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  • Summary: When the world was shrouded in darkness, the Goddess of Mana drew forth the Sword of Mana to smite the eight Benevodons, monsters of destruction. She sealed the horrors inside the eight Mana Stones, bringing the realm back from the brink. Weakened from rebuilding the world, the GoddessWhen the world was shrouded in darkness, the Goddess of Mana drew forth the Sword of Mana to smite the eight Benevodons, monsters of destruction. She sealed the horrors inside the eight Mana Stones, bringing the realm back from the brink. Weakened from rebuilding the world, the Goddess changed herself into a tree and fell into a deep sleep for many years. However, the forces of evil soon sought to free the Benevodons to gain control of the world. They started a terrible war to further their plot and destabilize the kingdoms. Peace was at an end. Mana itself began to disappear from the world and the Mana Tree started to wither... Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Apr 22, 2020
    80
    Trials of Mana is absolutely charming and does an excellent job keeping what works from the original while upgrading its aesthetics to the modern era. The combat system works well in its new 3D trappings, with a tough but satisfying learning curve. The transition to modern tech has introduced some camera problems, though, and I wish Square Enix had taken this opportunity to flesh out the world with interesting sidequests and to trim out some of the more tedious dialogue. Even so, exploring, battling, and waging war with bosses all remain really fun, and its JRPG tropes come off as charming throwbacks rather than eye-rolling cliches.
  2. May 15, 2020
    80
    A nostalgic blast from the past, Trials of Mana could easily become the poster child for remakes done right. It has some failings, particularly the removed multiplayer and odd voice work, but it's an engaging action-RPG that's one of the best on PC.
  3. Apr 29, 2020
    80
    Trials of Mana is an entertaining game with grating, simple characters and a subpar story, but the fast action and colorful exploration make up for those issues.
  4. May 4, 2020
    80
    Trials of Mana is a qualitative remake of Seiken Densetsu 3, cleverly adapted to the modern era, but at the same time captive to the original game in elements such as the mediocre narration and the minor story character development.
  5. May 7, 2020
    80
    While certain parts of Trials of Mana definitely feel retro, as a whole Square Enix has crafted an extremely well renovated experience. What makes this a great remake is that both gameplay and visual revisions faithfully represent the original experience.
  6. Apr 22, 2020
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  7. Apr 29, 2020
    70
    Trials of Mana gives modern features to a lesser-known classic. Combat tends to be overly simple, and the story is really basic, but it's still a fun, colorful adventure for JRPG fans to experience.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. Apr 25, 2020
    10
    It's a most play game, it's entertaining and has amazing design and beautiful music along with lots of hours of replay
  2. Jun 29, 2020
    10
    This is an incredible game, im being serious. Animations are pretty fluid, the art style is colorful and the music is really catchy and cute.This is an incredible game, im being serious. Animations are pretty fluid, the art style is colorful and the music is really catchy and cute. The character design, the class system and the outfit design are on spot.

    The equipment / item / ability management is straight forward with no useless complexity. The story is really good for this type of games. You should expect 40 hours of mostly non repetitive and interesting gameplay to begin with, you have also a wide selection of mods available on the internet and some post end game content to have fun with.

    Although the story is mostly linear, you can choose your characters and get some dialog variations and small differences depending on the composition of your party. Really nice experience overall, you get to empathize with characters and you get engaged with the story.

    If you like difficult games with fast pased combat this is not for you. If you hate cutscenes or anime style graphics this is not for you. However, if you like remakes of retro games with beautiful music, a good story and some fun abilities to play with, this is definitely the best game you should be playing for hours, even if you arent into the genre and you dont know the mechanics.

    This is a nice drug, easy to get into, hard to stop playing and that may make you dream and cry like a child if you still have a soul in this grey world.

    Have fun with Trials of Mana. I have already completed the game and Im off to a fresh start.

