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Shining Tears (シャイニング・ティアーズ Shainingu Tiāzu) is an action role-playing game co-developed by Nextech and Amusement Vision and published by Sega in 2004 for the Sony PlayStation 2 video game console as a part of the Shining Force video game series. It tells the story of a mysterious boy named Xion. An anime adaptation for the game was announced by Sega, entitled Shining Tears X Wind. It is produced by Studio Deen and began airing in early April 2007.
In the beginning of the story, an elven girl named Elwyn finds Xion washed up on the shore of a river. She checks if he's still alive and as she looks, a ring fell by the water. As Elwyn tried to take it, Xion was on the verge of death so she took him quickly to the village doctor, Pios. When Xion wakes up, he finds himself in The Heroes' Hearth, the tavern of the town Heroes' Way.
He is then confronted by Pios and Elwyn, questioning him on what happened. He says he cannot remember and only vaguely remembers his name. The two introduce themselves to him and he finds both his hands have two strange rings. They would not come off his hands as Pios tries to investigate the rings. The two then explain that the rings could possibly be the Twin Dragon Rings, the legendary rings of power. Discarding the thought, Pios investigates more on the rings as Xion falls asleep.
A feature of this game is that there is a unique ending involving each of the eight characters that Xion can team up with, making up a total of eight endings. The ending is determined by the character that Xion has developed the highest relationship with.
Developer(s) Nextech / Amusement Vision
Designer(s) Tony Taka (character designs)
Artist(s) Tony Taka
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
Release date(s) JP November 3, 2004
NA March 22, 2005
Genre(s) Action role-playing game
Mode(s) Single-player/two player
Rating(s) ESRB: Teen
Media 1 DVD-ROM image (.isz)
Input methods DualShock controller