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Developer(s)Amusement Vision, Camelot Software Planning, Climax Entertainment, Flight-Plan, Grasshopper Manufacture, Neverland, Nextech, Sonic! Software Planning
Publisher(s)Atari, Atlus, Sega, THQ
Year introduced1991
Genre(s)RPG, Strategy, Action RPG

Shining is a series of fantasy console games developed by Sega. The series can be thought of as Sega's main venture into the fantasy genre. The first game, Shining in the Darkness can be compared to the early Might and Magic games or the Wizardry series, in that the game is a 3D dungeon crawler with randomly encountered, turn-based battles. The next game released in the series was Shining Force, which can be compared to the Fire Emblem series, especially Shining Force's contemporary titles in the series, because of its turn-based strategy style with battle scenes acted out with sprites. Other spin-offs include Shining Soul, which can be considered a Roguelike.

It can be argued that the Shining series started as an attempt by Sega to cover all of its bases on their consoles as far as the unusual gameplay genres, because it emulated styles that Nintendo and other developers pioneered. Over time though, the series has found a following and has carved its own niche, as there are newer releases not found on Sega consoles.

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First person RPG
Turn-based strategy RPG