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Anyone Ever Try This Game?

Discuss the followup to Shining Force Neo on the Playstation 2.

Anyone Ever Try This Game?

Postby EricLegacy21 » Tue May 25 2010 10:40pm

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 ^^
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Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

Postby Chaos Wizard » Wed May 26 2010 1:43am

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.
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Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

Postby Kalkano » Wed May 26 2010 10:00pm

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.
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Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

Postby Trovador » Thu May 27 2010 4:32am

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)
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Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

Postby Chaos Wizard » Thu May 27 2010 3:47pm

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.
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Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

Postby Pappets » Thu May 27 2010 5:44pm

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.
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Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

Postby Kalkano » Thu May 27 2010 6:48pm

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.
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Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

Postby Chaos Wizard » Thu May 27 2010 6:51pm

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.
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Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

Postby Rachkir » Thu Jun 03 2010 5:52pm

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.
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Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

Postby Chaos Wizard » Thu Jun 03 2010 6:11pm

The alternate universe thing is what I've been saying since screenies of Neo came out. People don't listen... :(
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Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

Postby Kalkano » Thu Jun 03 2010 10:05pm

I know! What if we just think of these games as taking place in an alternate universe? :)
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Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

Postby Martin III » Thu Jun 03 2010 11:52pm

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)

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Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

Postby Rachkir » Mon Jun 07 2010 3:41pm

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 ---

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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"
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Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

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Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

Postby Chaos Wizard » Tue Jun 08 2010 11:36pm

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Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

Postby Bulzome » Fri Jun 25 2010 5:57pm

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)
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Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

Postby Guntzlegend42 » Sun Jun 27 2010 9:00pm

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.
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Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

Postby sbloom85 » Tue Jan 25 2011 3:03am

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.
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Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

Postby Fox » Tue Mar 22 2011 6:38am

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.
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Re: Anyone Ever Try This Game?

Postby Kaihaku » Fri Jul 01 2011 5:05pm

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.
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