Shining Soul II

Format: GBA

4 005209 054089
Age Restrictions: 3+

In the far distant past the legendary Warriors of Light defeated the Forces of Darkness, and since then the whole world has been living in a state of peace. However, changes are slowly affecting the lands. Droughts, storms and hideous monsters have filled the world with despair. There is only one warrior out there who has enough power to defeat the evil beast, save the world and restore harmony. And in a desperate bid to find him, the King launches a combat tournament and you are invited to take part...

The biggest problem with Shining Soul 2 is the long and boring dialogue screens at the start of the game. But, once the game begins proper, you are in for a treat.

The game looks and plays a lot like Zelda and sees a huge leap forward in graphics and animation over the first instalment. Many of the problems with the first instalment have been fixed. Enemies don't run straight at you when you have your weapon drawn and the animation of the characters are vastly improved. In addition, there is more variety to the dungeon screens. In short, this is everything that the first game should have been.

The poor item management problems have not been resolved, unfortunately. But, to be honest once you get used to it, it's not too much of a hindrance.

But where this game really shines is in the four player co-operative mode. Get yourself a link cable, invite some friends around, and have the time of your life.

Nick Smithson

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