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  • Summary: Originally released in 1993, "Secret of Mana" is by far the most popular title in the Mana series. Now it's finally getting a long-awaited, full 3D remake!

    The game faithfully retells the beloved story while adopting modern 3D graphics and controls. It will feature a newly arranged
    Originally released in 1993, "Secret of Mana" is by far the most popular title in the Mana series. Now it's finally getting a long-awaited, full 3D remake!

    The game faithfully retells the beloved story while adopting modern 3D graphics and controls. It will feature a newly arranged musical score, voiced characters and new content.

    The adventure of Randi, Primm, and Popoi is reborn in the new "Secret of Mana"!

    KEY FEATURES:

    * Moogle Suit DLC - Equippable armor that can be used in game. This special piece of equipment also changes the appearance of the characters.
    * Tiger Two Piece DLC -Equippable armor that can be used in game. This special piece of equipment also changes the appearance of Primm.
    * Tiger Suit DLC - Equippable armor that can be used in game. This special piece of equipment also changes the appearance of Randi and Popoi.
    * Custom downloadable wallpaper (sizes: 1024 x 768, 1280 x 1024, 1920 x 1080, 2560 x 1600)
    * 3D Graphics - Revamped visuals for the entire game; a vivid, Mana-filled world rebuilt in 3D!
    * Upgraded Gameplay - The original system has been reworked in an effort to realize a modern action RPG with improved gameplay.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Feb 20, 2018
    65
    The remake disappointed me more than delighted me, but it’d be disingenuous to say I didn’t have fun with it. Taking down a boss that’s triple your size is still satisfying, and the wondrous world is teeming with creative baddies, from mushbooms to nitro pumpkins. Even so, this remake doesn’t do enough to address or improve the original’s problems. Some tweaks are for the better, others are for the worse, but the end result is a remake that fails to do anything meaningful with a beloved classic.
  2. Feb 20, 2018
    60
    While I appreciate their attempt to modernize the experience, this one doesn't seem so much as a love letter to the fans as much as an attempt to fix what wasn't broken. It won’t do anything to hurt a person’s enjoyment of the original, especially my own, but it’s altogether a lackluster effort for something that could have been so much more. In the end, you may be better off investing in the SNES Classic and trying it out that way instead.
  3. 60
    Secret of Mana (2018) makes for a nice jog down memory lane, even if there were some long-forgotten design flaws that years of nostalgic memories had blocked out over time. If you remember enjoying the SNES game, Secret of Mana holds onto many of what you liked about it back then. But if you’re looking for a polished, modernized version of the game, then you will be disappointed. For better or worse, not much has changed in Secret of Mana since its initial release in 1994.
  4. Feb 23, 2018
    57
    Sorry, but no! The re-imagination of one of the most beloved JRPGs is mediocre in almost every aspect. Bugs, crashes and on top of that the visual renovation is lackluster. If you really wanna play Secret of Mana, you should think about investing in the Nintendo Classic Mini SNES.
  5. Feb 20, 2018
    48
    A flimsy remake of a flawed 16-bit favourite that exacerbates all the original’s problems while failing to recapture its strengths.
  6. CD-Action
    Jun 5, 2018
    40
    The remake not only highlights all flaws of the original, making me wonder why I loved the 1993’s Secret of Mana in the first place, but also introduces some new problems. [05/2018, p.68]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. Feb 17, 2018
    10
    Secret of Mana is an amazing take on the old school rpg genre that molded the games we play today, but what makes it stand out in that fashionSecret of Mana is an amazing take on the old school rpg genre that molded the games we play today, but what makes it stand out in that fashion is that it also, for the most part, play as those games did as well. The updated graphics and amazing soundtrack was just what was needed to revive the dying format. This game also provides an entry to the intense rpg genre that frightens most players away from the long playtime required to finish it. Still at being roughly 40 hours long, this game provides a plethora of story. While this game doesn't serve much in the form of cut scenes, the narrative will keep you going for the hours that are up ahead, so keep in mind that a love for reading makes a love for this style of game. Expand
  2. Feb 19, 2018
    10
    Secret of mana remake is just a nice visual update with the core gameplay still in tact. Love it!
  3. Feb 19, 2018
    10
    Pros
    -Auto Save!
    -Gameplay intact (mostly a good thing) -Adorable Graphics are in Keeping with the original art style -Updated version of
    Pros
    -Auto Save!
    -Gameplay intact (mostly a good thing)
    -Adorable Graphics are in Keeping with the original art style
    -Updated version of the soundtrack is great
    -The New Minimap is a nice refence, while also being useful
    -Controls Work Fluidly
    -Story is more flushed out
    -Different Weapons actually look different
    -The Dificulty has been rebalenced nicely
    -Several fixes having to do with fake depth and range

