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Shin Force ~ Shining Force ~
 Shining Force CD
Shinobi
Reviewed
01.07.2000
Publisher
Sega
Developer
Sonic
Format
CD
Origin
Import/Domestic
Available
1995 (USA)
Exclusive
Yes
Difficulty
Adjustable
Dimensions
2D
View
Top/Side
Genre
Strategy/RPG
Players
1
Options
6 Button
Backup 99
Requires
n/a
Importable
80%
INTRO:
         > 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...
GRAPHICS: 
         > 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.
CONTROL: 
         > 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 falls behind.
SOUND:
         > 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.
FUN:
         > 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!
BOTTOM LINE:
     > Take the best strategy/RPG series...   Make it twice as long as usual...  Add new magic effects, locales, and characters...  Compose a wonderful soundtrack for it...  And you get Shining Force CD!  This game is very hard to find so good luck...
Overall: 9.5 | Graphics: 8.5 | Control: 9.6 | Sound: 10 | Fun: 10
~ Shinobi ~