Shining Resonance Refrain
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About this game
Developer: O-TWO inc.
Content Rating: Teen
Play as Yuma Ilvern and stop the Empire from exploiting the power of the ancient dragons, including the soul of the Shining Dragon within you. With the help of your friends, realize your destiny, save Astoria, and unleash the strength you’ve always had locked away. In the original game, previously released only in Japan, Imperial Princess Excella was an unplayable character, but in the new “Refrain Mode” in Shining Resonance Refrain, both she and Dragonslayer Jinas can be added as party members for a new experience – just be sure to save this for your second playthrough to avoid any spoilers! As an added bonus, all of the extra cosmetic items and side quests are included in this remaster. Dragons were long thought to be extinct, and because Yuma holds the ability to transform into the Shining Dragon, he was taken as a captive of the Empire. With the help of the Dragoneers, Sonia, princess of Astoria, pleads with Yuma to aid them in their fight to save their land from the Empire’s dominion. Typically timid, will Yuma find the courage to realize the strength he has within him?
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Shining Resonance Refrain feels very much like a budget RPG. While it does some things really well such as well-written characters with excellent voice acting and awesome music, there are plenty of things that just don’t really work. Combat is clunky and dull, the sidequests are mostly repetitive, and the game world feels surprisingly small. Unfortunately, this is a game that’s unlikely to stick around in anyone’s memory for very long.
While Shining Resonance Refrain may not be mind-blowing, it still has its own charm that I could appreciate. It may be a far cry from the Shining Force games I fell in love with as a kid, but for what it's worth, there are not a lot of games of this type anymore. With every Western and Eastern RPG embracing the open world concept, it's kind of refreshing to have this traditional yet action-focused game to relax with. With Tony Taka's character designs leading the way, you may find the same level of enjoyment with Shining Resonance Refrain as I did.
Is Shining Resonance Refrain going to win any awards? It’s not even the best JRPG that has come out this year on any of the systems it has appeared on, and it’s a far cry from the classic Shining games that fans love so dearly. That said, it’s still a fun, if a bit rote, JRPG adventure that fans of the genre could stand to play and enjoy.