Ten Minutes Of Shining Ark Gameplay Show Off Sega’s New RPG

By Ishaan . February 25, 2013 . 11:30am

Shining Ark is slated for release on the PSP this week, and 4Gamer have ten minutes of video from the RPG to show. Starring characters like Fried and Panis, Shining Ark has a battle system reminiscent of Valkyria Chronicles and Final Fantasy X. Take a look at the footage below:



Shining Ark also has time-sensitive events that only activate at certain times of the day. You can also partake in non-battle activities such as fishing, growing crops and earning stamps via completing quests or doing good deeds. These can then be exchanged for rewards within the game.


Shining Ark will be released on February 28th in Japan.

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  • frokenok3

    B-e-a-utiful!!! :D Dear SEGA i want this game in English! Come on SEGA. Please? pretty please?

    • JazzyMan123

      *Looks at VC3*

      I think we all know the answer by now. Sega and PSP in the same sentence? Bwahahaha

    • shogunknight

      Sorry man, i cant even see a localization in the horizon. I can remember when i started noticing the japan only releases (shining force feather)

    • Thankful4JRPGs

      I’ve got mine preordered because I love this series. You see a lot of individuals griping about this, that or the other thing, but this series has really blossomed on PSP. The graphics, character models, music, battle system, story and everything else just keep getting better and better with each new game in the series.

      I’ll admit, I was a little put off by the Shining series when Shining Hearts was released on PSP, but Shining Blade was awesome. I love the battle system.

      I’d also way rather see gamers get the Shining series localized here in the US than Frontier Gate or any of the Trails games people keep crying over, because of the simple fact the Shining games are progressive. (Final Fantasy: Type-0 might not hurt to bring over either since that’s a another pretty progressive game for the PSP when compared to Crisis Core.)

      I played the Trails games for the PSP too and the graphics, battle system, etc. just feel so outdated. Even Evolution on the Vita doesn’t fix this the muddily painted wall clocks, etc…. Not to mention, Ao no Kiseki (Trails of Blue) has some of the worst loading time ever. I mean, EVER. I’ll give credit to the JDK sound team for their music, but this is one series I wish would’ve really upped their game in the PSP era (and invested in some freaking R&D).

      Sen no Kiseki (Trails in the Flash) may be just what I need to turn around my opinion of the Trails series, but Shining Ark looks just as good if not better in terms of world detail minus the power of the PS3/Vita to bloat the polygon count to smooth out textures, do bump mapping, do accurate cloth and hair detection, and stuff the newer hardware allows for.

      As a comparison for those who like mini games too, the Shining series does the fishing element way better than the Trails series other games like Zelda: The Ocarina of Time. I loved how you could toss out bread and other things into the water in Shining Hearts to get fish to come and what not.

      I also didn’t see anyone mention Hiroki Kikuta (the composer for Secret of Mana, Sokaigi and the other Shining games on the PSP) did the soundtrack for Shining Ark. Plus, if you preordered the game with Amazon.co.jp or somewhere else (and have a friend who can ship it to you) it comes with a FULL soundtrack for the game, art assets and more. There aren’t many Japanese game companies who are willing to do that these days like Sega and what American localization company will give you a full soundtrack for their game?

      Valkyria Chronicles 3 is also another awesome game that I think would do real well if gamers could get Sega to bring it across the ocean. I really liked that one.

  • MrTyrant

    Game looks so easy. I don’t like pannis and the whole idea of babysitting her by having her at my side all the time. Gameplay/graphics look good as always, bosses fight are very impressive this time.

    LOL the android is also in this game? can we date her this time?

    • M’iau M’iaut

      Hey folks bought Ciel no Surge for the tomodachi element. This at least has a BIT more gameplay.

    • s07195

      The android is in every game :S

      • MrTyrant

        Hearts, Blade and now Ark. You could date almost all the girls but not her, that was sad.

    • Thankful4JRPGs

      Then I guess your only option is to hang out with the brute space marines on Halo or Gears because the JRPG genre in general has a lot of this. It’s just a part of the culture in Japan where people take care of each other. It’s called “AMAE” in Japanese. Typical Americans who are hung-ho to do everything themselves and be off on their own can’t understand this very well.

