Make Mana great again.
The mana series has been in a difficult situation lately, at least in the US. Since 2007, there has been no significant new signing, and last year's Secret of Mana remake is generally considered a disappointment. If you are worried about the upcoming remake of Trials of Mana, I have good news for you: Trials looks much better. It seems less to be tied to the source material and to make it its own thing ̵
Manafans in the west have been waiting a long time to play this game. Originally published on Super Famicom in 1995 under the name Seiken Densetsu 3, Trials of Mana only reached the USA with the recently released Collection of Mana.
As it is said: When it rains, it pours. At the beginning of next year, Trials of Mana will receive a remake that will give the game a complete 3D overhaul. I participated in a hands-off demo at the E3 2019 and the game seems to be developing well.
The cities, the wilderness and the overall view reminded me of Dragon Quest XI.
Like all Bei Mana games, it's a standalone story, so you do not have to be familiar with the first two to get into Trials of Mana. At the beginning you choose one of six heroes as your main character and two others as a companion. Each hero has unique abilities: There is a bat, a ranged attacker, a healer, a magical user and even one who turns into an animal at night.
You can always take control of one of your companions on the battlefield, and the other two will automatically fight alongside you. That means your first triplet is locked once you've made your choice, and you can not play like the other three heroes without starting a new game. The producers say this adds repeatability.
The demo I saw did not go down in history and instead focused on the fight. Typical for the series are real-time battles as you hack If you charge around the field to eliminate enemies, the battle here seems to be deeper than in Secret of Mana, as you can make heavy and light attacks to create combos, Throw back the enemies or inflict attack damage You can also point the camera at enemies and orbit them to search for an opening. If you fight long enough, fill in a bar at the bottom of the screen that will trigger a special attack.
Unlike the Fixed Camera In the 2018 Secret of Mana remake, you have full control over your view of Trials of Mana. The cities, the wilderness, and the overall view reminded me of Dragon Quest XI, this is the ag A good thing for those who were disappointed with the rigorous presentation in the Secret of Mana remake.
The short demo ended with a boss fight against Fullmetal Hugger, a giant crab you can see in the Trial of Mana trailer. (And for fun, you can check out the Collection of Mana trailer to see what he looked like in the Super Famicom version.) The eyes of Cancer are its weak spot, and if one of them does enough damage, it disappears. Then you have to attack the other until the beast falls.
The demo did what it was supposed to do and made me eager to play the finished game. Although the series has not made much of a Western impact in recent years, Mana may have a lot to offer.
Chris Reed is IGN's purchasing and trading editor who has played many, many, many moons of the Secret of Mana. You can follow him on Twitter @ chrislreed .