in the Darkness is the first game in the long running Shining series.
The Shining series has so much potential for greatness that Sega
are still making Shining games today. While the new games have clearly
strayed from their roots, we can always go back to where it all began.
game was made by Climax Entertainment and Sonic! Software
Planning (later became Camelot) when they were still
a Sega first party developer. Camelot later separated from
Sega and became independent. Hopefully Camelot will revisit the series
one day. After all, they are the original creators of the series. Imagine
what they could do with modern graphics. Camelot were a division of Sega
which is why Sega owns the rights to this series.
enough, this game is called Shining and the Darkness in Japan.
It's easy to see why Sega changed the conjunction "and" to
the preposition "in" for the English version. "In" denotes a location.
For example: A light shines in the darkness. Like a true Republic in a
sea of empires. A Republic will give you a chance to be free. An empire
will bend you to its will.
in the Darkness is a first person dungeon crawler with constant
random battles. Therefore it's not for everyone. You explore seemingly
endless mazes from a first person perspective while fighting your way to
the end. You gain levels from killing monsters and become more and more
powerful like a typical role playing game. You can build your characters
with new weapons and armor which you can buy or find, and you will need
to use many items to progress (like healing herbs at the start).
play the son of the knight Sir Mortred. Following in your father's footsteps,
you are a good knight in your own right, but the time has come to prove
your skills. The princess of Thornwood and your father who was protecting
her have disappeared and it's your job to find them. It's soon revealed
that an evil sorcerer named Dark Sol is responsible. He wants to rule the
kingdom and no one has the power to stop him. Not long after you begin
your journey you are joined by a red headed female elf mage named Pyra
Myst and a male hobbit priest named Milo Brax. You must venture into an
ancient labyrinth where no one dares to tread. No one returns from this
labyrinth and you will soon find out why. You need to become the hero that
you were always meant to be...
main character is a young knight named Hiro in official cannon lore (pun
intended I am sure) but you are forced to name your own character at the
beginning before you can start. The game puts you in the shoes of the main
character as if you are him.