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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: 14 out of 31
  2. Negative: 9 out of 31
  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 14, 2018
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The backlash for this game is ridiculous and just another example of people being heavily influenced by others to hop aboard some anti-hype hype-train.
    Yes, the game does have technical issues, that is correct so far. It has occasional crashes though only 2 ever happened to me and as an auto-save feature is added this should not be that much of a problem. Other technical issues would be a lot more troublesome. For example it still has no smart solution to your companions following you directly related to their own collision detection. But even as far as that goes they still are a step ahead of the SNES version which even made it impossible to move forward the screen when your other characters were stuck. The extra dialogue scenes in the Inns can lead to some time/location inconsistencies but that is really just a minor "issue".
    So what does this game have that a lot do not like?
    It has a brighter colour palette, that is true. That does not really make it worse and is really nothing that has anything other to do than with your visual preference.
    Does it have a remastered soundtrack? Indeed it has. A lot dislike it but there are very nice tracks in it, also the criticism about that gets kind of unnecessary because you can choose between original and remade soundtrack in the game.
    What else does this game have?
    A lot that is simply taken from the original. And what could that be? A lot that people nowadays hate in RPGs and always bring up in their reviews:
    Super linear gameplay. Colour swapped bosses, most bosses can be defeated by magic spamming, even quicker through shortcuts, et cetera.
    Now, I personally have no problem with that but it is interesting to see how that is criticised in other games but not in this one. Why could that be? Because old fans are used to it from the original? What would have happened if that were changed? Would people be angry about elements being removed that they hate so much in other RPGs?
    And this is why a lot of the reviews nowadays one should barely bother to read. I have checked the trophy list. Most people did barely finish 50% of the game. Why? Could they no longer bare the looks or sound of the game? If 50% are already done of a game that they already know so they should know it takes less than 20 hours through the main story, then why not just finish it? Were there so many technical issues occuring at this point that it was no longer an option for them to play the game?
    To me this all seems like the ordinary behaviour of being too influenced by others or they wanted a full-on 3-dimensional Remake. Secret of Mana's Remake has a few hiccups but it definitely compensates for it with what's an RPG really is about: Guiding the player through the narrative. The setting is as nice as it was before, the score is, the atmosphere is. And it greatly improves on a lot of things that were left to be desired in the original. The voice acting also is fine enough, I would say. 99% of the players that hate the remake so much or at least played the original do not even know the Densetsu series but that's another topic.

    I finished it tonight and can say - it even with its few smaller problems does enough to show what it is: Secret of Mana. From start to finish.

    So my recommendation: Play it, it is worth it, even with a few changes or technical issues.

    Oh, and nice try bandwagon jumpers when it comes to the automatic bad ratings. Those are useless however.
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  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. Feb 15, 2018
    7
    Veteran SoM player without the nostalgia.

    Story: 8 The writing is different, but no better or worse. It still conveys the original
    Veteran SoM player without the nostalgia.

    Story: 8
    The writing is different, but no better or worse. It still conveys the original interesting stories. Some lines I found better some not as good. What IS cool is that they ADDED story when you sleep at inns, allowing for more character development of the three protagonists. This has made the story more enjoyable than the first version to me. It will be up to each person if they like these additions or not but they get kuddos for the idea and effort that went into adding these senes. Over all the story is still enjoyable.
    Gameplay: 8
    Undeniably the strongest point of Secret of Mana, this has almost completely preserved with some notable exceptions. The weapons have better hit detection and weapons like the spear actually have range. You can see the different styles with each upgrade which is great. The stamina bar is back to eliminate mindless hack 'n slash, forcing you to have to time your hits and approaches. One thing that is inferior is the way enemies react when you hit them. It's not as impactful as in the original. And when you deliver a killing blow, instead of a satisfying burst of smoke or glitter at impact, the enemy just falls back and then explodes in a less enjoyable matter. but over all the gameplay is still very enjoyable. The animations for charging your weapons is smooth and fun. Other aspects of animation are not so. Your character glitches and screen will sometimes jump during story scenes.

    Graphics: 6
    The graphics fit the spirit of the original in that they are colorful, cute and lively. However, the graphics are hit and miss. They fall short in the textures. Waterfalls aren't blended well with pools of water (which are very pretty). The grass looks like a paint-by the-numbers picture turned into nylon flooring you'd put in your kitchen. The rock designs are interesting and neat. Enemies look like they are from the ps1 era of game design just brushed up to HD. The character model for Randi looks horribly goofy and awkward and lacks the charisma of his SNES counter part. However, he is still very functional for the story and still somehow manages to pull off his role as a child thrust into an adult world. This along with voice acting and cutscene animations this is probably the worse short fall.

    Sound: 6
    Voice acting does not serve to enhance the story. I turned it off and found the game much more enjoyable. Hitting enemies sounds weaker and less impactful than in the original. Remixes of the original music are hit and miss. Just depends on your tastes. I just keep the original score on.

    Summary:
    Over all it's clear this game was intended for older fans who don't need graphics, they just need a good time. but that's still not going to satisfy some. It's a fun game, and it's definitely not a 0 or 1. It has it's strengths and weaknesses, but not having online coop in a game that helped move coop into the popularity seems like an extremely bizarre choice. You can't help but be disappointed as most of the people who buy this don't have time to gather together and plan a Secret of Mana party anymore. Major deductions for that oversight.

    Still a fun game because of the original concept. Square should have put more money into it, especially in the graphic design department, but I'm happy I got what I got.
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  6. Feb 18, 2018
    5
    Well Im not a nostalgie fan but i love RPG. Graphics are cute for a remake and it matches to this style of RPG.The Story is okay and bothWell Im not a nostalgie fan but i love RPG. Graphics are cute for a remake and it matches to this style of RPG.The Story is okay and both version of soundtracks are nicely to listen to. The mechanics are truly bad programmed so please include raging acts, like missing a lot of hits. Bugs like chrackters disappearing , not following, weapon menus compleatly making wrong actions. Maybe the SNES version is like that but howcould this be in a bad remake. i dont want to offend fans but how the hell can game like that let you in the middle of the game comepleatly alone with any kind of infos what to do next. i really dont get it. You have to find your way with any info thats sad. I like challanges but not like that. Even if I pretend to not see some points I´ve got very mixed and dissappointed feelings about the REMAKE. Expand
  7. Feb 23, 2018
    0
    Completely ruining what was meant to be a fan service with horrible translations (why not just keep the original texts? There was no reason toCompletely ruining what was meant to be a fan service with horrible translations (why not just keep the original texts? There was no reason to update them) and bad voice acting.

    If you loved the original, better buy yourself a SNES mini (or create something with a Raspberry) and enjoy the original instead of buying this, it will ruin your childhood memories.
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