Secret of Mana remake screenshot of the team

The classic Secret of Mana is an action RPG released for the SNES in the ancient times of 1993. While nothing special these days, Secret of Mana received quite a lot of praise back then for avoiding the genre standard turn-based system and going with a more action-orientated real-time combat. Combine this with a lengthy and story-focused campaign and it's easy to see why Secret of Mana got quite the cult following over the years.

Given its popularity it was only a matter of time before Square Enix attempted to do a modern version, which is where the newly released 3D remake of Secret of Mana comes into play. However, unlike the usual remakes that only offer improved visuals and support for widescreen resolutions, the modern Secret of Mana also brings with it a variety of gameplay tweaks meant to modernize the combat, as well as English voice acting. Whether these improvements were a success or not, that is currently the big question.

As of right now the Secret of Mana remake sports a 64% approval rating on Steam, with most complaints being directed at both the English voice acting and the new gameplay tweaks. I haven't played it myself so take the following with a few grains of salt, but apparently the voice acting is mediocre at best, while the newly added combat mechanics have resulted in the battles feeling quite floaty and unsatisfying. Whether you consider these complaints to be worthwhile or not, I would still recommend waiting at least a week or two before springing for your wallet, just to make sure all of the technical issues have been ironed out.

You can learn more about the Secret of Mana remake by visiting either Steam or the official website. And finally, let me leave you with the recently posted launch trailer. It should give you a decent idea of what to expect. Enjoy!

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