Anyone Ever Try This Game?

PostPosted: Tue May 25 2010 10:40pm
by EricLegacy21
Just wondering because I saw some good things on it and some negative, and it would be great to hear from the clan of Shiningeers themselves ^^

Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

PostPosted: Wed May 26 2010 1:43am
by Chaos Wizard
I played it from start to finish only twice which is pretty low for me.

I liked Neo more simply because of the fact I hated having to keep two parties leveled to defend against monsters coming at the fortress.

All and all though I thought it was a pretty kick ass game.

Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

PostPosted: Wed May 26 2010 10:00pm
by Kalkano
I liked it better than NEO, but that's really not saying much. It's just another generic action RPG with the Shining Force name slapped on it.

Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

PostPosted: Thu May 27 2010 4:32am
by Trovador
Well, I just played it once.
As an action game SFExa seems to be a good game. It looks like a MMORPG (Many MOnster RPG :p)

Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

PostPosted: Thu May 27 2010 3:47pm
by Chaos Wizard
How exactly is it generic?

I've heard this before, and people compare it to Gauntlet. I also don't get that, as gauntlet really does have nothing else to it but slashing at tons of monsters. If anything it's expanding on the hack n slash RPG in a new way.

Though I do agree that neither game should be called Shining Force.

Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

PostPosted: Thu May 27 2010 5:44pm
by Pappets
One of the worst games i've ever played. :shock:
I just wonder what "exa" means. Probably, "exa" is the only cool thing in the WHOLE game.

Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

PostPosted: Thu May 27 2010 6:48pm
by Kalkano
Chaos Wizard @ Thu May 27, 2010 7:47 am) wrote: How exactly is it generic?

I've heard this before, and people compare it to Gauntlet. I also don't get that, as gauntlet really does have nothing else to it but slashing at tons of monsters. If anything it's expanding on the hack n slash RPG in a new way.

Though I do agree that neither game should be called Shining Force.

Eh. Maybe its just the fact that it is a hack n slash game that makes it feel generic, as I'm not a fan of the genre, and they all feel very similar to me.

Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

PostPosted: Thu May 27 2010 6:51pm
by Chaos Wizard
I agree that the game play is a bit repetitious, but I like the way they pulled it off.

NEO had some references to the first two Genesis games, but EXA didn't have any really, it was even more so a rewrite of the original series. I'm hoping they do more games they'll bring some new elements to the table and some new monsters as well.

Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

PostPosted: Thu Jun 03 2010 5:52pm
by Rachkir
it is worth playing. I have Neo and Exa(had) for PS2- I paid retail full price for them, 49.99, mainly because it just so happened there was only 1 on the shelve when I bought them.

I figured " OH WOW< a new shining game, which I havent played since SF2, since I never had a Saturn or Sega CD.

I paid full price on them, for 2 reasons, couldn't find it used and I thought it would be rather Rare to begin with. Since I was aware of them being typically a Japanese release only series, and being the first to come out on PS2 (and last I think) they may have value long term... I recall buying SF1 on ebay for 40 bucks back in 2000'ish. Booklet and case w/ new battery.

SO I Was extremely pumped, and extremely let down for obvious reasons. I remember trying so hard to see if it would fit at all into the story line, and it seemed like it was going to, but nah. more like a rewrite of some sorts.

I like to think of these games as an alternate universe of the one we know and love, where conflict rages in 1 universe, it will be echoed across them all.

Similar to Michael Moorcocks " Mulitverse"

Getting of topic. Play it, hate it, but most importantly.... Play it at least once. Rent it - or buy it if u can find it cheap enough.

Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

PostPosted: Thu Jun 03 2010 6:11pm
by Chaos Wizard
The alternate universe thing is what I've been saying since screenies of Neo came out. People don't listen... :(

Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

PostPosted: Thu Jun 03 2010 10:05pm
by Kalkano
I know! What if we just think of these games as taking place in an alternate universe? :)

Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

PostPosted: Thu Jun 03 2010 11:52pm
by Martin III
Rachkir @ Thu Jun 03, 2010 5:52 pm) wrote: I paid full price on them, for 2 reasons, couldn't find it used and I thought it would be rather Rare to begin with. Since I was aware of them being typically a Japanese release only series, and being the first to come out on PS2 (and last I think)

Nope, to both. Shining Tears was the first of the series to come out on the PS2. Shining Wind seems to be the last.

Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

PostPosted: Mon Jun 07 2010 3:41pm
by Rachkir
Rachkir @ Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:52 am) wrote: I like to think of these games as an alternate universe of the one we know and love, where conflict rages in 1 universe, it will be echoed across them all.

Similar to Michael Moorcocks " Mulitverse"

Its obvious that it's not the same universe ---

@ chaos wizard and kalkan
Its obvious that your sarcasm isn't lost either.

Its obvious that I'm referring to my own thoughts on 'the alternate universe'

Instead of it being an alternate universe, I prefer to think of it as a Multi Universe, meaning if one thing happens in 1 Universe, it will be echoed throughout each universe in teh Multi-verse.

So, you get a rather similiar storyline from Neo ---> SF1

Its the events of SF1 being echoed in another Universe, in the most likely/probable way for that particular Universe. They have force arts, we have force spirits, etc etc.

So if anything, you may think its an alternate universe, which is fine. I prefer to find a reason for it instead of just telling people "OMG I said that a year ago"

Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

PostPosted: Tue Jun 08 2010 4:15am
by Omega Entity
Welcome to the internet.

Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

PostPosted: Tue Jun 08 2010 11:36pm
by Chaos Wizard
Omega Entity @ Tue Jun 08, 2010 4:15 am) wrote: Welcome to the internet.

:)

Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

PostPosted: Fri Jun 25 2010 5:57pm
by Bulzome
I found it to actually be a little easier than NEO. I can't say that I was too crazy about the story, but it was definitely a fun game.

This one actually changed from NEO because
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Where in NEO:
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That kind of upset me a little.

I'd probably say that overall, it was very slightly better than NEO. (Although I liked them both)

Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

PostPosted: Sun Jun 27 2010 9:00pm
by Guntzlegend42
Pappets @ Thu May 27, 2010 12:44 pm) wrote: I just wonder what "exa" means. Probably, "exa" is the only cool thing in the WHOLE game.

Exa means one quintillion of a base unit.

Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 25 2011 3:03am
by sbloom85
I've played it as well. I have mixed feelings about it, since I haven't played it in nearly a year. My biggest complaint was the fact they recycled maps and music from Neo.

Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

PostPosted: Tue Mar 22 2011 6:38am
by Fox
I also gave it a play through a few weeks ago as I was curious. While I like it a bit better than Neo its still only a lackluster excuse for an action RPG. One thing I thought was better in this game were the references. In Neo they felt so forced that I ended up hating the fact that it could ever have the "Shining" name on it but with Exa I thought it was handled a bit better. I'm still sad when I look at this and Neo and see the direction Sega went with the series.

Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

PostPosted: Fri Jul 01 2011 5:05pm
by Kaihaku
If I ever come across a cheap copy at a yardsale or thriftstore, I'll pick it up...but I can't see myself giving it a try otherwise. Not that it's a bad game but...it just doesn't stand out enough.

Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

PostPosted: Sun Jul 24 2011 11:44pm
by TheUnknownMarine
I thought it was fun. It's basically an upgraded SF Neo. A chunk of the plot is retarded, but it has fun characters and my standards were pretty low going in, so I was pleasantly surprised. I loved the upgradeable base aspect.

'Course I got it used for 15 bux, so...

Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 15 2011 3:16pm
by sbloom85
Personally, aside from the fact that most of the game is a carbon copy of Neo (maps, music...) I thought it was okay. I like what they did with it, being able to switch lead characters at will, defending the base. But I thought they were a little lazy with it, like I mentioned, a lot of the maps and the music were ported over from Neo.

