Se­cret Of Mana

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It was never go­ing to live up to the majesty of the orig­i­nal SNES game, but this bud­get re­make is not nearly as bad as you may have heard. Yes, the new polyg­o­nal graph­ics are nowhere near as nice as the orig­i­nal 2D sprites, and yes the new mu­sic isn’t as lovely to lis­ten to (thank­fully the orig­i­nal score is also in­cluded) but there’s still plenty to en­joy. The game­play is as solid as be­fore, with a de­cent in­ven­tory sys­tem, solid com­bat and chal­leng­ing bosses. It’s a lit­tle more dif­fi­cult than we re­mem­ber and we could do with­out the new cutscenes, but Mana’s 25-year-old me­chan­ics shine through. It pales in com­par­i­son to Shadow Of The Colos­sus’ mag­nif­i­cent up­date, but this HD up­date is still wor­thy of your pre­cious time. Score 71%

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