History VideoGame / ShiningForce

1st Aug '16 3:31:03 PM CynicalBastardo
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** The Sword Of Darkness deserves a special mention, as it qualifies on two counts: In addition to being a cursed weapon, its spell effect when used is [[UselessUsefulSpell Desoul]].
14th Jul '16 3:49:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* RedHeadedHero: Max.
9th May '16 2:17:27 PM CynicalBastardo
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* BreakableWeapons: Some weapons, such as the Halberd and the Atlas Axe, can be used to cast spells with a random chance of them showing wear. Using them again will destroy them, unless they're taken to a shop for repairs. Rings have this effect as well, but this trope doesn't apply, since they're not weapons.


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* MagicSword: Some weapons can be used to cast spells. This ability turns the Sword of Light into a GameBreaker, as it can cast Bolt 2 on a wide area as many times as you like giving 48 experience points per go, essentially making it hilariously easy for Max to [[LevelGrinding level grind]].
24th Feb '16 12:20:10 PM Surenity
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* RememberTheNewGuy: Arguably Narsha in ''Resurrection of Dark Dragon'', a character who was not present in the original game. She is Ramladu's daughter, who takes it upon herself to save Runefaust from her now-BrainwashedAndCrazy father. She also uses a powerful weapon and owns some of the best healing spells in the game. Particularly vexing to some is that she replaces Mae as Max's love interest in the remake, even stealing some of her lines at the end of the game (while Mae isn't even present during the scene). Narsha being compared to someone's shoehorned OC in a fan fic is almost valid.
24th Feb '16 7:03:23 AM Twoeyesshort
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** This is to say absolutely nothing about enemies ([[DemonicSpiders like Chimeras]]) and bosses ([[ThatOneBoss like Mishaela]]) who have a nasty tendency to avoid nearly every non-magical attack thrown at them, despite having similar stats to characters in your party (who are nearly always hit).
16th Jan '16 3:59:24 AM WillyFourEyes
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** Also, Lyle the Strike Knight in SFI, even though you get him nearly halfway through the game. Centaur movement range on flat ground, 2-3 square archer range, high damage, and decent defense. You have to grind him up some so he has buffed stats before you promote him to Assault Knight, but when you do it is ''glorious.'' He ties with wolf warrior Zylo in terms of damage output with the added bonus of long range sniping ability.
* AntiGrinding: The experience you get from killing enemies varies depending on your level. Power up high enough and it's hard to find anything that'll give more than 1 EXP. Subverted in ''Shining Force'', in which any healing done gets 10 experience points without fail. You have won the moment you can use it 10 times per fight.

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** Also, Lyle the Strike Knight in SFI, Knight, even though you get him nearly halfway through the game. Centaur movement range on flat ground, 2-3 square archer range, high damage, and decent defense. You have to grind him up some so he has buffed stats before you promote him to Assault Knight, but when you do it is ''glorious.'' He ties with wolf warrior Zylo in terms of damage output with the added bonus of long range sniping ability.
* AntiGrinding: The experience you get from killing enemies varies depending on your level. Power up high enough and it's hard to find anything that'll give more than 1 EXP. Subverted in ''Shining Force'', in which any Any healing done gets 10 experience points without fail. You have won the moment you can use it 10 times per fight.



* ArmorAndMagicDontMix: Mages might be the best at defeating heavily armored enemies, but beware because of their low physical defense. Downplayed with [[MagicKnight Arthur]] in the original game. He gets spells, having lived in a city of mages, but they're not great.

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* ArmorAndMagicDontMix: Mages might be the best at defeating heavily armored enemies, but beware because of their low physical defense. Downplayed with [[MagicKnight Arthur]] in the original game. He Arthur]], who gets spells, having lived in a city of mages, but they're not great.



* {{Badass}}: ''Plenty'' of examples. If you didn't read the AnnoyingArrows example with Lyle (SFI), then let this statement be an example: Once you put Zylo onto your team, chances are you will ''[[LightningBruiser never]]'' remove him.

