Shining Resonance Refrain Draconic Launch Edition (PS4)
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- Remastered with New Refrain Mode
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Liberate the soul of the dragon that resides in you this Summer in Shining Resonance Refrain! Coming to PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One, Shining Resonance Refrain will tell the tale of sword wielding Yuma and his friends as they fight the Empire. Shining Resonance Refrain remasters the original Shining Resonance, previously released on PlayStation 3 only in Japan, and features dual audio with English and Japanese voices. In addition to all of the original's DLC, now included as part of the base "Original Mode," Shining Resonance Refrain packs a new "Refrain Mode," unlocking the Imperial Princess Excelled and Dragon slayer Jinas as party members for a new experience - just be sure to save this for your second play through to avoid any spoilers!"
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I absolutely love the different outfits the characters have (there are way too many swimsuits for the girls which I don't like), the use of instruments as weapons which can be customised by learning various skills that can aid you in battle. The ability to switch which character you use both in battle and in the field makes it easy to make sure your party can be healed before they die. I haven't yet figured out how to properly use the controls where you can change what the party does, or what individual characters that you don't control in battle, but that will come with time. The story is fairly good so far, minus my dislike of Yuma. The characters that do speak add to the story.
Time for what I don't like. I didn't realise there was only 1 town in the entire game - I love exploring towns! I love exploring houses and shops, which you simply don't get to do. You go to a shop by talking with the owner in front of their house. Big disappointment. Ditto the annoyance that a lot of NPCs say nothing - not even hello. And you can walk right through animals as if they were ghosts. These are all reasons why I usually love JRPGs so much, seeing different architecture, enjoying various shop layouts.
Apart from those negatives, overall I am enjoying the game a lot, it's just not quite as stellar as I'd hoped. Fulfilling quests so far has been easy because I'm the kind of gamer who likes to kill all monsters in an area instead of dashing past them, which takes time but means I often can get the items I need for quests without realising it.
Oh, you can't save whenever you want. Unlike a fair number of new JRPGs, you save at save points. There is one in town, and usually 1 outside the town in a couple of areas - remember this is a release of the PS3 Japanese game which never made it outside of Japan, so maybe that's why the saving system reminds me of Final Fantasy save points.
Basically, if you like over-the-top anime storylines and miss a more traditional RPG experience (not the “interactive films” RPGs are starting to become) you should really get this.
No element of the game is 10/10 incredible, but everything just comes together to form a satisfying, addictive experience.
Oh and it’s dual audio!! So great news whether you prefer English or Japanese voices.