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[Secret of Mana] Some games never get old
I was hunting around for an action RPG to sate my appetite until Diablo 3 hits, and I finally remembered Secret of Mana. I popped it in a couple of nights ago, and I'm already near the end. I really love this game, it's just such a timeless classic. This will probably be the 4th time I've beaten it.
Part of it is the spritework, which is just some of the best ever. The look and feel of this game is ageless. Some of my favorite 16-bit graphics, alongside Chrono Trigger. And it's a great game to just pick up and play. No complicated character planning, no hidden treasures to miss, just enemies to whack, and elementals to collect. This time I put in a code to level weapons and magic faster, and I'm glad I did. Removes one of the main sources of tedium, so I get to the cool flashy spells that are worthwhile faster.
I just picked up Luna, and I'm headed for Dryad, after that is the endgame, pretty much. A boss rush, more or less. Hopefully Girl will have enough MP to heal through it all. Sprite just learned MP absorb so now she is an absurd machine gun of magic spells that never runs dry.
I also really like Seiken Densetsu 3, which has a little more replayability. But I spend way too much time before a game agonizing over who to pick. I was actually going to play SD3, but I couldn't decide on a 3rd character to take with Duran/Angela, or what classes to take Duran based on who else I brought. Eventually I just said "fuck it" and booted up Secret of Mana.
I also played Secret of Evermore a loooong time ago. I liked some of the different stuff it did, but I ended up stuck near the end somehow. I think I was just scared to pull the trigger and actually fight the end boss though. I was pretty young. Some day I should go back and actually beat it.
I played the GBA Mana game. Sword of Mana? I was pretty unimpressed. Didn't like being a solo character. Didn't like how the magic worked based on your equipped weapon. It messed up a lot of the good parts about the Mana series, I thought. Were there any other Mana games that turned out to be good? I never played the ones on Playstation.