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  • Summary: Originally released in 1993, "Secret of Mana" is by far the most popular title in the Mana series. This is its full 3D remake. The game faithfully retells the story while adopting modern 3D graphics and controls. It features a newly arranged musical score, voiced characters and new content.Originally released in 1993, "Secret of Mana" is by far the most popular title in the Mana series. This is its full 3D remake. The game faithfully retells the story while adopting modern 3D graphics and controls. It features 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: 8 out of 59
  2. Negative: 6 out of 59
  1. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Apr 3, 2018
    80
    The biggest change is the new edition's complete graphical overhaul. [Apr 2018, p.80]
  2. Feb 28, 2018
    75
    This legendary RPG series returns with a vengeance, thanks to decent graphics and a lot of small improvements. The developers mostly play it safe though, omitting - among other things - online features, which is a shame.
  3. Mar 17, 2018
    70
    If you manage to look past the incredibly poor graphics and voice acting that awkwardly fits, you should have a blast with the remaster of a 1993 classic. If not, this is a release you should avoid. But ultimately, games should not require overlooking of flaws to be good. For that is a major flaw by itself.
  4. Mar 7, 2018
    65
    The Secret of Mana Remaster was highly anticipated by a lot of fans and overall manages to capture the experience of playing the original within an all new outer shell of upscale graphics and new sound. It fails to make any revolutionary changes to the gameplay, forgoing an opportunity to improve on one of the all-time classic games, and the changes it does make (particularly the music) are hard to swallow at times. Secret of Mana for the PlayStation 4 is not quite a disappointment, but it does leave a less than satisfying feeling.
  5. Feb 24, 2018
    60
    As a fan of the Mana series, this remake is a huge opportunity to try the old title in a new fashion. But as a fan of RPG genre, few players can survive this lengthy, shallow experience.
  6. Feb 21, 2018
    57
    Secret of Mana's remake doesn’t add as much as it could have and, if anything, removes some of the magic of the original.
  7. Mar 16, 2018
    30
    This game is broken.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 42
  2. Negative: 14 out of 42
  1. Feb 15, 2018
    10
    Great game. Original game is one of my favorites games of all time. Remake is good, but old problems is still here.
  2. Sep 1, 2019
    9
    Me encanta esta saga. Me gusto el remake. Me hubiera gustado q las musicas hubieran estado mejor... que eso fue lo que mas me encantaba de laMe encanta esta saga. Me gusto el remake. Me hubiera gustado q las musicas hubieran estado mejor... que eso fue lo que mas me encantaba de la version de snes. No senti esa magia del snes, pero overall.... esta bien hecho. Ahora a esperar Trials of Mana en switch. Expand
  3. Feb 16, 2018
    9
    While the graphics could be a bit better, this is a huge love letter to the original. It fixed getting stuck from AI, getting trapped on theWhile the graphics could be a bit better, this is a huge love letter to the original. It fixed getting stuck from AI, getting trapped on the ground, added voice acting for every npc and additional character development, among other improvements. Been playing it non stop with a huge smile on my face and other true fans should be in for the same nostalgia trip. Expand
  4. Mar 2, 2019
    7
    When I heard that Secret of Mana, one of the first real action RPG's on the SNES was getting remade, I was very excited. I played it when IWhen I heard that Secret of Mana, one of the first real action RPG's on the SNES was getting remade, I was very excited. I played it when I was a child and I loved it. Though, I never beat it I remember renting it off and on and really enjoying what I played. As I grew up, I never got around to playing it even though I wanted to, so the idea of a SNES classic being remade really excited me.

    Then I played it.

    So, first of all, it's not a horrible remake, after all, I'm giving it a 7/10 so it's not broken or anything like that, the issue is that the game feels very low budget. It's obvious Square Enix must've outsourced most of the work for the remake. The visuals are pretty bad by PS4's standards. While it's most likely just a port from the PS Vita, the problem is the PS Vita itself can do better. The character designs are very low quality. They barely animated and while they probably didn't want to change the original's art style too much, it looks to be very jarring.

