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Utawarerumono: Zan

Rating Summary

Based on 18 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

61

Top Critic Average

11%

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Based on 18 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:PlayStation 4Sep 10, 2019

Publisher: NIS America

Genre: RPG

Unveil a lost legend in a new light with Utawarerumono: ZAN! This action-packed brawler is a reimagination of the story of Haku, a man with no memories, and the great conflict that consumes the land he calls home. Take control of over 12 legendary heroes from the world of Utawarerumono, and utilize their unique strengths and abilities to engage hordes of enemies in ferocious melee combat. Venture through dynamic battlefields, unleash devastating special moves, and experience a grand tale of war and destiny. Features Heroes Rise – Over 12 playable characters, each with their own unique abilities and gameplay. Witness the Legend – This tale of war comes to life with fully animated cutscenes, a first for the series. - This action-packed brawler is a reimagination of the story of Haku, a man with no memories, and the great conflict that consumes the land he calls home. - Take control of over 12 legendary heroes from the world of Utawarerumono, and utilize their unique strengths and abilities to engage hordes of enemies in ferocious melee combat. - Venture through dynamic battlefields, unleash devastating special moves, and experience a grand tale of war and destiny. - Witness the Legend - This tale of war comes to life with fully animated cutscenes, a first for the series.

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Trailers

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Utawarerumono: ZAN - Those Who Rise, Pt.3 - Character Trailer (PS4) thumbnail

Utawarerumono: ZAN - Those Who Rise, Pt.3 - Character Trailer (PS4)

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Utawarerumono: ZAN - Those Who Rise, Pt.2 - Character Trailer (PS4)

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Utawarerumono: ZAN - Go Forth & Fight! (PS4) (EU - English)

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Ultimately, it doesn't feel like Utawarerumono: ZAN effectively serves any part of its prospective audience. It's inadequate as a gateway game for newcomers to the franchise, and despite some decent graphics and interesting musou-gameplay twists, it lacks the substance to attract existing fans. It feels like a game created mainly to remind people that the franchise still exists, rather than actually satisfy those who'd deign to play it. Utawarerumono fans are better off waiting for the remake of the original game in the series, while newcomers are advised to pick up the game, or watch the anime instead.

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Utawarerumono: Zan is only for the most dedicated of fans to the series. Newcomers will be lost by the incredibly brisk and abbreviated story, and even though the combat is fun and the characters unique, there are just so many other Warriors-style games out there that provide fun gameplay and addictive action without slacking on the story. Hardcore Utawarerumono might get more pleasure out of this game than fresh faces would, but are sure to be just as disappointed by how thoroughly the story has been butchered.

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Utawarerumono: Zan is a decent action RPG that doesn't take too long to beat, but at full retail price, it feels like an overly expensive endeavour -- especially for existing fans of the series.

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Utawarerumono Zan is a remake of the first episode with muso phase instead of tactical RPG ones. The result is not bad, but the visual novel part suffers from all thoses changes.

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