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It was released in Japan in 1993 and in America and Europe in 1994.
This is going to be a rather short review, because they didn’t change that much in the gameplay from the first SF game…
Okay, I pretty much explained the game mechanics in my review of Shining Force, so please read the gameplay part there. I will just concentrate on the changes in the gameplay here.
The first change is that you no longer can promote your units with Level 10. In SF2 you need to be Lvl 20 to do that. There are now some secret items hidden in the game that allow you to promote one of your units to a different class. With the Vigor Ball for example, you can promote one of your Priest units to a Master Monk instead of a Vicar, resulting in different Spells that unit can use and very different stats.
Thankfully they fixed the Level Up chaos from the first game. Level Ups still give you random bonuses but they don’t vary as much anymore. You no longer can get a Level Up with no bonus at all. It is much more balanced now.
The last great improvement is the menus. The shopping menus to be more precise. The shop window now compares the weapons you want to buy with the one the character has equipped and shows the improvement (or loss).
The story starts as a thief named Slade steals the Jewel of Light and the Jewel of Darkness from a shrine. An action that releases Zeon, the king of devils into the world. After an attack at the town of Granseal, lead by one of Zeons underdevils, the young man Bowie (you can change his name) is sent out to find a way to defeat Zeon and save the world. On his journey to do so, he meets many people who follow him and together they build the Shining Force.
Shining Force II is an awesome game. I love it as much as the first one. Even though it hasn’t as many unique characters as the first SF you still just have to like them. The graphics improved noticably, everything looks smoother than in the first game and there are more details everywhere. Even the battlegraphics got way better, they are animated a little bit smoother, more detailed and the programmers have redone all the magic effects, which really look great. All the flaws of the frist game are gone and they didn’t put in new ones, so there is nothing left to say. SF2 is better than the first one when it comes to gameplay and graphics in every way. I personally like the characters in the first game better, but that’s just me.
If you didn’t like the first one, don’t bother playing Shining Force II, for it’s almost the same game. If you liked SF1 then you gotta like SF2 too for the same reason. If you like RPGs try Shining Force II and even if you don’t like them, give the game a chance.
Rating & Summary:
Graphics: 9 – Good improvements from the first game everything looks better.
Sound: 9 – Better quality of the Midi-music and battlesounds than in the first game.
Gameplay: 9 – Every flaw from the first game was removed, so it plays just great.
Story: 8 – Story is good but nothing special, unfortunately that goes for the characters as well.
Overall: 8,7 – Great game for everyone who liked the first one and new players as well.
That’s all from me for now, hope you enjoyed.