A good first installment and introduction to the Utawarerumono franchise.
The story in the first 70%± of the game wasn't anything particularly noteworthy, it was basically about how Hakuowlo established his own kingdom while dealing with the normal political and military intrigue. Aside from that, I thoroughly appreciated every slice of life scene in the game. Since I adore slice of life series and they are my favourite genre, this game is already without a doubt among the finest in the business. The slice of life part in the game is so well-made and I have never once found one of them to be boring to read. Another thing I appreciate is how many wholesome and heart-warming moments there are in this game. One of my favourite moments in the game is without a doubt the Ulthury character arc since it made me emotional as I read it. Speaking of characters, one of my favourite aspects is how they interact with one another. I appreciate that each of them is unique from the others and has their own traits and personalities. The main cast is likeable, fleshed out and judicious use of screen time contributed to the creation of a solid and well-balanced cast.
Utawarerumono is a turn-based strategy game. The gameplay is straightforward and easy enough for everyone to understand. While I did have trouble fighting Nuwangi's father and in another fight (which is a spoiler, so I won't say more for fear of giving anything away), the game is rather simple to play once you understand its mechanics. The final boss is definitely the hardest one tho thus far, it took me almost an hour to defeat the boss. Nevertheless, I was surprised to defeat the boss on my first attempt because my team was on the verge of dying.
Now back to the story, as I previously stated, the first 70%± of the game's story wasn't anything impressive or engaging, it was just your standard war drama, Hakuowlo creating his own kingdom, political intrigue, etc. Not to mention the antagonists man, they are really underwhelming, classic self-centered and egotistical emperor or tyrant who starts wars to satisfy their own desires although I thought the main antag was pretty good. The story of PttF really comes to life in the final stretch when the mystery of the world is getting finally revealed, it definitely was worth the buildups but again I won't say anything more because it would contain a lot of major spoilers. While it did resolve a lot of riddles, which I am generally content with, it also left me with many unanswered questions and unresolved plot points which I suppose will be revealed in the sequels, the ending of PttF was pretty good tho, curious to see where the story will progress from here
Good game, very excited for Mask duology