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* {{Badass}}: ''Plenty'' of examples. If you didn't read the AnnoyingArrows example with Lyle (SFI), Lyle, then let this statement be an example: Once you put Zylo onto your team, chances are you will ''[[LightningBruiser never]]'' remove him.



** Gong may qualify as well, as he mentions fighting Runefast for many years when you first talk to him.

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** Gong may qualify as well, as he mentions fighting Runefast Runefaust for many years when you first talk to him.



** Many healers can actually do a lot of damage when equipped with the proper staff (most of them can critically hurt particular enemies - i.e, the Voodoo Charm can one-shot undead enemies), and since a mage's attack spells often do fixed amounts of damage, it's better to let them attack as well until their spells reach level three or higher.

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** Many healers can actually do a lot of damage when equipped with the proper staff (most of them can critically hurt particular enemies - i.e, the Voodoo Charm can one-shot undead enemies), and since a mage's attack spells often do [[FixedDamageAttack fixed amounts of damage, damage]], it's better to let them attack as well until their spells reach level three or higher.



* CrutchCharacter: Zukia in the remake. Narsha is a little too unprepared for what the game throws at her, and Zukia meanwhile is able to solo the entire maps. However, he manages to remain quite useful if the player chooses to use him.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Usually not the case; "Dark" or "Evil" items are generally [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique cursed and damage their user]] in exchange for their awesome power, but when part of a YinYangBomb, the Sword of Darkness in I are not evil (the words "dark" and "evil" are practically interchangeable most of the time, perhaps due to translation issues).

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* CrutchCharacter: Zukia Zuika in the remake. Narsha is a little too unprepared for what the game throws at her, and Zukia Zuika meanwhile is able to solo the entire maps. However, he manages to remain quite useful if the player chooses to use him.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Usually not the case; "Dark" or "Evil" items are generally [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique cursed and damage their user]] in exchange for their awesome power, but when part of a YinYangBomb, the Sword of Darkness in I are not isn't evil (the words "dark" and "evil" are practically interchangeable most of the time, perhaps due to translation issues).



* DownerEnding: {{Subverted|Trope}}, the ending of the first Force game, where [[spoiler:Max is sunk under the water with the Chaos Breaker while a majority of the remaining of the force is [[TeleportersAndTransporters Egressed]] out scot-free,]] it is rather convincing until [[spoiler:you watch the cut scene after the credits, showing Max and Adam and alive and well]].

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* DownerEnding: {{Subverted|Trope}}, the ending of the first Force game, where [[spoiler:Max is sunk under the water with the Chaos Breaker while a majority of the remaining of the force is [[TeleportersAndTransporters Egressed]] out scot-free,]] it is rather convincing until [[spoiler:you watch the cut scene after the credits, showing Max and Adam and alive and well]].



* EnhancedRemake: ''Resurrection of the Dark Dragon'' introduces three playable characters, Narsha, Zukia, and Mawlock, adds a couple battles with them, fixes balance issues (although several of the added stuff, including Supernova as well as the three new playable characters can be game breakers if used right) and expands the story, even adding a few new twists to it.

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* EnhancedRemake: ''Resurrection of the Dark Dragon'' introduces three playable characters, Narsha, Zukia, Zuika, and Mawlock, adds a couple battles with them, fixes balance issues (although several of the added stuff, including Supernova as well as the three new playable characters can be game breakers if used right) and expands the story, even adding a few new twists to it.



* {{Flynning}}: Max does this once promoted in the original game.

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* {{Flynning}}: Max does this once promoted in the original game.promoted.



** The remake of ''Legacy of Darkness'' added a bunch of character cards hidden around the overworld. Some of them are fairly intuitive, and some of them are... not. Many are found by checking seemingly innocent objects scattered around the overworld (special mention goes to one card being behind the nameplate of a single church in one of hte towns) while others are obtained by speaking to various [=NPCs=] wandering around the game world (including random people who have little to no relation to that character and a ''pig'' wandering around in the corner of Pao on your second visit). And you're not even done when you find and memorize them all, since every boss (and some recurring enemies, but only specific ones) also has a card, requiring the boss or enemy to be finished by a specific character.

