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Part of the ''Franchise/ShiningSeries'', Shining Force III was a turn based RPG for the Sega Saturn, released during the Saturn's twilight years, and one of the better games for the console. It is a game in three parts, each one following a different main character in a war between The Aspinian Republic and The Empire of Destonia, from which Aspinia declared independence some years ago. Unbeknownst to either side (but knownst to us!), the war is a cover for a demon-worshiping cult to revive Bulzome, an extremely powerful "Vandal" who ruled the entire continent 1,000 years ago before being sealed away. Only the first chapter was released outside of Japan, meaning the game ends with no resolution to any of the larger plot threads, but a Fan Translation project endeavors to fix that. The game is an indirect sequel to the first-person RPG ''Videogame/ShiningTheHolyArk'' - going so far as to cast a background NPC from the game as the third hero of SFIII - much like the first Shining Force followed up on Shining In The Darkness. Added a number of new features to the series' combat system, including weapon proficiencies, special attacks for each weapon type, statistics for elemental defense, and a "friendship" system that rewards characters who heal each other or fight the same enemies [[ThePowerOfFriendship by improving their stats when they're nearby]]. The US release features legendarily terrible voice acting.

[[OneGameForThePriceOfTwo The game was released in three parts]], [[NoExportForYou only one of which was released outside of Japan]]. In each part, a different hero led his force through a separate side of the story, with all three joining together for the final charge against Bullzome.

!!Shining Force III uses these tropes:

