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

Shining Force EXA Screenshot

Parents should have no concerns here. Shining Force EXA has nothing offensive that I can see. There's a lot of hacking and slashing, but there's no blood or gore, almost no sexual innuendo, and I'm still trying to figure out where the "mild language" was.

Shining Force fans are likely to be mixed on this one. Old school players who clamor for another strategy RPG will likely be continue to be annoyed that the Shining Force name has been perverted by being attached to another standard dungeon crawler. Fans of Neo should like this installment better—it's more of the same, only with a few added tweaks.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing gamers have nothing to fear. The game features full text, and they have the added bonus of not hearing the same five battle cries several million times during the course of the adventure.

Mike Bracken

Mike Bracken

Mike Bracken is a 43-year-old writer and bohemian living in Florida with a mountain of movies, books, and video games.

A film critic by trade, specializing in Euro-horror, cult exploitation, and Asian action cinema, Mike has written reviews for a diverse group of print and online publications. He covers horror news, movies, books, and games at and and spent two seasons as The Horror Geek on Comedy Central's pop-culture game show, Beat the Geeks.

Mike's childhood was spent playing videogames any time he got a chance. His parents had a Pong console and his grandmother had an Atari 2600, where Mike cultivated his skills by playing hour upon hour of games like Space Invaders, Berserk, and Asteroids. From those early experiences Mike learned one thing: he loved games.

In 1999, Mike became a staff reviewer at Cinescape Magazine's website where he spent a year learning the craft of game criticism. After internal changes led to Mike leaving Cinescape in late 2000, he joined up with RPGFan in 2001 and spent several years writing reviews for them. Happy, but looking for an opportunity to expound on a wider variety of titles, Mike joined and hopes to help Chi, Dale, and the rest of the GC staff bring a higher level of respect to the field of game criticism.
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