There’s a sires that seems to of stopped being made. It is one of those that is fondly remembered among fans. One that I my self think has no black sheep in its family (No its not Bubsy). One that ok it is still going, but not in the way its fans want it to be and this makes them sad (and my more annoyed than Mr Angry losing on a game thanks to a cheap CPU player). This series name is “Shining Force” Ok the “Shining” series is still going, but they are nothing like the Shining Force games as well for starters they are not Strategy Role Playing Games (SRPG for short). Why they are not making the Shining force games is a mystery as SRPGs are still being made and are still popular. Ok so they have changed a little since the Shining Force games started out, but that’s called progress. If that never happened we would be stuck playing updates of the same old games (Street fighter 2 I am looking at you).
In my eyes its PROGRESS MY ARSE! What’s wrong with new versions of older games? Well for those that didn't know Sega are still putting out the first few Shining force games, but not the third one. WHY NOT THE THIRD?
Come on Sega. That was one of the last few games on the Saturn in the UK and they DIDNT FINISH IT OFF! Well not for us poor sods in the UK. Parts two and three are out in Japan (two has been given a fan translation). So everywhere else don't get the full story just part of it. To get what im talking about. Picture Star Wars. Now think of it as only the Phantom Menace (Ouch thats a sore point for Star Wars fans) that can be watched and the rest of them in some alien language. Yes its just like that. Only with something that will make you want to watch it all or play it all in this case (and no Jar jar binks).
In recent years the “Shining” series of games have become awful (well the ones that came out over here a lot stayed in the US/Japan, but going off reviews we haven’t missed much.)
Or maybe it is that the company that made them (they have gone by a few names, but are known as Camelot software planing) are afraid of the likes of Disgaea, Fire emblem, Advance/whatever Wars and Final Fantasy Tactics.
Ok maybe not some of them as they are shite, but Disgaea shows us how its done thanks to the amount of stats adding that will make Carol Vordaman confused, character building that will make a weekend company course look crap and the longevity of a book that makes you forget you read it at the end of it.(very handy unless its crap).
Its that good. Ok its story and settings are a lot more varied than Shining Force (Netherworld, Earth, Space and some dungeons), but at least the characters are different and above all else ITS FUNNY! Humour is something that is lacking from a lot of games these days and this game has loads of it, but its not something that you can just complete and put it to one side. Its something that will eat up your spare time and has that old “One more go thing”
For something a bit more Shining force like Id suggest you try some thing like Fire Emblem and Final Fantasy tactics.
But in the eyes of me. The eyes of the one that writes these damn things so my eyes are the most important to me.
DISGAEA IS THE BEST OF THEM! There are others in the series, but I feel that the first is best. Heck even Nippon Ichis other SRPG out put is great. Makai Kingdom is a great SRPG with out the grid, but still keeping it. In a bizarre way. Tis is the type of progress that is wanted. Heck even the storyline is nuts(main character becomes a book to save him self from dying and trys to regain his own power).
Ok I admit I had fun with some of the spin off’s like Shining the Holy ark and errr.
OK THATS THE ONLY ONE!
Ok Wisdom was fun in a Zelda rip off way. I stopped caring when Sega stopped releasing them over here.
So a plea to Sega and Camelot software planing. PLEASE MAKE MORE SHINING FORCE! Ok at least give us a translated version of Shining force three.
Next weeks Moan shall be a video one.