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Shining Force

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Shining Force Review

2 August 2007
  • Excerpt: Turn-based strategy games on consoles are old hat by now, but Shining Force on the Sega Genesis was one of the very first (and very few) games of this genre to inch its way out of the formative primordial ooze of the early 1990s. While rather primitive by today's standards, the original featured a huge cast of playable characters and what was then a new brand of tactical gameplay.
  • Pros: Great character personalities and variety, Up to 30 recruitable allies to discover, Lengthy, engaging adventure
  • Cons: Simplistic gameplay, A few character-balance issues that produce weaklings
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Overall 7
Gameplay 8
Graphics 8
Sound 8
Storyline 6
Control 6

Expert Review

18 June 2006
  • Excerpt: In 1993, Sega released Shining Force, one of the first console strategy RPGs. Shining Force was influential, as it first exposed a North American audience to the fledgling console SRPG genre. Now, nearly twenty years later, Sega has re-released this classic game for the iOS. Shining Force for the iOS is a straight port of the original Genesis game, with only added an emulation shell, menu system, and virtual buttons for control.
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