Reviews and Problems with Lunar: Harmony of Silver Star
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Realm of Gaming
2 June 2010
Excerpt: I just want to go on record and say that Lunar: The Silver Star is without question one of the greatest RPGs I've ever encountered. It's a testament to the genre, and one of the few that helped create the magical, enchanting worlds we know today. So it's with a heavy heart that I tell you about Lunar: Silver Star Harmony. I'm usually the first to purchase anything labeled "Lunar"--be it side-projects, memorabilia or re-introductions of past games.
Excerpt: Alex, oh, Alex, where are yoooou? The first game in the Lunar series is right up there with the best Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest titles as one of the all-time RPG favorites among players. It's also quite possibly the most remade game in history, getting more than three different versions in an 000short span of time.
Pros: The new presentation is just brilliant, Added scenes, Great ending, Extras for playing demo, ...the sound effects, however, are not, Extremely easy battles
Excerpt: I'm a fan of Lunar . I begged for and was given a Sega CD and copy of Lunar: The Silver Star for Christmas back in 1993. I played it almost non-stop to completion and kept my Sega CD hooked up for quite sometime after that to play more. Years later I was first in line at my EB to pick up Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete for the PlayStation.
Review: Lunar: Silver Star Harmony Limited Edition (Sony PSP)
15 April 2010
Summary: : As the final score says, Lunar: Silver Star Harmony is a good game, as were its predecessors, though whether or not you ultimately feel that way will depend on your personal tastes in RPG’s and whether or not you’ve played the prior games or not. The story is as enjoyable and well written as ever, and manages to hold up very well almost two decades after the fact.
Excerpt: Lunar: Silver Star Harmony is the PSP remake of one of the 32-bit era's most beloved role-playing games. Lunar: The Silver Star originally appeared on Sega's red-headed stepchild (the CD, not the Saturn), but also saw enhanced releases on the PlayStation and Game Boy Advance. I'm a longtime (and admittedly jaded) fan of Japanese RPGs, but for reasons that are neither understandable nor acceptable, I never got my hands on Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete .
Summary: Following the epic journey of a young boy whose adventures to become the Dragonmaster eventually set him on a path to save the world of Lunar, featuring all new graphics, added gameplay features, and a re-mastered soundtrack.
Conclusion: Lunar is the videogame equivalent of a summer vacation. It's free of complication, full of careless fun, over before you know it, and easily lends itself to nostalgia. Trading up in the presentation department and considerably down in gameplay, Silver Star Harmony does little to tread on that legacy. It's almost effortless, which is unfortunate, but not enough to advise against another lighthearted romp with Alex and his friends.
Excerpt: Lunar is an RPG with a very rich history. Not only has it appeared on many videogame systems, but it has been remade many times and has become for Game Arts what the original Ys is for Falcom. For those with little knowledge of the game or the series, a little history lesson is in order. Lunar: The Silver Star was developed by Game Arts and was released on the Sega CD in 1992 in Japan. Working Designs then localized the game for America in late 1993.
Excerpt: Epic struggles involving dragons, wizards, demons, and warriors never really get old, do they? The first entry in the Lunar series--a game that blended all of the aforementioned elements deliciously--has seen a lot of love during the past few decades. After making its grand debut on Sega CD in the early '90s, it quickly grew to become one of the top-selling games for the system.
Pros: Gorgeously remade graphics, New story scenes fill in the blanks, Dynamic battle system, Excellent soundtrack