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Release year: 1993 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Climax Entertainment

Shining Force 2 (Sega Genesis)

Shining Force 2 (AKA Shining Force II: The Ancient Seal, シャイニング・フォースII 古えの封印 Shainingu Fōsu Tsu: Inishie no Fūin in Japan) is a 2D tactic RPG video game developed by Climax Entertainment and published by Sega for the Mega Drive / Genesis console in 1993. It is a sequel to Shining Force.

In the game, you will be playing as Bowie, a warrior-in-training tasked to defend the kingdom from the siege of demons. Together with your friends, you will level up and strategically move around the world to gather forces and beat the evildoers.

Shining Force 2 uses the gameplay mechanics by its predecessor, Shining Force. Unlike other games, you do not focus only on one character. The game makes you look at the big picture as you recruit different fighters in your team.

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Shining Force 2 Cover (Genesis)

You will have healing priests, mages, or knights. In the end, you will meet up with 30 characters throughout your journey. Each of these characters contributes differently in the battlefield, so you should take note which of them you send out to battle.

The battle is shown through a grid-like system where you can position your army to counter enemy attacks. The enemy is quite intelligent too as they try to counter your moves in return. If you’re not careful, you’ll end up in an ambush. It certainly has a military and chess-like feel to it.

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You would also have to make sure that all relevant members are leveled up properly. Each character gets promoted as they reach level 20. Unfortunately, experience is not shared and is completely based on character contribution. This is another reason why you should move and take actions wisely.

Its graphics is superior to other Genesis games released in 1993 as sprites were developed in great detail. Characters’ lips are moving during conversations and you would notice the camera changes in certain events. For instance, the point of view changes and a close-up of the character is shown when it attacks.

Overall, Shining Force 2 is a fun and addicting game to play. While the hero plot is common enough, it does not make it less enjoyable.

Unlike the usual RPGs, Shining Force 2 challenges you to think and make use of the whole map to plan strategies. It truly is well-thought-out and remains an amazing game to play even today.

Shining Force 2 game has been ported to Sega Genesis (this version), Virtual Console, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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