If you have not played Mask of Deception
, there will be a lot of spoilers at the beginning of Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth
(and in this review). You will get a lot of flashbacks from Mask of Deception
at the beginning of Mask of Truth
, but itís not the same as playing the game. You donít get a feel for the characters and their personalities without playing the first game. You wonít be totally lost because of the flashbacks, but you just wonít have the full truth. As a quick recap, this world is actually Earth, in a far distant future. Oshtor died, but Haku lived. Oshtor convinces Haku to take his mask and live as him, so that he can still protect Princess Anju and the kingdom of Yamato. After the recap, Kuon is the one awakening at the beginning. Fumirul has been taking care of Kuon, who canít remember anything recent. She knows who she is and that sheís at home, but the recent past is gone and sheís been asleep for 10 days. Kuon is not happy because her father wants to invade the Yamato, the land that she spent so much time in and where she had so many friends, including Princess Anju. After some discussions, she realizes that the only way to save her friends and Yamato is to take it over, and she must be the one to do it, in her own way.
Haku is now Oshtor; hence Haku is dead to everyone. Nekone is the only one who knows he is not the real Oshtor, but she wants to follow her brotherís deathbed request as well. The twins, Uruuru and Saraana, can also tell because of his aura but they wonít say anything to anyone. Oshtor and Nekone have escaped the capital to stay in Ennakamuy, Kiwruís family estate, thanks to the generosity of Kiwruís father, Irawaji. Princess Anju is with them, the real Princess Anju. Back in the capital, the pillar generals have decided that putting a fake princess on the throne will keep the people happier and will be easier to control. This makes Princess Anjuís task to take her throne back even more difficult, but with Oshtorís help, maybe it will happen.
In a shocking twist, Entua has saved Vurai and looked after him while he recovers, much to her own surprise and dismay, so be expecting to see Vurai come back. Youíll also see a lot of familiar faces from the beginning. I was please to see that you will have a lot more characters to battle with, available almost from the beginning of the game. I love Jachdwalt and his daughter Shinonon in the story, but Atuy has to be my favorite character overall. Sheís hilarious with her bloodlust in the story and quite powerful in battle.