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« on: May 15, 2007, 07:47:20 PM »

So the game is coming out next week along with Odin Sphere on the very same day. I've played it, beaten it and written a review that will be posted pretty soon.

I know many of you guys are looking forward to Odin Sphere, but what's everyones thought's on the latest Mana game coming soon. It's the fourth main installment in over a decade, and there is some talk.

Some of you may give it a whirl or too worried on the bad rep it's recieving? Share away!

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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2007, 07:51:39 PM »

I haven't heard anything good about the gameplay...  a damn shame.  I was hoping to travel around a warld and do fun things.  This looks a bit too Kingdom Hearts-y for my taste.  Music and graphics are gorgeous though.
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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2007, 08:00:45 PM »

Fuck it. Maybe I'd actually really like it, but even without "AHHH IT'S NOT SOM WAHHH", it really just sounds like the kinda game that'd bore me to death. I'll just get Odin Sphere, that sounds like innovation I can give a crap about.
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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2007, 09:50:47 PM »

The main complaints aren't from being divided up into levells or having a weird level-up system. From what I've heard, the camera sucks, and the physics are completely broken.
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« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2007, 08:07:18 PM »

It was either Dawn of Mana or Odin Sphere, and Odin Sphere won the battle.  It's not so much of a money issue but a time issue.  I'd rather spend my time playing something that's really cooking with innovation instead of another Mana game.  I also figured Odin Sphere would become a bit more obscure at some point, and Dawn of Mana will go 19.99 in the future.
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« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2007, 08:10:21 PM »

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I also figured Odin Sphere would become a bit more obscure at some point, and Dawn of Mana will go 9.99 in the future.

Fixed. Yeah, it looks like it'll be a game that's so ignored it doesn't stay at the 19.99 point for very long.
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« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2007, 09:40:56 AM »

Maybe this will get Square's attention for them to think, "Hey, all the Mana games we've been releasing suck. Maybe we should go back to the original formula. One that actually works."
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« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2007, 11:39:15 AM »

I've been a bit disenchanted with some of Square's older franchises lately.  The Mana/Final Fantasy series has become somewhat of a snorefest recently.  Final Fantasy XII ended up boring me to death and the new Mana title looks worse.

Square still hasn't lost all of their magic, however, VProfile2 and KH2 were both fun video games...and I'm still have a strange fascination with the SaGa series as well.

I'll pick up Dawn of Mana someday when it's cheaper, but who knows maybe someone here can play through it and convince me otherwise.

I'd like to be wrong about this one.
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« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2007, 03:25:18 PM »

Dawn of Mana received reviews just as terrible, if not worse, than Unlimited SaGa. It'll be down in price just as soon, if not earlier, as Unlimited SaGa. Try six monthes or less.

And those reviews were released before the game was. What made S-E think they were actually going to get $50 for it, as opposed to say $40 or less? I don't know about you, but most companies are releasing their games with a starting price of $40. S-E is kind of pompous like that, thinking they're going to get more for their games than other companies do, don't you think?
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« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2007, 11:10:12 AM »

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Dawn of Mana received reviews just as terrible, if not worse, than Unlimited SaGa. It'll be down in price just as soon, if not earlier, as Unlimited SaGa. Try six monthes or less.

And those reviews were released before the game was. What made S-E think they were actually going to get $50 for it, as opposed to say $40 or less? I don't know about you, but most companies are releasing their games with a starting price of $40. S-E is kind of pompous like that, thinking they're going to get more for their games than other companies do, don't you think?


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When I went to the store and saw Odin Sphere 39.99 and Dawn of Mana 49.99 it was an easy decision.

I'm not hurting for money like I was in school, but I'd still rather use the $10 for something else game related if I can.
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« Reply #10 on: May 29, 2007, 01:23:56 AM »

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Yeah, I love classic SD games. Dodgy hit detection, sprite flicker, and bad AI for the win!

Well, SD3 lost the sprite flicker and improved on the AI, but it still had REALLY SLOW MENUES and a complete lack of a story after the half-way point when you're just rushing bosses. Non-dodgable magic attacks are also awesome.
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« Reply #11 on: May 29, 2007, 11:10:37 AM »

Square Enix needs to ask... was there anything wrong with the old Seiken games?  No?  mayeb we should take a page out of its book.

Ass.

A shame, I was looking forward to the game.
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« Reply #12 on: May 31, 2007, 01:30:11 PM »

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there were things wrong with them, for one thing, although things that could be fixed without radically changing the series' direction, but that's not the point. Sword of mana played VERY similarly to SD2, and from my understanding, random dungeons aside, Children was also supposed to have played really similarly to SD2. They're not radical departures. Why are they inferior?
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« Reply #13 on: May 31, 2007, 03:31:45 PM »

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Why are they inferior?


Great expectations?
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