Shining Force Neo – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes

Parents will notice that Shining Force Neo has earned a Teen rating, but I'd be hard pressed to tell them why. Yes, there's some mild language, but I'm pretty much at a loss as to where the "suggestive themes" were in the game. The violence is pretty innocuous as well—there's no blood or gore anywhere in the game.

Shining Force fans will be disappointed to learn that this isn't a traditional Shining Force title. However, once the initial anger passes, there's a really good hack-and-slash game here that should please anyone who spent months of their life playing Diablo. Granted, this game isn't as deep as Diablo, but it does have that same addictive quality that will keep gamers coming back for more.

Casual Gamers will no doubt love the simplicity of the game, which truly is a "pick-up-and-play" experience, but the length of the game (nearly 60 hours by the time all the side dungeons are beaten) might be too much for people with a limited amount of time to sit on the couch.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing gamers are lucky in that they won't have to listen to the insipid voice acting featured in the game, nor the endlessly repeated battle phrases. On the downside, the CG sequences don't feature any subtitles, so the hearing impaired will be missing out on story elements during the few times those sequences turn up in the narrative. Fortunately, there aren't many of these sequences in the game.