I don’t know what it is lately but there really hasn’t been a lot of arcade news going on. Of course I haven’t had a lot of time lately to sit down and scour the internet for new stuff but still, it just seems like things are really slow right now. But it is not completely dead as far as news goes as we see with this latest game revelation from Sega Japan. I admit that I do not know a ton about this game series other than that one of the titles was the favorite game of my friend for his Sega Genesis, which was Shining Force II. And as far as I know, this series has never been in arcades as it was typically a turn-based RPG but now it is coming to arcades at least in Japan and so far, it looks really cool.
One thing I notice about the game from the video is that it’s certainly not a turn-based RPG. To me, it looks like Gauntlet Legends with a JRPG/anime twist to it and I’m certainly not complaining about that. When Gauntlet Legends came out it was my favorite game for a quite a while as it wasn’t just Gauntlet, it was also a cool RPG and you just never really saw that often in arcades. You still never see it in arcades, and personally I’m dying for anything that’s a bit different than what we normally see. So count me excited about the annoucement of Shining Force Cross for arcades, it goes on test in Japan in two weeks. Now we have no idea if Sega would be bold enough to release this in other markets such as Europe or the US but I am really hopefull that they do. If the game didn’t exactly work for those markets as it is, fine tune (or Gauntlet-Legends-ify it more) it so that it could come to other markets I say. What do you think, would you enjoy playing this, at least from the looks of the debut trailer?