Scantily clad, vulnerable girls, domineering father figures and a realm-hopping quest to dethrone nefarious forces are all facets of the raucous, naughty package that makes up "Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth" -- a wacky, sexy manga come to life.
A Simulation RPG, much of the narrative in "Utawerumono: Mask of Truth" is a visual novel that you can tap through at your own pace, or flip on the mercifully included auto mode that plays the scenes with the speed of an electronic comic book.
With a gameplay experience that stretches well over 80 hours, there is enough material to sift through and digest. You hop among exotic backdrops, taking on sinister foes that stretch the outer reaches of absurdist satire.
Rather than fumble at an Americanized dub, developer Aquaplus sticks to a subtitled version of the original Japanese voice acting track. You may find yourself inadvertently picking up some of the language as you become entranced in the tale.
Veterans of the series can transfer over their saves from the previous game, "Mask of Deception," enriching the overall experience as it comes to a head with the developments that simmer and emerge in the new game.
A beefy experience that justifies the $50 asking price with its sizable amount of content and lavish artistry, "Mask of Truth" is more of an obsession than a pastime.
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