Secret of Mana Comparison: “Hollywood Take Note”

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A side-by-side comparison of the original Secret of Mana with the upcoming remake has astounded fans as the similarities between the two are endless, a fact that has many wishing that Hollywood movies were so thorough when it came to adapting anime – though some may no doubt complain anyway due to the game’s lack of change.

The comparison video:

Secret of Mana can be acquired for the PS4, PC and Vita on February 15th.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    01:15 08/09/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Ah the decaying remnants of the original squaresoft, your money is gone because you took too long!
    I'm not impressed at all, having sold my ps vita years ago for the sheer lack of good games
    Too little too late, if they had listened to fans about ff7 and all the other rereleases they'd be number one again...sheer stupidity since they became square enix

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:55 09/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    haha~ I'm waiting for vita to drop down to nothing, so I can get one exclusively for TxK.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:17 08/09/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    that's just dirt cheap 3D, how can anyone praise this? the colours are so diluted it's just super cheap overall

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:49 08/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    what are you talking about? it has all the fancy directx 6 graphics every windows 98 user dreams of.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:02 08/09/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Wished they just updated the graphics and kept it 2D. Loses its touch with those 3D models and looks even more childish than it needs to be.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:08 08/09/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The 2d imagery has a certain charm and life that is lost completely in many 2d-3d remakes.

    Hoepfully, with more advanced cell shading we can get back to those kind of detailed environments while being better to look at. Like Dragon Ball Z Fighter,

    https://heavyeditorial.files.wordpress.com/2017/06/dragonball1.jpg?quality=65&strip=all&strip=all

    Comment by Anonymous

    They did update the graphics. Keep it 2D? The fuck, do you people even know what you want?

    Can you even visualize a "better 2D" when the original game's graphic is pretty damn good on it's own whilst remaining faithful to the original? I seriously want to know what you think what your idea of updated 2D SoM is. Best I can imagine is copying the style of later Mana games, but even then that's not even much of an improvement.

    Like, have you fucking SEEN what the FF5 and FF6 2D remakes turned out like? Some shitty ass upscaled and filtered look. Do nearest neighbor? At that point may as well just play the original on a larger resolution.

    Childish in what way? Light colors? Just like the original game? Childish because of it's simplicity? I guess games like Wind Waker are also childish. Let's be real here, how old were you when you played the original SoM? I'm pretty sure most of the people here here who played it were kids. Like, what? Lmao

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:34 08/09/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Google search Dragon Crown, Odin Sphere / Muramasa Demon Blade. Of course, retaining the top-down view with that better art style.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:44 08/09/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Ya, because the FF6 remake was done half assedly. They didn’t even try.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:34 08/09/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The original had pretty great graphics for its time, this one don't.

    This remake looks a lot like a cheap mobile game.It could be done better both in 2d or 3d.

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    Comment by Ifr22k
    19:24 08/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree. If it was better 3D, I wouldn't mind as much, but this 3D looks on the cheap side. I would've preferred updated 2D visuals or a more cel-shaded stylized look.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:32 08/09/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    This remake version looks like it's 14 years too late. The game fit the 2003 era of the PS2.

    1993 - SoM on the SNES
    2000 - PS2 launch
    2003 - SoM Remake on the PS2 (basically this thing in 2017)

    The graphics just look too dated and not timeless. Would preferred they use art style akin to Dragon Crown, Odin Sphere / Muramasa Demon Blade, but of course not the style of side-scrolling gameplay.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:44 08/09/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "A side-by-side comparison of the original Secret of Mana with the upcoming remake has astounded fans as the similarities between the two are endless,"

    So where are these fans comments? The game looks great, but you're giving us more more FAKE NEWS Sancom?

    Stop being a cuck.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:50 07/09/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Wow.
    First time art "upgrade" is so much worse than the original.

    Comment by Anonymous

    but people will still buy it so who cares, if you want to really boycott something don't buy it

    Comment by Anonymous

    he just wanted to whine.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:57 09/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    And you just wanted to sound cool, but failed miserably.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I think you need to get your eyes checked. Looks great and pretty damn faithful.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:25 07/09/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Looks like a cheap android game, characters doesn't even move their mouths speaking and they're using the same chiptunes for the music instead of CD quality soundtrack. The original pixel art is so much better that it's not even funny.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:56 07/09/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The scenario does, but the characters lack so much detail is cringeworthy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:44 07/09/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    the remake looks good too but i would rather play the old one

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:36 07/09/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    My only real gripe is that the MC looks to be about 10 years old in the remake, when he should around the same age as the girl.

