> Shining Force CD is actually two full games (books) in one. Both
books have the same story line as the matching Game Gear versions.
However, only one of the two books was released for the American Game Gear.
Anyway, Shining Force CD remains true to the series with emphasis
on hex turn based battles. Of course, there's some talking, searching,
and shopping to spice things up. The Runefaust army is on the loose
again so you must lead the Cypress and Gardiana forces to retain control
of the Sword of Hajya...
> The formula hasn't changed since the first game except that there aren't
as many areas to go searching in now. However, there are plenty of
new characters to control, find, and fight against in Shining Force CD.
The main attraction, graphically, is still the various magic effects you'll
see during battles (these improve with experience and class). As
usual, the view is top/down during most of the game and switches to a side
view for the battle animations.
> The control scheme is unchanged (thankfully)... I mean, why change
a good thing? Everything you do is menu driven and easy to perform.
As in the previous iterations, the game follows a linear story line so
getting lost isn't a problem. Basically, you have to buy weapons
and listen to the story in camp. Then, you go into strategic battle(s)
which you must win in order to advance. Part of the challenge is
trying to keep all your force at about the same level -- that way, nobody
> Shining Force CD's soundtrack is hands down the best of the 16 bit series.
It's filled with inspiring orchestral masterpieces, albeit a little repetitive.
Anyway, I own the soundtrack and listen to it often.
> The sound effects are the best in the series as well. They are
basically the same as their cartridge cousins, only now they sound even
better thanks to the advanced Sega CD sound capabilities.
> Command up to 12 characters in massive turn based battles with magic
galore! Find hidden characters throughout more than 50 battles which
will take you many hours to complete. Simply said, Shining Force
CD is the best 16 bit strategy/RPG you can find!