Excerpt: Square Enix rekindled interest in Final Fantasy IV a few years ago when they updated and re-released the RPG classic on the Nintendo DS. Now it looks like the company is trying to capitalize on that yet again with Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection for the PSP.
Pros: Includes the original game, its WiiWare sequel, and a new interlude, The high resolution graphics are a noticeable improvement, Story and characters still hold up today
Cons: Unlike the DS re-release, not many changes were made, The sequel recycles quite a few dungeons and enemies from the original game
Excerpt: Shining Force EXA is brought to us by the publishing department of SEGA and developed by Neverland. The cute and cuddly anime-inspired figures will look quite familiar to fans of the long-running series, which has transitioned from classic, turn-based RPG action, to a more action-oriented, real-time...
Excerpt: Ever since Shining Force III, there has not been one redeemable Shining Force game. There, I said it and I stick by it. When Sega decided that the series was better interpreted as action RPGs rather than as strategy RPGs, the franchise died, I was sad, but I healed and moved on, carefully avoiding...
Excerpt: Sega is a weird company—almost the antithesis of Nintendo. Both corporations were once gaming giants who've seen their stock fall in recent years, both created some of the greatest videogame IPs of all time, and both are still players in the industry.
Excerpt: Say it. Say that the Shining series is over. Tell me that it’s lost its edge, that it’s nothing without the brilliant strategy that made it so famous. Say the Shining series is destined to fade into obscurity rather than make the leap into the next generation. Say it, and I may have believed it.
Summary: Shining Force EXA is an RPG that plunges gamers into stunning interactive worlds of swords and sorcery, filled with anime cut-scenes for which the classic series is best known. The world of Shining Force EXA has long been steeped in devastating wars and oppression.
Conclusion: There are a lot of things wrong with this game. There is hardly
any strategy at all, the battles often consist of mindlessly hitting the
X button over and over, and the various quests do seem to feel the same
after a while. If the game was limited to those flaws, it wouldn�t
be too bad.
Excerpt: The Shining Force series launched in the early nineties with The Legacy of Great Intention for the good ol’ Genesis. Over a decade later, Sega released Shining Force EXA — a single-player roleplaying game that plunges gamers into interactive worlds of swords and sorcery expected from this classic...
Excerpt: There was once a time when Sega was a major player in the video game industry. They're still around, but their clout was arguably at its peak during the hey-day of the 16-bit Genesis system when it had Sonic running wild and free.