About the Games
Shining Force: The Legacy of Great Intention
Shining Force: The Legacy of Great Intention
Original System:
Sega Mega Drive/Genesis
Developer:
Sonic Co. & Climax Co.
Gameplay Style:
Strategy RPG, overhead tactical
Release and Version Information
These are versions of the game that have been released to the public. There are of course other releases such as pirate copies/compilations and preview/demo copies in which various aspects of the game may be different, some of which may be found listed in the Collectables section.
Shining Force
Version:
Japanese
System:
Sega Mega Drive
Released:
20 March 1992
System:
Sega Mega Drive
Price:
8,700 yen
Rarity:
Common
Publisher:
Sega Japan
Shining Force
Version:
USA
System:
Sega Genesis
Released:
1993
System:
Sega Genesis
Price:
Unknown
Rarity:
Uncommon
Publisher:
Sega USA
Shining Force
Version:
European
System:
Sega Mega Drive
Released:
July 1993
System:
Sega Mega Drive
Price:
UK49.99
Rarity:
Very Rare
Publisher:
Sega Europe
Shining Force
Version:
Asian
System:
Sega Mega Drive
Released:
Unknown
System:
Sega Mega Drive
Price:
Unknown
Rarity:
Uncommon
Publisher:
Sega Japan
Shining Force
Version:
Brazilian
System:
Sega Mega Drive
Released:
Unknown
System:
Sega Mega Drive
Price:
Unknown
Rarity:
Hard to Find
Publisher:
TecToy
Sega Smash Pack
Version:
USA
System:
Sega Dreamcast
Released:
2 May 2001
System:
Sega Dreamcast
Price:
US$42.99
Rarity:
Common
Publisher:
Sega USA
Sega Smash Pack 2
Version:
USA
System:
PC CD-ROM
Released:
2000
System:
PC CD-ROM
Price:
US$49.99
Rarity:
Common
Publisher:
Activision
Sega Smash Pack Twinpack
Version:
USA
System:
PC CD-ROM
Released:
2002
System:
PC CD-ROM
Price:
US$14.99
Rarity:
Common
Publisher:
Activision
Sega Greatest Hits Volume 2
Version:
UK
System:
PC CD-ROM
Released:
2000
System:
PC CD-ROM
Price:
N/A - PC bundle
Rarity:
Hard to Find
Publisher:
Unknown
Sega Greatest Hits Vol 2
Version:
UK
System:
PC CD-ROM
Released:
2000
System:
PC CD-ROM
Price:
N/A - PC bundle
Rarity:
Hard to Find
Publisher:
Hasbro
Sega Archive from USA vol 3
Version:
Japanese
System:
PC CD-ROM
Released:
1999
System:
PC CD-ROM
Price:
3,300 yen
Rarity:
Uncommon
Publisher:
Unknown
Sonic Action 4 Pack
Version:
USA
System:
PC CD-ROM
Released:
Unknown
System:
PC CD-ROM
Price:
Unknown
Rarity:
Common
Publisher:
Activision
Overview
"You are the leader of a group of warrior and sorcerers, fighting to save your homeland from an ancient evil! Choose your party from over 25 characters you'll meet while travelling through the worlds of Rune. Realtime action meets Role-Playing strategy in Shining Force!"
  - from the Shining Force box.

Following the success of Shining in the Darkness in 1991, Shining Force: The Legacy of Great Intention was released and eagerly purchased by fans of the former. The games have their similarities, but on the whole the style of Shining Force's gameplay is very different than it's predecessor. This was one of the first (although not the first) console games to utilise it's now classic tactical overhead turn-based battle system. Many purists do not consider Shining Force to be an RPG, due to it's strategic nature, I consider it a Strategy or Tactical RPG.

In Shining Force you don't just control one, two or even three characters - your army includes 12 members, out of a possible 30 to recruit during the game. While the story is far from unique (the evil guy - in this case, Dark Dragon - is coming back to take over the world, and it's your job to stop him), the graphics are sweet and the sound is catchy. Various comedy moments in the game make this an absolute classic that's not to be missed.

Shining Force is now available on the Sega Smash Pack for Dreamcast, and Smash Pack 2 for PC. Though the original game is hard to find and expensive these days, you should have no problems getting it for the Dreamcast or PC in the USA!