Sunday, July 26, 2009

Games Played 07/04/2009

BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger - PlayStation 3
Demigod - PC


Shining Tears (2004)
Developer: Amusement Vision
Platform: PlayStation 2
Purchase Date: 03/24/2005

Those pesky elf girls... All they ever wanted from you is money.

Ever since Sega lost Camelot Software Planning to Nintendo, we have been denied a proper new entry into the spectacular Shining Force series on the newer consoles. This tragedy does bring us its own set of joy though starting with the release of Shining Tears which happens to be a magnificent title: it is definitely a worthy spin-off to continue carrying the brand's legacy. Just like other Sega games under the "Shining" banner, the game's main menu is presented in a fairy-tale fashion, with the game being presented as a tale being told by a wise storyteller. Other than that though, the game departs from other Shining games with its seemingly bland - it's actually quite addictive if you give it enough time - real time action battle system. It's hard to find original stories in a JRPG, so don't expect anything too memorable here. You play as a hero who suffers a serious form of amnesia - oh! another one? He soon learns about his past and is placed in the middle of a struggle of epic proportions. Whenever you enter the battle areas, you are allowed to bring a partner with you who will fight along your side. These partner characters each have unique abilities that may provide you with the needed advantage against the screen-filling number of enemies that you will encounter. The character portraits that are used during the conversations look wonderful so it's a shame that your actual on-screen characters are represented with that bobble-head look typically found in JRPGs. If they made the character sprites look better, Shining Tears would have packed a bit more punch to it.

LIBRARY STATUS: 4 out of 5

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