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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 Intro
Shining Force II Genesis Next battle, some easy enemies
Shining Force II Genesis Cyclops
Shining Force II Genesis May is a ranger, witch attack in close combat

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

Chess with a story line Genesis Ian Kelleher (8)
Simple and engaging Genesis kurikthebasher (5)

The Press Says

HonestGamers Genesis May 10, 2011 10 out of 10 100
Joypad Genesis Feb, 1994 97 out of 100 97
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
Virtual Console Reviews Wii Oct 04, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Netjak Genesis Sep 03, 2004 9 out of 10 90
IGN Wii Oct 07, 2008 9 out of 10 90
RPGFan Genesis Apr 16, 2000 90 out of 100 90
Legendra Genesis Jan 17, 2002 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90


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It was named best Genesis RPG game in 1994 (Game Players Jan. 1995).

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