    Graphics really just look like they made a vita game and decided to port it to other platforms, hopefully the PC and PS4 versions get some improvements.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:29 08/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    PS Vita has the power to do PS3 level graphics. This game is something my phone could handle. Android port can't be too far off.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:02 08/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey, I never said it looked like a GOOD Vita game. I do agree with you though, saying this looks like it was made for mobile is probably a much better assessment.

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    Comment by Rya
    02:07 09/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wouldn't it be great if you could buy walnuts in an item shop with real money? Or spell levels? What if bosses were so hard that you would have to? Maybe I can get a job at Square-Enix?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:46 07/09/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I really like that they use the old overworld for the minimap

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    Comment by Daniel Park
    12:46 08/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is and always will be my all time favorite console game. I've even got the title track set as my ringtone.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:35 10/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Looks like something Nintendo would release...after censoring the fuck out of it and inserting crap dialogue that wasn't in the original. But I digress...this looks good.

    As for Hollywood; I wish they would STOP taking notes, and just forget about touching anime/games/manga from Japan. They can adapt all the comic books they want, they're good at that...but failed at everything else from the East, time and time again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:41 09/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    The original still looks better. But then again, most 3D remakes of old-school 2D don't look nearly as good as the originals, especially if they make it on the cheap. Never underestimate how well sprites can hold up over time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:50 09/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Hollywood Take Note"
    As I look at this comment in the heading.

    I never played the original Secret of Mana game. However, I could see that regardless of the platform change they were keeping quite faithful to the source material... something I really wish (myself) that hollywood would do when attempting to modify anime into live action adaptations... (or any animation to live action transition for that matter).

    ((Then again, maybe Square could use this as a lesson as well (right Final Fantasy VII remake?))

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:10 08/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    i dont give a fuck if it's 2d or 3d, question is did this have the gender option? that's all i care.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:27 07/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Still looks like a PS2 game, but the script is perfect for an expanded rom hack.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:28 07/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sega Ages 2500 worthy

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:55 07/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why they couldn't do something like this for FF7 too? That's how I want to see my remakes - enhanced all around but still the same.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:40 07/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because it's time to butcher FF7 Fandom.
    The remake has nothing to do with the original directors to make a mark of themselves, other than a mark of loathe and anger.

    They already confirmed the censoring of pretty much everything, removing jokes and making the game boring as fuck for all to unenjoy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:35 08/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not even just that, I was watching a FF7 playthrough and the original exaggerated silhouttes of the characters are so much more interesting than the realistic remake shit. Especially Barrett.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:48 07/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nobody cares about what you want.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:36 08/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I care.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:34 08/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nobody cares about anything anymore.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    04:53 08/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    3D graphic sucks, rather replay the original than this garbage.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:28 07/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not only Hollywood, Is something companies that make remakes should learn too. Remakes should be exactly the same game but with better graphics acording to current times.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:42 08/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Remakes should be exactly the same game but with better graphics according to current times."

    Then they're 14-17 years late on this release.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:42 07/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, a Remake is not an enhancement of the original, that's a remaster.
    A Remake is doing the same shit completely differently to annoy fans by removing key and most popular aspects of the original concept, look at FF7 ReMake.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    04:55 08/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    How would you remake PONG?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:53 08/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    You add reflection, refraction, glare, depth of field, chrome, AA, real-time physics, improved 8k textures, and finally VR support for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive with online multiplayer support; player ranking / championship matching, etc.

    Comment by Anonymous

    rose tinted glasses for sale for all the salty people in here

    Comment by Anonymous

    Basically, they praise a remake because it's a barely enhanced port of the original. Remember how they blasted the FF7 port for PC for exactly the same reasons?

    Just shows how nostalgia makes you stupid.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:50 09/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    It was exactly the same game, they blasted it because a few years before they did the "Remake" video when they announced the PS3. Everyone ASSUMED that it was gonna be just like that - when it finally dropped it was just a straight up port and everyone gave them shit for 'deceiving the fanbase' and the whole muh nostalgia argument started out there.




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