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#1 Omega

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Posted 02 April 2008 - 07:35 PM

Dang... video games are just like music- the old ones are always better.

To this day, I hold the Shining Force series to be the greatest yet. Don't believe me? Emulate SFI or SFII. Nostalgia, man, nostalgia.

Has anybody else played this series or am I sadly alone here?
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Posted 02 April 2008 - 07:36 PM

Sorry, can't say I have ever played the Shining Force Series...When did it come out and for what system/PC?
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Posted 02 April 2008 - 07:42 PM

Dang... video games are just like music- the old ones are always better.

To this day, I hold the Shining Force series to be the greatest yet. Don't believe me? Emulate SFI or SFII. Nostalgia, man, nostalgia.

Has anybody else played this series or am I sadly alone here?


Shining Force? Never heard of it but I do have to agree that sometimes old games are better.


Does anyone else think that Shining Force sounds like it was ripped out of power rangers?
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Posted 02 April 2008 - 07:50 PM

Shining Force? Or Shining FINGER?!? <_<
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Posted 02 April 2008 - 08:51 PM

Mmmm, Shining Force...awesome tactical RPG series. I haven't played the earlier ones, but I have Shining Force III for the Saturn. (Yes, I'm a retro gaming geek, and I prefer to play them in their natural habitat.)

Edited by Carbon, 02 April 2008 - 08:53 PM.

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Posted 02 April 2008 - 09:14 PM

Shining Force? Or Shining FINGER?!? :P


Thanks, now that I haven't watched any gundam shows in years, I have to find them and watch it. You just made my grades go down :lol:
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#7 Omega

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Posted 03 April 2008 - 06:19 PM

Well, everybody who posted in this thread is now Carbon's bitch.

For the Genesis, really. Emulate it! Download gens and an SFII Rom, maybe SFEdit, and have fun. Seriously, do it.
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#8 Carbon

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Posted 03 April 2008 - 07:08 PM

Heh...I have the ROMs for both Shining Force 1 and 2, but I've never gotten around to playing them. I do have a cart for Shining in the Darkness, but it's more of a dungeon crawler, and doesn't bear much resemblance to what the series became.

From the 16 bit generation, I actually like the SNES a bit more, anyway, but the Saturn is my hands down favorite from the gen after that.
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Posted 03 April 2008 - 07:31 PM

I'm a huge fan of the Shining Force series, though I've been extremely disappointed by some of the newer releases. Shining Force II was actually the very first game I got for Genesis, so that will always be my personal favorite, though Shining The Holy Ark is a close second. I know a lot of SF fans didn't like some of the changes made in Holy Ark, but I think they worked rather well. I have the following Shining Force games in my collection:

Shining Force (Sega Genesis)
Shining Force II (Sega Genesis)
Shining Force CD (Sega CD)
Shining Force: The Sword of Hajya (Sega Game Gear)
Shining Wisdom (Sega Saturn)
Shining The Holy Ark (Sega Saturn)
Shining Force III (Sega Saturn)
Shining Soul (Nintendo Gameboy Advance)
Shining Soul II (Nintendo Gameboy Advance)
Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon (Nintendo Gameboy Advance)
Shining Tears (Sony Playstation 2)
Shining Force Neo (Sony Playstation 2)
Shining Force EXA (Sony Playstation 2)

I used to have the Imports of Shining Force III Scenario 2 & 3, but ended up selling them a few years ago because I couldn't get into the game without being able to understand the story (The games are all in Japanese). I'm still hoping they'll release a Shining Force III collection with Scenarios 2 and 3 in the US, but it's looking less likely with each passing year...

Anyway, you can find the first Shining Force game on compilation discs like the Sega Smash pack, or as Omega said, through an emulator online. I also heard they were releasing a virtual console Shining game for the Wii, so if you've got a Wii that's well worth checking out, because the Shining Force series is truly one of the all time classics.

Edited by Orange, 03 April 2008 - 07:33 PM.

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Posted 03 April 2008 - 07:52 PM

Man, I forgot about the Sword of Hajya...and I have that one, too. It shows how long it's been since I've unpacked my Game Gear. I just haven't played it as much since the sound died.

And if we're talking about classic strategy games....Dragon Force, anyone?

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Posted 03 April 2008 - 08:20 PM

On the topic of old games, the DOOM series is my favorite. I grew up with DOOM, oddly enough. I've been playing it since I was 5, despite the rating. I have DOOM 2 for gameboy, it's sweet.
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Posted 03 April 2008 - 09:14 PM

On the topic of old games, the DOOM series is my favorite. I grew up with DOOM, oddly enough. I've been playing it since I was 5, despite the rating. I have DOOM 2 for gameboy, it's sweet.

Yeah! I love DOOM. One of the best games ever. I spent many a day glued to my tv playing that game.
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Posted 03 April 2008 - 09:14 PM

Oh yeah, Dragon Force is an awesome game! That's another one I enjoyed so much that I got the import sequel - Dragon Force II - but I ended up selling that as well since all the game text was in Japanese.

The Sega Saturn never really took off in the US, but it really did have a great collection of games. The Shining games, Dragon Force, Saturn Bomberman, X-Men: Children of the atom, Panzer Dragoon, Wipeout, Marvel Super Heroes, Burning Rangers, Virtual On, Virtua Cop, Sonic Jam, Guardian Heroes, Nightwarriors, Mr. Bones, Baku Baku, Nights and so many many more!

It's just too bad so many of these games are so damned expensive, my collection isn't half as big as I'd like it to be, but I just can't bring myself to pay the prices that some of these suckers go for.
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Posted 03 April 2008 - 11:38 PM

As far as the Shining series, I could only ever get into the Force games. But I've got an SFII Rom in the background right now! :lol:
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