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Release year: 1995 | Players: 1-2 players | Developed by Squaresoft

Seiken Densetsu 3 (AKA Secret of Mana 2, 聖剣伝説3, lit. “Legend of the Sacred Sword 3” in Japan) is a 2D action adventure RPG video game developed and published by Square for the Super Famicom console (Super Nintendo Entertainment System) in 1995. It is the second installment of the Mana series, following Seiken Densetsu 2: Secret of Mana.

Seiken Densetsu 3 can be played by two players. In its single player mode, the main character is controlled by the user. As the character increases its level, it will soon be in command of a three-person party, in which the player will be assisted by two other characters controlled by AI. The two player mode, on the other hand will have one AI-controlled character.

Since this is a sequel to its previous installment, most of its gameplay has pretty much remained the same. It still has free-roaming ability for players to explore the world map, shops to upgrade their character’s items, and inns to recuperate from a long fought battle.

Squaresoft, however, added a few new things to sort of shake things up. After all it doesn’t deserve to be called a game sequel if nothing new is introduced.

The game allowed players to choose different main characters offering multiple storylines. But because it left a lot of plot, many of its players were left confused even though it had replayability.

The battle mechanics of Seiken Densetsu 3 now featured a Tech Guage that players fill up with each hit on the enemy. Filling up the gauge will allow the character to use various moves ranging from a critical hit melee attack all the way to casting spells, depending on the level. After it smites the enemy with whatever comes out, the Tech Guage will reset, encouraging more action.

As for the enemy, it’s noticeable that the computer-controlled characters don’t have some sort of code to allow them to form any kind of strategy to defeat its players. Most of the opponents simply attacked the closes good guy, turning battles into a chaotic frenzy.

The gaming experience is topped by what was then considered one of the best 3D graphics at the time, despite it having sprite characters. Squaresoft pushed the boundaries of graphics in Seiken Densetsu 3 with its crisp detail and smooth motion.

This is accompanied by its spectacular background music that will get you pumped up for battle or soothe you during long travel.

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