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One of the best Tactical RPGs on the Mega Drive Infernos (32256) 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

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Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 4.2
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.0
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.2
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.6
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Overall User Score (37 votes) 4.0

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There’s a reason why Shining Force II is still held in such high regard today and spammed by SEGA to play on almost any console ever invented anywhere by one means or another; it’s ahead of its time. So far ahead, that it still makes itself relevant almost twenty years after its initial release. It seems to effortlessly caress the line between (and I openly apologise for employing these trite phrases) hardcore and casual gamers because it provides a perfect little slice of what either party is looking for.
100 (Jul 08, 2004)
It's pretty obvious to everyone that the Genesis wasn't known for its RPGs. It's not to say that it didn't have them, it did, just not as many as the SNES, and of those, only a handful (around 10) were really worth playing. You had the obvious games like the Phantasy Star series, the Shining series, and games like Beyond Oasis and Crusader of Centy. These games represent most of the worthwhile RPG's for the system. High among them stands Shining Force II.
Joypad (Feb, 1994)
Génial, non ? Bien qu'il soit en japonais, il est possible d'en venir à bout, la preuve je l'ai fait. Donc, n'hésitez pas à vous le payer, je me propose même de vous aider comme je l'avais fait il y a longtemps pour Landstalker. Vous connaissez le numéro, non ?
Retro Archives (Oct 06, 2017)
Si Shining Force II a fini par éclipser son grand frère dans la mémoire des joueurs, c'est finalement pour une série de très bonnes raisons. Tirant avec brio un trait sur les quelques lourdeurs du premier opus, le jeu capitalise sur tous les points forts esquissés dans Shining Force pour offrir un des Tactical-RPGs les plus prenants, les plus beaux et surtout les plus accessibles de toute l'ère 16 bits. Passionnant de la première à la dernière minute, il constitue encore aujourd'hui une excellente porte d'entrée dans un genre considéré d'ordinaire comme difficile d'accès, et qu'il aura contribué à populariser par l'excellence de son concept et de sa réalisation. Tout simplement un titre majeur du catalogue de la Megadrive.
RPGFan (Aug 03, 1998)
I won't make any excuses; Shining Force 2 is my favorite game of all time. It's very hard for me to find any fault with it but I've tried my best. It isn't a perfect game but it is a lot of fun to play and is a wonderful world to visit. The story is lighthearted but raises some deep issues at times as well as some emotion. The graphics are what 2D is all about and very few 32-bit games have caught my eye the way this game does. Above all, Shining Force 2 combines the complex gameplay of a strategy title with the great story, exploration and NPC interaction of a traditional RPG. For me, that combination can't be beat.
Game Players (Aug, 1994)
While the sequel doesn't add anything especially new or innovative to the series, it does give players a ton more of what they like about the first game. And that's good enough to making Shining Force II a title that RPGers can't afford to miss.
Shin Force (Mar 23, 2003)
I grew up on the Shining games, so I will always cherish them. Shining Force 2 is an enjoyable game destined to be remembered for a long time. I see no compelling reason not to track this game down today. If you liked Shining Force, then you'll love the sequel.
Mean Machines (Sep, 1994)
Every quest should have a Shining Force, every Megadrive should have a copy of Shining Force II. It's fab, basically.
Sega Force (Sep 14, 1994)
Här kommer uppföljaren till Shining Force 1, och det är helt suverän. Som ni kanske har märkt kan det hända, att uppföljare inte blir bättre utan tvärtom sämre än föregångarna, men här har man lyckats få fram ett otroligt bra lir.
Legendra (Jan 17, 2002)
Atypique, Shining Force 2 l'est assurément dans la saga avec son exploration totale et l'absence de chapitre. Il n'en reste pas moins excellent, un mythe de la Megadrive sur lequel le temps a peu d'emprise. Une fois le jeu entamé, difficile de s'arrêter.
RPGFan (Apr 16, 2000)
In my overall opinion, I feel that Shining Force 2 is the best of the Shining Force games I have ever played. Shining Force 3 was great but I really couldn't make the jump to 3-D; it made the game feel different and it did not have the atmosphere it generated when it was plain old 2-D. For a classic masterpiece Strategy/RPG, I highly recommend Shining Force 2.
Netjak (Sep 03, 2004)
My fellow Genesis loyalists, no one will deny that the Genny was a wonderful console, but it’s been long enough to be time for us to face up to a cold, bleak truth: The Genesis was still inferior to the SuperNES. We had Sonic, they had Mario. They had The Legend of Zelda and Super Metroid, we had.... Landstalker and Crusader of Centy. But it’s nice to know that, despite the superiority of Nintendo, we were still sometimes able to turn the tables by making them wish they had a Genesis. Shining Force II was one of those table-turning games. This game alone makes the Genesis worth it. Strategy buffs should also take a gander at the forerunner to Final Fantasy Tactics. Whether you’re a die-hard Genny loyalist or just an RPG/strategy nut, Shining Force II still lives up to its namesake.
