I remember getting up in the morning and receiving a business email offering me a chance to get a review copy of Shiness: the lightning kingdom and I accepted it. I was able to get 2 copies so my friend Mikey and I could play it together and I was not disappointed. Shiness is an Action RPG title for the X Box One, PlayStation 4, and PC. It gives off a Avatar: The Last Airbender-ish vibe when it comes to the environment and I personally LOVE IT. The feel of the game is very similar to an old PS2 game but obviously for the newer generation consoles.
What I like most about it is the immersive universe it has. The characters themselves and just the way the game opens up is capturing. You start off with a cinematic explaining of the main character, Chado, and his companion, Poky, caught in a storm and crashing into a war and eventually exploring the area and meeting the rest of the main cast and eventually visiting other countries WHILE being hunted. One thing I also got to applaud it on are the puzzles. Remember when I said it had a PS2 feel? Well yea, it has those same RPG complicated puzzles and just the settings where they’re placed look amazing!
Now onto the gripes. Now I enjoy playing through Shiness. It’s a refreshing Indie title BUT I have to point out probably the biggest flaw and that is the battle system. You walk around in a team of 3 but it’s 1v1 format with the ability to switch in and out. The Gameplay is stiff. I thought to myself if I got through the beginning at some point it would get better and more easier to move around and connect better combos but nope. I will say the Spells you can use in the battles are unique where the arenas change color and the color powers up your magic. Other than that I haven’t found anything else to gripe with.
I guess that’s my 2 cents on the game. I will continue to play it to see how everything unfolds with the story but in terms of just gameplay there’s nothing else much to talk about. I highly recommend picking it up if you see it anywhere in stores or the online shop!