Shining Resonance Refrain

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a game by Sega
Platform: PC
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Shining Resonance Refrain
Shining Resonance Refrain
Shining Resonance Refrain

Shining Resonance Refrain is as much a JRPG as JRPG’s can get. If you love that type of thing, you are going to adore this game. Filled to the brim with brilliant ideas, a solid story, great combat mechanics, and a vibrant and colorful world to explore, there is so much to see and do. There’s a little something for everyone here, a solid RPG with lots of combat and a bunch of cute anime girls that you can spend a large amount of time flirting with. That’s pretty much the only boxes to tick there are when it comes to games anyway, right? Let’s get into it.


The gameplay is pretty straight forward in this title. Much like Final Fantasy XIII, you and a party of fellow combatants traverse a fantasy world and engage with the enemies it contains.

You function as a party and the A.I definitely tries its best but the player is, without a doubt, the driving force of the entire operation. As the main character Yuma, who has a special ability to turn into a dragon, you will have plenty of options to turn the tides of battle mid fight. As it is canon with his character, Yuma does not like turning into a dragon as the whole concept frightens him, thus when you are not directly controlling him, he will almost never use that ability. This kind of locks you into using him as often as possible but there’s no hard feelings about that.

There are a couple other interesting features in regards to the gameplay too. You can chat and flirt with other characters on your squad, this improves relationships which in turn makes the team stronger and more efficient. It makes for a more realistic connection between the MC and his team. It’s a bit like in Mass Effect 2, when doing loyalty missions with the team increases their survival chances.


The story follows Yuma Ilvern, a person with the ability to turn into the Legendary Shining Dragon, the strongest of them all. As Yuma, players must stop the Empire from exploiting the dragons and increasing their power. This is a tough one, because the enemies are actually quite likeable. Extremists as they may be, they have a lot of personality and make for really engaging enemies.


This game actually looks quite good. It’s colorful with a lot of personality. The main city, which you regularly return to, begins to truly feel like a home after a while. The characters are outright adorable. Many of the characters have fantastic armor and clothing designs, as well as excellent theming in regards to their abilities and instruments.


If players are looking for a good JRPG to sink some time into, then one could do a lot worse than this title. Cute anime girls, dragons, and robust fighting, what more could you ask for?


  • Great characters designs
  • World looks great


  • Friendly AI can sometimes be a let down
  • No customization options

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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