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Encyclopedia > Shining Force series

Shining Force is a series of fantasy console games developed by Sega. Fantasy is a genre of art that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. ... Sega Corporation ) is an international video game software and hardware developing company, and a former home computer and console manufacturer. ...

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The Strategy Titles

In the strategy games of the series (Shining Force, Shining Force Gaiden, Shining Force Gaiden 2, Shining Force II, Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict, Shining Force CD (a remake of Shining Force Gaiden and Shining Force Gaiden II with more features and extra battles) and Shining Force III), the player generally takes charge of a hero, very often a mute one, who ultimately has a goal of defeating the evil that is plaguing the earth at the time. Along the way the hero meets many characters that "Join the Shining Force" (The name of the hero's army), however the games limit the number of characters who can enter any one battle at a time, therefore causing the player to decide which characters fight, and which do not. The number of forces allowed into battle is usually 12. Shining Force: The Legacy of Great Intention, more commonly referred to as Shining Force, is a 1992 turn-based strategy role playing video game for the Mega Drive/Genesis console. ... Shining Force II is a 1994 tactical role-playing game for the Mega Drive/Genesis console, and a sequel to the original Shining Force: The Legacy of Great Intention game. ... Shining Force CD is an RPG of Mega/Sega CD. Designed by Sega, the game is divided in two Books, that can be played sequentially or disconnectedly. ... // Overview Shining Force III is a video game designed for the Sega Saturn by Camelot Software Planning. ...


While the flagship games of the series may be strategy RPG's, they are very different from many other games that share the genre. First of all, the player is only in control of unique troops, there are no generic footmen, archers, or cavalry. This is a trait also indicative of the Fire Emblem series. Because of this, the player is generally in control of a much smaller number of characters, often twelve, rather than sometimes over a hundred in some games such as Langrisser. There is also no such thing as character creation as there is for some other games such as Nippon Ichi titles like Disgaea and La Pucelle Tactics, or the more popular Final Fantasy Tactics. Eliwood, Hector and Lyn from Fire Emblem (Game Boy Advance), the first Fire Emblem to be released internationally. ... The series logo used in all games from Langrisser III onward, including remakes. ... Nippon Ichi Software, Inc. ... Disgaea: Hour of Darkness (魔界戦記 ディスガイア; Makai Senki Disgaea, lit. ... La Pucelle: Tactics Categories: Computer and video game stubs | Tactical role-playing games | Fantasy computer games | PlayStation 2 games ... Final Fantasy Tactics (often abbreviated as FFT) is a tactical role-playing video game developed by Squaresoft for the Sony PlayStation. ...


The Dungeon Crawler Titles

For the dungeon crawler titles of the series (Shining in the Darkness and Shining the Holy Ark), the player takes control of a much smaller team. Battles work very similarly to those of Dragon Quest, Mother, and the fellow Sega RPG series Phantasy Star, in that they are first person and the player is placed in a position where the hero and team mates would be. Shining in the Darkness is the first game in the Shining series, as it is sometimes called, and is a very simple labyrinth exploration game, with a simplified non explorable town and world map, where choices are made through the use of a cursor system. The much later game, Shining the Holy Ark for the Sega Saturn, was released immediately prior to Shining Force III, and while it is also a dungeon crawler, it features far expanded exploribility over the first title of the series. Shining in the Darkness is a 1991 RPG game for the Sega Genesis video game console. ... Shining the Holy Ark is a first person role-playing game released for the Sega Saturn. ... Dragon Quest ), known as Dragon Warrior in North America until the 2005 release of Dragon Quest VIII, is a series of role playing games created by Enix (now known as Square Enix). ... For other uses of the word Mother, see Mother (disambiguation) Mother ) (Usually referred to as EarthBound Zero or Earth Bound NES) was a game released only in Japan for the Famicom (FC). ... Phantasy Star ) is the first part of Segas famous Console role-playing game series of the same name. ...


The "Action RPG" Titles

The third broad category of Shining games is the "action RPG" set of titles. This incoporates: Shining Wisdom, Shining Soul, Shining Soul II, Shining Force Neo and Shining Tears. Aside from Sega Saturn's Shining Wisdom, the trend of action RPG's has been a recent development, with four out of the five most recent Shining titles fitting into the genre, and the fifth being a remake of Shining Force. Some argue these to be the weakest titles in the series, and those with the least in common with the original games. Many fans and fan sites, largely Shining Force Central, have openly expressed disappointment in how long it has been since a strategy based Shining game has been released, and with the newest PS2 title Shining Wind on its way, there is some doubt if the strategy element will be incorporated again. Effectively Segas First attempt at translating the Shining Force franchise into a Zelda like game. ... Shining Soul 2 is a role-playing game for the Game Boy Advance. ... This article is in need of attention. ... Shining Tears is a PlayStation 2 game of the shining series made by Sega. ...


