Percentile Rank

Secret of Mana HD is ranked in the 21st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 68 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

63

Top Critic Average

12%

Critics Recommend

Based on 68 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

GameCloud
No
No
Mar 4, 2018

This isn’t a bad remake, per se. The game functions without crashing, and it’s a close approximation of what the original Secret of Mana had on offer. The problem is that in recreating the game, Square Enix forgot what the point of a remake is. Very little in this remake can have a serious claim to being “better” than the original, and in some cases, it’s arguably worse. Once the nostalgia wears off for returning players, your enjoyment with it will go downhill fairly quickly. It’s also hard to recommend to anyone that hasn’t played Secret of Mana before since there isn’t anything noteworthy you would get out of this version that you couldn’t experience in the original.

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Kotaku
Unscored
Unscored
Mar 9, 2018

If someone expressed an interest in playing Secret of Mana, I'd first encourage them to buy a SNES Classic.

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Player2.net.au
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 21, 2018

When breaking down a product such as this remake it's important to look at the game through the lens of the two different audiences. If you're an established fan then this remake is a mixed bag, it refines and improves the game in some ways, but is a backwards step in others. If you're new, then you're a small purchase away from experiencing one of the truly great JRPGs of all time, not carrying the baggage that others bring with them.

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Scored Reviews

Player.One
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 15, 2018

While it retains some of the annoying quirks of the SNES original (and brings a few new ones to the table), the Secret of Mana remake is still a rollicking good time for old-school RPG fans.

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Wccftech
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 20, 2018

Conventional wisdom would say the new Secret of Mana isn't a great remake. It doubles down on the stuff that already works while leaving the original game's most glaring flaws mostly untouched. That said, I still enjoyed this new package. Secret of Mana was always about charm and personality over polish. Yes, the game remains a bit of a mess, but that special spark at its core burns brighter than ever. If you loved the original game, or are just in the mood for something light and quirky, this remake strikes true.

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GearNuke
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 20, 2018

Secret of Mana HD has retained its charm after all these years however some of its dated gameplay needs to be overhauled in order to make it one of the better remakes released by Square Enix.

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DualShockers
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 15, 2018

The developers kept the physics, systems, and gameplay almost identical to the original Secret of Mana and I'm overjoyed that they did. With Secret of Mana being grouped up by so many gamers as their favorite game of all time, it was important for Square Enix to deliver as close to that same experience for a new generation, and they did that just that. Some features might not have aged well or should have been added in for good measure, but this release of Secret of Mana is the same adventure that I remember, and I couldn't have asked for more.

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Worth Playing
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Oct 1, 2018

Yet, despite Secret of Mana's technical blunders, this new version is a faithful re-creation with a lot of reverence for its source material. For those who may have missed out on Secret of Mana the first time around, it also serves as a solid introduction to a classic from the Golden Age. At a time when local co-op is difficult to find on most current-gen consoles, it gives a fresh option for those wanting to play with others. Secret of Mana'sremasteroffers a magical, vivid tale for the current-gen library.

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ani-game.com
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 25, 2018

Secret of Mana remake is a faithful recreation of a highly beloved classic, that Square Enix has modernised visually to get it in the hands of as many new generation gamers that may have missed the original 1993 release.

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IGN Spain
7.4 / 10.0
7.4 / 10.0
Feb 16, 2018

Secret of Mana is a welcomed remake, but doesn't do what's necessary to bring this game to a modern audience, with only slight changes to the original formula.

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Hobby Consolas
74 / 100
Hobby Consolas
Redacción Hobby Consolas

Top Critic

74 / 100
Feb 16, 2018

It is till an enjoyable classic RPG, with fun coop local multiplayer. But somehow we prefer the classic style better than the new generic 3D models.

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GameCrate
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
Feb 15, 2018

Secret of Mana's remake is fun because Secret of Mana was fun. However, Square could have done a lot better, especially with a beloved classic such as this.

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LevelUp
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
Jan 1, 1970

Even if it doesn't look as good as the original, the Secret of Mana remake is a fun and exciting game. By taking the best of its source material and making some adjustments, Square Enix brings us the most accessible version of the beloved Action RPG.

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CFG Games
3.6 / 5.0
3.6 / 5.0
Feb 26, 2018

While largely entrenched in the past with few mechanical changes, the Secret of Mana remake contains new audiovisual elements that are inconsistent yet enjoyable. With its added dialogue, new voices, and arranged music, the remake is a serviceable if somewhat dated take on a classic title.

