New Shining Series Game Is Surprisingly A Fighting Game

By Spencer . February 13, 2014 . 11:18pm

While it’s not the first RPG to turn into a 2D fighting game, Blade Arcus from Shining is certainly a surprise. Announced at the Japan Amusement Expo, this is a fighting game with characters drawn by Shining series artist Tony Taka.



In addition to Shining series characters like Sakuya and Rage from Shining Blade, two new characters have been announced for Blade Arcus. Ryuga is the guy with the purple glove and Bailong Wong. Blade Arcus from Shining is scheduled for release this summer.

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  • Kenny Loh

    so they trying to using Atlus’d idea with doing this, but hope the shining series new rpg still coming soon in near future.

    • GH56734

      After the PSP disasters, I’m not holding high hopes… unless the current director is changed.
      Besides not accepting/not learning from criticism, he went so far as to try and erase the former games greatness and existence from Youtube.
      This, and the reliance on every imaginable anime cliche/fan-service to the point it’s creepy.

  • Genjo

    fighting game genre is spreading like virus lol

    • Roll Caskett

      Yeah we don’t need more fighthing game already. Bring back the old shining series not this crap.

    • Death Metal

      This can never be a bad thing. The problem is how it is represented in so many rehashed copies of one another.

      • Genjo

        i mean fighting games aren’t bad i just saying now days after what atlus did with persona 4 arena and seem how well it did the other companies trying it out

        • Death Metal

          I got you. Even so, Atlus didn’t set any new trends with their P4 fighting game. The doujin game circles in japan have been using characters from other anime/game franchises far from the fighting genre in their fighting games for some time. See Melty Blood and Queen of Hearts for a couple examples, to cite the more mainstream ones.

  • Wow that looked nice. The combat looked fast and fluent, and Taka’s character design makes it look really stylish.

  • Suicunesol

    No announced platform, huh? I’m guessing PS3/V. It looks good, and fighting games can be a lot of fun. Even so, I still wish an actual RPG was in the works.

  • Slayven19

    Sega making 2 fighting games at a time? Well they both look pretty good but this actually looks better than the dengeki fighting game as far as gameplay goes. The character models look nice as well so hopefully they get some good characters in the game.

  • Just Tim

    I sincerely see this is a Shining beacon of hope for the US fans, especially given this game franchise’s backlog.

  • WyattEpp

    Hot damn, FTG characters by T2? I’m intrigued.

  • DriftSlave

    Looks cool but localization looks bleak like Phantom Breaker, was a ok announcement trailer though.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      well, this is an arcade game

  • pekikuubik

    What the Shining series really needs is a reboot that gets away from Tony’s bland samefaces (samebodies even). Try to gain a wider audience than just otaku. Heck, give the franchise to Atlus; maybe they’ll figure something out.

    • brostar

      Reboot isn’t the answer. All Shining games recently have been pretty good. Just because some of you don’t like Taka artwork doesn’t mean it needs a reboot. Besides multiple Shining games have had different artists.

      • pekikuubik

        With the exception of Shining Force Feather (R.I.P. Flight-Plan), the series on consoles has been a showcase for Tony’s artwork since 2007. The EXA and Feather artists have unfortunately been relegated to the Shining Force Cross series of arcade games.

        The franchise needs to be given to someone with vision. The only reason they even have their current audience is because it has Tony’s samefaces (I doubt anyone buys the games because of the Shining name anymore). Gameplay-wise every entry throws away successful experiments from the last game, like a some sort of wannabe-FF. This unpredictability isn’t good for building an audience, unless the franchise actually is FF. Stick with something and build on it.

        • Tiredman

          Shining hasn’t meant anything to me since Shining Force 3. It left its roots to go into a more easily made style of game, and while the action oriented ones are ok, they just aren’t what I grew up on, so I understand what you mean, and agree with you.

          • I would honestly accept a Shining Force 4 done in the visual, audio and gameplay style of the the Genesis games at this point

          • Slayven19

            HUH, wouldn’t that be exactly what a sequel is supposed to be? You’d say you’ll except it but of course you’d except it because its not different than the older games in that shining series with those things you mentioned. When you say you’d except something it is usually because you expect something to not be how you expected, not 100% exactly how you expect it. Basically I don’t get your statement.

          • Slayven19

            Thanks teach, I’ll remember too pull that out when when I need learn how to dodge a question.

          • Tiredman

            I would be perfectly happy with a fully translated, official, collectors edition version of Shining Force 3. I have only ever seen one actual copy of that game, and it was the japanese version in a specialty games shop.

          • I only got to play the first episode of SF3 but I thought it was pretty great. I’ll give it another go someday

    • Warboss Aohd

      i’ll agree to handing Shining Force to Atlus.

      the stories will be better, and maybe we can get a new SRPG Shining Game.

    • Or just get rid of Tony Taka?
      Shining has like no clear direction really and always been so a reboot does nothing.

      • pekikuubik

        Yes, exactly. But getting rid of Tony could be combined with giving the series a clear direction.

    • Kevin Schwarz

      I agree with you, it’s not just Taka’s art, since it is beautiful, but, he lacks in the “expression” department, which makes his art look bland.

      But the series just NEED to go back to its roots, a Shinning force style, turn based strategy game with rpg and anime-ish but not over the top elements. That made the first 3 or 4 shinning games to be on par even with other franchises such as fire emblem and final fantasy.

    • Slayven19

      It doesn’t really need a reboot but I wouldn’t mind them returning to the old games from the 90’s. However the franchise as it used to be was never a big seller and the reason its been doing so well is because of tony taka artwork. You take that away you take away the sales figures as well. I somewhat agree with you but I don’t think taking away tony is the answer and will just divide the franchise fans up even more.

  • icecoffemix

    Argh why is Jollux so hard?

    He always die before I finish getting all his part :(

  • GodLikesSnacks

    Instant buy if Misty is playable!

  • Chiupon

    Why is Tifa in this???

  • megaten666

    I don’t know anything about the Shining series, but I’m always up for a good fighting game. If it’s 2D, it’s even better.

  • No Bowie no buy

    • Linhua

      T^T … no Kitten Xiao Mei no buy..

  • Yuuki

    This game looks awesome, I just loved the Shining Series ever since Shining Tears,Tony Taka is the Shining Series to me.

  • Jeremy Barnes

    Not Shining Force 4….not interested. A fighting game, really?

  • Yan Zhao

    The looks almost identical to Dengeki Climax as far as the HUD goes, but the animation and quality seems better.

  • Ed Reiher

    Shining Tears characters please!

  • FFmax

    I don’t even care if it’s not a Jrpg anymore. Can we please just have at least one of these games to come over to the west?

    • Renaldi Saputra

      this is an arcade game, so it’s quite impossible..
      also, well, Sega

  • I know nothing about the series but I’ll gladly get this game if it ever comes out on english.

  • Eric Harris

    Is this what once great series have been reduced to?

  • leingod

    I have mixed feelings. I love the action-RPG Shinings, and even more the original S-RPG ones, but I’ll always have a soft spot for fighting games.

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