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Mana Series continues: "Heroes of " released for DS: and it's good?

DeusfauxDeusfaux Registered User regular
edited August 2007 in Games and Technology
Came out yesterday in the US, give it a couple days for Canada.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heroes_of_mana

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http://ds.ign.com/articles/811/811824p1.html
IGN wrote:
Closing Comments
Heroes of Mana may not be the true Mana game you've been waiting for, but its obvious at this point that series creator Koichi Ishii has different plans for his franchise, and they include a grand, year-by-year evolution of the product. The creator teamed with developer Brownie Brown to create something truly unique on DS, and in a lot of ways this trail-blazing RTS is a huge success for the platform. The game still has a few issues, including some moronic A.I. at times and a lack of online play - something we wouldn't have dared ship the title without - but it also has a ton to offer players who haven't had the chance to dive into the genre yet on DS.
The presentation is great, the fully-animated sequences are simply beautiful, the music is captivating (not as much as something like Final Fantasy, but still pretty impressive), and for the most part the gameplay is intuitive and downright fun. For anyone willing to put up with a few annoyances Heroes of Mana delivers a great pocket RTS experience plain and simple, and with a deep story, diverse cast of characters, and a pretty remarkable amount of depth it's a no-brainer for strategy fanatics. It isn't the franchise you remember from over a decade ago, but Heroes of Mana proves one very important element of Koichi Ishii's philosophy: The gameplay may change, but the soul remains.

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  • DoctorArchDoctorArch Curmudgeon Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    I must say, a good Mana game....in this century, that's just plain weird. I'll wait for a couple more reviews.

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  • taliosfalcontaliosfalcon Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    The reviews seem really across the board..with the majority being in the 5-6/10 range , although ign did love it..this makes me rather hesitant to buy it

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  • RonaldoTheGypsyRonaldoTheGypsy Yes, yes Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    I'm buying it either way. It's my duty.

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  • FCDFCD Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    The whole "a Japanese RTS game" angle fills me with worry. I'd rather they stick to what they do best, such as turn-based strategy or adventure gaming with RPG elements.

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  • Retarded_TurkeyRetarded_Turkey Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    I'm gonna wait on this. After making the mistake of buying Children on day one I'm gonna wait on this. I still wanna rebuy Children down the line but at the price it was it just wasn't worth it.

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  • RonaldoTheGypsyRonaldoTheGypsy Yes, yes Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Children, like any dungeon crawler, is infinitely more fun with 1-2 more people. INFINITELY. On it's own, I managed to get through the game and use my playthrough as like, my own personal tutorial. The second time through it was go with the 'traveller' (Niccolo type guy) and play it pure style, there are so many gems in that game ... it be deep, yo - for a game with 'randomly generated' levels and what not that get tiresome alone, it's still great if you have the right hookups. Definetly a niche product, though.

    I'll get Heroes and let da peoples know what I think.

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  • Dr.FunkensteinDr.Funkenstein Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    The reviews seem really across the board..with the majority being in the 5-6/10 range , although ign did love it..this makes me rather hesitant to buy it

    IGN giving a good review.......shocking.

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  • FrankoFranko Sometimes I really wish I had four feet so I could dance with myself to the drumbeat Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Children of Mana sucked my scrotum, I hope this game is actually hot stuff
    Man I wish theyd just shove SD 2 and 3 on a DS cart.

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  • RandomKitRandomKit Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Franko wrote: »
    Man I wish theyd just shove SD 2 and 3 on a DS cart.

    I have been waiting for this for many years now.

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  • Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    So how do the characters work? Can they change class or equip stuff? Do they learn skills and if so how?

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  • deadonthestreetdeadonthestreet Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Is this actually out? Or is it a myth? I haven't seen it anywhere.


    Also they are charging $40 so I won't be buying it anyhow. But still, I'd like to know if it actually exists.

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  • 4rch3nemy4rch3nemy Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Magic Pink wrote: »
    So how do the characters work? Can they change class or equip stuff? Do they learn skills and if so how?

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  • KungFuKungFu Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    I saw this at the Gamestop I was at today while buying Rune Factory. My jaw dropped has I heard nothing about a new Mana game. Also, it was $40 at two different places, so that seems to be the price (why so high?).

    I am surprised I had heard nothing of this game from this website or others until actually bumping into it at the store.

    So is this an SRPG or an RTS? It looks like an SRPG. (Strategy RPG, think FFT, Tactics Ogre, Fire Emblem)

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  • urahonkyurahonky Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    I own the game guys. I've opened it, but yet to play it.

    Why? (you ask) Because I have Rune Factory. I'm trying NOT to play two DS games at once. But if my fellow PAers would like me to take a crack and let you know if it's worth it, ask me... and I'll do it for you guys.

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  • SaraLunaSaraLuna Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    for anyone turned off by the $40 price: it'll be 30 at best buy this upcoming week (19-25)

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  • urahonkyurahonky Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    So my early thoughts of the game (Only on chapter lik 4 or 5):

    Good:
    Music
    Anime cutscenes
    Touch screen action
    Nice blend of RTS and RPG

    Bad:
    AI

    Ugly:
    AI

    The main problem with the game is that the AI is pretty f'in stupid. If I select 4 units and tell them to attack another unit about 7 squares away, some of the selected units will take the longest route possible to get there.

    Now usually if you click twice, it'll change their route (usually a lot shorter), but it's really annoying.

    Otherwise it's a pretty strong game. I'd like to try the multiplayer sometime later, because I'm sure that's fun. I've not played a RTS game since Warcraft 3 and this game seems like a good one to play around with.

    Buy it when it goes down to $30 at Best Buy next week, and it'll be worth the money. $40? Probably not (unless you're a die hard RTS fan).

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  • KungFuKungFu Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Thank you for playing!

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  • Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    10$ off?

    So bought'd. And with free shipping on the website.

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