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Video: Trials Of Mana In Preview: More Than A Nice New Edition?
Trials of Mana was already a very ambitious game in 1995, because just like in the original, in the new edition you can choose a protagonist and two colleagues at the beginning of the game who will support you on your journey. The peculiarity of Trials of Mana is the story, because depending on which characters you choose, the more different the adventures you experience will be. So if you change the combination of the group, you also change the course of action. A different course of action results in a different villain and even a different ending.
There are a total of six characters to choose from: from Kevin, the heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Ferolia, who can turn into a wolf, to Resi, the young princess of the Kingdom of Laurence and captain of the Amazon Guard. Each character not only tells his own (pre) story, but has different skills. Based on these skills, you can put together a suitable team, depending on whether you prefer to be a long-range fighter or put one on your opponents in close combat. For example, while Kevin shows a wild melee style, Resi relies on her lance to do more slow but bigger damage from a distance.
There is also a sophisticated step-up system with which your heroes reach higher classes. If you have decided against a pure supporter, for example, even other characters can learn skills that are available to you in combat. Furthermore, the selected class, as well as the allocation in light or dark, decides how your character looks and which special skills, special attacks or magic are available to you.
A new old game
A terrible war, eight mana stones, a legendary sword - while the developers of the remake, especially the story and the character system, do not bend their hair, the graphics of Trials of Mana are completely renewed: You find yourself in a three-dimensional world in which you the camera can pan freely. The graphics are round. The lovingly designed characters fit seamlessly. The style is reminiscent of a Dragon Quest. The environment, your heroes and opponents radiate so much charm that you will be transported back to your youth when you have played Secret of Mana.
In addition to the graphics, the voice output does not disappoint. While there was no German synchronization, you can choose between English and Japanese. The background music is also available in two versions, so you can choose between the original and newly arranged pieces.
Square Enix also turns a few screws in the combat system: more action-packed than the original, you choose from a variety of different attacks and carry them out in combination. Hard blows, surface or jump attacks, but also special attacks are not neglected. The struggles feel fluid, even intuitive. If your opponents make an attack, the game signals the hit box with a red area - this not only simplifies evasion, but also the planning of your next attack.
Goodbye co-op mode
Are you standing right now? Then you better sit down quickly. Because according to Square Enix, they consciously decided against the multiplayer mode from the original in order to enable a good look and feel in the new perspective. As much as we understand this decision, it is still bitter. Because although the Secret of Mana remake has done a lot of wrong things, Trials of Mana is one step ahead of a co-op mode.
Fortunately, the reissue also plays well in single player mode and the change of characters never gets boring - and even if Trials of Mana doesn't reinvent the wheel, it shows that a huge budget is not always necessary to create a remake of that enchanted with its very own charm. Trials of Mana will please everyone who wants a fresh look at Japanese role-playing games or who wants to indulge in memories for a few hours. It will soon become clear whether there is enough variety to captivate to the end.
Trials of Mana will be released on April 24th for PC, PS4 and Nintendo Switch.
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