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Legend of Mana

Square Enix, M2 Co., Ltd.
Jun 24, 2021 - PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4
Fair

OpenCritic Rating

74

Top Critic Average

60%

Critics Recommend

IGN
7 / 10
Easy Allies
7 / 10
Game Revolution
8 / 10
Destructoid
8 / 10
VG247
3 / 5
IGN Italy
7 / 10
GamingTrend
80 / 100
Daily Mirror
4 / 5
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Critic Reviews for Legend of Mana

A beautiful modern rendering of a PlayStation classic, Legend of Mana retains both the charms and the problems from its initial release.

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It might be a bit obtuse, but Any fan of 2D JRPGs must experience Legend of Mana. It was released when they were at their zenith, a time when it seemed like every month Square Enix was dropping a new banger. Hopefully, if these continue to do well, we’ll see games like Threads of Fate and (dare I say it) Chrono Chross get another chance to shine. These remasters are a way to go back to one of the golden ages of gaming, and they can keep them coming.

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All these years later it’s a treat to revisit the world of Legend of Mana in any form, much less through an HD modern lens. It’s still unlike just about anything else out there.

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To a certain type of player, Legend of Mana is likely to be considered the perfect remaster. It touches up the visuals, but not too much. It makes quality-of-life changes, but preserves the original design and difficulty – warts and all. Some may find that preservation detrimental, with this twenty year-old game showing its age – but it does also make this the new definitive way to experience a classic.

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The remastering process didn't address the shortcomings of the gameplay of Legend of Mana. Yet, its vibrant world, full of memorable characters drawn to life by astonishing visuals and new orchestral scores, is as good as ever.

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While it feels like Legend of Mana's issues could've been easily ironed out with a low budget remake rather than a remaster, the game was still a delight to play through and is still the hidden gem of the Mana series.

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Legend of Mana Remaster is a great game that goes against the traditional forms of storytelling to create a unique adventure. With the monster taming and variety within the Land Make system, completing this game is a colossal feat and will require a couple of playthroughs to see everything. The addition of two-player modes makes this a must-have for JRPGs fans and newcomers alike.

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