Replay Value: 8
Back in '93 an RPG was released for the ill-fated Sega CD. This game was Lunar: The Silver Star and it is considered by some to be the best game that was released on Sega CD. A year later it spawned an almost as popular sequel. The game is a very basic RPG with sprites and your regular save the world story. Those who played it loved it and those who didn't missed out on a great experience. So now, six years later, the Good People at Working Designs are giving those who missed it a second chance. Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete has been released and is better than the original. It has been totally been redone in some areas such as the story and the FMVs. The voice-overs have also been done and they are terrific. Random battles have been removed from the map and you can now see the enemies in the dungeons.
Concerning the story, it has been changed at crucial points which might make some veterans of the game nervous. But trust me, it makes the story much deeper and acquaints you with the characters quicker. For example, (spoiler coming) in the original game you left Luna at Meribia and sailed away. But now she jumps on to the boat at the very last minute! Now you get to know Luna a little more and care for her character.
In the game you play Alex, a young man whose dream is to become a dragon master like his hero Dyne. He lives in a small town with his parents and a young girl named Luna who Alex's parents took in at a young age. Nothing happens in the town and Alex longs for his first adventure. One day he gets his chance........
Along with the game you get many other goodies in the Lunar package. A 100 plus page hard cover instruction manual. A music CD, a making of CD, and a full color cloth map. This doesn't come cheap though. I bought my copy for fifty five dollars but I've seen it from fifty to sixty dollars. It is worth the cost though.
All in all an excellent game. You really start to care to what happens to the characters, and although the story is really predictable, there are a couple neat twists. Don't let the 32 bit graphics fool you, the anime scenes are stupendous. It will be a treat for the RPG'er who missed LSS, and an even larger treat for those who feel in love with the first game.