Shining Tears (PlayStation 2)

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Shining Tears is an old-school action RPG set in the Shining universe (previous games include Shining in the Darkness and Shining Force trilogy). You play as Xion, a hero who is drawn into saving the City of Shilidia from a formerly peaceful neighbor due to his possession of the powerful Twin Dragon Rings. This sets the stage for an epic RPG storyline with varied characters and some surprises.

The game is presented in hand-drawn 2D graphics and backgrounds. For battles the players may choose from 8 unlockable companions, each with their own unique powers, strengths and weaknesses. Furthermore, the co-op system lets two players cooperate in battles, pulling off special combo moves and leveling up their characters together. The companion you pick changes Xion to the opposite 'soul' dark or light due to the nature of the Twin Dragon Rings, with correspondingly different powers. In single-player mode the players have their companion AI to help them out of tight spots.


Shining Tears PlayStation 2 Xion meets Elwyn
Shining Tears PlayStation 2 Character screen for Volg the wolfman
Shining Tears PlayStation 2 Title Screen
Shining Tears PlayStation 2 The storyteller and his faerie start things off

Alternate Titles

  • "光明之淚" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "光明之泪" -- Chinese title (simplified)
  • "シャイニング・ティアーズ " -- Japanese spelling

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Game Informer Magazine Mar, 2005 7.75 out of 10 78
Game Shark Apr 06, 2005 B 75
GotNext Jul 04, 2005 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Just RPG Dec 05, 2005 65 out of 100 65
Play Magazine 2005 6.5 out of 10 65
IGN Mar 23, 2005 6.1 out of 10 61
GameSpy Mar 18, 2005 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Random Access Aug 22, 2013 5.5 out of 10 55
Netjak Apr 29, 2005 4.8 out of 10 48
RPGamer 2005 1 out of 5 20


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Phanfasm (74) added Shining Tears (PlayStation 2) on Jul 29, 2005