Shining Force EXA PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Mar 20, 2007
Metascore
64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
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  1. 70
    Decent in bursts: the Geo-Fortress system is engaging, the varied locations and monsters that you'll fight against are varied, and the game is quite long, which should provide a lot of exploration for action RPG fans.
  2. Shining Force Exa is fun for the first few hours, but it quickly wears out its welcome with dull combat and a frame rate that struggles to keep up with the action.
  3. Shining Force EXA is can be fun at times, but the simplistic combat can wear you down after a while, and the overall experience is lacking in depth.
  4. Shining Force EXA promises nothing short of a sequel, of sorts, to "Neo." In that regard, it succeeds on a level that makes it a must buy. The fact that the advancements in the game are so miniscule that you don't even really notice them harms the game on a level that would prevent a fan of the series to rush out and buy it.
  5. 60
    EXA doesn't differentiate itself from the herd; in fact, its blatant lifting of so much from Neo is a definite detriment. Shining Force EXA isn't extraordinary. Quite the opposite: it's extra ordinary.
  6. It's got all the ingredients for a successful hack-and-slash, but falls short in enough areas to discredit itself to all but hardcore fans of the genre.
  7. 70
    EXA doesn't do much to further the legacy of the series but at least it doesn't critically damage it either.
  8. 60
    It's perfect for players who love kill-everything-that-moves games like "Dynasty Warriors" and movies like "300." It's not so perfect for those who fancy themselves "true" Shining Force aficionados, though.
  9. Shining Force EXA will pass the time; it's just that your memory of it will, ironically, be worn dull six months from now.
  10. Shining Force EXA is most likely going to be enjoyed by fans of Shining Force Neo, as it is essentially a sequel. If you're not one of those gamers, then just skip it.
  11. games(TM)
    50
    There’s hope that the better elements can be salvaged for a future sequel then, but for the time being Sega’s Shining Force isn’t quite as shiny as it should be. [June 2007, p.118]
  12. It's certainly better than "Shining Tears," but it is by no means as good as those classic Shining titles.
  13. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    57
    EXA sports the same exact engine, combat system, enemies, environments, and amateur-hour voice acting as 2005's "Shining Force Neo." It's probably more appropriate to think of it as an "expansion pack" than anything else. [Apr 2007, p.89]
  14. Hardcore Gamer
    65
    As a singleplayer experience, Shining Force EXA lacks the druglike addictiveness that makes a good dungeon crawler more than something you kill time with. [Mar 2007, p.54]
  15. Forced switching between two playable characters proves annoying due to their differing abilities, the fixed camera restricts the player's view and the voice samples of party members still repeat with infuriating frequency.
  16. Awful sound and repetitive, unchallenging combat wreck any chance this game might have had to succeed with true RPG fans. A few tweaks to this formula, though, and Sega might have something.
  17. 70
    While not the worst game I've played, the combination of a dumb story, repetitive gameplay, and those damn in-battle voice clips made me have to relegate it to the scrap pile.
  18. 55
    Another mediocre title that has the Shining slapped on it and packaged for sale. Bearing no likeness to the past masters, the series remains blissfully ensnared in a vile web of putridness that keeps it from being anything other than mediocre.
  19. Only for long time Sega addicts. If Shining Force was you first RPG (mine was "Shining in the Darkness") there may be something for you here. With a huge RPG library on the PS2, there is no reason to play this very bland game.

Awards & Rankings

#93 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2007
#46 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2007
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. AaronP.
    Feb 9, 2007
    0
    Worst pile of pixles I have ever seen in my entire life. AI is very mediocre and the fighting is way too archaic. This prolbem would of been Worst pile of pixles I have ever seen in my entire life. AI is very mediocre and the fighting is way too archaic. This prolbem would of been accepted in 1995!! Do not waste your time and money Full Review »