Video Game: Shining Force
is the first title in a series of turn-based strategy role-playing games, and is part of a larger franchise
known simply as the Shining Series
, and is considered Sega's answer
to Fire Emblem
by many.note Shining Force
begins in the kingdom of Guardiana, where the main character, Max, is put in charge of the titular Shining Force and charged with stopping an invasion from the rival Runefaust army. The army is controlled by Darksol, a mysterious cloaked man with aspirations to revive the monstrous Dark Dragon and use it to Take Over the World
. It's a prequel to the first-person Genesis RPG Shining in the Darkness
, which featured Darksol's son Dark Sol (or, in Japan, Mephisto).
The game had a remake published in 2004 which featured enhanced graphics and sound and an extended story the involves new subplots and characters as well as tweaks to the mechanics to provide more balanced gameplay.
Its sequel, Shining Force II
, was released in 1993 in Japan and 1994 elsewhere, but the story of the first Shining Force
game is continued in the Shining Force Gaiden Games
for the Sega Game Gear
The Shining Force games provide examples of: