What makes Dynasty Warriors-esque games so popular is the simple and engaging gameplay. It doesn’t take a lot of thought to just put a lot of enemies on the screen, nor is it difficult to make a couple moves that can be used to dispatch these pesky enemies. Since it can accomplish so much, it makes sense that the Utawarerumono spin off, Utawarerumono: ZAN!, would utilize it.
Similar to Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star and the sequel, Utawarerumono: ZAN! turns the popular visual novel/RPG series into a rather basic action game. There are attacks, combos, specials and a variety of moves that can be used to deal with a variety of hostile forces.
Even if it’s rather simple, part of what makes it fun is the mindless nature to it. It didn’t matter that I was using the same moves to defeat the same enemies while learning about additional moves that would ultimately all come together the same way. It might not be the most complicated or interesting game I played at E3 but it accepts what it is and does the best it can with that understanding.