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Legend of Mana

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Description

A twinkling consciousness became a star that sparkled in the night and banished the darkness. The Mana Goddess acquired consciousness by gazing into the light of that sun. She made Fa'Diel, a great land, but so far an empty one.

In Legend of Mana the player controls a hero or heroine traveling over the land of Fa'Diel. The game features a land creation system, allowing the player to create new locations and story elements by placing mysterious artifacts. Those ancient artifacts are repositories of the land's long-forgotten memories and the many events that once took place there. As the game advances, the player will receive more artifacts and find out more about the land. It is also possible raise pet monsters and create powerful golems, forge mighty weapons or refine musical instruments.

The game is non-linear in terms of gameplay, allowing the player to visit areas in any order and play through 67 related scenarios. There is, however, no continuous world to explore, and each scenario is confined to a particular area. Like in the previous games in the series, combat is action-based, but in this installment it takes place on separate side-scrolling screens. AI-controlled characters can fight alongside the protagonist in some of the scenarios.

Screenshots

Legend of Mana PlayStation Menu: Weapons
Legend of Mana PlayStation meeting other characters
Legend of Mana PlayStation Talk to Duelle for tips and info on fighting.
Legend of Mana PlayStation Beginning a new game: Story background.

Alternate Titles

  • "聖剣伝説 レジェンドオブマナ" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Seiken Densetsu: Legend of Mana" -- Japanese title

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The Press Says

RPGFan PlayStation Jun 20, 2000 95 out of 100 95
RPGFan PlayStation Oct 23, 2000 89 out of 100 89
RPGFan PlayStation Jun 20, 2000 89 out of 100 89
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation Dec 24, 2010 17 out of 20 85
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Jun, 2000 82 out of 100 82
RPGamer PlayStation Jul 03, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) PlayStation Jul 10, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Super Play PlayStation Aug, 2000 6 out of 10 60
PSM PlayStation Aug, 2000 3 out of 5 60
Game Revolution PlayStation Jun 01, 2000 C+ 58

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Trivia

Soundtrack

The intro song for the game is sung in Swedish by Annika Ljungberg, who was the first female lead singer of the country-inspired dance act Rednex (who made it big in the 90's with the song Cotton Eye Joe). In interviews around the time of the game's release it was mentioned that she was picked for the part because of the "mystical" feel of Swedish vocals would work well in the fantasy setting of the game.

Ironically, the game itself was never released in Sweden (or Europe for that matter).

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