Secret of Mana HD
A flimsy remake of a flawed 16-bit favourite that exacerbates all the original's problems while failing to recapture its strengths.
The original SNES classic deserves better than this overpriced and undercooked remake, which fails to recreate the original's '90s charm.
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)
The Secret of Mana remake is mostly the same game you know and love, for better and for worse.
It's no secret: This remake disappoints
If someone expressed an interest in playing Secret of Mana, I'd first encourage them to buy a SNES Classic.
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.
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.
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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