Lunar Silver Star Story Complete – The 8-Bit Duke

Lunar Silver Star Story Complete – The 8-Bit Duke


There’s something to be said about a video
game that makes you CARE about the characters and become invested in not just the overall
plot, but the little things that happen to the main heroes friends and allies. In all
honesty, few games really manage to pull that off consistently. A character might feel important
for a while, then just fade into the background all of the sudden, and is hardly brought up
again. However some games sink their claws into you
with a brilliant narrative and convincing characters that players can really connect
with. I can only name a few games that truely accomplish this….One that may very well
be the most important game I have ever played. I’m speaking of course, of the first Lunar
game from Game Arts and Studio Alex. Lunar: The Silver Star was originally released
in 1993 for the Sega CD, and was remade for the Japanese Saturn in 1996 as Silver Star
Story with that version ported to the Playstation in 1998. That Playstation version eventually
made its way to the States as Silver Star Story Complete in 1999. The Silver Star was
remade twice more, with Lunar Legend on the GBA in 2002, and Silver Star Harmony in 2009.
With a plethora of remakes and versions to choose from, Silver Star is the most accessible
game in the Lunar Catalog. In 1995, a direct sequal to Silver Star was released on the
Sega CD. Lunar Eternal Blue saw the same remakes on the Saturn and Playstation. There’s also
a spin off game and a less than stellar DS sequel that most fans would love to forget
about. So what’s the appeal behind Lunar? Maybe you’ve
heard about it but you’re not sure why people maybe ramble on about how good it is. For
me, Lunar is the first RPG….no, the first video game, that made me feel something for
the characters. It was the first game that made me get invested in the success, and sorrow,
of each of the characters. With all the different versions out there to pick from, I want to
talk the most about the first remake we got here in the States: Lunar: Silver Star Story
Complete, localized by Working Designs in 1999. Alex Noah is a young man from the remote village
of Burg, one of two villages on Caldor Isle, and the birthplace of DragonMaster Dyne. The
DragonMaster is the sworn protector and hero of the Goddess Althena, the loving deity of
the people of Lunar. Burg holds a festival in her honor, and the cities of the world
are littered with statues of her for the people pray for her blessings. Burg, being Dynes
birthplace, also has a momenumt in his honor that Alex stares at day.
Alex has been enthralled with the stories of the DragonMaster since he was a child,
and dreams of one day following in his hero Dyne’s footsteps….But he knows that adventure
doesn’t just fall out of the sky. Alex has several friends in the village of
Burg. Nall, a flying white cat-like creature who is obsessed with fish and is constantly
hanging off Alex’s shoulder. Ramus, the son of the mayor of Burg who dreams of hitting
it rich through various plans and schemes, and Luna, who lives with Alex and his parents
after being brought to them, along with Nall, from a friend of Alex’s father many years
ago. Luna and Alex have a special bond, being more than just friends or foster siblings.
They play music in the festivals honorign the Goddess Althena together, and have a connection
the people of Burg can’t help but admire. Luna’s singing voice has captured the hearts
of the townsfolk, and it is only complimented by Alex’s instrument playing.
The game begins when Ramus finds Alex’s at dynes moment and has a proposal that sets
off their adventure. Alex and Nall agree to help Ramus venture
of the White Dragon Cave near Burg to collect a priceless Diamond from the cave. Luna is
not to happy when Nall spills the beans about their adventure. She agrees to come along,
if for no other reason than to keep the boys out of trouble.
Inside the cave, the group fights monsters and make their way to white dragon. After
passing the Dragon Trial, test an aspiring DragonMaster must undergo in order to prove
their worth Quark gives the group a hunk of….uh….smelly, priceless rock. Quark is impressed with Alex’s
resolve and allows him to keep the Dragon Ring he found in the cave, proving he passed
the Trial and is on his way to becoming a Dragon Master like his hero, Dyne. The diamond the group collected is worth more
than the shop in Burg can pay for it, so Ramus and Alex attempt to sneak away from Luna and
make their way to the port to catch a ride to the biggest city in the world, Meribia.