    Cons
    -Minor Glitches and lag that was not in the original
    -Different Armors still don’t affect the look of the characters
    -They made the save screen kind of boring

    Cons (that was an issue with the original too)
    -Combat is Artificially Slow
    -The #&^% Balloon Spell

    Some part of me wants to say they didn’t change enough, but on the whole that’s probably a good sign. I highly recommend this game in any form.
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  4. Dec 19, 2018
    5
    A 3D remaster of the 1993 released SNES action role playing game. Follows the story of Randi who finds the ancient Mana sword and has to saveA 3D remaster of the 1993 released SNES action role playing game. Follows the story of Randi who finds the ancient Mana sword and has to save the world from the Empire, trying to reconstruct a flying warship called the Mana fortress.

    Unfortunately the transition to a modern look does not work and Seiken Densetsu 2 loses a lot of charm by introducing an orchestral soundtrack and a new graphics engine.

    Story and combat mechanics that still allow insta-spamming magic spells to defeat bosses do not hold up 25 years later. A full remake would have been the better idea.
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  5. Jan 26, 2019
    5
    I'm extremely conflicted by it, but here are some pros and cons:

    Pros: -When you're not looking at a cutscene, the graphics are actually
    I'm extremely conflicted by it, but here are some pros and cons:

    Pros:

    -When you're not looking at a cutscene, the graphics are actually pretty nice. Many enemies (like say, demon heads) look really badass. The elemental spirits look great too.

    -You can hotkey 2 spells/weapons/items to the L and R buttons. Extremely useful to me for Magic Absorb and spamming on boss fights.

    -Autosave!

    -You get all your MP back when leveling up. This is a freaking game changer. You can now blow all your spells in a dungeon, level up in the dungeon, then go fight the boss. No more hoarding every last MP for the boss.

    -The remastered music is less obnoxious (Dwarf Village anyone?) but can be changed to the original if you prefer.

    -The Javelin is better now, every attack is a line AoE attack.

    -Attacking with the Glove can pick up enemies and slam them behind you (without stunning, though, so it can actually be bad as it moves the enemy closer to your casters. In fact, I think this is the only physical attack in the game that doesn't stun, very odd).

    -You can now change direction while running, but the charge meter very slowly drains.

    -You can now attack in any direction, not just 8 directions. This can be bad at first, as you may miss more until you get used to it.

    -On Flammie, the game tells you what you're hovering over, like "Potos Village Cannon Travel" or whatever. Pretty nice feature.

    -Boss death animation is much better.

    Cons:

    -The price is inexcusably high. I'd say $15-20 would be more fair.

    -The menu doesn't remember what you last selected. This is painful when repeatedly casting a spell you don't want to hotkey.

    -Every enemy always takes at several seconds for a physical hit to register and die. Multiple hits means you're waiting a long time. At least in the original, enemies had a chance of just dying instantly without lying on the ground for a while.

    -Combat feels less satisfying because no enemy will ever just blow up instantly, even if you crit the hell out of them.

    -Sometimes, enemies just can't be hit or die. No, they don't have Lucid Barrier up, this can happen with level 1's.

    -Crashes sometimes (for me, once every few hours).

