I really enjoyed this wonderful PSX
game. Truly a unique RPG
ing experience. Even though this is the fourth game in the Seiken Densetsu
series, the game (thankfully) bears almost no resemblance to its predecessor
s. The monsters
may be the same, but that is about it. I was worried when I purchased it that it was just going to be a rehash
of the rather boring Seiken Densetsu 3
, but I was pleasantly surprised with something totally new. The totally reworked battle mode makes fighting much more enjoyable. A fantastic new cast of characters
is introduced. A new mesmerizing soundtrack
is included. A whole new world to explore is at your fingertips
outdid themselves this time.
This gameplay introduced by this game is totally unlike anything before. It feels a lot more like Square's SaGa Frontier series than the previous Seiken Densetsu games. There is no main "plot" that requires you to go through a series of linear events in order to continue the story. Instead it's more of a "Choose Your Own Adventure" game. There are nearly 70 short adventures your character can go on, each one containing it's own mini-plot. While none of the plots are particularly deep, they are intriguing enough for you to want to finish them. Each time you complete an adventure, you are given the opportunity for more adventures. They can be played out in any order you choose. There are so many adventures to choose from that it is almost overwhelming. And since there is no order to play them out in, each time through the game is a unique experience.
Unlike any other RPG, the world map of Legend of Mana isn't pre-decided. Instead, when certain adventures are completed you are given "Artifacts". You chose a location on the world map for the artifact, and out pop a new location to explore. There is no shortage of variety in locations. Jungle, ruins, caves, ships, even the Underworld all wait to be explored.
And finally I must include a little blurb about the graphics. This game takes 2D to the limit. It almost makes me sad to know that 2D games are a dying breed, because 3D really can't capture this kind of beauty. All the backgrounds and sprites are beautifully hand drawn. The art is very bright and colorful and looks very soft, almost like a watercolor painting. It really adds the "fantasy" feel of the game.