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Shining Force 2 is really good

Postby DVthemaster » Fri Jun 28 2019 11:08pm

So I'm someone like most people on this forum that loves the Shining series. My personal favorite game in the series is Shining Force 1, which is mostly because of nostalgia and that I personally thought the game was better than the other Shining games. I've beaten Shining Force 1 about 8 times with the most recent time being this year when I bought the Sega Genesis Classics Collection for the Switch. Recently I started playing through Shining Force 2 again, which I always thought was worse than the first game but still really good. I've beaten Shining Force 2 about twice and the last time I played the game was about 3 or 4 years ago. So I decided to play Shining Force 2 again after I beat Shining Force 1 for the hell of it. But I noticed something odd. I'm far enough in Shining Force 2 where I'm going to North Paramecia and it's weird but so far I really think the game is better than Shining Force 1. When I originally played the game I didn't think this, but goddamn this game is good. I don't know if I'm in a different mind state or something but I'm really enjoying the game unlike before. I don't know if I'll dislike the game more as it goes on but the only thing I kinda dislike is the story compared to the first game, but it really isn't that bad to the point where I'm bored or can't enjoy the game. Even though I'm still disapointed I forgot to equip the Vigor Ball to Sarah to promote her, so now I have Sarah as a Vicar. I don't hate Vicars so don't get mad. Anyways that's it, just kinda wanted to rant a little bit about this.
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Re: Shining Force 2 is really good

Postby DiegoMM » Sat Jun 29 2019 2:07pm

Is really really good;
Its my favorite game of all, but trust me, I hate the vicar; Worst design ever!
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Re: Shining Force 2 is really good

Postby DVthemaster » Sat Jun 29 2019 7:05pm

@DiegoMM I know right, but I just think it's weird how I never thought of the game in this way before. Maybe because I got older, but I still hate Vicars lmao.
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Re: Shining Force 2 is really good

Postby DomingoRules! » Sat Jun 29 2019 9:21pm

Personally, I feel as though the second game is superior in almost every way, except arguably the story and graphics. It has bigger battles with outside maps that are (generally) less frustratingly tedious to traverse, less pathetic enemy AI, and better balancing with both ally and enemy units alike. Not to mention that it has more interesting boss battles that are more than just hoping your inaccurate attacks hit before the enemy's HP regenerates. Compared to the second game, I've always felt as though the first game was almost experimental, like they were getting their feet wet with this new game concept that they then moved on to improve with SF2 by using SF1 as a learning platform.
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Re: Shining Force 2 is really good

Postby DVthemaster » Sun Jun 30 2019 2:44am

@DomingoRules! Yeah I pretty much agree with everything you said, but the first game is still sooooooo good.
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Re: Shining Force 2 is really good

Postby DomingoRules! » Sun Jun 30 2019 3:48am

First game's also great, but usually the only times I choose it over the second is if I played through the second very recently already, or if I'm just in the mood for a bit of a shorter experience.
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Re: Shining Force 2 is really good

Postby Guy Jepson » Sun Jul 14 2019 3:36am

why so much Vicar hate??
for Sarah; VICR+early Goddess Staff >>>>>>>>> MMNK
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Re: Shining Force 2 is really good

Postby thepeaguy » Wed Jul 17 2019 1:05am

I'm glad you appreciate the 90s games, bro, being a young 'un.

Even though it isn't as polished as Dark Souls, Shining Force II is a tactical rpg masterpiece from that era.

Shining Force II is the very first game that got me hooked into the series. It was like being directly involved a Japanese cartoon with all the anime-esque battle scenes. It was all we had back then. We didn't have first class acting, cgi cutscenes and all that fancy jazz of today.
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