    -Default keybindings are really bad. I used a gamepad which apparently, you can't change any binding for. It worked well for me though.

    -Very difficult to exit the game. You have to go into "Settings". And you can't exit from the title screen. WTF?

    -AI is horrible. It won't ever attack at all unless the character you're controlling does. There is no grid anymore.

    -Pathing is improved in certain areas, made worse in others.

    -English voice acting is horrible. They should have just scrapped it and focused resources elsewhere.

    -You can't "stack" certain spells anymore, like Dark Force. -Weird, lengthy "talk" scenes between the 3 main characters added every time you sleep at an Inn. -Cutscenes are ugly, as none of the characters look good up close. -No cannon travel animation! You can still see the world on Flammie, so why not here too? To sum up, you may want to just emulate it. You might be really mad if you paid full price for it. Waiting several seconds for every single enemy to die is probably a deal breaker to many people... that's my single greatest complaint.
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  6. Apr 12, 2018
    5
    Pros: It's Secret of Mana with a fresh coat of paint.
    Cons: It's Secret of Mana with a fresh coat of paint and nothing else.
    Some things
    Pros: It's Secret of Mana with a fresh coat of paint.
    Cons: It's Secret of Mana with a fresh coat of paint and nothing else.

    Some things need more then a fresh coat of paint yet that's all this game got. The original game was great, for both the platform it was on and the time it was released, but they could have done so much to improve this. Suggested improvements would be increase the area rendered to eliminate alot of the loading screens, remove the invincibility monsters get after knocking them to the ground.

    What's completely baffling is how they actually made the game worse by making the menu ring open in the center of the screen instead of over the character's head, making it all the more difficult to use. The Voice acting is sub par at best and the character's mouths do not move when they're talking. This is unsettling and given that their mouths can and do move for expressions, it's all the more confusing they didn't include this feature.

    All in all it is secret of mana but this game's low rating is a case of not enough tough love. Yes, the original was awesome and we loved it but that doesn't mean there was no room for improvement. Keeping a game this close to the original and just slapping a new coat of paint on it was not the best way to go here.
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  7. Feb 19, 2018
    0
    There is simply no excuse for releasing this for money. People putting 10's or 9's in the review are nostalgia critics, nothing else. TheyThere is simply no excuse for releasing this for money. People putting 10's or 9's in the review are nostalgia critics, nothing else. They desperately do not want this game to be bad or to fail, they are ok with this steamy pile of refuse as long as they can pretend people like it.

    The facts:
    1. Graphics are so bad it is shameful. I am ashamed. This is unacceptable for any developer to put such god awful meshes and textures in their game. This is amateur hour. It looks like this remake had been shelved for 15 years and they wheeled it out to make some quick cash. This is actually a step back, Secret of Mana had decent art for its time, not the greatest, not the worst, but more than acceptable. This is 15 years out of date, and yet the price does not reflect this.

    2. Engine and animations are bad. Lighting looks like something I would have used in Max R2. No scratch that, it looks worse. The constant memory spikes, slight freeze-ups, cell transitions, cpu usage is much higher than should be expected for this program. all things point to sloppy coding. And the animations, wow. they didn't even try. I would say 'abysmal effort' but I'm not sure how much 'effort' was actually put into this.

    3. Gameplay is eerily similar. And not in a good way. It doesn't seem like they spent any time thinking about this at all. they just carbon copied everything from the snes version and called it good. That includes the bizarre quirks like invincible enemies, free hits for enemies, god awful a.i. (really bad, beyond bad), etc, etc, etc.

    4. Audio. What can be said. It must be experienced in all of its ear shredding glory. Baffling that they chose to "upgrade" that aspect.

    you know what, i'm done here. Such a disappointment. IMO they did not capture the aesthetics of the original, it looks lazy, it feels like they just didn't care. It makes me wonder why this even exists when you can easily find an emulator and play the original. This is a failure for anyone except those who really enjoy the early 2000's video game art aesthetic or phone games.
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