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An RPG Series That Should Never Be Forgotten: Lunar

There are some games that just stick with you, you know?

Sure, most role-playing fans quickly name Final Fantasy or something like that. But there were quite a few lesser-known (or at least under-appreciated) RPGs during the original PlayStation days that have stuck with me.

One of those games is Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete. It originally released on the Saturn but as I never had that system, I first played this title on the PlayStation. Let me add that I really miss how Working Designs packaged the hell out of their games for western audiences. SSSC and Lunar 2: Eternal Blue were jam-packed with awesome goodness, like cloth maps, the full soundtracks, etc. By the way, the SSSC soundtrack was actually in my car for months. Yes, it was.

At any rate, it's really the story, characters and music that have embedded themselves in my brain. The gameplay was classic retro; hell, it was even retro then, as we had an old-school sprite-based presentation (with the exception of those great cut-scenes, of course). I loved that gameplay but it really wasn't anything particularly special. It was the other elements I can't forget, and let me add that such elements never seem to disappear. Things like music and story and atmosphere and characters are what matter and what will endure. Trust me on that.

The only downside of SSSC was that it was actually very short; I think the whole game could be finished in like 15 hours. Back on those days, that was absurdly short for an RPG. They fixed that with the sequel, though, as Lunar 2 took me 60 hours, I'm pretty sure. But I always want to go back to SSSC because of the indelible imprint it made. And that's that.

Tags: lunar silver star story complete, lunar 2 eternal blue, lunar sequel

1/21/2016 9:45:01 PM Ben Dutka

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Temjin001
Thursday, January 21, 2016 @ 10:59:32 PM
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Working Designs/Game Arts made great games. On a scale of 1-10, their's were an 11. They said so themselves.
They can't be wrong when they actually referenced Mountain Dew in Lunar.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, January 21, 2016 @ 11:42:52 PM
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Yeah I never played these, something didn't seem right sticking with sprites.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, January 21, 2016 @ 11:52:12 PM

You missed out. :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, January 22, 2016 @ 9:32:21 AM

Some day my ship will come in and I'll have time to play all these games. I'm still collecting JRPGs that I missed due to FFVII spoiling me.

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Feryx
Friday, January 22, 2016 @ 12:13:42 AM
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I loved these games. Broke my heart when I sold them last year. Hopefully they will get a vita release.

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smileys_007
Friday, January 22, 2016 @ 1:30:21 AM
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I also never tried playing Lunar during the ps1 days.. One PS1 RPG game that I will never forget is Thousand Arms. That rpg was unique, you can date girls on that RPG game. ^_^

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Shauneepeak
Friday, January 22, 2016 @ 8:56:06 AM

That is actually VERY, VERY common in JRPG's just most of them never make it over here. The Persona series is one of the rare exceptions.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, January 22, 2016 @ 11:02:43 AM

Oh yeah, Thousand Arms! I really liked that game, too, even if the combat system bugged me a little. Always annoyed me how it was presented but I definitely got into it after a while, and I'm pretty sure I maxed out each "date-able" girl. You do that by reaching Lv. 10 when wooing them, I believe.

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Underdog15
Friday, January 22, 2016 @ 1:59:57 AM
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I played and beat silver star story. I rented it on a whim from Blockbuster.

Did not regret it. Very, very excellent PS1 game.

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Underdog15
Friday, January 22, 2016 @ 2:03:07 AM
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I take it back, after looking into it, it was Lunar 2: Eternal Blue that I played.

Never played Silver Star Story. Probably should have. Lunar 2 was, as I said, superb.

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Underdog15
Friday, January 22, 2016 @ 2:07:27 AM
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The battle starts at 4:02 or so. Awesome for turn-based fans.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdOs1YJEuJQ

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JackieBoy
Friday, January 22, 2016 @ 2:43:13 AM
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I can't forget it, as I never knew it:)

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daus26
Friday, January 22, 2016 @ 5:35:01 AM
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Played this on they psp. It was pretty good!! Another romance, save the world rpg but it was awesome Nonetheless.

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Athrin
Friday, January 22, 2016 @ 8:51:30 AM
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Back then they knew how to make RPGs unlike today's crap.

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Shauneepeak
Friday, January 22, 2016 @ 8:54:38 AM
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Played and beat Lunar Legend on the Gameboy Advanced but still want to back and play one of the versions with Voice Acting and animated cutscenes.

Last edited by Shauneepeak on 1/22/2016 8:54:43 AM

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MRSUCCESS
Friday, January 22, 2016 @ 9:29:47 AM
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Unfortunately I did not play this one.

Did anyone play Thousand Arms? That was a great game as well.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, January 22, 2016 @ 11:02:53 AM

Yep, see above.

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ethird1
Friday, January 22, 2016 @ 12:09:00 PM
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I have been playing games since the mid 70's. (Yes I am Dutka's senior) I loved those 2 bit games just as much as you love these new games now. But for each new generation that came out, I enjoyed them even more and appreciated where video games were heading. I still laugh at myself for playing Pitfall and saying, "Wow, these graphics are getting more real every year!". So I am one of those "Ancient" gamers with the most unique look at them.

I had played tons of rpgs before Lunar came out. But once I played Lunar I seen what could happen when a small company poured their heart and soul into a game.

Every rpg or game that Working Games did was pretty special. But the Lunar series, to me, was very good and had an excellent story to it and probably their best work. The voice acting was fresh and lighthearted.

I loved the battle system too. I still have both original copies and, every now and then, will pull out that pendant you got for part 2.

The game had many memorable moments that I will never forget them. I played the Vita version. Just didnt have that sparkle that WD made.

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Underdog15
Friday, January 22, 2016 @ 2:29:49 PM

There's no chance you're older than 21.

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Hexen
Friday, January 22, 2016 @ 12:52:58 PM
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I was the only person I knew who had a Saturn but I don't recall ever seeing it in store shelfs,probably wasnt even translated.I did play the remake on psp which was great.

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trumpetmon65
Friday, January 22, 2016 @ 3:11:21 PM
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I never got to finish that game (the Playstation version). Started playing it right around the time my step mom decided all video games were demonic. She broke the first disc in half. Don't worry, she got better.

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march6969
Friday, January 22, 2016 @ 8:00:24 PM
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I don't think it was on Saturn, I got it on Sega CD, one of the best RPGs I ever played, loved it so much that I got it on PlayStation and now have it on my Vita. I was hooked right from the opening scene because before this game I had never experienced a game with real voice narrative... "Alex, OH Alex, what are you doing Alex?". sigh... the good old days :)

Oh and I just looked it up and my bad, Lunar:the Silver Star which is what I had was on Sega CD, Lunar:the silver star story complete was on Saturn, still a phenomenal game.

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Banky A
Sunday, January 24, 2016 @ 2:37:55 PM
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Bought this for Vita just last month. No regrets.

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richfiles
Monday, January 25, 2016 @ 5:48:57 AM
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I had both games on PS1. It's no joke, these were jam packed with awesomeness! I actually own a Saturn, but only after the fact. I had a PS1 first, so that's the system I got Lunar 1 and 2 on. The loss of Working Designs was a truly sad day for gamers everywhere. That was a company with heart.

I still have my copies, after all these years. I'll never sell them.

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