I'm a fairly big fan of the Shining series. I say fairly big because it's beyond casual, yet I'm not obsessive. But I mean, I'm a big enough fan that I'm always defending the Saturn games and I even preordered the last game just because it was releasing on Switch and then I played it for a pretty long time even though it was pretty not good.
Anyway, the Shining game I love the most is the one that I loved first: Shining Force. That game blew me away. Of course I didn't play it until much later - around 2010 or I'd guess. But it was still mind-blowing that a Genesis game had done all these things that I ended up loving way later in series like Fire Emblem and Final Fantasy Tactics. Albeit, a bit more archaically. But still.
I played Shining Force II a couple of years later and strangely, it didn't feel quite as awesome to me as the original game. With that in mind, I decided to fire it up again this past week on Switch and see if my feelings had changed.
But no. It turns out I still feel the same way. Shining Force II is a cool game. It's a pretty game. The music is good. The story is interesting. But somehow I just feel like it's not as perfect to me as the first game was. I THINK this comes down to the chapters. The original game is played in chapters while this one is more openly structured like a true RPG. And that might be the deciding factor for me.
So it's weird. I'm playing this game and I'm seeing all these qualities that I'd call "good" and at the same time I'm like, I'd probably rather just replay the first Shining Force, or just play a newer game like the upcoming Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Y'know?
So that's the verdict. Kind of a lame one I guess. Shining Force II is a good game, but I prefer the first.