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A example of an simple RTS JRPG
September 9, 2018
The combat system is quite fun (very similar to the Tales Of series). Shining resonance is a fair length game landing at personally at over 30 hours for a playthrough which is a fair length for those not wanting a 80 plus hour main story game. In the game there is an option for either English or Japanese voices including subtitles. The game also offers optional dungeons for some content. The controls in the game are easy to use and simple to get the hang of. It explains the game mechanics quite well while not being too heavy in tutorials every single battle at the beginning of the game. The mechanics of battle become.more important such as the B.A.N.D area as you aquire more songs to affect the party or enemy in the battle for boss battles. Also for those not wanting to manage constant equipment swapping there is no weapon or are purchased; instead there are aspects which effect different areas on characters such as more percentage more health or mana points and damage done or taken. The game and is very light hearted and not very dark story wise. The game also lets the main protagonist Yuuma turn into a dragon to fight enemies which can make you feel quite powerful. You can use other characters to fight and not just locked to the main character.
Grind heavy game with final boss being in the 80s. I managed to finish the game with a party of level 60 characters (reducing grinding). The bosses tend to repeat mostly because of the story sake and do not really change much a part from some having area of effect attacks that destroy you easily. The status effects in the game such as confusion happen far too often(which makes the controlled character useless standing idle or attacking allies) making you have to remove the status effect everytime it occurs.
The game also does not have a new game plus over an existing save file. This removing the incentive to play through the game again.
One of most annoying aspects was leveling not in use party members which eventually may need to be used for parts in the game. There is a quest that needs to be completed and then items that are rare to acquire to make an aspect to equip to characters not in the party to earn experience. This is called the image training aspect.
The story is fair and not very engaging and not making you want to know what happens next bit has some substance built up after the third chapter.
Some characters are just way better in the game and leave others in the dust of usefulness. This may Dept from player to player though.
Overall the game was quite enjoyable and if you get non party members gain information experience as soon. As you can it will make grinding far less time consuming and tedious (as some characters need to be used). The simple controls are awesome and nice to be able to pick this up after some time of leaving and knowing how to play again easily. Graphics are fairly good not being too over dependent on or bad enough to remove from the game presentation. All in all something to consider if you do not want a complex game to play and pick up and put down experience. I would recommend buying only if you like RTS games and need a game to play and are not to worried about a deep story. Personally I enjoyed my playthrough with the boss battles and playing different characters such as a mage or a knight..