It really is not usually that we see games get remade in an completely diverse genre, but that is basically what Utawarerumono: Zan is. The Utawarerumono (you greater think we have that name copied and prepared to paste) series generally focuses on strategic, turn primarily based and grid primarily based combat, but with Zan, Utawarerumono measures into unfamiliar action title territory. The outcome is a Dynasty Warriors-esque game with visual novel-style story telling.
Zan truly retells the tale of Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception, but snappier pacing requires away a lot of the plot’s depth, specifically when it comes to character interactions. Believe of it like this: Zan is the boiled-down Television adaptation of a bulky 400 web page novel. The primary story beats are there, but it misses out on a lot of the issues that created the supply material so charming.
Meanwhile, the hack and slash gameplay is entertaining, if a tiny standard. Missions take spot on somewhat compact maps generally stuffed with enemies. You bring up to 4 characters into battle and can switch amongst them at will. When you are not controlling your allies, the AI requires more than, and fortunately, it does a great job of backing you up.
The playable character roster caps out at 12, but every single fighter feels one of a kind — from swordsmen and archers to a tiny girl riding a giant bird. Unlocking new characters as you progress via the story — subsequently levelling them up via dull but weirdly addictive side missions — is a essential gameplay hook, and discovering the powers of your newest ally is constantly enjoyable.
Utawarerumono: Zan is a decent action RPG that does not take also extended to beat, but at complete retail price tag, it feels like an overly high-priced endeavour — specifically for current fans of the series.