    The environments are okay. There are some low-quality textures but I found the environments were done well enough. They could've been better, especially some of the grass textures but the one thing the remake does right, visually is the enemy design. It's funny how the characters can look pretty low quality but the enemies somehow look pretty good! I'm not sure why there is a bit of inconsistency with this but it's there. The overall visual design of the locations is nice but had it spent another 3-6 month making the graphics even better it would’ve overall improved the quality of the game. Of course, graphics are not everything but when the original game has better character design you know that the game made a serious error.

    One touch I love is how there is a mini-map and the mini-map has the original’s graphics. It’s a neat touch and helps to navigate the environments. You, of course, can turn this off if you don’t like it.

    The music is… pretty bad. Thankfully you can play with the original OST, which is a great OST. I highly recommend that. The voice acting is almost Resident Evil 1 ps1 bad. It’s good for a few laughs but I turned it off and thankfully there was that option.

    What saves the remake from being a 5 instead of a 7 is the changes they did to the core gameplay. It plays the same, has that meter that you have to get to 100% to do an effective attack but they made some smart changes that really improve the feel of it. There is an autosave feature which is a lifesaver considering that most of the dungeons didn’t have the option to save in them, including a rather long final dungeon and you can map skills to L1 or R1 which helps out a lot in boss fights since magic is the best way to do damage mid-late game.

    It still has the quirks where enemies have super high evasion and about 30-40% of your attacks will miss post-mid-game. It’s annoying but once you get in the grove you get used to it. I would’ve loved for an option to decrease this to close to zero because all it does is make combat more annoying than it has to be. It’s something they didn’t change but it is what it is. It would’ve made it better, or at least an item you can equip that would help out with that.

    I’ve noticed a lot of reviewers claimed it gets too hard about halfway through. The difficulty does jump up about then, but I didn’t have any trouble. I feel that good advice is to fight most battles and buy the best equipment, spend an hour here or there grinding and you’ll be good to go. At the end of the game I was overpowered, and I just ran from battles in the final dungeon because I knew I’d take on anyone and I was right. It was a cake walk. Of course, if you forget to buy new equipment, it will make it much harder. The plus about this is if you want a challenge, there’s an idea to get one. It felt a bit easy, especially with powering up magic, which is very easy to do.

    The story is also improved. There is more dialog added and it works nicely. The original script was fine but I did like what they did to add more character development. It helps. There are these skits whenever you rest in an inn. The problem is that sometimes they’re not synced with what you do. I found myself seeing them talk about an event that happened way before I rested at this inn. A patch to keep them more with what is going on with the plot would work wonders. Not a huge deal but sometimes it’s a bit jarring.

    All and all, it’s not a bad remake. I’ve heard people say it ruins the game for them. I don’t see how. If you ask me, if you wanted to try out Secret of Mana, the remake is the best way to do it. Though, there is a problem here.

    With how much of a budget title this feels like, I can’t really justify telling someone to spend 40 USD on this. It’s a good game and a good way to play the SNES classic but it’s overpriced. I'd either rent it or wait for a sale. It took me 15 hours to finish it.
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  5. May 12, 2020
    6
    It's okay. I would say that if you get this game on sale, it is not bad idea to get it. However, know that this is a remaster of the old game.It's okay. I would say that if you get this game on sale, it is not bad idea to get it. However, know that this is a remaster of the old game. The graphics are improved and some neat features are added, but in the end of the day it is better graphic version of the old game. Don't expect to get your mind blown. Expand
  6. Jan 4, 2020
    4
    A game with totally broken gameplay, milions of bug and glitches, an awful graphic and unplayable in all of the aspects. One of the worst gameA game with totally broken gameplay, milions of bug and glitches, an awful graphic and unplayable in all of the aspects. One of the worst game ever played... Expand
  7. Aug 23, 2020
    0
    Of all my 300-400 games, this game is the biggest pile of crap. Studio should be shut down, all employess blacklisted in the industry. WTF?!

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