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** The GBA remake of ''Legacy of Darkness'' added a bunch of character cards hidden around the overworld. Some of them are fairly intuitive, and some of them are... not. Many are found by checking seemingly innocent objects scattered around the overworld (special mention goes to one card being behind the nameplate of a single church in one of hte the towns) while others are obtained by speaking to various [=NPCs=] wandering around the game world (including random people who have little to no relation to that character and a ''pig'' wandering around in the corner of Pao on your second visit). And you're not even done when you find and memorize them all, since every boss (and some recurring enemies, but only specific ones) also has a card, requiring the boss or enemy to be finished by a specific character.



* HeroMustSurvive: Central to every game. You are given a hero character who acts as the leader of the force. If they die, you lose and are sent back to the last priest.

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* HeroMustSurvive: Central to every game. You are given a hero character who acts as the leader of the force. If they die, you lose and are sent back to the last priest.



* ItsUpToYou: The battle is lost the instant Max (or Bowie in the sequel) gets knocked out, even if there's one minor opponent left.
* JokeCharacter: Jogurt in the first game, the penguins in the third. Jogurt can only inflict ScratchDamage, and if by some twist of fate he happens to kill someone, he receives an item that can have any other player character turn into him. He can't even level up.

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* ItsUpToYou: The battle is lost the instant Max (or Bowie in the sequel) gets knocked out, even if there's one minor opponent left.
* JokeCharacter: Jogurt in the first game, the penguins in the third. Jogurt can only inflict ScratchDamage, and if by some twist of fate he happens to kill someone, he receives an item that can have any other player character turn into him. He can't even level up.



* KillSat: In the remake of the first game, this powers a line of spells exclusive to Max.

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* KillSat: In the remake of the first game, remake, this powers a line of "Supernova" spells exclusive to Max.



* LostForever: A few characters, and often items you miss. The Game Gear version has an interesting subversion for items, where you can simply buy items you miss from the shop under deals. They cost a lot, which would be annoying, except the game soon ends up as MoneyForNothing.

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* LostForever: A few characters, and often items you miss. The Game Gear version has an interesting subversion for items, where you can simply buy items you miss from the shop under deals. They cost a lot, which would be annoying, except the game soon ends up as MoneyForNothing.



* LukeIAmYourFather: In ''Resurrection of the Dark Dragon, [[spoiler:Max is the brother of Kane, one of Runefaust's top generals]]. Similarly in the Game Gear version, [[spoiler: Hiemdiel, TheMole, is your brother.]]

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* LukeIAmYourFather: In ''Resurrection of the Dark Dragon, Dragon'', [[spoiler:Max is the brother of Kane, one of Runefaust's top generals]]. Similarly in the Game Gear version, [[spoiler: Hiemdiel, TheMole, is your brother.]]generals]].



* OneHitKill: Try not to let a final boss use Desoul, by far the cheapest magic attack possible as it can suddenly kill anyone even at full health, including the leader of the force.

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* OneHitKill: Try not to let a final boss use Desoul, by far the cheapest magic attack possible as it can suddenly kill anyone even at full health, including the leader of the force.leader.



* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:also Kane]] in the original, though the latter is partially a HeroicSacrifice.
* RedHeadedHero: Max in the first game.

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* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:also Kane]] in the original, [[spoiler:Kane]], though the latter is partially a HeroicSacrifice.
* RedHeadedHero: Max in the first game.Max.



** The healers and magicians have lower defense and are often easier to kill, and the AI loves preying on anyone it can kill quickly and in one turn. It goes for the other Shining Force games as well. They usually won't exclusively go after Master Monks in the second game because they can take hits and defend themselves.

