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Enjoyable, but with some annoyances

  • Apr 7, 2010
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I never played any of the older versions of this game, so I am not going to comment on any of the recent upgrades that were added to the PSP version of Lunar: Silver Star Harmony.

I played the demo initially, and didn't even have to play it through to realize this game seemed well worth the money and the download time.  The story caught my attention right away.  It has dragons, magic, and five (eventually) adorable heroes that ultimately end up on a quest to save the world. 

Story-wise, I felt Lunar to be predictable, but at the same time there were things that happened that I never saw coming, which was great because there was a point less than half way through where I started to get bored.  The characters are relatively stereotypical anime fare, and in my opinion the story had them arguing so much that I skipped quite a bit of dialogue. Oddly enough however, it is pretty easy to get past this issue. 

As far as game play, I was happy with how easy it was to navigate and use the battle menu.  On the other hand, I was also disappointed with the lack of strategy required to win battles in basically any given place, bosses being the exception.  I'm not exaggerating when I say that 99.9% percent of the time I let the characters make their own decisions and they won almost every fight without my help.  They even know when to heal or replace MP. 

Dungeon crawling is very tedious, as very often you have to revisit rooms/areas, and even if you previously cleared an area of monsters, once you revisit that area all the monsters have re-spawned.  Granted, this is great for level grinding and collecting HP/MP items, but at the same time it becomes extremely monotonous.  The end boss was almost ridiculously easy too.  I'm still conflicted as to whether I was happy with that fact or not.

Overall, I'd say my favorite part of Lunar was the story.  It's an adventure and a love story tied up with a cute little bow.  I found it easy (for the most part) to identify with the characters, which is always a good thing. 

A word of warning before I wrap this up: due to some mildly colorful language and nondescript sexual themes I would not recommend this game for the young'uns.

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April 08, 2010
Sounds like this version was meant for new people to the RPG world. Otherwise, why would it be so ridiculously easy? It could be attributed to that or the fact that this was the original single player RPG remastered for the PSP. The original RPGS were usually pretty easy to beat and had simple battle styles.
April 08, 2010
You're probably right. I have noticed a lot of remastered games for the PSP, mostly in the RPG catagory. I think it's a little strange actually, like there's a shortage of ideas for new games. Thanks for inviting me to your group! ^_^
April 08, 2010
It's the same thing with movies and even books now. People really don't have "original" ideas anymore. It's depressing. And, thanks for joining my group! I hope you have fun there. You can post reviews (long or quick tips) or just be a reader/rater (or a combination of the two). Let me know you have any questions too!
 
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Since its initial release over a decade ago, Lunar: Silver Star Story has continued to captivate fans with its timeless tale of love, betrayal and redemption, expertly woven into its involving gameplay and cinematic presentation. Now the original single player RPG masterpiece is reborn on the PSP as Lunar: Silver Star Harmony with all new graphics, added gameplay features, and a re-mastered soundtrack so that a whole new generation of fans can experience this legendary first entry of the Lunar universe, while newly added story elements will entice returning fans.

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While seemingly placid on the surface, the world of Lunar is slowly descending into chaos, as the Goddess Althena, the creator and guardian of the world, has disappeared and the valiant efforts of the legendary Dragonmaster Dyne and his faithful companions fade into obscurity. With Althena gone and no one able or willing to become the next Dragonmaster, a shadowy figure, known only as the Magic Emperor, has started plotting to usurp Althena’s place and become a god. In a remote village far removed from the decay that is slowly spreading throughout the world lives a young man named Alex, who dreams of one day becoming the next Dragonmaster like his hero Dyne. One day, Alex’s friend Ramus convinces him to head towards a cave near town, where it is rumored the legendary White Dragon resides. With Alex’s childhood friend Luna ...
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