Dawn of Mana PlayStation 2

User Score
6.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
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  1. NicholasF
    May 30, 2009
    0
    Stay Away! Worse game in the series, bar none! This is not a Mana game despite them numbering it so in Japan.
  2. JamesT.
    Sep 14, 2008
    10
    Severely underrated and needlessly bashed by incomprehensive reviewers and infuriated series fans alike, Dawn of Mana is one of those games you have to invest all your love on to be able to crack the "bad reviews" armos and see it for what it actually is: a good platform game.
  3. Feb 20, 2011
    3
    The problems with this game are the terrible controls, and the awful camera, the graphics are ok, the sound effects are ok, but the voice acting is terrible, and the story is crappy, and to top it all off it has a flawed leveling up system which can make this a pain, this is one I would recommend avoiding.

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#56 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2007
#42 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2007
Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 27
  2. Negative: 9 out of 27
  1. PSM3 Magazine UK
    79
    Looks gorgeous, but the obsessive focus on combat can be as irritating as it is exciting. [Aug 2007, p.76]
  2. Plunder-by-panic and slippery experience points are intriguing, but these innovations fall flat without solid, bug-free foundations to support them.
  3. Sorry old school Mana fans, this is nothing like that gem back on the SNES. This is a pure action game with a gooey artificial RPG coating. The controls are horrible, the level design is seriously lacking, bosses can be frustratingly difficult, and not even the story will keep you playing. [JPN Import]