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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.


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Shining Force II Genesis Sarah is healer, shoudn't attack
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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
  • "샤이닝 포스 2" -- Korean spelling

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User Reviews

One of the best Tactical RPGs on the Mega Drive Infernos (17873) 2.83 Stars2.83 Stars2.83 Stars2.83 Stars2.83 Stars
Chess with a story line Ian Kelleher (8) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars
Simple and engaging kurikthebasher (5) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars

Critic Reviews

Game Players Aug, 1994 95 out of 100 95
IGN Oct 07, 2008 9 out of 10 90
RPGFan Apr 16, 2000 90 out of 100 90
Netjak Sep 03, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Play Time Oct, 1994 87 out of 100 87 Jun 14, 2003 8.6 out of 10 86
Random Access Jan 26, 2013 8.5 out of 10 85
Power Unlimited Feb, 1995 7.9 out of 10 79
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Sep, 1994 34 out of 50 68
GamePro (US) Sep, 1994 3 out of 5 60


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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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Daniel Reed (29) added Shining Force II (Genesis) on Jul 29, 2002
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