Dispute Over Canon

Many of the fans of the series consider that the most "pure" incarnations are the strategy games, if only for the reason that they are the games that drew most fans to the series. Despite Shining in the Darkness being the first arguable game in the series, many fans would contest that it starts with Shining Force: The Legacy of Great Intention. As the series has progressed, debatably beyond Shining Force III, it has been met with disappointment from both fans and press alike, with very limited critical and financial success. Because of the questionable quality of these games, they are often not thought of as canon by many fans, and in addition are not considered part of the Shining series at all, limiting it to the strategy incarnations. Shining in the Darkness is a 1991 RPG game for the Sega Genesis video game console. ... // Overview Shining Force III is a video game designed for the Sega Saturn by Camelot Software Planning. ...


Most of the strategy incarnations of the game are related in some ways. Oftentimes they reference each other (frequently during discussion about the Greater Devils), or characters are carried over. Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict, and Shining Force II are arguably two of the most related games, having both characters and locations strongly in common, such as the character Hawel, a playable mage in Final Conflict, and Kazin's mentor in Shining Force II. On the same note, Final Conflict is also strongly related to the first Shining Force game, both sharing the character Max. Final Conflict is very largly viewed as a sort of missing link between Shining Force and Shining Force II. The final non-remake strategy game released, Shining Force III, can also be connected through a prominent character in Shining Force, Princess (and later Queen) Anri, who is also a cross over in Shining Force Gaiden. The most notable connections between the strategy and non-strategy incarnations can be found between Shining Wisdom and Shining Force II and between Shining the Holy Ark and Shining Force III. In Shining Wisdom, the elf-cleric Sarah and elf-mage Kazim make an important appearance doing a supporting role in the story and connecting it with Shinning Force II. In Shining the Holy Ark, one of the main characters of Shining Force III, Julian, is just a child, whose father is killed by Galm. This serves as a segue into his motivation for becoming a Mercenary, leaving Enrich, and joining the main group in Shining Force III Scenario 1, which would, through a series of dramatic events lead to him being one of the focal characters in Scenario 3.


The Games

This is a full list of Shining games, ignoring disputes over canon.

A comic strip loosely based on the series was featured in Sonic the Comic. Shining in the Darkness is a 1991 RPG game for the Sega Genesis video game console. ... The Mega Drive/Genesis was a 16-bit video game console released by Sega in Japan (1988), Europe (1990) and most of the rest of the world as the Mega Drive. ... Shining Force: The Legacy of Great Intention, more commonly referred to as Shining Force, is a 1992 turn-based strategy role playing video game for the Mega Drive/Genesis console. ... The Mega Drive/Genesis was a 16-bit video game console released by Sega in Japan (1988), Europe (1990) and most of the rest of the world as the Mega Drive. ... The Sega Game Gear was Segas first portable gaming system. ... The Sega Game Gear was Segas first portable gaming system. ... Shining Force II is a 1994 tactical role-playing game for the Mega Drive/Genesis console, and a sequel to the original Shining Force: The Legacy of Great Intention game. ... The Mega Drive/Genesis was a 16-bit video game console released by Sega in Japan (1988), Europe (1990) and most of the rest of the world as the Mega Drive. ... The Sega Game Gear was Segas first portable gaming system. ... Shining Force CD is an RPG of Mega/Sega CD. Designed by Sega, the game is divided in two Books, that can be played sequentially or disconnectedly. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Effectively Segas First attempt at translating the Shining Force franchise into a Zelda like game. ... The Sega Saturn ) is a 32-bit video game console, first released on November 22, 1994 in Japan, May 11, 1995 in North America and July 8, 1995 in Europe. ... Shining the Holy Ark is a first person role-playing game released for the Sega Saturn. ... The Sega Saturn ) is a 32-bit video game console, first released on November 22, 1994 in Japan, May 11, 1995 in North America and July 8, 1995 in Europe. ... // Overview Shining Force III is a video game designed for the Sega Saturn by Camelot Software Planning. ... The Sega Saturn ) is a 32-bit video game console, first released on November 22, 1994 in Japan, May 11, 1995 in North America and July 8, 1995 in Europe. ... Camelot Software Planning is a Japanese video game developer established in 1990 best known for partnering with Nintendo on many of Nintendos spin-off franchise games such as Mario Tennis and Mario Golf. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Shining Soul 2 is a role-playing game for the Game Boy Advance. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Shining Force: The Legacy of Great Intention, more commonly referred to as Shining Force, is a 1992 turn-based strategy role playing video game for the Mega Drive/Genesis console. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Shining Tears is a PlayStation 2 game of the shining series made by Sega. ... PS2 redirects here. ... This article is in need of attention. ... PS2 redirects here. ... PS2 redirects here. ... Shining Tears is a PlayStation 2 game of the shining series made by Sega. ... Shining Force EXA (pronounced ikusa) is a game in Segas Shining series, currently in development by Neverland Co. ... PS2 redirects here. ... Sonic the Comic, known to its many readers as STC, was a UK childrens comic published fortnightly by Fleetway Editions (the merged companies Fleetway and London Editions, which progressively became integrated with its parent company Egmont until it became known as Egmont Magazines) between 1993 and 2002. ...


Sega has hinted that there may be more Shining titles in development right now.


External links

  • Shining Force Central - A Comprehensive Resource for the Shining Series
  • Home of Classic RPGs Information not only about Shining Force
  • MobyGames' entry for the Shining Force Series
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