Saturday, January 31, 2009

Games Played 01/29/2009


Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete (1999)
Developer: Game Arts
Platform: PlayStation
Purchase Date: 06/12/1999

Yes, I know they are mutant flies... Just look at the size of those things.

This is a remake of what some have considered to be the pinnacle role playing experience on the Sega CD - Lunar: The Silver Star. The game's "hero saving the world from evil" narrative is very stereotypical of the genre but its character development is an entirely different story. Game Arts did an excellent job making the player care about the game's diverse cast of characters via meaningful conversations and a rather nonchalant, lighthearted tone to the adventure. Cut scenes are added to this remake and the random battles are replaced with visible enemies on the map. Unfortunately, there are too many enemies scattered across the screen, making for some repetitive gameplay on top of the simple battle mechanics. The game is average at best but the premium packaging for the Collector's Edition is top notch, courtesy of Working Designs.

LIBRARY STATUS: 3 out of 5

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