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Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.1
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.3
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.0
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 3.9
Overall User Score (49 votes) 4.0

Critic Reviews

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Well, I hope I've done some justice to what is one of the greatest Action RPGs in the genre. It's a gilt-edged classic that, not surprisingly, is still talked about frequently today. In fact, why are you still reading this? Go import a copy, download the rom, do ANYTHING in your power to play this game. And while you're at it, get the rest of the games in the series (FF Adventure, SoM, Legend of Mana), they're good too.
GameFan Magazine (Dec, 1995)
Well, here's another Square game. Guess what? It rocks! Big surprise. Probably Square's third-best game ever (after Final Fantasy VI and the ultra-godly Front Mission). It is chock-full o' Squareness: Unbelievable graphics, effects, music and storyline. Many new features rarely seen in console RPG's have been added, like night and day and days of the week. This isn't just for show; magic and enemies are stronger on certain days and some events will only occur at night or vice-versa.
Legendra (2001)
Pour moi comme pour d'autres, Seiken Densetsu 3 est le meilleur Action-RPG de la création, que tout fan de RPG se doit de faire. Une ode à la beauté, la musicalité et au plaisir de jeu, à partager à deux.
Nintendo Life (Mar 19, 2010)
To say that Seiken Densetsu 3 is an amazing action-rpg would be a gross understatement. It basically does everything a good sequel should do and more. It takes many of the better aspects of Secret of Mana and improves upon almost every single one of them. The music is better, the visuals are far more detailed, and the gameplay has a much more strategic feel to it this time around. Couple all of these improvements with the unique Triangle Storyline and you have not only a lengthy quest, but an extremely engaging one as well. If you've ever wondered why Seiken Densetsu 3 is so highly-regarded among RPG fans, you only need take the game for a quick spin to see just why that is. It's easily one of the best RPGs to come out of the 16-bit era and one no RPG fan should miss.
85 (Aug 20, 2010)
Seiken Densetsu 3 nous replonge admirablement dans le monde de Mana, pour une aventure encore plus prenante que chez son prédécesseur, et surtout bien moins linéaire du fait de plusieurs approches scénaristiques. Reprenant d’ailleurs tous les meilleurs atouts de ce dernier, le jeu se targue en plus d’apporter son lot de nouveautés dont on fera dans l’ensemble un fort bel accueil. La majorité y trouvera assurément son compte, d’autres reprocheront sûrement au gameplay d’être mal réglé, encore trop bourrin et confus. Un très bon jeu donc mais uniquement disponible en import ou via l’émulation. Puisque aussi incompréhensible que cela puisse paraître, cette suite n’a jamais foulé le continent européen malgré le succès incontestable de Secret of Mana à travers le monde quelques années plus tôt.
1UP (Jan 01, 2000)
Seiken Densetsu 3 wasn't without its imperfections. Its plot, while large and branching, was rife with tired cliches. Fighting was fun, especially with a friend, but it wasn't quite as tight as it had been in the earlier games. Of course, like many untranslated games it's developed a reputation which exceeds its actual merits, which makes the flaws more noticeable than perhaps is fair. Had the game ever been released stateside it very likely would have become a fondly remembered classic along with its predecessor. As it stands, it's an interesting footnote to a popular series.
60 (Mar 03, 2010)
Si la notion de «rôle à jouer», de développement des avatars, est infiniment plus développée dans Seiken Densetsu 3 que dans d’autres Action-RPG comme ceux d’Enix par exemple, ou tout simplement comme les Zelda, le manque de génie au niveau du level design et de la progression générale place, à mon sens, ce 3ème épisode de la saga Seiken à des années lumières d’un Terranigma ou d’un A Link to the past. En outre, l’univers me semble moins happant que celui de Secret of Mana. Mais vous l’aurez surtout compris, ce que je cherche, moi, dans un Action RPG, Seiken Densetsu 3 ne le propose pas. D’autres joueurs se contenteront de cet épisode, j’en suis sûr.