The Shining series debuted on the Saturn with a return to its dungeon crawling roots. Despite bearing some of the genre’s flaws, Shining the Holy Ark was a strong entry with great gameplay and presentation that set the stage for Shining Force’s revival.
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It remains one of the true classics of the 16-bit era, and Genesis fans owe it to themselves to play it through at least once. We are, of course, talking about Shining Force: The Legacy of Great Intention, and it is one heck of an adventure. Our full report inside!
The Shining games are some of Sega’s most beloved franchises, and there have been many great releases. The Game Gear was a big part of this, with an excellent entry in the classic Shining Force series. Everything that made fans fall in love with these engrossing strategy/RPGs on the Genesis has made the transition intact. This is definitely one to play.
Sega has certainly made a point to bring the original Shining Force to as many platforms as possible, with the game appearing on several compilations. Of course, a mobile phone version couldn’t be far behind, and the game slashed its way to the iPhone this past summer. So what better way to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the series than by giving this latest version a full hands-on?
The Shining series is alive and well, with perhaps the best release since Shining Force III on the Saturn. The newest game, Shining Force NEO, is a solid action/RPG, and while it may not be the classic Force game we all wanted, it’s an incredible game in its own right. Read our write up and see why Sega still has a few tricks up its sleeve.