Publisher: Square Enix
Composer: Hiroki Kikuta
Engine: Unreal Engine
Genre: Action role-playing game
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows
Developers: Square Enix, SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.
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Trials of Mana or Seiken Densetsu 3 was a cult classic that was never released in the West on the Super NES until the Nintendo Switch exclusive Collection of Mana that was released last year which gave us the first official translation of the game after 24 years of having to deal with unofficial translations. We were finally given the chance to experience the game in its intended original format and, like the Secret of Mana, Trials of Mana has been given a full on remake yet unlike Secret of Mana this is a from the ground up remake of Trials of Mana in the same vein as Final Fantasy VII Remake. The question that many are asking is does Trials of Mana remake live up to the legacy of the original game in this all new remake or does it become as hated as the Secret of Mana remake?
The story of Trials of Mana isn’t necessarily deep or profound but that’s not shocking nor should it be given the era of which this title comes from. If you are familiar with the original then this is an almost point for point remake in regards to the story with some key differences of different things getting more fleshed out than others. At times you can tell this game didn’t have the robust budget of Final Fantasy VII Remake to allow the developers to go crazy and do a lot of things too differently from the original release. In traditional fantasy RPG fashion, you have a set of chosen heroes that have to rise up against an unyieldingly evil villain with no redeeming qualities that only they can stop and………that’s about as deep as it goes. It isn’t bad that the story is simple as honestly simple works; but for many they may want a more motivating and 4th wall breaking plot than this game will offer. The main saving grace of this games story is the fact that of the 6 selectable heroes you get 6 different prologues and deviations in the story to accommodate who is in your party and who and what you encounter as well as a few differing plot points based on your selected heroes which gives this game both replayability and a extra levels of depth separating it from other games of it