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Video Chums
7.1 / 10.0
7.1 / 10.0
Feb 20, 2018

This Secret of Mana remake is a solid new way to relive the classic although the original is clearly the better of the two options.

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The Games Machine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2018

A remake only makes sense when it truly enhances the original game. Guess what? This is not the case. For lack of a better option, it's best played on a Super Nintendo Classic Mini. The best way to describe this remake is "unnecessary", and it could be worth your time only if you don't have any other way to play the original.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 16, 2018

It honestly pains me to say this as someone who continues to be a big fan of the original. The problem with Secret of Mana HD doesn’t lie in what the developers changed as some might believe. It’s what they did not change. I almost hate myself for saying this but one of the key parts of Secret of Mana — its combat — just don’t hold up as well today. I’m still a big fan of the game. But my view of it is now a more tempered one as opposed to the blind devotion I had for it before I replayed the original game and played its new HD version as well. It’s still a solid game but also feels a bit more flawed.

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Hardcore Gamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Feb 20, 2018

Secret of Mana is a strange title. On one hand it has so many missteps in its redesign that it's easy to quickly dismiss it, but it remains a rewarding gaming experience upon playing.

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GamingBolt
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2018

Secret of Mana's remake doesn't fix everything wrong with the original game, but it's still a charming adventure that's worth your time.

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TechRaptor
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Mar 3, 2018

There is a lot wrong with this remake and a lot of missed opportunities in terms of updating a game for the modern age, but at its core, it is still Secret of Mana and that is a game that everyone should play at least once.

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Destructoid
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 17, 2018

You may as well just play the SNES version, even if it's the first time you're ever picking up a Mana game: the original spritework is able to pick up the slack of a few of its inherent shortcomings, which are only exasperated by the swap to 3D.

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Geek Culture Podcast
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 25, 2018

Looking to remake a classic like Secret of Mana was certainly a tall task, with Square Enix succeeding in some ways and disappointing in others. While overhauling too much might have seemed blasphemous, the lack of any real non-superficial changes gives you less reason to play this remake of Secret of Mana versus just pulling out the original and playing it instead, even if this is a solid remake overall.

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PSX Brasil
70 / 100
70 / 100
Feb 17, 2018

Secret of Mana's biggest drawback is the changes where it didn't have to, and what needed an update, was preserved. The remake could be more refined and longtime fans probably share the same feeling. It is a Japanese RPG that rescues classic aspects of the genre, but should only contemplate new players without any reference to the original product.

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GamePro
69 / 100
69 / 100
Feb 19, 2018

Although the technique is functional and some elements have been made worse, the remake of the remake still looks like the original.

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Atomix
68 / 100
68 / 100
Feb 20, 2018

This remake of Secret of Mana allows us to enjoy one of the classic RPGs from the SNES once again. But at the end, it feels like a missed opportunity of what could have been the definitive version of the game.

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Easy Allies
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Mar 25, 2018
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Game Informer
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Feb 19, 2018

Secret of Mana's retelling is full of highs and lows. The colorful world and boss battles still hold their allure, but the overall execution feels average (at best)

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GamingTrend
65 / 100
65 / 100
Mar 6, 2018

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.

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Spaziogames
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Feb 22, 2018

This new version of Secret of Mana doesn't add anything important to this timeless classic, presenting the same strenghts and weaknesses of 25 years ago. It can still be fun with a couple fo friends on the same couch, but we won't recommend it over the Snes Classic Mini version of the original.

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Niche Gamer
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Mar 29, 2018

Essentially just a new coat of paint, a rookie soundtrack remastering, and a few voice actors.

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SECTOR.sk
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Apr 11, 2018

Remake of 25 years old game is not very convincing. It is just for biggest fans of the Mana series.

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RPG Fan
65%
RPG Fan

Top Critic

65%
Mar 20, 2018

If you can get your hands on a Super NES Classic, you may be better off playing the original instead.

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VGProfessional
6.1 / 10.0
6.1 / 10.0
Feb 20, 2018

The magic of Secret of Mana seems to have faded during its transition to HD assets. Beyond a graphical upgrade that will certainly not please everyone, it is especially the old rhythm of the combat and lack of difficulty that make the adventure much more bland than the original. If you played the original, I would advise not to tarnish your memories with this so-called upgrade.

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GameSpot
6 / 10
6 / 10
Feb 17, 2018

The Secret of Mana remake is mostly the same game you know and love, for better and for worse.

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God is a Geek
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Mar 6, 2018

Caught right between a needed update and trying to strictly adhere to the original template, Secret of Mana doesn't commit itself enough in either direction to justify owning it above any of the other versions.