It doesn't seem to lag as much as Neo though, which is a big improvement.

Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

PostPosted: Wed Nov 09 2011 7:34am
by Geoffrey Duke
I might check it out in a few decades' time when I have nothing better to do, assuming of course that we aren't all living in a zombie filled wasteland, although that sounds more fun to me.

Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

PostPosted: Thu Dec 15 2011 1:55pm
by thepeaguy
No, because I'm loyal to Camelot. I vowed never to buy a post Camelot Shining game. Not ever.

Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

PostPosted: Wed Jun 06 2012 11:58pm
by Martin III
After declining to buy it new due to ethical compunctions, I finally picked up a used copy last month and have since completed it. While I'm generally no longer an active member on these boards, I still feel I have to post my thoughts on the first new (to me) Shining game I've played in three years.

It's pretty good. Gameplay-wise it's largely a retread of Record of Lodoss War, but the Fortress system is a very welcome addition. It prods you into keeping more than three of your party members in circulation, and more importantly, breaks up the formula of dungeon traversing with some variety and danger. :thumbsup:

The challenge level does have some oddly-placed spikes, but in general I found it neither too easy nor too hard.

The story's also decent, with at least a few breaks from RPG standards and a well-developed relationship subplot to keep things entertaining. I also love how they flipped traditional J-RPG gender roles by having the guy be a half-naked stud and the girl be brooding and emotionally withdrawn.

Overall I would never rank it alongside Shining Soul II and Shining Force Feather as a later era series highlight, but Exa is a respectable entry which I much enjoyed playing.

Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

PostPosted: Mon Dec 17 2012 5:23am
by Nekomimist
Shining Force EXa was my first Shining game. :3 I was originally trying to get a copy of Shining Tears and Shining Wind, but couldn't find them anywhere. I settled on EXa. It's fun enough, but for me as a gamer it leaves a little much to be desired. ^^ SF Feather is my favorite, however, I still have yet to play Tears, Wind, or Hearts, which are all on my list. Even in Japan, I still couldn't find them for a price I could afford at the time. :\ (meaning dirt cheap XD)

Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

PostPosted: Sun Apr 06 2014 10:25am
by Faisal
The game is actually pretty nice but one thing that I didnt like was the map of the game it seemed to be an exact replica of the map of NEO.

Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

PostPosted: Fri Apr 11 2014 7:05pm
by sbloom85
That's what I've been saying. The music was ported to this game as well.

Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

PostPosted: Sat Apr 12 2014 5:47am
by Faisal
Maybe Sega got lazy and used the good old copy paste :p

Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

PostPosted: Sun Nov 09 2014 3:21am
by Plazzain
This game was either way too easy (i.e. I would sprint through mobs of monsters like a hot knife through butter) or way too hard (i.e. monster kills me in one hit)

That said...Fun as f*ck to play.

Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

PostPosted: Sun Jan 25 2015 3:01pm
by Wanuska
thepeaguy wrote:No, because I'm loyal to Camelot. I vowed never to buy a post Camelot Shining game. Not ever.


Then you will never buy a Shining Force again.

Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

PostPosted: Mon Jan 26 2015 1:25am
by Kalkano
Wanuska wrote:
thepeaguy wrote:No, because I'm loyal to Camelot. I vowed never to buy a post Camelot Shining game. Not ever.


Then you will never buy a Shining Force again.


There likely will never BE a Shining Force, again...

Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

PostPosted: Wed Feb 04 2015 12:28am
by DomingoRules!
Wanuska wrote:
thepeaguy wrote:No, because I'm loyal to Camelot. I vowed never to buy a post Camelot Shining game. Not ever.


Then you will never buy a Shining Force again.

Well considering this is what happens when Shining Force is handled without Camelot's inclusion, I'd say that speaks for itself.

Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

PostPosted: Mon Dec 28 2015 12:09am
by Sugoi
Enjoyed the game very much. The ending was disappointing to me, though...