      • MrTyrant

        JRPG in general don’t have a girl named Pannis by your side everytime because you own to take care of her. Just look the past Shining and see for yourself, I am complaining about their choice of plot this time. Aside from the typical cliches like the mod said.

        I don’t want to think that you believing that I am american wouldn’t enjoy the plot in this game.

        • Thankful4JRPGs

          Tales of Graces does something like this with Asbel and Sophie, Final Fantasy VI does this with Locke and Terra for the first part of the game, Final Fantasy VII does this with Cloud and Aeris until she dies, Final Fantasy VIII does this especially with Rinoa, Final Fantasy IX does this with Zidane and Garnet, and Final Fantasy X does this basically throughout the whole game with Tidus and Yuna. I could go on and list more, but I’ll just stop with these examples.

          They may not be holding hands and running around, but there’s that “babysitting” element you’re talking about, which I mentioned is called “AMAE.” It’s a pretty common theme and I would imagine pretty prevalent among most Japanese families.

          • MrTyrant

            “They may not be holding hands and running around”

            This is what i hate actually. The other games you mentioned were good at that but knowing Shining this will become more annoying.

          • Thankful4JRPGs

            This is just me, but let’s not “judge a book by its cover.” The game came out today, I’m excited that I’ll be playing it in a few days when I get it, and once I’ve seen how everything falls together, I’ll be able to paint a clearer picture. The Shining series has its own flavor, I’ll be the first to admit, but my hat goes off to the developer for doing new things and upping the ante in terms of graphics, design, battle system, sound, and the works.

            Back in the day, Squaresoft used to be untouchable, but these days developers like Sega and Namco-Bandai are starting to become some of my favorites even over Square-Enix. Not to say that Square-Enix doesn’t still make good games, because they do.

            I think the problem today is there’s too much hate for the JRPG in the US. I absolutely loved Ni no Kuni and think it was just the kind JRPG people had been waiting years for. I think as long as JRPG developers are thoughtful when they try new things that “enhance” the experience rather than “diminish” it, we as gamers should be laying on the praise.

  • Looks like it’s predecessor Shining Blade.

  • Edzo

    panis *giggle*

    • Yeah the game isn’t hiding the main intent now is it?

  • grevlinghore

    I know you`re supposed to stay silent if you have nothing good to say, but honestly: This just looks like every JRPG clichè element ever has been mashed into one game, and then dumbed down to boot.

    Feel free to downrate my comment, but I wouldn`t be impressed by this if I was 10. That`s just how I feel after watching this.

    • It’s no Shining Force that’s for sure.

      • Thankful4JRPGs

        And that’s a good thing. I personally like the fact they are innovating the battle mechanics.

    • M’iau M’iaut

      Of course it got a lot of cliches, its a Taka-san game, and that it is tropey is part of what the target audience wants. That’s just not your target audience and as long as folks take the time to explain their thoughts and concerns, no one is going to silence you.

      I can’t guarantee on the downvotes thought, some here apparently do that as a hobby.

      • neogeno

        Interesting, I didn’t know that little bit of info. So they are aware of the cliche in the game but still do it because its become a sort of ‘in joke’ for people who know about it? I kind of agree with grevlinghore with the impression it made but if the game was created while being aware of the cliched stuff, thats a different matter altogether.

        • M’iau M’iaut

          Either they are doing it on purpose, they have hired a whole series of writers who came up with these exact same ideas or really are that damn lazy.

    • raymk

      Again what is it with people lately and telling people to downrate their own comments? Are people that afraid of critizism that this is the way to make people not wanna get mad at you? If you have something to say say it regardless of how people feel. As long as its within the site rules that is lol.
      As a matter of fact I’m downrating your comment for telling me to do it, and after checking your profile comments you seem to have some kind of superiority problem.
      But anyway where have you been the last 5 years, of course its full of cliche’s its been full of them.

      • grevlinghore

        Personally I do it because I have had a lot of bad experiences with being silenced / blocked on several topics over the internet just for expressing criticism. I know that some people are very easily offended and that other people do not like to have negative things said about their products, so I take my precautions that`s all.

    • MrTyrant

      I actually agree with you. This game unlike other is full of cliche, I
      don’t think is Taka-san fault like some people say but it’s Sega being
      lazy with the plot development. I played the Shining Blade one and the
      plot is really hilarous in a bad way, they revive, they can defeat
      strong enemies or can obtain amazing powers thanks to the power of love
      and friendship.

