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  • Summary: It's a dark and stormy night in the kingdom of Granseal, when a thief steals two jewels from the Tower of the Ancients. He sets in motion strange events that lead to the resurrection of Zeon, the Devil King. Granseal's king falls sick, the princess is kidnapped, and a door to Arc Valley, the Devil King's home, is opened. The young swordsman, Bowie, realizing the grave danger Granseal faces, must lead the Shining Force to find the Holy Sword, the stolen jewels, and protect Granseal against the invading armies of Zeon. Collapse
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  1. Jun 19, 2013
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Shining Force II should be known as one of the greatest tactical Role-Playing Games ever made. For what it was when it was released in 1994, it is a gem equal to the Jewels of Light & Darkness Zeon so desires. Thinking of the storyline of this game gives me chills all over our Hero (his official name is "Bowie" but you name him) commands an Army of Light, nay, a "Shining Force", which literally makes Devils tremble. Character development is not terribly deep, but it doesn't have to be as the plot, with its archetypal Manichaean struggle of Good vs. Evil is so well done that it keeps you interested up until the end "And More". Character's portrait art is just plain cool. Classes in this game are fantastic. The only draw back to this game is that the graphics at times seem a little rushed, "cheap", or even a bit dated for 1994 standards for example when a sprite is laying down, their shadow appears on their left side as if they were still standing (play the game, you will see what I mean) further more, while the musical score is quite good, there should be more of it. All is forgiven though, and this game, as a trailblazer of the tactical role-playing game genre, without a doubt, deserves a solid 10. Expand
  2. Jul 19, 2011
    9
    It was 1995 during the school holidays, I was 14 and was given a few dollars to rent a game from the local video store, I found when arriving that I had previously rented or played most games available, all except a game on the mega drive named Shining Force. The graphics on the back seemed decent but I was sceptical as many Japanese RPGs I had played prior were hit and miss for me. As there was no other option I rented SF2 and while walking home had a feeling of regret, thinking that I was going to hate it and had just wasted my money. After 10 minutes of playing I realised the game was on to something, after 20 minutes I became hooked, completely, I played Shining Force 2 for 2 days straight only to rent it again immediately after. As the game was long it took me along time to finish it, several rentals but in the end Shining Force had become one of my favourite RPGs. The gameplay simple and great, the graphics were fun with the awesome mixture of monsters from mythologies was fantastic, the story was involving and had something I found myself really caring about, there was something that seemed at stake with the story and I found myself deep in imagination while playing and filling in the gaps of the gameplay.. Although parts are dated today, Shining Force 2 remains a classic and highly enjoyable to gamers with patience and imagination. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for RPG lovers. Expand
  3. Oct 26, 2014
    8
    This game was just what I wanted from a trpg released for virtual console. The only flaw is that you cannot improve weapons individually as you can in trpg Gungnir. Expand