I'm really feeling it!
I'm really feeling it!
Illustration for article titled Playing Shining Tears #1 The Beginning

SO, Shining Tears, I kinda just started this game on a whim and it was Ok, so far. I thought that maybe chronicling my journey though the game would be an interesting endeavour and maybe motivate me to play it all the way. I did try something like this before with Inazuma Eleven 2 but that fizzled out after 2 tries. But hey, 3rd time’s the charm, probably. But, anyway, let’s just get on to it.

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Starting off, like all great JRPGs, we find ourselves in a warm, cosy hut where a tiny blue-haired fairy and minstrel on a rocking chair start to tell a tale, a tale which begins as all great tales do, with a spiky-haired young fellow on the ground having a common case of amnesia. From there he finds himself in laying on a bed at the local inn, courtesy of Elwyn, an elf who just happened to be passing by. The local quack doctor patches him right up and in a few weeks, our hero (whose name is Xion) is ready to quest and kick some monster’s best.

Illustration for article titled Playing Shining Tears #1 The Beginning
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He also happens to have some cool rings that that with appropriate names that allow him and his partner to get stronger and also give him a personality. I played like 30 mins so far, so only the tutorial battle has been completed. It was kinda like the older Ys gams just not as sharp and a bit clunky. There was also the fact that you could control both characters simultaneously with one controller which definitely felt awkward but could be an interesting mechanic later on.

Overall, a fairly generic start with a rough opening battle (gameplay-wise) but I generally find most RPGs take an hour or 3 to really find their rhythm. Once I revisit the game, I’ll make sure to chronicle it here for that 1 person who glanced through out of curiosity.

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