IGN (Oct 07, 2008)
It does a disservice to any game on the Top 100 All-Time list to try to sum up its experience in a single review. Shining Force II's continued recognition though, even 15 years after its original release, should be more than enough reason for you to consider dropping 800 Points on a download of its new Virtual Console version. Like the first Shining Force before it, it's an excellent strategy RPG design that will last you for hours on end, and represents an excellent value for your investment of just eight bucks. And, better than the first Shining Force before it, this sequel flows more easily, looks even better and has even deeper levels of tactical gameplay for you to explore. So give it a shot, and then give it a good rating on that little sliding bar thing over there on the right. Because it deserves to keep its place in the next Top 100 list -- or even move up a little bit more.
Play Time (Oct, 1994)
Shining Force II bietet zwar gegenüber dem ersten Teil wenig Neues, muß es aber auch nicht. Der erfreulich einfach zu erlernende und doch fesselnde Cocktail aus Strategie und Rollenspiel-Elementen wurde wieder einmal perfekt in Szene gesetzt und ist dank besserer Hintergrundstory und erhöhtem Umfang noch eine Spur besser als das Original. Neben der unsäglichen Jump & Run- und Action-Flut ein wahrer Lichtblick auf dem Mega Drive.
Mega Fun (Sep, 1994)
Die leicht verdauliche Mixtur aus Strategie- und RPG-Elementen, sowie die tollen Kämpfe aus einer Pseudo 3D-Perspektive ziehen einen sofort wieder in ihren Bann. Irgendwelche großartigen Neuerungen werdet Ihr zwar hier vergeblich suchen, doch wozu auch? Schließlich war das Gameplay schon beim ersten Teil äußerst durchgestylt, nicht ohne Grund hielt Shining Force den Referenztitel inne. Erfreulicherweise hat Sega diesmal viel mehr Wert auf Abwechslung gelegt, bspw. liefert Ihr Euch in einer Szene ein heißes Gefecht mit einer Riesenkrake und ihren acht Tentakeln (schwer!) oder müßt auf einem Tisch mit einer Miniatur-Armee gegnerische Spielzeug-Feinde besiegen (lustig). Positiv sind zudem die vielen Musikstücke, die den Spielverlauf stets passend untermalen. Wer sich zu den Strategiespiel-Fans zählt und damit auch den ersten Teil in sein Herz geschlossen hat, wird Shining Force II mit ungezügelter Lust verschlingen.
86 (Jun 14, 2003)
En resumidas cuentas, un juego atípico en su género, pero sin lugar a dudas muy entretenido, que es considerado por muchos, y con toda justicia, uno de los mejores (si no el mejor) exponentes del rol en Mega Drive.
Random Access (Jan 26, 2013)
If you loved Shining Force, then you'll certainly dig Shining Force II. The polish level is about the same (grammatical/spelling errors appear at about the same rate) and you'll definitely feel right at home with its extensive similarities. Or, if you just have an affinity for strat-RPGs like Disgaea and Final Fantasy Tactics, this will be right up your alley, though distilled and simplified.
Video Games (Nov, 1994)
Naja, eigentlich habe ich mir Shining Force 2 ganz anders vorgestellt. Wenn aus einem Spiel eine Serie wird, frage ich mich zunächst einmal: Was ist anders als Vorgänger? Nun, was ich hier jedoch vorfinde, wurde haargenau nach dem selben Strickmuster zusammengepinselt. Dafür gibt‘s 10 Punkte von 10 möglichen in “Wie ziehe ich mit wenig Aufwand viel Geld aus der Tasche “. Noch fataler finde ich aber, daß es nicht annähernd dieselbe Motivation zu bieten hat wie sein Vorgänger. Das Ganze läuft nur darauf hinaus, strategisch meist reizlose Kämpfe zu “überstehen “, um in die nächste der insgesamt 43 Stages zu gelangen. Die Feinde jedoch agieren geringfügig intelligenter als beim Vorgänger und die Story hat mehr Abwechslung zu bieten als die Kämpfe selbst. Unterm Strich bleibt zwar ein ordentliches Strategie-Rollenspiel, aber der erfrischende Spielwind vom ersten Teil weht hier leider nicht mehr.
Power Unlimited (Feb, 1995)
Om mijzelf maar eens even tegen te spreken, er mogen dan wel een aantal verbeteringen en hier en daar iets nieuws aan Shining Force II zijn toegevoegd, het spel op zich biedt niets nieuws. Het grootste nadeel van het spel is dan ook nog steeds de ellenlange gevechten. Als je daar het geduld niet voor op kunt brengen, kun je maar beter niet aan dit spel beginnen.
A worthy follow-up to the first RPG, with bigger areas to explore and characters to meet. This will definitely appeal to fans of the first one and to RPG fans in general. It assume you've played the first Shining Force, but the story could use a few more twists and turns. The music is very good, as is the easy-to-follow control configuration.
GamePro (US) (Sep, 1994)
This RPG is way too familiar. The cuteness and elvishness of this game will really annoy you after a while and thats not the half of it. The game progresses at a pace that would slow the Road Runner down. If you're looking for something special in the Genesis RPG arena, don't try this game.