Shining Resonance Refrain (July 10)
Best PS4 Games July 2018
It’s been a long time since the Shining series made its way west, almost 15 years to be exact. Now after all that time, Shining Resonance Refrain is finally making its way west, a remastered and remade version of the game that originally released on the PS3 in Japan. The game focuses on a young boy named Yuma Ilvern, whose body houses the spirit of the legendary Shining Dragon. Yuma is captured and experimented on by the Empire, before being saved by the peaceful country of Astoria.
Shining Resonance Refrain sports a real-time action combat system, very similar to other JRPGs like the Tales series. Your character’s weapons also double as musical instruments, which plays into the game’s B.A.N.D. system in combat. You can grant various beneficial effects to your party by playing songs during battle, and the effect will change depending on which character you put at the center, and which song you play. On the other side of things, Shining Resonance Refrain also has elements of a dating sim, letting you get closer to certain characters and take them on dates.
JRPG fans should be keeping an eye on Shining Resonance Refrain, and it looks like a classically traditional experience with a few wrinkles thrown into the mix.