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Shining Resonance Refrain Draconic Launch Edition - PlayStation 4

  • Publisher: Sega
  • SKU: 6214339
  • Release Date: 07/10/2018
ESRB Rating: Teen
Fantasy violence, Language, Partial nudity, Suggestive themes, Use of alcohol
$49.99
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    What's Included


    • Shining Resonance Refrain Draconic Launch Edition

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    92% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (33 out of 36)

    Product Details


    • Developer: Media Vision
    • Publisher: Sega
    • Platform: PlayStation 4
    • Genre: Action and Adventure|Role Playing
    • Release Date: 07/10/2018

    Synopsis


    Find the dragon within when you play Shining Resonance Refrain Draconic Launch Edition. This game version is available with preorder purchases, and it comes with a metal slip case. Choose Refrain Mode to enable characters not previously playable, or play as a dragon to use powerful attacks during battles. Shining Resonance Refrain Draconic Launch Edition follows the story of Yuma as he seeks to save Astoria Kingdom and restore peace to the land.

    Features


    Pre-order Shining Resonance Refrain and receive the game in a collectible metal slipcase, featuring the character artwork of Excella, Sonia, and Kirika

    Beautifully rendered 3D character models that bring the 2D artwork of Tony Taka to life

    Combat supported by music element, B.A.N.D. system, to enhance your powers in battle

    Play as a Dragon - unleash devastating attacks on your foes

    Bond with your teammates in town on dates and events

    Dynamic and frenetic real-time action combat

    All extra cosmetic content included

    Refrain Mode introduces previously unplayable characters into your party

    For one player



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 36 reviews

    92%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • If you like pitiful protagonists, grindy gameplay, "erokawaii" Elves, and superfluously shiny systems (really had to reach for that one, not gonna lie) then you'll be in heaven here.JohnSmithinspace
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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      For a niche audience that knows who it is

      Posted
      JohnSmithinspace
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      If you like pitiful protagonists, grindy gameplay, "erokawaii" Elves, and superfluously shiny systems (really had to reach for that one, not gonna lie) then you'll be in heaven here. If however you have fond memories of the Shining franchise from when it used to be a serious strategy/RPG series instead of a waifu collecting one (which requires going back a couple decades), hate being forced to backtrack for no legitimate reason (I cannot believe this game doesn't have teleport/quick travel between the camp sites at least in 2018), and find slowdown during battles as inexcusable as overused character tropes and dating sim elements then avoid this like the plague. That said, as much I detest the wishy-washy wimpy "boku" protagonist of this game (he's not as bad as Shinji from Evangelion, but he's only one or two notches better for most of the game) I continue to slog through it even after having beaten the regular mode in my pursuit of the platinum trophy for the sake of the aforementioned erokawaii Elven waifu. Also, even though this game is visually/generally unimpressive it IS a PS3 port and is NOT a full priced title (albeit barely) so the visuals being kind of meh and the game not being the smoothest thing ever simply are what they are I suppose. I do however wish that they'd used the elaborate 2+D style of character portraits that Idea Factory uses (Neptunia series, Agarest series), or even the awesome Valkyria Chronicles style instead of bog standard 3D models because I love this series' character designer T2 even though all his characters kind of look the same... Conversely the reason they did not do so was undoubtedly to drive sales of costume DLC for the original Japanese PS3 release. Fortunately in this package all the DLC is included so if you want to see Kirika in her underwear or one of 5(!?) swimsuits during story scenes you can do so, but a true "shinshi" rocks an all Maid cafe uniform party in my opinion.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A Shining Spinoff Title

      Posted
      Addle
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      This marks a super rare moment in time where the Shining series is actually released in the West. Originally, the Shining series was turned based and gained the following because of that. Resonance Refrain is a hack and slash spinoff which many fans are split as it is far different from its roots. The game is super linear so expect to run through the same areas over and over again. Cities are available but are spaced out. So the city you're in will be your hub city for a while until you move forward in the story. The story is decent with voice acting being a little above average for RPG's--except for a few who definitely makes it feel cheesy. You'll have a mix of full CG cutscenes and visual novel-esque segments to tell the story. Combat itself is pretty forward. Use your light or heavy attacks to defeat enemies while also watching your stamina bar. Failing to do so could leave you in trouble. In addition, you can build up a meter that'll allow you to basically use a limit break. Party member AI is it's own story. Sometimes they'll be perfectly in sync with you. Other times they'll waste everything they have on weak monsters just before a boss. TL;DR: Overall I'd say it's decent. It reminds me of the Tales series but lacking in some much desired polish. There is a demo available to try which gives you a taste of combat. While not a meal to keep you full, it should be enough to tell you if this game is for you or not. As someone who's never played the strategy based Shining titles, this hack and slash spinoff is enough to tide me over.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      When lukewarm meets tepid

      Posted
      Ambient
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      I’ll preface this review by saying I am a jrpg fan. I generally have to work pretty hard to find a fault that would dissuade me from wanting to play them, cliche story lines and trope laden characters in all. There isn’t anything “wrong” with Shining Resonance. That being said there really isn’t anything that makes it stand out on it’s own either. The combat draws inspiration from Tales which arguably does it way better, the sound track is good but ultimately forgettable and the characters aren’t really interesting. The plot is decent and if you spend the time you may enjoy it. I played Tales of Berseria for 3 hours and was more entertained with that than I was with Shining Resonance after 15 hours. If you’re looking for a diamond in the rough like Ys VIII or Tokyo Xanadu EX+ then you may be disappointed to hear Shining Resonance falls below the bar.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A classic series returns

      Posted
      TheBanditKing
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      The shining series has been a Sega staple for decades and despite its absence in the US since the Saturn the series remains a great choice for those looking for a classic RPG. Story is solid with strong characters, this game is technically a port of a PS3 title so the graphics are good depending on your expectations, and gameplay is more in line with an Action RPG similar to Namco's Tales of games. The launch edition comes in a beautiful Steel slipcase with two covers for display.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Tony Taka's Masterpiece

      Posted
      Molly
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      got the lanch edition and I love the metal case it's very nice and looks good on my shelf. I must say much like the demo it plays very well. The combat is very fluid and so far the story is interesting. I'd say if your thinking about this game play the demo first if you love that then definitely buy the game you won't regret it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Entertaining JRPG

      Posted
      Seancalibur
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      Shining Resonance is a rerelease of a PS3 game that never saw American shores. The game is not without its' faults but has all the DLC contained in a full release along with 2 new playable characters. A fun game very much in the vein of the 'Tales' series. Colors are vibrant, characters are fun.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A tail of two sides

      Posted
      Stiblet
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      This game has an option of playing opposite sides of a story. As you play through the game you meet new characters and build relationships with them. You also get to craft items to heal your comrads, make them stronger, or improve their stats.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Here comes another nice JRPG

      Posted
      Neilmiser
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      If you're into basic JRPGs with a fun, predictable story, with some crazy anime artwork, and some fun, entertaining battle systems, try this game. Since there's not been a new Tales Of game in awhile, this one might tide you over. Fun!

      I would recommend this to a friend


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