You would probably be forgiven for never having heard of Shining Resonance, as a PlayStation 3 JRPG that never saw the light of day outside of Japan. Shining Resonance Refrain looks to address that.
When the remaster was announced in late 2017, Sega admitted that they were considering bringing it to the west, and they’ve now confirmed that it will be coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch in Europe and the US this summer.
Yuma, AKA Shining Dragon Irvan, who can transform into this mythical beast and unleash power that he conducts through his sword. Having been thought extinct, being a dragon makes Yuma high on a lot of people’s hit lists. The story revolves around The Empire and the kingdom of Astoria, with Sonia, princess of Astoria, setting out with a team of Dragoneers to rescue Yuma from the Empire who had thought to weaponise him.
The game features real-time combat, with the relationships between party members the key to unlocking their true potential in battle and a Resonance between characters to signify their bond.
There’s also the quietly brilliant sounding Armonics that are the musical weapon-instruments that Dragoneers use while conjuring their Rune Songs. Build up the BPM – Battle Performance Mana, not Beats Per Minute – and you can get the battle rocking out with the B.A.N.D. system, playing a song with a particular character at the centre. It sounds barmy, but great.
As part of the international release, the game will now feature dual audio with both English and Japanese voices. Bundling in all the original DLC, which is now part of the “Original Mode”, there will also be a “Refrain Mode” which unlocks Imperial Princess Excella and Dragonslayer Jinas as party members. Just beware that doing so might give first time players a few spoilers.
Source: press release, Shining Resonance