Shining Force II

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Shining 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.


Shining Force II Genesis Hero & "phoenix"
Shining Force II Genesis Galam mage attacks
Shining Force II Genesis Cyclops
Shining Force II Genesis Next battle, some easy enemies

Alternate Titles

  • "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

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User Reviews

One of the best Tactical RPGs on the Mega Drive Genesis Infernos (11513)
Chess with a story line Genesis Ian Kelleher (8)
Simple and engaging Genesis kurikthebasher (5)

Critic Reviews

HonestGamers Genesis May 10, 2011 10 out of 10 100 Genesis Jul 08, 2004 10 out of 10 100
RPGFan Genesis Aug 03, 1998 95 out of 100 95
Shin Force Genesis Mar 23, 2003 9.2 out of 10 92
Sega Force Genesis Sep 14, 1994 91 out of 100 91
IGN Wii Oct 07, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Nintendo Life Wii Oct 04, 2008 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
Video Games Genesis Nov, 1994 82 out of 100 82 (UK) Wii Oct 22, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Power Unlimited Genesis Feb, 1995 7.9 out of 10 79


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  • GameFan
    • 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

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