Time to pick up your sword, dust off your spell book and jump into a land of myth and magic. Sega's new Shining Force is a grand, sweeping battle adventure against Dark Dragon and ultimate evil. This role-play blockbuster gives you direct control of more than 30 characters! Shining Force is a giant of a game with eight chapters filled with adventure, magic and science fiction.
You are a young swordsman-in-training in the village of Guaidiana. The Gate of the Ancients, which was sealed a thousand years ago, is in danger of being re-opened. Dark Dragon seeks a return to the world so he can again spread terror and evil. Guardiana's historical task is guarding the Gate. The king has asked for a select group of highly skilled young warriors to undertake a dangerous mission. You are in charge of this group, known as the Shining Force. Your task? Fight Kane, leader of the armies of Runefaust, and prevent the return of the Dark Dragon. Good luck and good hunting.
Shining Force is broken up into eight different chapters starting with Runefaust Invasion. The interface makes it easy to exchange items, use magic, search for treasure and other items, and move your characters around at will, especially in towns. In combat, character movement is determined by status and the surrounding terrain.
A big change from typical role-playing fare is that when you lose your main player life — which can happen often if you're a beginning player—you keep your experience points and any new levels gained. This makes Shining Force a winner of a game for players of every skill range. Though strategic players will get farther faster, hack ‘n slash players also eventually win by virtue of ever-increasing strength and magical powers.
Terrific 3-D battle-screens, stereo sound and highly tactical RPG action round out the cart.
The battles take place over a wealth of different scenic areas. Each region is shown in detail when you enter fighting scenes. You'll find many different power-ups in your travels—speed rings, resistance potions, power potions, shower of life spells and plenty of new weapons that can't be bought in the stores.
A Force of 30
Unlike most other RPGs, you begin with a ready-made group that joins you immediately at the start of the game. Your first adventurers are Luke the Warrior, Ken the Knight, Tao the Apprentice Mage, the Elven Archer Hans and Lowe the Priest. Their skills are diverse enough to get you through the first few battles without too many sudden deaths and raisings from the dead. During the course of the game you'll collect over 30 different Knights, Mages, Priests, beasts and other character types, each with different strengths and abilities both magical and non-magical. You can play these characters in any mix of 12, and change the mix when in towns.
You'll find that this game has more twists than a Hitchcock movie. Each time you think that you've got Kane and avoided the Dark Dragon's return, Kane will mysteriously slip through your fingertips! But keep at it. Shining Force is worth every minute.
2017-08-30 Shining Force game added.