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Push Square
6 / 10
6 / 10
Feb 19, 2018

This Secret of Mana remake feels like a missed opportunity. It could have been a chance to tweak a few systems, strip away any outdated elements, and add in a few basic improvements. Overall the game is good but only because the original Secret of Mana was good; this remaster doesn't add as much as it could and, if anything, removes some of the magic of the original.

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COGconnected
60 / 100
60 / 100
Feb 24, 2018

Why on Earth would you keep the gameplay totally intact when it's so terribly flawed?

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GameMAG
6 / 10
GameMAG
OkaRin

Top Critic

6 / 10
Mar 2, 2018

Secret of Mana was an amazing game in 1993 and is a "must play" for all JRPG fans. It features diverse world, memorable bosses, dynamic combat system, great atmosphere and a simple, but interesting plot. And it's really sad that remake turned out not so good. Strange innovations, cheap three-dimensional graphics and bugs spoil the final impression. You can still buy it, but at half price or so.

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TrustedReviews
Feb 16, 2018

I hate to be a downer on a classic RPG, especially when Secret of Mana can be so charming and it's still clear why it was such a well-loved game. Yet this remaster doesn't work.

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RPG Site
6 / 10
6 / 10
Feb 19, 2018

This transition from 2D to 3D feels clunky and uninspired, but it still has a few bright spots.

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Digital Chumps
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Feb 5, 2018

All in all, this Secret of Mana HD remake is a mixed offering.

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CGMagazine
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2018

Curiously lean on the magic that made Secret of Mana a seminal classic, this remake is serviceable in a pinch, but revisiting the original is probably a better use of time.

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Fandom
3 / 5.0
Fandom

Top Critic

3 / 5.0
Feb 20, 2018

Nostalgia purists wanting to play Secret of Mana in 2018 are recommended to pick up a SNES Mini and enjoy the original in glorious HD. There’s not enough in the way of improvements in this remake to warrant the attention of the old guard.

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Digitally Downloaded
Feb 21, 2018

This won't be remembered as a particularly good remake, and it's tragic, because by itself, outside of the shadow of the game it's a remaster of, Secret of Mana has its charms.

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BaziCenter
6 / 10
BaziCenter
ماکان علیخانی

Top Critic

6 / 10
Feb 24, 2018

As a fan of 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.

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Cerealkillerz
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Feb 17, 2018

The Secret of Mana Remake is an overpriced and carelessly implemented remaster of a timeless classic with a terrible art style and soundtrack selection. If you wanna enjoy the best version of this classic, get a SNES Classic Mini.

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WellPlayed
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2018

A bewildering assortment of bad updates and very few good ones makes this an unnecessary and disappointing remake of a beloved SNES classic

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RPGamer
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Mar 9, 2018

A couple of additions are nice, but the original game is easy to play via digital sources today and delivers mostly the same experience.

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IGN Italy
5.7 / 10.0
5.7 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2018

Secret of Mana's remake doesn't add as much as it could and, if anything, removes some of the magic of the original.

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NEOsite
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Mar 4, 2018

This time Square failed in making a remake - we've got castrated mechanics, many serious bugs, ugly graphics and terrible remixes. If the original NES version wasn't so hard to get, I'd recommend ignoring Secret of Mana on PS4 altogether.

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Polygon
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Feb 15, 2018

It's no secret: This remake disappoints

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Metro GameCentral
5 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

5 / 10
Feb 19, 2018

The original SNES classic deserves better than this overpriced and undercooked remake, which fails to recreate the original's '90s charm.

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TheSixthAxis
5 / 10
5 / 10
Feb 23, 2018

Unwanted and unasked for, Secret of Mana does the bare minimum you'd expect from a remake, and when you consider the original's beloved status, the fact that it's been given such a lacklustre treatment is stupefying.

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Gameblog
5 / 10
5 / 10
Feb 19, 2018

By chosing to apply a 3D mask taken from any random mobile game on the 1993 original, Secret of Mana delivers a remake that will satisfy no one. None of the bugs has been fixed, even though this translation finally gives us a closer glimpse of the scenario. But with such a price, its lazy artistic direction and wrong remixes will crush your childhood memories for good.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2018

Secret of Mana is an entirely skippable remake of a game that was the progenitor for a number of JRPG conventions. That's a shame. The greater failing, however, is what happens when fans will inevitably pick this title up in the hopes of recapturing some of the feelings of grandeur the original game contained so much of. They, like me, might end up realizing that a game they had placed on a pedestal for decades is actually rather ordinary by today's standards, and any magic that made it a lasting impression on those who played it has long since been left behind by the cruel, inexorable march of time.

