Shining Soul

Game Boy Advance
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  • Summary: Enter a world of magic and mystery, where your closest allies may sometimes turn out to be your worst enemies. Shining Soul puts you in the middle of a desperate struggle between the Dark Dragon and a group of warriors known as the Shining Fleet. In the final stage of the war, you can playEnter a world of magic and mystery, where your closest allies may sometimes turn out to be your worst enemies. Shining Soul puts you in the middle of a desperate struggle between the Dark Dragon and a group of warriors known as the Shining Fleet. In the final stage of the war, you can play one of four character classes: fighter, wizard, archer, or dragonute. Customize your character's color schemes, weapons, and armor, and then explore the world of Shining Soul either alone or with three of your friends. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 13
  2. Negative: 4 out of 13
  1. Nintendo Power
    82
    The graphics are sparse, and long attack animations make control slow to respond, but RPG elements mix well with the action to make a satisfying adventure. [Nov 2003, p.156]
  2. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    70
    Eminently playable, and more importantly, replayable. All the hacking and slashing should get old after a while, but the infamous "quest for stuff" kept me going for the long haul. [Oct 2003, p.168]
  3. GMR Magazine
    70
    Achieves portable "Diablo"-ness like no one's business... The main problem with [it] is that it quickly gets repetitious and is best played with the three friends that the game supports. [Oct 2003, p.80]
  4. Play Magazine
    58
    A little light on dialogue and only has one village but it supports up to four players and sticks to a formula steeped in nostalgia. [Sept 2003, p.80]
  5. The simplistic gameplay and the lack of both difficulty and any real pressing motivation to complete the game severely limit any appeal.
  6. 55
    Just feels like a shell of a design, good ideas and intentions spattered thoughout boring action sequences.
  7. Cheat Code Central
    40
    While it does the multi-player thing better than most games, the single-player mode is nothing more than a single-player version of the multi-player mode. There's no story, no strategy and really nothing that you could call innovative.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. JimBob
    Dec 14, 2003
    10
    Awesome in every way. Great graphics. Fun gameplay and the best mutiplayer I've seen before Rebel strike came out.
  2. ShaftV.
    Sep 25, 2003
    10
    This game has rich graphics it looks awesome im looking forword to buying it.
  3. DanielD.
    Oct 9, 2003
    10
    This game is sooo awesome. I love it!
  4. XeiderS.
    Nov 5, 2003
    8
    While it won't gain any game of the year awards, it is quite fun as a portable Diablo. Add some friends and it gets even better. Would While it won't gain any game of the year awards, it is quite fun as a portable Diablo. Add some friends and it gets even better. Would have been nice to have more then 4 characters, but Shining Soul 2 should take care of that (early 2004). Expand
  5. JaimeR.
    Oct 16, 2003
    7
    Great graphics, pretty nice music and easy playability. On the other hand there's no story, just one village and the cuest becomes Great graphics, pretty nice music and easy playability. On the other hand there's no story, just one village and the cuest becomes repetitive and short. Expand
  6. AaronF.
    Dec 12, 2003
    5
    Game sucks..I can't even frigging save.

Awards & Rankings

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#38 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2003
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#38 Most Shared Game Boy Advance Game of 2003