Good ol’ lin­ear ad­ven­tur­ing

Mas­quer­ada: Songs and Shad­ows

GAX (Malaysia) - - REVIEW - by Pear­lyn Hoon

First, the premise: At the cen­ter of the civil un­rest roil­ing within Vene­tian-in­spired Om­bre de la Citte are Mascher­ines, magic-im­bued masks. Those who wear them form a col­lec­tive known as the Mas­quer­ada. Those with naked faces are the Con­tadani, your citte com­mon­ers. As they re­volt against the guilds and The Reg­istry (Om­bre’s gov­ern­ment), the num­ber of Mascher­ines that ex­ist are dwin­dling. Our hero and in­spet­tore (in­spec­tor) Cicero Gavar re­turns from ex­ile to in­ves­ti­gate the dis­ap­pear­ance of Raz­itof, a scribe last known to be re­search­ing the mys­ter­ies be­hind the Mascher­ines.

Now, it’s clear that Mas­quer­ada’s strength lies in sto­ry­telling, and it can be as de­tailed as you’re will­ing to read or eaves­drop about it from cit­i­zens’ idle chitchat. The game leaves much of its world­build­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity to its Codex, which ar­chives ev­ery scrap of in­for­ma­tion that Cicero col­lects by ei­ther in­ter­act­ing with col­ored icons placed through­out Om­bre or as new me­chan­ics and char­ac­ters are in­tro­duced.

The only is­sue I have with info col­lect­ing is that it af­fects pac­ing. When you’re in a scene that’s set up to be ur­gent, you want to ght and head to the next bat­tle your char­ac­ters are urg­ing you to rush to, not col­lect­ing a Codex page.

All char­ac­ters en­ter bat­tle with full health, fo­cus (a shield equiv­a­lent), and a mask charge, which lls up as you dis­pense Mascharine abil­i­ties and al­lows you to per­form a Mask Ul­ti­mate Abil­ity when maxed out. It’s a spe­cial abil­ity that helps things along with a bu or boost, but don’t ex­pect it to be ashy like a Fi­nal

Fan­tasy limit break. An­other as­pect of com­bat is stance. Party mem­bers each take on Si­cario (rogue­like), Pav­isierre (tank-like), or Dirge (added range) stances, each es­sen­tially a dif­fer­ent at­tack style that af­fects speed, Mask Charge re­gen, and fo­cus. You’re made to choose what el­e­ment Cicero’s

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