Average User Score: 7.8Apr 12, 2011Ok, so I wrote a review of this a while back and it was a good game. Thing is it's been a while since it came out now, and I had moved on and decided to go back. What I found angered me. 012 is not the 7 I gave it, but a five as I'm giving now, the combat is basically unchanged, aside from the new assist gauge, which is used to trump the horridly broken EX gauge. Basically Square thought that the EX mode made Dissidia unfair, and made the assist gauge to counter that, unfortunately they also made the EX gauge impossible to fill in the process, so what you get is 5 minutes of frustration trying to get EX cores to use your super attacks, only to be completely counters seconds later by a cheap shot that destroys all you had worked for. They also kept the chase sequences, basically you get knocked up in the air, you then press X at the right time to dodge, and you can attack when it's your turn to attack (assuming you dodged) with either O to deal brave damage, or square to deal HP, the issue here is the Chase sequence SUCKS it always has, always will, and now it's super fast, and the HP attacks have some messed up random dodge time (dodging right after they move like the game says will not always save you, some people (Bartz) have to be dodged slightly afterwards) So that's two broken mechanics, add on the fact that the new Labyrinth mode is insanely hard if you don't start from the beginning every time, the story is basically a rehash of the first game, and despite SE saying they were tweaking characters, other than some new attacks, EVERYONE PLAYS BASICALLY THE SAME!
So we have one broken new mechanic (the assist gauge) two mechanics that are old and broken (EX was fine in the first and leaving it alone would have made the assist gauge not broke, and they should have just tossed the chase sequence) a crappy rehash of the plot, 8 new characters, a crappy new mode, and randomly over powered characters that are so unbalanced that you'll be tempted to throw your PSP against the wall and sell the game to the highest bidder. Seriously, Square, next time, just make up all new plots and characters, don't just add to "what works" I'm sure this game only spent a year in development (in case you don't know, that's not a lot, that's about how much time they spend making the new CoD game) and I know you guys can do better. Overall this game feels like an over priced DLC package.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.2Mar 29, 2011Mana Khemia is the absolute best JRPG on the PS2. The characters are inventive and original, the story is interesting, and at times a bit of a mystery, and the leveling system is innovative. Simply put if you own a PS2 and enjoy JRPGs such as Final Fantasy, Tales of, and especially the Atelier series, you should own this game. The graphics aren't great, but if graphics are all you care about then JRPGs probably aren't your thing, the music is great, and memorable, plus with 8 different endings the replayability is sky high. Believe me when I say this game is must have for your PS2 collection, it's so great I personally had to buy 2 copies, one got scratched up so bad I couldn't play it because I played it so much. If you have managed to skip over this game, stop, and pick it up, the used price tag isn't bad nowadays, and if you already have it, you could always buy the PSP version on the PSN for 9.99, either way, it's a great deal for a fantastic game.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.3Mar 29, 2011It's true that they could have spent a little more time porting this one over, especially since Mana Khemia is the single best JRPG on the PS2. The PSP port is really more for those who have played Mana Khemia on the PS2, and wish to take it with them. ON that note, get the download version from the PSN store, the loading screens are extremely minor, and there isn't any noticeable loading during dialog, an issue the UMD version has. Other than that the only real complaint about it is the lack of voice over during battles, a rather minor complaint due to the sheer size of the game. (eight endings, new features exclusive to the PSP, and the amazing game with you any time anywhere) Fact is if you liked the PS2 version and have 9.99 to spend on the PSN, this is a must.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.2Mar 29, 2011Mimana Iyar Chronicle is a rather good game. The graphics aren't top notch, but they aren't horrible either. The voice acting has many memorable voice actors from other JRPGs, so it's sort of an all-star cast. The plot does take some time to start up, but once it gets going you get a sort of invested feeling (some time around the third dungeon). The characters may seem rather flat and one dimensional, but as with most JRPGs there is an underlying subtlety to their interactions with the main character. The battles are fun, but the loading times are a pain (usually takes 40-45 seconds to load a fight).
Over all it's a good JRPG if you're willing to stick with it, and actually ENJOY the JRPG genre. (Better than Final fantasy, more original than Tales of)… Expand