Hello everybody and welcome to the start of yet another series that will be exclusive to TQcast. While a lot of the stuff covered on this site focuses on what’s new and exciting in the video game industry, sometimes it’s nice to take a look back at some of the experiences that truly made us the gamers we are today. This segment is going to be called Flashback Fridays, and once a week, one of our writers will share something with all of you from their past. Today I am going to talk about one of the most epic RPGs that I have ever played on the Sega Genesis, Shining Force II.
The year is 1994, and since I was only 10 years old at the time, buying video games with my own money (which I didn’t have a lot of) was a rare occurrence because it usually did not arrive on a consistent basis. Shining Force II has just arrived in stores, and without many other options to choose from, I decided to ask my parents if they could rent the game for me from our local video store. After playing it for the first time, I was instantly hooked, but sadly, the experience was short lived because we had to take it back to the store a few days later.
This RPG was a unique and rare experience that changed my previous notions about video games for many years to come. Maybe those weren’t my exact thoughts back then, but you get the point. The grid based battle system provided a level of strategy that really made you think before making a decision because one wrong move could screw things up for everybody. Add in a memorable cast of characters full of personality, and a story that is about as nail-biting as they come, and what you have is an experience that sent the standard for how quality RPG’s should be made.
That concludes my story on Shining Force II, but if you have any fond memories of this game, please feel free to share them with us in the comments below.