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The Shining Series is a series set in your Standard Fantasy Setting developed and published by Sega. The games are all set in the same universe but sequels are rarely a continuation of the preceding games; with only minor characters, locations or references linking the series together. The series is infamous for switching genres leading fans to never know quite what they're getting themselves in for.

  1. It's basically a standard JRPG but with a tactical battle system. There's no permadeath. There are no phases like in FE, so each unit moves one at a time. (It is dependent on Speed, so that stat is vital.) You roam a world map, explore towns, trigger story events, and then have battles. Most tactical RPGs are essentially just Story > Fight > Shop > repeat.
  2. In most SRPGs, you customize your characters. In Shining Force, you customize your party. You have 12 set characters; they can't multi-task. You can buy weapons, but not armor. Accessories can be found, but there are few of them. So when you find one of them, you are very happy. (There is no "Vendor Trash".) Each character can only carry 4 items, including their weapon and accessory.
  3. It's a very inclusive world. One minute you're thinking, "So, did he become a knight because he's a centaur? Is that a knight riding a centaur dressed as a knight?" But before you can think about that too much, "Oh look this egg hatched into a jellyfish wizard", or, "I'm sad about kicking this birdman off my roster, at least he has a nice bar to drink in", and then, "Oh look, a beastman who may or may not be an alcoholic." And "Let's try talking to that turtle in the basement." If this were The Witcher, they would all be warring factions. Whether you're a lightning mage fox-person, a steam-powered armadillo knight, or a jogurt, there is a place for YOU in the Shining Force!
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Games in the franchise are:

  • Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict - Released 1995 for the Sega Game Gear.
  • Shining Wisdom - Released 1995 for the Sega Saturn.
  • Shining the Holy Ark - Released 1996 for the Sega Saturn.
  • Shining Force III - Released on the Sega Saturn in three parts;
    • Scenario 1: God Warrior of the Kingdom - Released 1997.
    • Scenario 2: Target: Child of God - Released 1998. Japan only.
    • Scenario 3: Bulzome Rising - Released 1998. Japan only.
  • Shining Soul - Released 2002 for the Game Boy Advance.
  • Shining Soul II - Released 2003 for the Game Boy Advance.
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  • Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon - Released 2004 for the Game Boy Advance. note 
  • Shining Tears - Released 2004 for the PlayStation 2.
  • Shining Force Neo - Released 2005 for the PlayStation 2.
  • Shining Road to the Force - Released 2005 for Japanese mobile phones.
  • Shining Force Chronicle I, Chronicle II, and Chronicle III - Released 2005 for Japanese mobile phones. note 
  • Shining Road II - Released 2006 for Japanese mobile phones.
  • Shining Force EXA - Released 2007 for the PlayStation 2.
  • Shining Wind - Released 2007 for the PlayStation 2.
  • Shining Wind X - Released 2008 for Japanese mobile phones.
  • Shining Force Feather - Released 2009 for the Nintendo DS.
  • Shining Force Cross - Released 2009 in arcades.
  • Shining Blade - Released 2012 for the PlayStation Portable.
  • Shining Force Cross Illusion - Released 2012 in arcades.
  • Shining Ark - Released 2013 for the PlayStation Portable.
  • Shining Force Cross Exlesia - Released 2013 in arcades.
  • BLADE ARCUS from Shining - Released 2014 in arcades.
  • Shining Resonance - Released in 2014 for the PlayStation 3, updated in 2018 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Steam.

  • Blade Arcus from Shining EX - Released 2015 for the PS3 and PlayStation 4.
  • Blade Arcus from Shining: Battle Arena - Updated Re-release in 2016 for Steam.
  • Blade Arcus Rebellion from Shining - Set to be released in 2019 for the PS4 and Nintendo Switch.

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Alternative Title(s): Shining, Shining Force Neo, Shining Force Feather, Shining Force The Sword Of Hajya

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