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EGM
5 / 10.0
Emma Schaefer

Top Critic

5 / 10.0
Feb 27, 2018

While there's plenty to love about the original Secret of Mana, this remake manages to kill off most the game's charm while failing to modernize the parts of the game that actually need updating. Awkward animations, impenetrable menus, slow combat, and repeated random crashes add up to a game that, with 25 years of technological improvements under its belt, may actually be worse than the original.

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3DNews
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Mar 3, 2018

It's better to play an SNES version and forget about this poorly executed so-called remake.

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Gamer Escape
5 / 10
5 / 10
Feb 28, 2018

Those attempting to play for the first time are going to be dealing with the archaic systems on top of a presentation that feels more like a mobile port than a full-fledged console release. On the other hand, returning players will probably find themselves disappointed with the remixed soundtrack and lack of any work done to polish the rough edges. Nostalgic gamers should just stick to the SNES original, newcomers really don’t even need to bother.

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Sirus Gaming
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Feb 22, 2018

Ultimately, Secret of Mana is a letdown that the series doesn’t deserve, and nor does its fans. The remake has lost some of the charm that made the original have such a cult following since 1993, due to its bland transition into 3D and certain gameplay mishaps. The experience isn’t entirely for naught, but it’s sure to rub some fans the wrong way. For newcomers, it’s best to steer clear and stick with the classic version, especially for the steep asking price of $39.99. Perhaps it’s best to keep the remake a secret and pretend it didn’t happen.

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Geeks Under Grace
5 / 10.0
Geeks Under Grace
Gareth Tucker
5 / 10.0
Jun 12, 2018

Secret of Mana was a groundbreaking game in the 90's. But considering the advances even in top-down RPGs in the recent years, the game had so much potential. What has been made feels like a quick cash grab that seems to lose the appeal of a port and disappoints, as a remake. This is definitely a game to wait for a drop in price, or spend a little more money on an SNES classic and enjoy the original alongside more titles.

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Game Forces PT
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Sep 10, 2020

Secret of Mana presents great environments with a traditional history when it comes to JRPGs. However, it feels like a lost opportunity to present a different experience, due to the lack of new elements and relying too much on the original material. For fans of the saga, it is surely an acquisition to consider, however there are better options on the market for those who simply want to spend a few hours playing an action JRPG.

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PC Gamer
48 / 100
48 / 100
Feb 20, 2018

A flimsy remake of a flawed 16-bit favourite that exacerbates all the original's problems while failing to recapture its strengths.

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ZTGD
4.5 / 10.0
ZTGD

Top Critic

4.5 / 10.0
Mar 13, 2018

Secret of Mana fails with its slew of technical issues and unimpressive graphic design.

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DigitalCentralMedia
42%
42%
Apr 2, 2018

Secret of Mana is a careless and disappointing remake with awful visuals. The soundtrack has been demolished along with the beautiful art style the original had. Not recommended to anyone.

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Shacknews
4 / 10
4 / 10
Feb 26, 2018

The original Secret of Mana was a charming, imaginative adventure that made a considerable impact on a lot of gamers' lives. Any attempt to reinvent that experience implies two things: that the original game had room for improvement, and that modern technology and design can bring about such improvements. Sadly, while the original Secret of Mana was by no means a flawless experience, the remake's attempt to improve upon the formula has resulted in a game that's markedly inferior by comparison.

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We Got This Covered
Feb 26, 2018

Unfortunately, everything is wrong with this remake of the classic SNES game. From shoddy voice work and pedestrian graphics to janky combat, the experience is nearly ruined, and a classic game's reputation is forever soiled.

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Cubed3
4 / 10
4 / 10
Apr 21, 2018

As the era of remakes continues on and on, with the recent confirmation of the original Shenmue games finally receiving their long-awaited remaster later this year, this is not a good example to look to for what's in store. If this is indicative of what to expect, the Final Fantasy VII faithful are right to be concerned for what their upcoming drastically different remake has in store. Somehow, it manages to take the original and, honestly, it makes it worse… The same story and the same game are still here at its heart, but it's hidden away under so many layers of imperfections and issues that it's almost indistinguishable. Frankly, it's a better idea to grab a SNES mini and enjoy the original instead. Horribly disappointing.

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MonsterVine
2 / 5.0
2 / 5.0
Mar 2, 2018

Secret of Mana has a lot of good ideas that are neutered by the shocking abundance of technical issues and bugs that make this remake almost unplayable. Though the visuals and sound are fantastic, those who want to experience this classic are much better off playing the original game.

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