Review: Utawarerumono: ZAN (PlayStation 4)

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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.

Pros:

  • Anime graphics.
  • 4.32gb download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Opening tutorial fight.
  • Action brawler gameplay.
  • Japanese voice.
  • Invert axis and sensitivity slider.
  • Lightening fast loading speed.
  • The story is split into chapters.
  • Combo counter.
  • Levels-open area with ever spawning enemy waves and mission markers popping up.
  • End of level boss fights.
  • Earn EXP, level up and increase stats.
  • Party-4 person party that you have full control over. Select your character and 3 additional Ai controlled members. You can hotswap between them in-game so fear not.
  • Impressive on-screen body count.
  • Zeal-builds up as you attack, activate once full to do powerful and timed attacks.
  • Breakable objects in the game world that may drop loot.
  • Loot drops from enemies.
  • Can revive party members.
  • Attacks-normal/area/aerial and chain attacks.
  • Buy/earn uniforms and stats.
  • Slow-motion kill shots.
  • The fast pace throughout.
  • Dynasty Warriors feel.
  • Great arcade experience.
  • Quick to action.

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Cons:

  • Slow starter.
  • A lot of cutscenes.
  • The tutorial is pages of text.
  • A lot of enemy pop-ins.
  • Some chapters are just cutscenes.
  • OIverly sexualized characters.
  • It turns a bit mindless and becomes a button masher.

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
8/10

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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