, I guess I’ll have to work on my vn backlog instead then, which I’m not really enthusiastic about either…..

    tokyo xanadu was pretty decent overall. thank god there weren’t as many side qs as in sen where you had to literally spend hours moving between npcs. they actually went a bit more in the direction of ao no kiseki (a lot of the qs are basically rewritten zero/ao qs). that also shows during the main story where you can get extra points by doing more thorough investigations than you’d have to progress the story etc.

    needless to say that the plot doesn’t even come close to the epicness that is ao no kiseki though.

  3. I remember when I played the first Utawarerumono and was freaking HYPED for the second.

    Aaaaand then this game.

  4. Man, you guys make it sound like this game is terrible but all the reviews from VN fans are very high.

    • Hey! I’m also a fan…or at least I think I am…
      There are fans who will love anything, as long it is related to the stuff they like. But I believe I’m what most people call “hater”, because I tend to be very harsh when it’s about the stuff I love, and it just happens that I had very high expectations for this game.
      Also, it’s worth noting that I don’t enjoy what is most popular among VN fans nowadays, like: violent girls, a wimp for a protagonist, cuteness that justifies everything, and others. This game is filled with those…

  5. Hey,man. Your site is awesome, I laugh my ass off with your reviews.

    I am watching the anime adaptation and the story is pretty weak.Not only that, it’s full of fujobait and manservice, even though the original demographic was male(AquaPlus is getting greedy and following Typemoon’s path?ugh..).

    My question is: Does this game have all the fujobait shit I see in the anime? I really don’t want to torture myself playing a game full of Rurutie’s fantasies…

    Anyways, thanks in advance.

    • Thanks for the compliment and for watching my reviews!
      The game has a shota-trap and I think Rurutie had a fujoushi fantasy in one of the scenes I’ve watched, but at some point I got tired of those boring slice-of-life events, so I skipped most of them. But I’ve heard the anime is pretty faithful to the source material, so I guess the game would be the same. Sorry for not being of much help.

  6. Thanks for the info, man.I guess I’ll skip this one.

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