Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings
User score distribution:
Positive: 2 out of 2
Mixed: 0 out of 2
Negative: 0 out of 2
Jan 2, 2013I bought this game recently as I'm a lover of these types of strategy RPGs such as Fire Emblem and Final Fantasy Tactics. This game worksI bought this game recently as I'm a lover of these types of strategy RPGs such as Fire Emblem and Final Fantasy Tactics. This game works similarly to them but they are significantly different. Personally I think the previous games are much superior and have a lot more features, though it's to be expected as Shining Force is a much older game. Taking into consideration its age I still found it to be an extremely fun game, probably due to my love of the genre. I found the biggest flaw of the game was the bad AI. Mobs will usually just aim for your main character all the time, ignoring 'squishy' units like healers and mages meaning it's a little pointless to use the traditional turtle-like formations. Sometimes they will focus on random characters that barely take any damage from them. Sometimes they will charge and attack you but most of the time they will just stand and wait for you to attack them, even ignoring you if you attack at ranged and they don't have any ranged attacks. The latter point makes many of the earlier bosses somewhat trivial, and along with the fact that you can simply resurrect those who die at no penalty, the game difficulty isn't as hard as I would like (though it's not terrible). Additionally, the story is cliche and poorly executed. You will often have to travel to remote cities or be restricted from leaving a city until you've spoken to a particular person about the plot which generally involves 1-2 lines of generic plot that you already figured out a few hours ago. Regardless, the gameplay is fun. You have to recruit characters yourself (there are some 'secret' ones) and equip them with the latest weapons, or rings that you find while adventuring. Units can be promoted between level 10 and 20 and you overall have a decent level of control over your army. I'd say if you're new to this type of game, try a newer, shinier one first as they have already worked out a lot of the kinks that this game has. If, like me, you're a fan of this genre and don't have a problem with retro games, definately buy it!… Full Review »
Jan 10, 2015I may be biased (as this is the first tactical RPG I ever played and I have a lot of nostalgic feelings for this game), however, this game isI may be biased (as this is the first tactical RPG I ever played and I have a lot of nostalgic feelings for this game), however, this game is amazing on it's own right. This is the RPG that grew the love in me for future titles such as Final Fantasy Tactics, Fire Emblem, and even JRPGs in general.
The story is great, the characters are memorable (for the most part), and the music has a very general nostalgic feel about it. Among all that, is the gameplay, which in itself is standing on this huge dazzling mountain called the tactical RPG genre. The turn-based gameplay (somewhat reminiscent of board games in which each player has their turn to make a move except there are several characters to move in a turn) is phenomenal and presumably becomes the inspiration for the great turn-based RPGs mentioned above.
tl;dr: Good story, memorable and distinct characters, good music, the pinnacle of turn-based RPGs.… Full Review »