Games I Completed in 2016 #4: Adventures of Mana
Square-Enix is dominating my year.
One of my first memories of having my own-cash money as a child involved making a purchase of Super Mario Kart and Final Fantasy Adventure. Somehow I ended up on the couch playing FFA while my father and brother were racing around some tracks. I was fine with this.
The original Seiken Densetsu was my first speed run, and that (not very good) speed run apparently sparked some interest in the game. So that is cool. I have beaten the game numerous times and was really excited for Sword of Mana which I promptly gave up on when a giant plant boss was some good old bullshit.
So I was fairly pleased to find out that a more faithful remake had been made for Vita and Mobile. Although I picked up the Vita version, it sounds like the mobile one runs better in general. How bizarre. Screen transitions are fairly slow in the Vita version and what's worse is that I had two crashes: One early on and one right after beating the second form of Julius. Very, very frustrating. I have reason to believe that the crashes were due to some issue with the trophy system, as both occurred after obtaining trophies. Thankfully, I had no further crashes when attempting to finish the game.
Julius's third form did cause me some trouble as I found myself positioning Sumo in some position that would result in an instant death. Quite frustrating as saving during each form is not allowed like it is in the original Game Boy release. Not all changes are awful, as the sword spin attack is now incredibly powerful to the point of it being the easiest way to take out the majority of the bosses.
Although not entirely faithful to the original, the game is still a bit too similar as there is still one spot in the game where there are no keys available and if you were to run out while in this ten-or-so-room span, you are done. With no key-dropping Skeletons to be found, I had to restart. But the game is fun enough that I didn't mind. Annoyed, yes, but with the feeling that I might play it again at some point anyway, what was wrong with starting over mid-playthrough?
So I played again, no crash this time where the original happened. Good sign on my trophy hunch. And of course this time went faster than the first. I got over my frustration quickly enough and finished the game. It was enjoyable and got me excited for the Romancing SaGa 2 remake that would be coming later.