It may have taken a few years, but Shining Resonance Refrain has arrived in the West to finally provide us with a remaster of a JRPG involving ancient dragons and the struggle against the Empire!
With the Kingdom of Astoria under threat from the Empire, Princess Sonia looks to acquire a helping hand from a chap called Yuma. What can one man do? Well, Yuma has the soul of the Shining Dragon within him, and so if he can transform into the ancient beast through the power of his sword, Astoria could be saved.
There are two main modes in this remaster of the Japan-only Shining Resonance – Original and Refrain. The Original Mode follows the regular tale, featuring every piece of DLC previously released, whilst Refrain Mode is more of a ‘what if’ type campaign. To claim victories in either mode, you’ll need to partake in real-time combat with a party of characters, each possessing unique abilities and strengths. The more the characters bond on the battlefield, the deeper their relationship becomes and this can lead to a ‘Resonance’, which adds an extra level of support.
Those looking to strengthen their connection to the JRPG world can do so by purchasing Shining Resonance Refrain for Xbox One on the Microsoft Store, where it’s currently discounted to £40.49 for a couple of days –usually £44.99.
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Play as Yuma Ilvern and stop the Empire from exploiting the power of the ancient dragons, including the soul of the Shining Dragon within you. With the help of your friends, realize your destiny, save Astoria, and unleash the strength you’ve always had locked away. In the original game, previously released only in Japan, Imperial Princess Excella was an unplayable character, but in the new “Refrain Mode” in Shining Resonance Refrain, both she and Dragonslayer Jinas can be added as party members for a new experience – just be sure to save this for your second playthrough to avoid any spoilers! Dragons were long thought to be extinct, and because Yuma holds the ability to transform into the Shining Dragon, he was taken as a captive of the Empire. With the help of the Dragoneers, Sonia, princess of Astoria, pleads with Yuma to aid them in their fight to save their land from the Empire’s dominion. Typically timid, will Yuma find the courage to realize the strength he has within him?