DescriptionShining Force II is a strategy/RPG hybrid with cartoon-like graphics. The game is comprised of two modes: exploration, in which the hero and his companions engage in the role-playing game standard of talking to townspeople, exploring new lands, and furthering the plot; and battle mode, in which the combat is resolved from a tactical point of view, with individual combats being resolved from a close-up view with animated characters.
The plot consists of such quests as saving a princess from the clutches of demons, rebuilding the hero's hometown, and uniting the various forces of good together against the hero's nemesis. Along the way, the hero will be joined by many characters who seek to aid him in his journey. Several of these characters can only be obtained by completing side quests. In addition, random battles can occur between the programmed scenarios, giving the hero's party a chance to obtain experience and gain levels outside of the set scenarios.
There are several difficulty levels in the game, selectable when starting a new game. In addition, there is a configuration code that allows cheats to be activated, including the ability to control the enemy units.
- "シャイニング・フォースⅡ 古えの封印" -- Japanese spelling
- "Shining Force II: Inishie no Fūin" -- Japanese title
Part of the Following Groups
|One of the best Tactical RPGs on the Mega Drive||Genesis||Infernos (7843)|
|Chess with a story line||Genesis||Ian Kelleher (8)|
|Simple and engaging||Genesis||kurikthebasher (5)|
The Press Says
|Sega-16.com||Genesis||Jul 08, 2004||10 out of 10||100|
|HonestGamers||Genesis||May 10, 2011||10 out of 10||100|
|Game Players||Genesis||Aug, 1994||95 out of 100||95|
|Nintendo Life||Wii||Oct 04, 2008||90|
|Netjak||Genesis||Sep 03, 2004||9 out of 10||90|
|Virtual Console Reviews||Wii||Oct 04, 2008||9 out of 10||90|
|RPGFan||Genesis||Apr 16, 2000||90 out of 100||90|
|Random Access||Genesis||Jan 26, 2013||8.5 out of 10||85|
|Eurogamer.net (UK)||Wii||Oct 22, 2008||8 out of 10||80|
|Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)||Genesis||Sep, 1994||6.8 out of 10||68|
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- 1994 - Overall Best Strategy Game of the Year
- 1994 - Best Genesis Strategy Game of the Year
- Game Players
- January 1995 (Vol 3, Iss. 1) - named best Genesis RPG game in 1994
Related Web Sites
- Shining Force Central (A huge archive of information on every "Shining" game released.)