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Dawn of Mana - PlayStation 2

by Square Enix
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews) 57 / 100

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  • Experience the beloved world of Mana in a fully 3D environment for the first time.
  • Explore sweeping plains and mountains that stretch as far as the eye can see, brought vividly to life by the detailed visuals that fans have come to expect from the Mana series.
  • Experience an interactive world that encourages players to “touch” the world of Mana.
  • Realistic facial expressions dynamically convey each character’s mood and emotions.

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  • ASIN: B000NGQ26C
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches ; 5.4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: May 22, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,448 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Long ago, when the world was at peace and magic was yet unknown to man, a beautiful isle called Illusia floated in the center of the Inner Sea. Over the island towered the Great Tree, the source of all life. There it had stood since the beginning of the world. But over time, the Tree gradually turned to stone and slept as though death had come at last.

So unfolds the story of how a boy came to wield a sacred sword and how a maiden became a goddess—entwining the fate of spirits, mortals, and the entire world into an engaging and entertaining tale of ultimate hope.

In Dawn of Mana players will finally uncover the origins of the long-running MANA series, which boasts unique and fully interactive 3D environments. Players will be able to interact with their environment like never before, as they explore, destroy and use objects in their fight against fierce—and often funny—enemies. Four difficulty levels, gameplay-altering emblems and a battle arena with collectable pets add customization to the adventure and increase replay value.

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Another Mana Game Takes a Dive May 23, 2007
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
It's hard to write a review for a Mana game and not talk about Secret of Mana. A game hailed as not only one of the greatest SNES RPGs out there, but also as one of the greatest RPGs of all time. Over the years, however, the Mana series has gotten progressively worse while other franchises from Square-Enix continue to be strong. Dawn of Mana is no exception as it is without a doubt one of the worst Mana games ever. It seems there will never be another Mana game to hold a candle up to the legacy set by Secret. It's really sad because Dawn of Mana, like the other Mana games to drop the ball, had a lot of potential to be good. The developers just didn't do things right.

Dawn of Mana centers on a guy named Keldric who is out to save someone named Ritzia from an evil King who has kidnapped Ritzia so that he can call forth the power of the Mana tree and plunge the world into Darkness. It's a pretty basic story. The good news is that the story is presented really well. The voice acting is top notch and the cutscenes are absolutely gorgeous to look at. Unfortunately that's about where the compliments to the game end. The gameplay, for as simple as it is, is rather frustrating.

Firstly, the game is fairly action/adventure oriented and has a dungeon crawl like feel to it. Keldric has what's called a "Vine Sword" that he can use to take on his enemies. He can use it to swing enemies into other enemies as well, but the real treat with this weapon is using his Panic attack which causes enemies to drop items. This is really the only way to get items from enemies. They don't just drop them normally. Keldric is also not alone. He's got an ally named Faye there to help him out and she's there to cast some supportive magic on him.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Zeth
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Ok, I'll cut straight to the chase here. I won't waste your time doing in-depth reviews the many aspects of this game, good or bad. You've read those; good acting/presentation/graphics/idea, bad execution (Camera/lock-on). If you wanna review these aspects, go visit Gamespot or whatever where it's their job to do stuff like that.

This is one of those games that you will either like, or you will hate. I happen to be one of them who liked it, and here's my stand on getting this game.

I won't deny that the camera and lock-on systems in this game are subpar, and I won't deny that some of the problems created by these problems make parts of the game aggravating. After the first couple hours I became real annoyed trying to figure out how to advance through a stage while being assaulted with a wacky camera and hard to grab enemies. Did that stop me? No. I wanted to beat the game, not let the game beat me.

So ask yourself: "How much do I really care about a crappy camera angle or a bad lock on?" Quite personally, I got over it. After a while, you get quite used to it, and you can figure out how to have a good time without crabbing about it. Sure, it may still be buggy, but once you're used to it, you can compensate rather effectively.