    May the Mana Godess be with you
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  3. Jul 8, 2020
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A good remake game. The feeling of the original work was well captured.
    But it's a little less fun to repeat.
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  4. Jul 2, 2020
    8
    Trials of Mana is a solid game overall and from what I hear a game from overseas built from the ground up. I like this game and want more. ITrials of Mana is a solid game overall and from what I hear a game from overseas built from the ground up. I like this game and want more. I like many of the characters outside of Charlotte and the story feels somewhat basic but at the same time likable. Easy and linear but the gameplay is where it's at for sure. Depending on who you pick as your team you can determine how you will build their skills around which is pretty cool with the customization.

    A few things I would work on though:
    - I play in English. Fix Charlotte. My god she's annoying as heck. Mostly fine but could be better though it's pretty funny as well.
    - I would make the AI better. Sometimes they're outright useless
    - Difficulty. Make it overall more difficult
    - More options. I had to go outside to my DPI settings to make mouse movements playable at much faster speeds. It feels to slow in regular options. (2400DPI to 7200DPI)

    I get mostly close to 120FPS when playing on max settings and the game looks pretty good. With mod support too this game looks gorgeous and adds more customization from outfits to difficulty and overall enjoyment.

    Definitely worth a pickup if you're into Action JRPGs or JRPGs in general.
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  5. Apr 27, 2020
    8
    This is a faithful remake of Seiken Densetsu 3, the SNES sequel to Secret of Mana that was never released outside of Japan. Everything goodThis is a faithful remake of Seiken Densetsu 3, the SNES sequel to Secret of Mana that was never released outside of Japan. Everything good about that game is here, they didn't mess anything up, while also expanding the late-game content a little bit. It's impressive how successfully they adapted the visual style of the 2D game to 3D, which is the best reason for a remake to exist IMO, and which they could have easily messed up like they did with the Secret of Mana remake from a couple years back.

    So let me tell you about this game. It's extremely simple, easy and linear. You might expect it to be boring, so why is it so fun? Why have you heard people recommend the original?
    Because of the class system. Upon beginning this game you choose three party members from a choice of six, and each party member gets to change classes twice during the game. The options for forming a party and choosing classes for each of them is extremely engaging, and makes this comfy little game that should be boring into something infinitely replayable. It's one of the most replayable JRPGs ever.

    The bad:
    -some of the English voice acting is repulsive, thankfully it's also funny and charming most of the time
    -no co-op play
    -party AI is dumb, and could be more customizable than it is
    -bosses are too easy later on, they need more HP or something
    -the price is a little steep
    -options to disable the minimap, making exploration more rewarding, but no option to disable the objective marker (in the original, you could actually get lost despite the game's linearity)

    The characters in this game look nice. It's fun and relaxing to run around the comfy environments, fighting monsters and enjoying the music.
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  6. Jul 19, 2020
    8
    Un juego bonito, colorido y lleno de fantasia. Gran remake de un gran juego, si jugaste al original debes jugar este, si no pudiste jugar alUn juego bonito, colorido y lleno de fantasia. Gran remake de un gran juego, si jugaste al original debes jugar este, si no pudiste jugar al original pero te gusta el rpg debes jugar este. Actualizacion de un clasico hecha con cariño y respetando la obra original. Unos de los pocos puntos en contra son el nivel de dificultad claramente suavizado y no poder desactivar los puntos de señalizacion de objetivo en pantalla, te dicen en todo momento donde ir, con quien hablar, que cojer... destrozando toda sensacion de exploracion. Expand
  7. Jun 11, 2020
    2
    Is this nostalgia game? NO
    Is this for mature content game? NO
    Is this for people who played many many years ago? HELL NO! So, who is for?
    Is this nostalgia game? NO
    Is this for mature content game? NO
    Is this for people who played many many years ago? HELL NO!
    So, who is for? Kiddos! It's not need to be expert to play. Give the controllers to a 5 years old kid that's enough. This game is not for people who is waiting to play at these age!
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