Secret of Mana Review – Nothing to Offer Over the Original | GameCloud

Patrick Waring at GameCloud writes: "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. If more time, money, and effort had been put into this project, this remake could have been something truly special. As it stands, however, it feels like a cheap attempt to cash-in on a sudden resurgence in popularity of the original, brought about by the recent re-release of the SNES version. If you have the money, get yourself a SNES Classic if you want to see what the fuss is about. Or… You know… Any other number of methods. Secret of Mana came out in 1993, after all."

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