Legend of Mana
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What's included? (1) Legend of Mana video game for the PlayStation 1 Specs: Platform: Sony PlayStation 1 (PS1) Region Code: NTSC U/C Original Jewel Case? Included Original Instruction Manual? Included Version/Variation: Standard Functional Condition: Used, but still works great! This game has been tested Cosmetic Condition: Good – The manual is slightly wavy and has slightly blunted corners and whitening of the edges. The case has some light to moderate scuffs and scratches. The game disc has some light scratches but, it has been tested and plays flawlessly.
Though it lacks the dramatic intensity of the Final Fantasy series--the crown prince of console role-playing games--SquareSoft's Legend of Mana still satisfies with its beautiful hand-drawn sets and its innovative nonlinear gameplay.
Billed as the sequel to the Super Nintendo's Secrets of Mana, Legend of Mana's story contains more than 60 self-contained miniquests, but generally the goal is to restore the world's Mana, or life energy. Gamers won't need to be obsessive about winning all the quests, but there are some challenges that must be completed if you wish to reach the final showdown. The game begins as players choose either a male or female lead character while a map displays the new lands within the world of Fa'Diel. In each of these lands, players will find items and clues they can use in other lands. The fragmented nature of the game can be disorienting for gamers looking for quick gratification. A diary can be used to keep track of current miniquests, while an encyclopedia neatly organizes the vast amount of story players uncover. Due to the vast nature of this game's plot, you'll likely need these features to stay focused on your quests.
Anime fans will be wowed by the character design and beautifully illustrated storybook backgrounds. The game includes a Pokémon-style monster-raising element, which is surprising for a teen-rated RPG, but it works well. --Porter Hall
- Pokémon-style monster raising adds nice nurturing element to RPG tasks
- Nonlinear quest system makes story engrossing
- Stunning hand-drawn backgrounds
- Music is at times absurdly overdramatic
- Second player controls character only during battle
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The art is entirely hand-drawn, every single scene, every room, every map, everything, and it's beautiful. The soundtrack is my favorite in gaming, with songs from Yoko Shimomura, who never fails to impress me. The gameplay is thoroughly enjoyable, with a unique and fun combat system, an interesting magic system, creative enemies, and boss battles that are unforgettable.
There are also little extra things to do in this game. You can raise a pet to help you fight and follow you on your quest. You can use the "workshop" to make new spells, you can go through a ton of fun side quests, and there's even an arena. There's even a multiplayer option whenever you have a follower. Some people boo the multiplayer, but I think it's fun to play as the follower characters. The only thing that some people would probably like to see that they didn't include is a character customization in the beginning, that's it.
I wrote as someone who has never played the "Secret of Mana" series besides this game, so it's entirely possible that the other games in the series are even better. Either way, I hope if you buy this you enjoy it as much as I did.
As a gamer I have not been a completionist and have no problems not owning the "bestest" items in the game. But I know this element in the game could be somewhat frustrating/confusion as not "placing" your items in a certain order may inadvertently prevent you from completing it at 100%.
There wasn't much in the way of tutorials back in the day either, Like the inability to decipher the "Dub Bears language." I had to break out the notepad. Despite its flaws and strange experiments in gameplay it was still a great game more so than some of the games that came after it.
I feel "Legend of Mana" has maintain the action role play elements in its battles that has come to be expected of the series and this entry is worth having in your game library despite its flaws.
If you're a Seiken Densetsu fan like me, then you'll love this game! It may seem a bit more childish than the other Seiken Densetsu's at first, but its a great game that has a "pretty" good non-linear storyline. This is the first Seiken Densetsu to have a world map, it features a new system where you place the lands in the world as you get them, you can place them wherever you want but its more than what looks pretty, it takes strategy and planning. Also depending on when you place a land in the monsters will be stronger or drop better items. The characters are all so lovable each with their own storylines to follow, there are three main storylines. Legend of Mana also introduces a really cool and advanced blacksmithing system that almost literally gives you no limits to what you can create! The magic system is a different from the other games, but it gives you a bunch of different styles. You make instruments to have magic. You can also Raise Pets or Make Golems for a 3rd NPC! Square even added in a feature so that you can paint your golem... this requires produce which you grow with a scary treeman in your backyard. Legend of Mana has the old weapon style again so that you can use more than one different kind of weapon, only they went over board and made over 20 different Special Techniques for each type of weapon! There are normal skills too like jump, roll ect. When you beat the game you can do something similar to Chrono Trigger's New Game+ feature, when you do this you have to option to go into a harder mode of the game. The graphics are very well done watercolor style, which is a really cool looking graphic style. The music is great too!
Overall I'd definitely give this game and the service I received 5 stars!