Metascore
68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
Buy On
  1. Jul 9, 2018
    90
    Shining Resonance Refrain is an entertaining adventure through a somewhat cliche story, but it contains its own unique aspects that keep you engaged. Combat is easy to learn, but there's a decent amount of depth to it. Dragonshift and B.A.N.D. sessions are wonderful combat mechanics that add more charm to the game. The relationship building and dating also adds a cute slice of life portion to the adventure.
  2. 90
    Shining Resonance Refrain might not be a classic example of the genre, but it gets the most important components of the genre right – the characters and the storytelling – and backs it up with some gorgeous art and a perfectly competent combat system.
  3. Jul 11, 2018
    80
    Shining Resonance Refrain is a title that stands out both for its combat system, charismatic characters and an interesting story as well as for including new additions in terms of content and playable characters.
  4. 75
    A great addition to the Shining franchise. Refrain is a fun title with good combat, interesting characters, and some great voice acting that accompany a great translation.
  5. Jul 9, 2018
    75
    A more than acceptable remastered edition of one of those JRPGs that never left its homeland. Fun and enjoyable despite its (sometimes) frustrating difficulty final bosses battles.
  6. Jul 12, 2018
    72
    Nevertheless, the curious gameplay mechanics offered by the package make it an essential purchase for any anime enthusiast and RPG of Japanese invoice.
  7. Jul 11, 2018
    70
    Shining Resonance Refrain can enthrall the player with its rollercoaster story, despite some very clichéd characters. It has great combat and many good ideas, even if the whole game is a bit classic.
  8. Jul 9, 2018
    70
    Outside of the sometimes stupid allied AI, Shining Resonance Refrain doesn’t do anything “wrong,” it just doesn’t excel at much either.
  9. Jul 9, 2018
    70
    If you've been waiting to play this game, it's finally available in the West. It has some shortcomings, but it's a good game overall and, of course, this is the best way to play it.
  10. Jul 9, 2018
    70
    On the surface, Shining Resonance Refrain is a largely unremarkable Japanese RPG, but dig a little deeper and fans of the genre will find an accessible adventure that comes together surprisingly well. Cliche characters and predictable plot elements prevent the story from really taking off, but there's an endearing quality to how the game presents itself. Combat's fun, progression is straightforward and rewarding, and dating sim elements add a certain charm. Refrain's like a quick and easy summer anime -- it's certainly not a classic, but it's good fun while it lasts.
  11. Jul 9, 2018
    70
    While Shining Resonance Refrain may not be mind-blowing, it still has its own charm that I could appreciate.
  12. 70
    Shining Resonance Refrain might be outclassed by modern JRPGs, but if you judge it on it's own merits, you'll quickly find that there is a lot to enjoy.
  13. Jul 10, 2018
    68
    An interesting RPG experience full of dragons, action and a little repetitive playability that makes the game look a little aged... but it still has tons of hours of fun.
  14. Jul 9, 2018
    65
    Shining Resonance Refrain is a missed opportunity for Sega to bring its beloved JRPG series to the west in its better form. The remaster has several problems (both technical and structural), but can still deliver some fun to the hardcore aficionados.
  15. Jul 12, 2018
    60
    Shining Resonance Refrain feels like a filler game. If you’ve been aching for a 3D action-RPG to sink some time into now that we’re entering the summer months that are often a lull in the game industry then this totally fits the bill, but it’ll do very little to surprise you.
  16. 60
    Shining Resonance Refrain feels very much like a budget RPG. While it does some things really well such as well-written characters with excellent voice acting and awesome music, there are plenty of things that just don’t really work. Combat is clunky and dull, the sidequests are mostly repetitive, and the game world feels surprisingly small.
  17. Jul 9, 2018
    60
    Shining Resonance Refrain plays it safe to an extreme. Little about it pushes the genre forward and nearly every part of the game is a bit too familiar, or done far better elsewhere. This is one for when you’re desperate for a new JRPG fix and that’s it.
  18. 60
    Although Shining Resonance Refrain is enjoyable and the battle system provides some fun, its story and presentation don't break any new ground. At the end of the day, it's just another JRPG in a sea of similar games.
  19. Jul 16, 2018
    50
    A horribly generic Japanese role-player that has no glaring flaws but fails to offer a single interesting new idea or character of its own.
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 23
  2. Negative: 6 out of 23
  1. Jul 10, 2018
    10
    i enjoyed what i played i wait for a new installment. The graphics look good and it plays well