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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: 40 out of 54
  2. Negative: 1 out of 54
  1. Apr 22, 2020
    90
    Trials of Mana is unapologetically traditional and, yet, still makes itself accessible to all JRPG fans, both new and old. The dedication that the developers show as they retain the fantasy appeal of this classic title with updated systems is what ultimately shines during every moment of this adventure.
  2. Apr 22, 2020
    84
    If you are from that select group that enjoyed Seiken Densetsu 3 at the time, I can assure you that you will be amazed with the result of this reissue. It's one of those remakes that we didn't know we needed.
  3. May 5, 2020
    80
    Trials of Mana is a faithful remake of a game many won't have played. The care and attention it's been given belies its simple visuals, resulting in a lovely RPG experience.
  4. Apr 30, 2020
    78
    Trials of Mana is a delicious, fun, old-fashioned RPG reminiscent of better times. It's the delicious, familiar glass of lager you want to enjoy after you've experienced the layered complexity of a cabernet sauvignon like Final Fantasy VII Remake.
  5. May 8, 2020
    75
    Perhaps the biggest compliment I can pay Trials of Mana is how much it impresses me retrospectively. While I’ve had a great time blasting through it in 2020, I can only imagine how forward-thinking and impressive many of its systems and mechanics would have been in 1995. For fans of more modern entries in the genre like Kingdom Hearts or recent titles in the Ys or Tales series, Trials of Mana is a chance to discover a missing link which stays true to its 16-bit roots while improving the experience in numerous ways.
  6. Apr 22, 2020
    75
    Trials of Mana shows the age of its 1995 original, and awful cutscenes distract from its story. However, replay value, competent gameplay, and raw charm still keep it memorable.
  7. May 6, 2020
    40
    The original game’s cast of characters already lacked personality, and the new visual redesign is most successful at bringing that deficiency into sharper relief.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 42
  2. Negative: 7 out of 42
  1. May 3, 2020
    10
    Better than I hoped, great remake.
    I really think the art style fits really well even if it's not the highest quality. The music is a joy to
    Better than I hoped, great remake.
    I really think the art style fits really well even if it's not the highest quality. The music is a joy to listen to, really well done. The voices are quirky and charming, kind of bad in a good way. The controls are perfect. Story is fun and classic.
    Actually having more fun with this than the FF 7 remake. My favorite purchase of the year so far.
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  2. Apr 24, 2020
    10
    Despite of some flaws in the cutscene, the remake of TOM manages to make a great balance between the original and modern games. Particularly,Despite of some flaws in the cutscene, the remake of TOM manages to make a great balance between the original and modern games. Particularly, the fluidic combat system is a huge improvement compared to the original, giving players a very engaging and entertaining experience. The character progression and exploration of optimizing character skillset and combination further push the game experience to another satisfactory level in the mid-late game. Expand
  3. Apr 24, 2020
    10
    This is a remake done correctly, as charming as the original, the story isn't original but it's easy to follow and still holds it's weight.This is a remake done correctly, as charming as the original, the story isn't original but it's easy to follow and still holds it's weight. The voice acting is kind of bad, but most fans of the series will be using Japanese voices regardless. A faithful remake through and through. Expand
  4. Apr 27, 2020
    9
    This is wonderful game for fans of classic JRPGs. By taking the story, characters, and design philosophy of the original and combining it withThis is wonderful game for fans of classic JRPGs. By taking the story, characters, and design philosophy of the original and combining it with a modern take on combat and cutscenes, Trials of Mana manages to be very faithful to the original while still feeling fresh. The game is a joy to play, and the multiple characters and large amount of character customization makes it highly replayable. And of course the soundtrack is amazing as well.
    I do have a few minor complaints though. The missing multiplayer is unfortunate (though understandable), and the difficulty is fairly low even on hard mode. A few story scenes could have also benefitted from a retooling, as the characters make some bone-headed decisions along the way (looking at you, Riesz). But considering how good everything else is, it's easy to forgive those flaws. If you like JRPGs then this is definitely worth picking up.
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  5. tec
    Jun 19, 2020
    8
    A gorgeous game and a solid remake! Seiken Densetsu 3 was originally released as a SNES game but never made the jump to the west. People hadA gorgeous game and a solid remake! Seiken Densetsu 3 was originally released as a SNES game but never made the jump to the west. People had to get the japanese version, or a fan translated rom to enjoy this good game but finally after years square decided to remake it into a 3d world with a bit of extra stuff. In very basic terms this game is a action adventure rpg, you fight trough encounters, reach a town, prepare for the next section and repeat. The only gripe i have with this game is that they couldn´t implement a coop multiplayer like in the original game. Expand
  6. Dec 28, 2020
    6
    Remake graphics is nice, class system is good, the only bad thing in the game is the voice acting, should have done better to better supportRemake graphics is nice, class system is good, the only bad thing in the game is the voice acting, should have done better to better support the story of the game Expand
  7. Jul 6, 2020
    0
    As someone who has only played Secret of Mana 1, 2 and Legend of Mana, I can honestly say that I enjoyed this game a lot. The characters haveAs someone who has only played Secret of Mana 1, 2 and Legend of Mana, I can honestly say that I enjoyed this game a lot. The characters have simple but interesting stories. The gameplay is very fun and reminiscent of FFVII Remake in that you have to constantly change between your characters in order to be effective in battle. The musical score is amazing, which is expected of Square nowadays and I love the fact that they included the original 16 bit soundtrack. Which you can change to at any moment throughout the game. The game does have multiple endings which lends to its high replayability. The only thing that bothered me about the game was the voice acting. There were time when it would be so cringey that I would have to hit X to skip it. It was very obvious that the voice acting budget was lower than usual. All-in-all this was an above average game for me and I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of lighthearted action RPGs. Expand

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