Excerpt: People are always complaining about the lack of originality in videogames. Playing what is essentially the same game over and over again seems almost impossible to avoid considering how few unique titles there truly are. Legend of Mana takes some stabs at originality, but the original features are what makes this game far less enjoyable than it’s predecessor, Secret of Mana . Who says creativity is always a good thing?
Excerpt: Console role-playing games (RPGs) are not really known for their innovation. Aside from the predictable evolutions in graphics and sound, these types of games generally play the same as they have since the release of the original RPGs— Dragon Warrior and Final Fantasy on the NES. That was what made the release of Secret Of Mana on the Super NES (SNES) such a thrill for me.
Excerpt: Like many of Square's franchises, the Seiken Densetsu series has gone through quite a few name changes over the years. The original game, for the Game Boy, was released in North America as Final Fantasy Adventure (furthering Square's trend of releasing all their games at that point as Final Fantasy games to boost sales via name recognition). The sequel, for the Super Nintendo, was released as Secret of Mana, and is still one of Square's most-loved games.
Excerpt: My God, this game is gorgeous. Without a doubt, Legend of Mana is the most beautiful game I have ever played on the PSX when it comes to 2D graphics. Every location is lushly drawn and colored; each screen looking like hundreds of hours of work went into making it look just right. The South American temples look appropriately South American, the caves look dark and damp, and the forest looks lush and full.
Excerpt: Squaresoft's "Legend of Mana", for Sony PlayStation, is a graphically pretty game, which immediately struck me as trying to fuse elements from old 8-bit RPGs, Grandia, and even Monster Farm into a "new generation" classic RPG.
Excerpt: The world is in a bottle - actually, it's in a number of bottles and artifacts - waiting to be poured like life, sweet life, onto an earth turned barren and dry. It's Legend of Mana for the PlayStation, and it's waiting to be explored.
Excerpt: If you're an old-school RPG fan, pining for the way things used to be, you might want to take a look at Square's upcoming Legend of Mana, the sequel to the awesome SNES adventure, Secret of Mana.