There was a war. Broken swords and broken men line the streets as tattered flags flutter listlessly against the smoky sky. While most adventures throw you into the middle of battle to work your way towards a swelling crescendo, today, we start after the great battle. The city still stands, but emotional devastation over a divided class system threatens to rekindle the fires of revolution. Masquerada: Songs and Shadows throws you right into the thick of the turmoil as Cicero, a man coming back to the city who exiled him and a war he never wanted.
The game, out now for PC, goes heavy on the narrative while allowing players a choice on how they want to tackle the battle. You can go in with fingers flying on the keyboard as you command your team in real time or pause the action to give orders to each person before letting loose magic spells.
It’s the interaction between these magical abilities where combat shines, as characters can use magic to tag enemies with certain elements while other skills will be able to take advantage of these tags. Your mask, the source of your power, levels up to reveal more abilities or ways to customize what you already have. But battle won’t be the thing that pulls you through each and every gorgeously crafted level. That’ll be the story.
Wrapped in the bright pastels of the Italian Renaissance and with enough intrigue to be an episode of Game of Thrones, Masquerada pulls you in from the very beginning as you piece together what has happened to your once beloved city after your exile, and exactly what brings you back to the heart of it. What originally started out as a Dungeons & Dragons scenario, the team behind the game fleshed out the world with their own tales, a touch of modern politics, and the Masquerada, the source of magical power and the thing that separates the haves from the have-nots.
On top of all of this, the star power lending their voices to this game would make even some of the biggest titles jealous. As you can tell from the video above, our very own Matt Mercer takes the lead role, but what you probably don’t know is that Felicia Day also lends her vocal talents to the cast. As the world unfolds, players will also get to hear Yuri Lowenthal, Jennifer Hale, Dave Fennoy as you try to survive.
Masquerada: Songs and Shadows plays like the best RPG campaign you wished you thought of first. From the very beginning, the game sends you spiraling through political intrigue, class warfare, and straight to the action. It feels like an adult game with the beauty of a classic RPG.
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