Shining Resonance’s combat systems detailed

A closer look at everyone's specialties, plus Yuuma's dragon transformation.

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Another information dump has commenced for Shining Resonance, the pending Media Vision-developed PlayStation 3 installment in Sega’s RPG series. Providing much insight into the flow and mechanics of battles this time around, you can catch our translation below.

Use Song Magic in a Real-Time Action Battle System

Break into battle seamlessly from the field. Once you make contact with a monster on the field, the game will seamlessly transition to battle. In the screenshots, you’ll see the heroes run into a “Manticore” beast. Once the battle begins, “Lizardmen” monsters come to its side for support.

During battle, you can freely control any one character from your party. In addition to your basic combo attacks, each character has its own special attacks and moves, and magic.

Yuuma’s basic attack is a large sword slash. His attack speed is not very fast, but a single shot will certainly deal damage. One of his special attacks is a dash thrust that pushes the enemy back. This is effective when surrounded by or trying to evade an enemy.

Kirika specializes in long-distance special attacks. Using her Dragon Wing Bow Kotonokagura, she can strike enemies with a Homing Scatter.

Sonia has a noble and nimble battle style, allowing her to easily evade enemy attacks when sensed.

Rinna, meanwhile, sports the Dragon Spine Tran Rod for her weapon, affording her the ability to blow enemies up into the area and summon large tornadoes to do her bidding.

As for Agnam, his Dragon Flame Wand Igryut, true to his name, dishes out lots and lots of fire attacks.

As Dragoners, by playing the magical Armonics weapons, players will be able to manipulate a variety of natural forces. While characters other than the one you have selected will operate on their own during battles and try to attack enemies and cover you, you can still give the remaining party members specific orders through your own Armonics with pinpoint accuracy, including ones such as telling them to prioritize attacking or to focus on healing, among other things.

Unique to Yuuma, he can unleash his inner powers and transform into a dragon, which can help turn the tide of battles. But if used for too long, you run the risk of losing control of his powers, resulting him going on a rampage. Learning how to balance these plusses and minuses and keep everything in check is therefore key to making the most out of Yuuma’s abilities.

Shining Resonance is currently slated for release on the PlayStation 3 in Japan on December 11.

Check out a slate of new screenshots and artwork at the gallery here.

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