      A..a..anyway. Some girls were hot, that’s my tony D;

      • M’iau M’iaut

        By now I am pretty sure the ‘found washed up on a beach with amnesia’ is the running joke for this series of Shining games. Heroine characters have found the MC that way, the MC has found heroine characters that way and secondary characters have found other secondary characters that way.

        Luck of the draw should mean at least some of these folks drown before they are found or end up as shark food.

        • Kevadu

          Maybe there are just a lot of drifting amnesiacs out there…

        • MrTyrant

          I think Rage in Blade didn’t lose his memories he just pretend to forget for a while but the beach part has to change D:

      • You can’t blame an entire company for bae storytelling. Blame the writer. A bad, cliche ridden story is also fruit of lack of creativity more than laziness anyway.

        • MrTyrant

          But sega pay them so at least some responsability they have and yeah, we say the company name but we don’t blamee the whole company with all their employees.

    • 猫 黒

      I know where you’re going, but it’s not fair to judge something before you’ve seen the entire thing. In addition, just because it’s chockfull of cliches doesn’t mean it’ll necessarily be bad either. At any rate, the combat seems a lot more appealing than the standard JRPG combat, although I must say that is starting to wear down as well, what with 3 VC games out already and the previous Shining games using it too.

    • Kevadu

      I was watching the battle system, personally.

  • $24431191

    If only this could get localized. This is looking really nice for a PSP game and it’s a shame that we probably won’t get it.

  • Just Tim

    Yet another Shining example why the PSP’s US library is shallow.

  • My main complaint is that the attacks feel like they have *no* impact at all. A lot of them look like huge impacts, but the characters seem to react to them like a light push.

    I’ll give props to the monster design (that “unfolding creature” at 3:30+), but the battle system isn’t grabbing me. I’m unclear on how combat flow works, to boot.

    • MrTyrant

      My complain would be that those attacks are actually very accurate…in damage because I bet you would defeat some bosses in one or two hits like Shining Blade.

    • Thankful4JRPGs

      That’s how it is in basically every JRPG. The PSP doesn’t exactly have the power to compute realistic collision detection and what not for every little thing, so it’s really just complaining about a lot of nothing. Honestly, I don’t decide whether to play a game based on how far an enemy gets knocked back because of my sword. Just saying…

  • SprintsMcGee

    I want, nay NEED this!

  • Pain777sev

    This looks amazing for a PSP game THAT we will never get….SMH

  • Happy Gamer

    I am a big fan of the shining series and I know this has nothing to do with the Genesis/Megadrive version, but it looks like JUST A REALLY GOOD GAME

  • Visa Vang


    • Thankful4JRPGs

      That’s kind of our own fault as gamers for not buying PSPs and letting Nintendo have the major portion of the handheld market share in the US. Not saying that was you or me because I have one, but more people have a DS by a huge margin.

      • Visa Vang

        I have both of them. I could import them but I can’t read Japanese so I can’t really enjoy the game as much as I want to. I can understand some spoken Japanese which can enable me to play through it but, I’ll miss about 75% of the game’s true potential.

        • Thankful4JRPGs

          True, but that’s how it is for everyone in the beginning. Just give it some time and effort and your Japanese will improve.

      • M’iau M’iaut

        But saying something like that kind of ignores Infinite Space, Luminous Arc, Trauma Center and many other amazing only on DS RPG experiences. A lot of folks will call the summit of Shining games as those on the Sega Saturn. A toe was dipped in the water with Tears, which wasn’t a PSP title, either.

        • Thankful4JRPGs

          Those are good titles you mentioned, but I think there are a lot more amazing titles hands down on the PSP in Japan. Don’t get me wrong, I have a hefty DS collection too, but the handheld I’ve spent the most time with since the original gameboy debuted is the PSP by far. I think the games gamers want are there, but they’re sitting there in Japanese and unlocalized.

          Unfortunately, the user base for the PSP sucks here in America and even when you expect to get a game like GKH, the localization company who announced it never released it and all we got from them was finger pointing and saying it was the developer’s fault.

          I’m glad I can play games in Japanese, so I don’t have to wait for an English release, but sometimes I think a bunch of hardcore gamers ought to band together, tell all these localization companies they’re not waiting for them to get their crap in order anymore and just do the localizations themselves.

