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!
In a bold move that pleased many fans, Sega upgraded and placed both Game Gear Shining Force games on a single disc for the Sega CD. They even went so far as to include some awesome extras, like a wonderful soundtrack and an exclusive battle! Shining Force CD is a definite purchase for strategy/RPG fans and Shining faithful alike!
It’s pretty obvious to everyone that the Genesis wasn’t known for its RPGs. It’s not to say that it didn’t have them, it did, just not as many as the SNES, and of those, only a handful (around 10) were really worth playing. You had the obvious games like the Phantasy Star series, the Shining series, and games like Beyond Oasis and Crusader of Centy. These games represent most of the worthwhile RPG’s for the system. High among them stands Shining Force II.