• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Oct 20, 2005

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. To be presented with this utterly misguided and ill-conceived attempt to reinvent one of the best strategy-RPG series of the last two decades seems criminal and unfair. It’s a mammoth level grind, bringing together some of the action-RPG genre’s very worst conventions while leaving out some of the best.
  2. 90
    It's great fun, a fantastic example of substance and style, and provides depth at nearly every turn. What better way to combat the armies of darkness?
  3. In the end, Neo contains all of the Shining that gamers are looking for, but none of the Force.
  4. A throwback to old-school hack-and-slash games which incorporates some new elements that keeps it fresh and fun. Although the graphics, audio, and storyline certainly will not set the gaming world ablaze, the solid game mechanics should offer plenty of enjoyment for players.
  5. A rock-solid game. While it's not the Shining game I would have asked for, it's definitely one of the better hack-and-slash titles out there for the console market.
  6. It's a long game whose simplistic but satisfying combat can be quite addictive, but mostly for meticulous players who don't get frustrated easily.
  7. If you're a fan of hack-n-slash button-mashing in your RPGs, Shining Force Neo offers a load of challenge and a long campaign.
  8. When it comes down to it, Shining Force Neo is an average title with a couple of nice game mechanics.
  9. The key to a game like this is to make combat feel really good, which is something Shining Force Neo does a lot better than those middling Champions of Norrath games. When you swing your sword, it feels like it has impact, even if you're only hitting a barrel.
  10. 60
    Shining Force Neo does its job, but it’s a bit too tough considering that you pretty much have to wait for your character to get stronger rather than improving it on your own.
  11. This isn’t the turn-based strategy RPG you remember from those consoles. If you like the idea of an RPG that is really mostly an action game, you’ll probably like it.
  12. A button masher that doesn't really live up to the best of the genre. [Jan 2006, p.78]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Dec 30, 2010
    this game is evil and evil to its rotten core . if you have played shining force 1 , 2 , 3 , and cd you know why. it dumps the turned basedthis game is evil and evil to its rotten core . if you have played shining force 1 , 2 , 3 , and cd you know why. it dumps the turned based stratagy for craptacular hack and slash . so its no longer a SRPG but a hack n Slash RPG that is dull on all fronts . this game was made during sega's dark years of making nothing but rancid games and i should have expected this but my love for the old shining force games made me wana believe this was gona be every bit or even some what close to as great as thoose classic games where . alas it hurt to see one of my favorite series puked all over such as this. Full Review »
  2. ScottS.
    Nov 8, 2005
    This game is awesome the graphics are just as awesome.
  3. StephenT.
    Oct 18, 2005
    Great game despite it not being a strategy rpg.