          I think with kickstarter and enough fans, gamers could probably afford the licensing fee and the money to actually get the localization done themselves. Usually there are at least a few gamers with a good Japanese base who could pump out a decent translation and if they had the financial ability to do it, they would.

          And even if they only were able to release it digitally, it’s still better than wasting time begging localization companies here, since a lot of the time gamers don’t get what they want.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            GKH had issues for a stateside release beyond simply the install numbers. The shooters, sports games and racers couldn’t establish an online community, it does not make much sense Grand Knights would have magically found success.

            I’d long hoped the success of 999 would have opened the virtual novel gates. Hell, even companies with no console experience like JAST had supposedly ‘kicked tires’ there. Nothing happened, it might even be worth a cry, but largely staying away is a business decision I can fully understand.

          • Thankful4JRPGs

            True, but for a company to announce GKH is coming, say the localization process is complete, and then blame the developer for why it doesn’t come out is… well, I have a few choice words I won’t say about that.

            Anyway, I think there was a big enough gamer base here in the US to have made that particular title profitable. I have the Japanese version, so I don’t have to worry about it, but for those who don’t understand Japanese enough to play the game, it’s like a mega betrayal of fan trust.

            What really pisses me off the most about it is that you’ve got a localization company here in the US who can’t even do their own coding. It’s like, freaking hire someone who can deal with code instead of pointing fingers and blaming the developer.

            Falcom seems to not want to do the coding again for another English Trails game after FC came out and that’s probably part of the hangup with SC. Now this is why I think if a company wants to localize, they’ve got to do coding too.

            Anyway, this is getting somewhat off topic, but this is why I think gamers should just take this matter into their own hands and start to license games with kickstarter funds and localize them. No more begging some company here to bring them out, just gamers paying the developer their minimum guarantee and getting the game they want to play. And of course, any profit would go to them and their backers.

  • Ace

    Wow. This looks nice.

  • Follower_of_Pram

    Walking her around town is adorable and the graphics are quite nice. I’m also most certainly a fan of the VC like combat and attacking weakpoints. Here’s hoping for a release outside of Japan.

    • M’iau M’iaut

      Regardless of my comments below, it is certainly a game I’d buy when if if came over. Tears sits proudly on the shelf and the new Shining book from Udon is sweetness. This new series is no where near the train wreck folks want to claim. The girls are cute and huggable — just what you want from something with a whole lotta moe.

      • s07195

        Did you try Shining Blade? It’s pretty much a recap of the games before.

        • M’iau M’iaut

          Just Tears since that is the only one that got localized. The Udon book that just came out was for Hearts.

  • Nitraion

    Hmmmm Valkyria chronicle battle system huh…

  • Zeonsilt

    Even if we didn’t get the game,i will get an OST(or the jap.version with OST).
    Shining Hearts,Blade and Ark…It’s time for PS3Vita HD collection,Sega!

  • This looks and superb and handles wonderfully. This deserves to be localised.

  • katzedan

    Shining Wind, Hearts, Blade and now Ark… I’m really thinking it’s time to get a lot of japanese classes xD

    • Thankful4JRPGs

      That’s the spirit!

  • gamerdude

    Sega makes the best RPGs today. I wish they had more money to localize.

    • Thankful4JRPGs

      Or some of us could band together, start a kickstarter project, and get the funding to license it from Sega to translate. No sense in waiting on any of the overloaded localization companies here in the states if gamers here really want it that bad, right? Pretty much the only other alternative is another operation rainfall for Sega, which I have a sneaking suspicion they’ll only find as an annoyance.

  • Zeonsilt

    Sega blocked video. /sigh /facepalm.
    That’s was awesome trailer,with not so much spoilers in it.
    Hayabusa ninja-edit : http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6n2E5JquqLc here’s official link.

    • I was expecting a tender quite voice when the girl was going to talk, but she has a very high loud voice. Took my by surprise.

  • I’ve never played a shining game. I recently got Shining Tears for the Ps2 but I have not tried it yet. I’ve been busy playing VC2, ZOE HD, and Rogue Galaxy.

  • e7

    Well, thanks for banning this video, Sega.

  • Vyse Legendaire

    This game looks and sounds like mediocre on steroids. Just sayin.’

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