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Favorite Battles and Characters throughout entire SF series?

Postby ZethaPonderer » Mon Jan 30 2017 9:56pm

Mine was the Chess Battle from SF2 and the Laser Eye from SF1. Haven't decided on what my favorite battle is from SF3 so I'll work on it. Hope there are some futuristic robots and ninjas for me to fight in the later Scenarios so can't wait till I reach the later portions of Scenario 2 and Scenario 3. Also, going to work on my favorite characters for SF3. Same for SFCD, and Final Conflict so I'll just start with the first 2.

The Chess Battle shows how similar Shining Force series is to Chess. As for the Laser Eye, it's a pain to traverse through, but man I love this moment in the game. The ancient technologies the forces of darkness are using are pretty advanced and futuristic cybernetic robots shooting lasers XD.

My favorite characters in SF1 is Jogurt (LOL no). But seriously, my favorites are Domingo, Tao, Hanzou, Bleu, Zylo, Arthur, Musashi, and last but not least Max.

My favorite characters in SF2 is Kiwi (seriously?). *Sigh*, my favorites are Slade, Kazin, Peter, Luke, Claude, Zynk, Lemon, Tyrin, Karna, Sheela, Frayja, and Bowie.

For SFCD, Book 1 I liked the end of the battle at Chapter 2 where you found out your main character was a Prince. A decent plot twist battle. Plus, I liked the battle where Nick and his forces have to fight Edmund. This battle really made me question whether Nick did the right thing here killing his uncle. As for Book 2, I liked the battle where Woldol, the antagonist from Book 1, comes back from the dead and seeks revenge and the Laser Statue Battle similar to Laser Eye from SF1. My favorite battle from Book 3, is definitely the Shinobi Battle and the Shadow Battle. The Shinobi Battle cause it's quite an out of place battle if you ask me lol and the Shadow Battle because it's unique and just goes to show that SF3 definitely has taken lessons from SFCD based on these two battles from Book 3 instead of the first two games.

My favorite characters from SFCD includes Nick, Deanna (2nd best), Natasha, Wendy, Domingo, Amigo, Hanzou/Higins, Claude, Cray, Sarah, and Mayfair.

My favorite battle in Shining Force: Final Conflict (SF:FC) is definitely Battle #20 where you fight Max taking in Kane's role from SF1 which is awesome although I don't like how super weak he is (45 HP!?!?!?! LOL is this a joke?). It's probably the only memorable moment in the game I can think of since SF:FC doesn't have that much going in other than to tie in the plotholes of the previous entries in the SF series.

My favorite characters from SF:FC is Ruburan, Ian, Sasuke, Cynthia, Hawel, Kiddo, Julia, Eric, Sylvia, Morton, and last but not least Max. I love flying characters in this game as their defenses are just as good as Claude from SFCD. :)

What are your favorite characters and battles in the entire Shining Force series?

Edit: Just fixing my grammar. Added my favorite battles and characters in SFCD. Currently, added in my favorite battle and characters in Shining Force: Final Conflict.
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Re: Favorite Battles and Characters throughout entire SF ser

Postby Kaihaku » Tue Jan 31 2017 12:47am

The Laser Eye was definitely the most memorable for me from SF1...though the final battle was very well orchestrated.

For SF2... Either the Kraken or the Fairy Woods Bonus Stage.

Kind of sad that I can't remember any battles from Sword of Hajya.
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Re: Favorite Battles and Characters throughout entire SF ser

Postby Wulfunruh » Tue Jan 31 2017 2:29pm

SF1... Anything chapter 5 was memorable because of the new music. Gave it it's own feel. However, my favorite is either the church or with Kane. Yes, screw the circus. It's quick and annoying... Characters? Balbaroy and Zylo... with a side of Bleu.


SF2... Chess battle was memorable, but my favorite was... None. To me the game was consistent throughout, minus Kraken. F*!% Kraken. Characters? Peter, duh. I used to love Slade, but now more Lemon.
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Re: Favorite Battles and Characters throughout entire SF ser

Postby Kaihaku » Tue Jan 31 2017 4:31pm

For favorite characters...

Max is a classic. Also, :thumbsup: is awesome. I also like Deanna.
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Re: Favorite Battles and Characters throughout entire SF ser

Postby DomingoRules! » Sun Feb 26 2017 9:53am

I've always liked battles that think outside the box a bit. Ones like the Laser Eye, Geshp, and the Fizzle Balls. Battles that use unique enemies to add a bit of variety to gameplay that, while fun, is otherwise rather repetitive in the sense that 99.9% of foes are essentially nothing more than generic stats, and mission objectives are always just standard, "Kill all enemies, or the boss."
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Re: Favorite Battles and Characters throughout entire SF ser

Postby Heldane » Mon Jan 15 2018 3:36am

Battles is hard to tell, I'm really not sure...

As for characters, I'm a big fan of Zylo from SF1. On SF2, I'm split between Lemon and Jaro.

I'm not finished with SF3, I'm midway through Sc2, but so far, on the Republic side, my favorite is Dantares. From the Empire, it's got to be Campbell.

As for villains, I find Arrawnt to be one of the most interesting ever. Very stylish, extremely cunning and most of all, ruthless. :biggrin:
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Re: Favorite Battles and Characters throughout entire SF ser

Postby DomingoRules! » Mon Jan 15 2018 6:02am

I was never too sure about a favorite character in the series, but after having played through SF3 myself, I can say indubitably that #1 in my book is Zero.
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Re: Favorite Battles and Characters throughout entire SF ser

Postby DiegoMM » Sun Feb 11 2018 12:02pm

Zero? Really? I love how people can be totally diferent, I never really payed attention to Zero, although I like birdmen (luke, kiddo & amon). My fav of all shinings is Sarah (sf2) others are Masqurin, Synbios, Kazin, Cybel, Dawn & Kiwi

Favorite battle is Kraken battle.
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Re: Favorite Battles and Characters throughout entire SF ser

Postby DomingoRules! » Tue Feb 13 2018 8:17am

I think one of the reasons I like Zero so much is that he's both prominent in the story, and likeable as a character. To me, it oftentimes feels like a character is either not very interesting, or any potential they could have to be cool is wasted by only having two or three lines throughout the entire game. I also just simply found myself getting invested in his own struggle to do what he felt was right even when that meant helping the Empire, yet at the same time not wanting to fight against his own people in the Republic. It made me really feel for him, especially during scenes such as where Domaric would be talking about his plans to invade the Republic right in front of him, or him pleading with Medion to not make him fight against the Synbios Army. Things which in turn made me grow attached to him because I could feel his inner pain behind a typically more outwardly positive attitude. While that's not generally the type of character I care too much about, in this case I just found myself becoming so much more invested in him because of his awkward position than anybody else, that he definitely became my favorite by the end of Scenario 2.

Honestly, I felt like the characters were one of the greatest improvements in SF3 over the previous entries. Not only do a larger number of party members feel like they actually have an impact on the story, but the constant changes to what they say in HQ according to what's happening really fleshes them out compared to the Genesis and Game Gear titles. In older Shining Force games, it oftentimes feels like you need to just use your imagination to guess what the characters are like, because all you have to go on is, "Hi! I'm somebody! I'm joining you!"

Birdmen are indeed great either way, though. Not just in Shining Force, but just in general. Then again, I'm not too big a fan of humans because they're boring as hell, so I'm always happy for anthropomorphic characters, robots, beasts, etcetera joining the party in any game. In fact, in a shift of subject, one of my favorite aspects of the Breath of Fire games (although only played 1-3) has always been the diversity in species among the party where you never get two (permanent) characters of the same race.
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