Yea I had to force myself through 2. It tried to hard. 1 is definitely much better.
Also, remake sucks because of Narsha, Mawlock and Supernova. Supernova was an overpowered skill, Mawlock with Narsha's card and Narsha's boost skill made the game infinitely easier.
You could say not to use those characters, but doing that you're left with the original Shining force, but with nerfed characters.