It bothers me a bit when people don't like something in a video game , and they go off on a tirade about its level of epic failure before they work with it some and give it another chance (Not pointing to anyone in specific; everyone is entitled to their views). Yes, first impressions can leave a lasting mark, and yes, some games are doomed to failure, but if you never give the game a chance after you've had some level of disgust, how can you be positive?
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Underrated Classic after North American fixes. June 1, 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Let's just get something out of the way up front: Dawn of Mana is NOT an action RPG. In fact, it isn't any kind of RPG. Nor does it have anything that could be conceived of (logically) as "RPG elements". Mana fans might find this disconcerting, given that the previous games in the series were light RPGs mashed into an action/adventure core, but what we have here is something that aims to be a different experience entirely. Anyone who tells you the game is an RPG in which your level resets at the end of each stage is a very sad individual. Just because a game has "levels" of something doesn't mean it's an RPG or meant to be taken as one in any way. Plenty of shooters and other game types have had levels of one thing or another, and that in no way indicates that the game had RPG elements.


Much ado has been made of the gamut of problems that Dawn of Mana suffers from, and while most of these accusations are on at least some level true, your mileage will definitely vary. There are gamers who apparently loathe this game as if it had its way with their wives and daughters, and there are some, like myself, who feel it is unjustly criticized and can actually be quite a positive experience for many. Part of the problem is the original release in Japan was far too difficult and often frustrating due to some design issues, but these have almost entirely been resolved in the North American release. Don't let the general negativity fool you - this is by no means a terrible game.

The big issues? Firstly, the camera. We can all agree that the camera is terrible. You've played games with terrible cameras before, and this one is just like those were. Secondly, the control. Some say it's completely broken, some say it's fine. I say it's in the middle.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This game is really fun! The gameplay reminds me of Kingdom Hearts
This game is really fun! The gameplay reminds me of Kingdom Hearts, or Epic Mickey. Similar problems with the camera angles but not so bad once you get used to it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by keb
5.0 out of 5 stars Looks brand new.
The game arrived within a week. Came in perfect condition. Not a scratch on the disk. Amazing speed and amazing quality.
Published 5 months ago by Laurie Owen
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool Game!
Great gameplay, and good characters. The weapon system was a surprising pleasure. Even though I've yet to finish it, I am definitely jazzed about doing so.
Published 6 months ago by Wolfie Wolfman
1.0 out of 5 stars The Worst Game I've Ever Played
This game was an absolute waste of my time and money. Everything about this game is underwhelming. And the fact that it is a part of the Mana series (a series that I did not grow... Read more
Published 12 months ago by bill
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad game
I am enjoying playing this game. The shipment came at a reasonable time after it was purchased. Great Job !
Published 20 months ago by Matthew Sutton
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing addition to the Mana Series
I've been a fan of the Mana series for a long time now, and was very disappointed with this addition. Read more
Published on August 14, 2012 by A. E. Chubbuck
1.0 out of 5 stars Compare to Okami
I loved both Secret of Mana, and Seiken Densetsu 3 (got it when it was an emulation). I was okay with Legend of Mana, despite the fact that the non-linear gameplay made it very... Read more
Published on March 13, 2012 by Thomas F. Hooker
5.0 out of 5 stars i heard this game is awesome dawn of mana its beautiful
i cant wait for the game to come by the mail i cant believe its soo cool when i saw the trailer i was thinking getting it since its awesome lol a lot of people say is the best... Read more
Published on January 7, 2012 by AzraeLightDreamer
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Game
Fun, cute game, but I haven't really played a lot, got distracted quickly for a different game. But definitely a cute game.
Published on March 5, 2009 by M. Schmidt
2.0 out of 5 stars Incompetent Controls.

Dawn of Mana (henceforth referred to as DoM by me) is an action-RPG platformer hybrid set in the isle of Illusia. Read more
Published on September 7, 2008 by MS
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