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Postby DiegoMM » Mon Jan 23 2017 8:28pm

Im currently playing Beyond the Beyond, a playstation 1 jrpg developed by Camelot and its has a very strong shining feeling in it that it could be called shining beyond.

Someone else here tried this game also?

The dialogues, walking sprites, portraits, large battle sprites and animations are all very similar to sf2 and sfcd style (its cool to se a 32 bit attempt differente tahn 3d sf)

The downside of the game are the random battles: too much and somewhat boring.

Interesting theres a npc called Zeon.
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Re: Shining Beyond

Postby Kaihaku » Mon Jan 23 2017 8:44pm

I've heard of it but never looked into it until just now.


Ugh...that intro video... But I actually like the battle visuals, they hold up quite well considering the eye-bleeding quality of PSX games.
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Re: Shining Beyond

Postby DiegoMM » Mon Jan 23 2017 9:00pm

The intro reminds me of the Shining Wisdom intro, awfully similar. But its why this game is cool, because the all the other parts are 2d.
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Re: Shining Beyond

Postby DomingoRules! » Sun Feb 26 2017 10:37am

I played this game a fair amount back in the day, and a couple years ago actually got around to buying it so I could finally play it all the way through. It's definitely a Shining game at heart. The graphics. The presentation. Spells having levels. Even character promotions, the start up screen where you're talking to the girl in Kaleidoscope Land, and Finn looking like he was sculpted from the same exact mold as Max and Bowie. It's as if Camelot had an idea for a Shining game, Sega rejected it, so they took the idea elsewhere.

It's a pretty fun game, but far from perfect. I find the battles to be a bit frustrating at times considering how puzzle-heavy many of the dungeons are. Nothing gets in the way more while trying to solve huge puzzles than constant random encounters. And if you're mashing the buttons to utilize battle system's bonus effects, the fights can start to become not only tedious, but also physically tiring. Also, as somebody who prefers to promote at the lowest possible level in Shining games,
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