Shining Series

ConsoleNameReleaseGenreDeveloperLucca's Notes
3DSShining Force: The Sword of Hajya (VC)2013StrategySonic Software PlanningSee GG
Game GearShining Force: The Sword of Hajya1994StrategySonic Software PlanningTechnically Shining Force Gaiden II- just play Shining Force CD instead
GBAShining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon2004StrategyAmusement VisionRemake of the first Shining Force with new plot and characters
GenesisShining Force1993StrategyClimax/Sonic Software PlanningEpic SRPG with unit promotion
GenesisShining Force II1994StrategySonic Software PlanningSimilar to the first, with hidden characters and potentially branching promotion
GenesisShining in the Darkness1991Dungeon CrawlerClimax/Sonic Software PlanningFirst-person dungeon crawl, first game released in the Shining series (but not first chronologically in story)
JP Game GearShining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict1995Turn-BasedSonic Software PlanningTypical Shining Force gameplay, takes place after SFCD but before SFII, links SFI and II together
PS2Shining Force EXA2007ActionNeverlandIsometric ARPG with two protagonists and some town-building, recycles many assets from Shining Force Neo
PS2Shining Force Neo2005ActionNeverlandMore realistically proportioned models than Shining Tears, but overall plays similarly
PS2Shining Tears2005ActionNexTech/Amusement VisionPlays vastly different to the rest of the Shining Force games- is an isometric ARPG rather than turn-based
PS4Shining Resonance Refrain2018ActionO-Two/Sega/Media.VisionEnhanced port of a previously JP-only PS3 game with added storylines; a serviceable ARPG with some dating sim elements
SaturnShining Force III1998StrategyCamelotTechnically only Scenario 1 of the full Shining Force III story
SaturnShining the Holy Ark1997Dungeon CrawlerCamelot1st-person dungeon crawl, not unlike its predecessor Shining in the Darkness
Sega CDShining Force CD1995StrategySonic Software PlanningRemake of Shining Force Gaiden I/II for the JP Game Gear, requires a backup RAM cart to play all scenarios
SwitchShining Resonance Refrain2018ActionO-Two/Sega/Media.VisionSee PS4
Xbox OneShining Resonance Refrain2018ActionO-Two/Sega/Media.VisionSee PS4