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Trials of Mana

Square Enix
Apr 24, 2020 - Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5

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8 / 10
Metro GameCentral
5 / 10
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Trials of Mana Review Summary

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Updated Systems

Updated systems bring this classic inline with modern gaming sensibilities.

Stunning 3D Graphics

A new 3D art style makes this elusive JRPG more accessible than ever before.

Some Outdated Game Design

Even with the implementation of new systems, there is some outdated game design that might put off those new to JRPGs.

Trials of Mana is a solid remake which adds updated 3D visuals and other quality of life changes that fans of the series are sure to love.

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Trials of Mana - Character Spotlight Trailer: Hawkeye and Riesz (3/3)

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Critic Reviews for Trials of Mana

Trials of Mana is a great remake of a 16-bit classic, but its 16-bit roots are often hard to ignore.

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Metro GameCentral

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5 / 10
Metro GameCentral

A better remake than Secret Of Mana, even if it does remove one of the original's best features, but the one-note gameplay and weak storytelling limit its appeal considerably.

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This action/RPG excels in its fast-paced combat and intense boss battles, but a few frustrating elements ruin the enjoyment

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Trials of Mana adds modern hooks to an obscure classic JRPG, but fluid combat is held back by some frustrating choices.

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Trials of Mana is a strong remake of the classic 2D Super Famciom RPG that Western fans pined after for so very, very long. Its story is a bit weak, Charlotte's English voice acting might make you retch, and there's some notable repetition in the game's environments, but fighting through enemy hordes feels great. It's a considerable step above the 2018 revamp of Secret of Mana, so no worries there.

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Ultimately, remaking old games can be tough, but at a base level, the goal is pretty simple: To bring the best bits of an old game to life in a way that a new audience can appreciate. Trials of Mana accomplishes this goal handily.

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Trials of Mana is an exciting new step for the Mana series, breathing new, fully 3D life into a SNES classic that was left inaccessible to English fans for decades. The inventive and memorable story of the original game blends perfectly with the flashy new real-time combat system, and while muddy textures and a lack of co-op prove to somewhat sour the experience, this is still a stellar action RPG remake that anyone can get a kick out of.

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