* AerithAndBob: A major example.
* AscendedExtra: Julian was originally an NPC from ''VideoGame/ShiningTheHolyArk''.
** Likewise Primula, the fairy seen speaking with Master Gabriel in the game's [[FramingDevice opening and ending sequences]] - when she joins in the third scenario, she reveals that she was one of the generic fairies who helped out Arthur, the hero of ''STHA''.
* {{Badass}}: Most of the playable characters.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Spiriel, who snaps out of it if you don't kill her.
* TheChessmaster: Emperor Domaric, although it doesn't show until the second scenario. He spends more than half the game the victim of a kidnapping plot, but [[spoiler: it turns out he knew the kidnapping was coming and let it happen. Rather than call his traitorous son out immediately, he plants TheMole inside Arrawnt's conspiracy and plays along, allowing the "abduction" to throw both Destonia and Aspia into chaos. When the time is right, TheMole frees Domaric, who takes command of a loyal corps of soldiers within the rebel faction, blackmails Medion into providing ''his'' support, and marches straight on Aspia - just as he's wanted to ever since the country seceded 20 years before. He even sends a bit of behind-the-scenes "help" to the last remnants of the traitors, so they'll be able to knock down Aspia's castle walls for him before they die.]]
* DamageDiscrimination: Can be seen in the battle against General Franz, where AreaOfEffect magic affects either Spiriel's ''or'' Franz's army, but not ''both'' (although technically, [[HopelessBossFight you're only supposed to fight Franz's army]]).
* EggMacGuffin: Penn's egg, which requires you to jump through many annoying hoops.
* EscortMission: The refugee battle, which requires you to guide the refugees away from the border patrol. While certainly not as frustrating as other examples (you are in control of the refugees, while the setup of the battle is actually [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome cool]]), it is a tricky battle that requires you to play in accordance to the trains, which can benefit or impede your gameplay depending on how well you play.
* FiveManBand: The three scenarios' starting parties:
** scn 1-
*** TheHero - King Benetram
*** TheLancer - Synbios
*** TheBigGuy - Dantares
*** TheSmartGuy - Grace
*** TheChick - Masqurin
** scn 2-
*** TheHero - Medion
*** TheLancer - Cambell
*** TheSmartGuy - Sir Grantack
*** TheBigGuy - Uryudo and Cambell
*** TheChick - Synthesis
** scn 3-
*** TheHero - Gracia
*** TheLancer - Julian
*** TheBigGuy - Donhart
*** TheSmartGuy - Sir Brisby
*** TheChick - Kate
* HeroicMime: Taken this to ludicrous levels. It has three main characters, one for each [[OneGameForThePriceOfTwo scenario]], and the two that you're not controlling in any given installment will talk like normal characters. However, ''your'' character's lines will be replaced by "....", even though the others will respond to whatever it is he actually said. It's especially absurd when there's a conversation between two main characters - you have to watch it from two points of view just to hear what everybody's saying!
* JokeCharacter: Penn, Although he may be useful in Scenario 3.
* KickTheDog: An optional kicking: in scenario II, you have to option of either letting Stella live and her leave on the boat with her husband, or killing her and him swearing revenge. In scenario III, [[spoiler: if you do the former, the husband will join you if he survives the map. If you do the latter, he will try to kill you, and just for the knife twist in the gut, when you kill him, his dying breath reveals she was actually pregnant.]]
* KleptomaniacHeroFoundUnderwear One of the randomly generated results for searching a closet.
* KnightInShiningArmor
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* MeaningfulName: ''Loads'' of characters have English words for names. Most of them were changed for the English translation, probably because they sound pretty dumb to a native speaker. So "Dauntless" became "Dantares," "Cruel" became "Crewart," "Emperor Dominate" became "Domaric" (and TheEmpire was rendered as "Destonia" instead of "Deathtonia") and so on.
* OldSaveBonus: Play them in order and import your save files from the previous scenarios if you want to assemble the entire Force!
* [[OneGameForThePriceOfTwo One Game for the Price of Three]]
* PinkGirlBlueBoy: When a new character speaks for the first time, their name appears in their first dialogue box. The name is in blue for male characters and pink for female characters. It can come in handy when the gender [[DudeLooksLikeALady isn't completely obvious.]]
* PoweredArmor: Ratchet's steam suit.
* ThePowerOfFriendship[=/=][[ThePowerOfLove Love]][=/=][[ThePowerOfTrust Trust]]: The Friendship system which will improve a character stats when they stand next to a character that they have a leveled up friendship level with.
* PutOnABus: Julian during Scenario 1 and 2.
* SequelHook: Of the LeftHanging variety. At the end of the whole thing, Julian (and possibly [[spoiler:Jane if you spared her]]) goes off on another journey [[spoiler:to meet with Arthur, hero of Shining the Holy Ark, in the north]], and during the end credits [[spoiler:a new Holy Ark is seen flying overhead,]] with the narration declaring that the consequences of ''that'' are a story for another time. None of the future Shining games followed up on it, though.
* ShiningGoodness
* SoLongAndThanksForAllTheGear: Subverted and played straight by Julian. In Scenario 1 you get his gear back after he leaves (and yet he [[GoodBadBugs still has his stuff in Scenario 2]]) but anything you give him in the next game is lost when he leaves Medion's force.
* TigerVersusDragon: Synbios and Medion.
* VideoGameCaringPotential: Rescuing certain characters in battle will allow them to appear in future scenarios.
* WakeUpCallBoss: The Vandal of Chapter 3, Scenario 1. In addition to having a magical barrier that must first be disabled, he heals 20 HP (out of 120 total) every turn, can make the most out of his [[ShockAndAwe Bolt spell]] [[AreaOfEffect with the cramped space he prefers fighting in]], and has a morbidly high evasion rate, the only moment in this game (compared to earlier games in the series) where [[ScrappyMechanic evasion rates]] are a problem. {{Justified|Trope}}, as he is specifically identified as a member of one of the most powerful races in the game's universe. The Force [[LampshadeHanging even wonders how they managed to kill him]], and anticipate how they will stand up against stronger, healthier Vandals.
** Later in Chapter 3 is Spiriel, a general with a very high Counter rate, a high Attack, and a preference for attacking weaker characters, such as Mages or Healers, when given the opportunity. While not as difficult as the above example, she's still powerful and unpredictable, and may be the first boss that actually requires strategy to defeat.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Medion wants some attention and recognition from his father. [[spoiler:Which his dad, Emperor Domaric, takes full advantage of.]]
* YouAreNumberSix: Amusingly, a large recruitable dragon in scenario 3 is named Thousand.

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