Reminder: Shining Resonance Refrain Launches Tomorrow
With the summer heat wave in full effect, you might want to say inside and chill out next to the air conditioner. Luckily Sega is planning to keep you busy with Shining Resonance Refrain, the first game in the Shining series to come to the U.S. in ten years. We’re currently working our way through the review copy, but we can say it’s one worth watching out for. You can solidify your own opinion by downloading the free demo right now on the Switch eShop! The full game launches tomorrow, July 10 for $49.99.
Harness the power of the Shining Dragon, Yuma Ilvern, in Shining Resonance Refrain, available tomorrow on Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®4, Xbox One™, and Steam® for PC in North America and Europe. Shining Resonance Refrainmarks the Shining series’ triumphant return to the West after 10 years away. Fans of the series and newcomers alike will be amazed by the beautiful world, characters designed by legendary artist Tony Taka, and the action-packed real-time combat and B.A.N.D. systems as they help Yuma Ilvern bring justice to the Empire and save Alfheim!
Find more information about Shining Resonance Refrain’s world at the official website http://shiningresonance.com/.
Shining Resonance Refrain remasters the original Shining Resonance, previously released on PlayStation® 3 only in Japan, and features dual audio with English and Japanese voices. In addition to all of the original’s DLC, now included as part of the base “Original Mode,” Shining Resonance Refrain packs a new “Refrain Mode,” unlocking the Imperial Princess Excella and Dragonslayer Jinas as party members for a new experience – just be sure to save this for your second playthrough to avoid any spoilers!
With real-time action combat, it will be important to utilize each party member’s unique abilities and strengths while deepening relationships with each character. Through events and dates, get to know your party members to unlock their full potential on the battlefield! Depending on the bonds of the characters, “Resonance” may occur between them, providing a new level of support, leading to victory.
Dragoneers wield Armonics, ancient weapon-instruments, in order to perform mystical and powerful Rune Songs. Once you build enough BPM (Battle Performance Mana), your party will be able to perform a session through the B.A.N.D. system. Depending on which song you play and which character you set at the center, your party will be able to indulge in various beneficial effects. Certain characters may even perform the song in a special costume!
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