It’s fair to say that the return of the legendary Shining series to western shores isn’t exactly what we – or many other fans – expected. Shining Resonance Refrain – which is coming to Switch, PS4 and Xbox One on July 11th – feels like a world apart from the turn-based strategy instalments which made the franchise so popular during the ’90s, but we should probably just be grateful that the series has a future at all.
If you’re a little more open-minded than us then you’ll want to check out the latest trailer for the game, which gives a short look at the heroes you’ll be controlling.
Here’s some PR:
First off, we’re introduced to Kirika Towa Alma, the Diva of Nature. She uses her bow to deal damage from a distance while supporting allies with healing magic.
Next, we meet Sonia Blanche, the Lightning Princess. Fierce, yet elegant, she darts across the battlefield with her sword and shield, dealing damage to single targets in quick bursts.
Following Sonia, Agnum Bulletheart, the Pyromaestro makes his appearance. Always aiming to be the center of attention, Agnum deals massive damage to large groups of enemies with explosive fire magic.
Cooling things down after Agnum’s appearance, we have Lestin Sera Alma, the Glacier Sentinel. He uses ice magic to slow down enemies before cleaving through them with his trusty halberd.
Rinna, the Whirlwind Sylph brings some cheer to the party with her lighthearted attitude. She deals heavy damage from the back lines with powerful magic abilities.
Finally, we meet Yuma himself. Armed with the power of the Shining Dragon, he fights with dragon-like ferocity to protect his friends.
Never mind “get a load of these beats” – get a load of these names.