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** The healers and magicians have lower defense and are often easier to kill, and the AI loves preying on anyone it can kill quickly and in one turn. It goes for the other Shining Force games as well. They usually won't exclusively go after Master Monks in [[VideoGame/ShiningForceII the second game game]] because they can take hits and defend themselves.



* StandardEvilEmpireHierarchy: In the first game.

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* StandardEvilEmpireHierarchy: In the first game.StandardEvilEmpireHierarchy:



* StorybookOpening: In Resurrection of the Dark Dragon, the remake of ''Shining Force'', Simone reads about the story of the Shining Force with somebody unknown while she waits for her grandfather to return.
* TheStrategist: Nova in ''SFI''. He gives you advice if you talk to him.
* SwordOfPlotAdvancement: The Chaos Breaker is required to complete ''I'', as it functions as a key to the VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon.
* TeamPet: In the first game, there's an extremely large number. Save for one (Bleu, who is plot-mandatory), all of these characters are [[LostForever easy to miss]].

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* StorybookOpening: In Resurrection ''Resurrection of the Dark Dragon, the remake of ''Shining Force'', Dragon'', Simone reads about the story of the Shining Force with somebody unknown while she waits for her grandfather to return.
* TheStrategist: Nova in ''SFI''. He Nova, who gives you advice if you talk to him.
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* SwordOfPlotAdvancement: The Chaos Breaker is required to complete ''I'', the game, as it functions as a key to the VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon.
* TeamPet: In the first game, there's There's an extremely large number. Save for one (Bleu, who is plot-mandatory), all of these characters are [[LostForever easy to miss]].



* UpdatedRerelease: ''Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon'' on the Game Boy Advance, as well as ''Shining Force CD'', which was a remake of the two Game Gear {{Gaiden Game}}s.

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* UpdatedRerelease: ''Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon'' on the Game Boy Advance, as well as ''Shining Force CD'', which was a remake of the two Game Gear {{Gaiden Game}}s.Advance.



* WithMyDyingBreathISummonYou: The first game revolves around the story of Darksol, an evil sorcerer, trying to revive Dark Dragon to take over the world. The heroes fight him in Dark Dragon's lair, and as he's about to die, Darksol shouts the trope namer and Dark Dragon is brought to life as the FinalBoss.

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* WithMyDyingBreathISummonYou: The first game revolves around the story of Darksol, an evil sorcerer, trying to revive Dark Dragon to take over the world. The heroes fight him in Dark Dragon's lair, and as he's about to die, Darksol shouts the trope namer name and Dark Dragon is brought to life as the FinalBoss.
2nd Jan '16 1:59:45 PM nombretomado
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** The [[SonicTheComic British comic adaptation]] only, which had Granseal as an island in the distant future of our world, after a nuclear war led to mutations which produced analogues to the usual fantasy races.

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** The [[SonicTheComic [[ComicBook/SonicTheComic British comic adaptation]] only, which had Granseal as an island in the distant future of our world, after a nuclear war led to mutations which produced analogues to the usual fantasy races.



* ComicBookAdaptation: In ''SonicTheComic'', see above.

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* ComicBookAdaptation: In ''SonicTheComic'', ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'', see above.
26th Dec '15 6:00:25 AM Trigger-of-Sorrow
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* XMeetsY: The gameplay can be summed up as ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' meets ''Franchise/DragonQuest''.

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* XMeetsY: The gameplay can be summed up as ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' meets ''Franchise/DragonQuest''.''Franchise/DragonQuest'' (though the former was coincidental, assuming the creator was sincere; see the footnote in the first paragraph of the page description).
26th Dec '15 5:58:59 AM Trigger-of-Sorrow
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* XMeetsY: The gameplay can be summed up as ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' meets ''Franchise/DragonQuest''.
26th Dec '15 5:39:32 AM Trigger-of-Sorrow
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* {{Expy}}: Sir Astral in the sequel is quite clearly based on [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Gandalf]].
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