> I don't hate Sega making money. I just believe that a Shining
Force turn-based strategy/RPG could sell well even in modern times.
Something doesn't need to sell a million copies to be successful. Western
medieval fantasy is always popular so that works in Sega's favor. Medieval
fantasy has timeless appeal because everyone can relate to it. Some things
never die, time notwithstanding. It's called western medieval fantasy because
it was invented by westerners so no one can claim that it wouldn't be popular
here. The problem is most people don't have the patience for turn-based
> Shining Resonance is the newest addition to the Shining
series and unlike the last few Shining games which were made for the PSP
and arcade, Resonance is a PS3 game. I'd like to see Shining Blade
and Shining Ark converted to the PS3 as well but I'm not
optimistic about that. The PSP Shining games seem to be made solely for
Japan as opposed to everyone because handheld games are way more popular
in Japan due to people using trains more etc; it's a different market.
Beggars can't be choosers so Resonance will have to satisfy fans of the
series who want something that isn't held back by the limitations of the
> The game seems to be a real time action/RPG where you can switch characters?
The jury is still out on whether this will actually be good or not. I assume
the game is being made with Japanese gamers in mind first and foremost
rather than being aimed at everyone. The Shining series is only successful
in Japan so it's only logical that Sega would focus there.
It is what it is. Nevertheless, action/RPGs are popular everywhere so Sega
might see its potential, assuming it's good. We shall see. Time will tell.
> The first thing that strikes me is the art. The women are beautiful.
The artist is Tony Taka, a famous/infamous Hentai/anime porn artist, like
in Shining Tears, Shining Blade and Shining Ark,
so this shouldn't be surprising. I prefer the darker art of the original
drawn by Yoshitaka Tamaki but there's no denying that this is quality artwork.
The art is generic but it's brought up to a high standard nevertheless.
> The art of the new games is consistent. Now these games can be identified
by their art alone.
> I am honestly surprised by how much the Japanese console market has shrunk
over the last decade. Japan has twice the population of the UK but hardly
anyone plays consoles. It seems that people mostly play handheld consoles
in Japan. This will polarize games on the PS3 there because in order to
make it worth people's time, games will have to be truly great.
> I generally dislike Sony. It's not because they killed
Sega. It's because Sony is ruthless and disingenuous (meaning
Sony lies with the truth or avoids it). Making a better product is one
thing. Making an inferior product then claiming that it's better with numbers
that are possible in theory (or CGI) but not in practice and relying on
brand recognition to sell it is another. Sony did this with both the PS2
and the PS3 and people fell for it. I don't even refer to Sony as a they
in the plural sense because all I see is a soulless money making machine.
I'm glad that Sony was forced to compete more with Microsoft.
Having said that, however, I'd happily forget the past and buy a PS4 if
it meant that I could play Shining Force IV with modern 3D
graphics. There might not be much hope of us seeing that but even fading
hope is hope nonetheless...
> Camelot were the original creators of the series and the
series has never been the same without them. Camelot named their company
after the mythical kingdom of Camelot that was a utopian kingdom of knights
located in Britain. Whether it was merely a story or not, it inspired people
for generations. Medieval fantasy transcends borders and reaches people
everywhere and seems to have timeless appeal. The fact that this series
is still alive is proof of that.
> Many people are content with graphics that aren't state of the art which
means a new Shining Force game could be made with a much
smaller budget than a modern RPG. I wish that Sega would
just hire Camelot again... but having said that, Sega have
the talent and the money to make a new Shining Force game. They just lack