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Shining Force 2 is a strategy/RPG by Sega, released for the Sega Genesis in 1994. It's very much like the original Shining Force. You control your very own army across vast battlefields. The battles take place on a flat terrain. Most of the time you fight on land and other times you fight in temples or caves. Your job is to command your army to defeat the enemy army. You start out with three soldiers and by the end of the game you end up with 28. An awesome cinematic sequence is displayed when you encounter an enemy. Your army and enemy armies are made up of knights, wizards, warriors, and archers. Not all of them are human; there are centaurs, birdmen, wolf men, robots, half-breeds, and other strange looking creatures. Each character has their strengths and weaknesses. Your characters are able to be promoted, making them able to wield stronger weapons and have stronger attacks. Also when they are promoted, they look different and attack in different ways.


Shining Force 2 Tribute is a fan remake of Shining Force 2 for the Nintendo DS. The person behind this project is a Brazilian programmer, Renato Bittencourt. He's adding new graphics, music, characters, secrets, and more to the 1994 Mega Drive tactical RPG. Though he says this is purely a fan project, he has also talked with Ubisoft and Tectoy Digital about possibly releasing the game through Brazilís curious Zeebo console (I doubt Sega will allow this). Renato plans to release a demo ROM soon, and eventually hopes to put out the game as episodes in English. Heís still finishing the remakeís engine, but heís already spent all of 2009-2010 working on the game. I have screen shots here, and check out my Movie Clips section for a gameplay video.

SHINING FORCE 2 re-releases

Shining Force 2 was released on the Wii Virtual Console in Europe on October 3, 2008 and in North America on October 6, 2008. The game also appears in Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and as a standalone game on Steam.

(From the manual) The citizens of Granseal are hard at work. Inside the castle grounds, the centaurs concentrate on jousting and target practice while the spellcasters compare teleportation and healing spells. Granseal isn't at war, but there has been trouble with monsters on the outskirts of the kingdom, and the king has ordered troops to sweep the area and drive the creatures away. All notice the thunderclouds that gather above the castle. Not only is rain unusual for the season, but the storm does not look to be an ordinary one. The storm is a harbinger of coming events--events which will change Granseal and its neighboring kingdoms forever. An ancient evil has broken free, and is spreading over the land of Rune, devastating all that it touches. Is there anyone, or anything, that can stop it? Start the adventure and find out!

Ah, the great Shining Force 2. It seems most Shining Force fans consider this one to be their favorite. However, I still prefer the original Shining Force. I think it has a better selection of characters, including characters that are more along the lines of "WTF is that?!" Anyway, Shining Force 2 has all the typical stuff a sequel is expected to have: better graphics; a better, more detailed storyline; better music; etc. However, there is one major detail that this game has, that every other 8-bit/16-bit Shining Force lacks... a sense of exploration! Yes. In Shining Force 2 you can actually explore the land and its towns, and at some points *choose* your battles (gasp!). Shining Force 2 also has the most adorable character ever, Kiwi! I put a pic of him towards the left. Isn't he irresistibly cute?!

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