Meribia has shops that can probably pay for the diamond, and would bring alex just another
step closer to the other Dragons. Only problem is the fog is too dense to get through the
woods and the group turns back, and Nall spills the beans to Luna yet again…..This cat just
can’t keep it in the bag! Luna eventually calms down and agrees to journey to Meribia
with the boys, and the stage is set for an adventure than will change their lives forever. Along their journey they meet the arrogant
magician, Nash, a magacian from the city of Vane’s Magic Guild, who serves under one of
the 4 Heroes who protected the Goddess Althena and Dragonmaster Dyne’s best friend, Ghaleon. Jessica, the daughter of Mel de Alkirk, another
of the 4 Heroes. Mia,daughter of Lemia, another of the heroes who traveled with Dyne and served
to protect the goddess. And Kyle, Jessica’s brutish on-again-off-again boyfriend. Each character in Lunar is fleshed out an
amazing amount. They have certain stereotypes they may fall into, but they each have their
passions and goals and things that drive them. Nash may be a prick of a spell slinger, but
he loves the magic city Vane more than anything, citing its purpose for eternally protecting
the Goddess Althena. He is proud of his work at the Guild and the good that he believes
Magic can do for people. Mia is softhearted and unsure of herself as a leader, but cares
for the people she works with more than anything, and when pushed, can achieve great things.
Jessica and Kyle, while fighting and acting like they hate each other, prove time and
time again that they care more about each other than they let on, and to see a big brute
like Kyle do what he does to protect Jessica can be really moving, even if it brings a
grin to your face listening to this barbarian talk. The battle system in Lunar is rather unique,
and is one of the many things that separate the game from the competition. Battles are
held on a side view plane, and are turn based, just like you’ve come to expect from traditional
RPGs of the era. What is different about Lunar is that battles are area and range based.
That mean’s characters have to walk up to the enemy, attack, and stay there. Magic users
can stay put and cast spells from afar, meaning they are less likely to be attacked since
they’re further back. If a target is outside a characters range, that person will have
to use one of their attacks just to move closer to it. Some attacks also hit in certain areas,
and picking the right target is essential to do the most damage. For example, Nash’s
Thumber Bomb can attack a large group of enemies, just like Alex’s Explosion Staff. While the
battle system is nowhere near as complex as a Final Fantasy Tactics system or similar,
Lunar’s unique take the traditional turn based battle system adds a layer of depth and strategy
not found in many other games. It becomes crucial to adjust your party’s formation at
certain times to give your characters the advantage in a heated battle. Do you spread
them out or shove them all in the back, out of range for a few turns? It’s a fun, new
take on a system we’ve been used to for years. Enemies are such are typical. Larger groups
can be harder to take down sometimes just because they outnumber your party in the early
portions of the game. Each enemy telegraphs their moves with a different animation before
attacking. This helps you plan your next actions for the turn. Do you take out the one ready
for a big attack, or play it safe and fall back and heal.This allows for few surprises
in the game for enemies you’ve encountered a few times in a dungeon. Again, it’s nothing
groundbreaking or revolutionary, but it made battles that much more fun. Boss battles are were Lunar: Silver Star Story,
takes another step away from the traditional styles of other games. Each boss has a set
of base stats. Those stats are then multiplied by Alex’s level. So if you have a boss with
a base HP value of 100, and Alex’s level was 15, the boss would have 1,500 HP. This prevents
the boss fights from being too overly challenging or too easy, and actually helps make each
fight feel cinematic…at least later into the game. The first boss on the ship to Meribia
is actually fairly challenging if you don’t grind a little bit in the woods around the
town. The reason is because it’s one of the few bosses that recover HP during the fight,
and if you never do more damage than it recovers, you’ll never win. Luna learns a buff song
that raises your character’s strength, and it is basically essential for defeating this
giant blue drip. The journey from Burg to Meribia is only a
small first step in this life changing journey. Ramus stays behind in Meribia to run a store
he takes over from a guy who tried to steal the parties diamond,Nash takes Alex and Luna
to meet his master, Ghaleon, and Luna is questioning her purpose in life and why she keeps having
the same dreams every night. The characters hear rumors about a magic emperor and how
singers the world over are disappearing, and everything seems to be getting rather serious
all of the sudden. Ghaleon offers Alex a chance to help him with a problem; there’s someone
claiming to be a dragon master harassing a fishing village, and Ghaleon asks the group
to investigate the claims, and maybe then Alex may be able to learn the locations of
the other Dragons he must meet. After defeating the false dragon master, Alex
and Luna are separated and everything goes downhill. Luna is made to sing for Ghaleon,
Mia’s mother and a group of witches from the Vile Tribe, who Althena banished to the Frontier
ages ago, and Mia’s mother is revealed to have been under a spell that trapped her memory
and impersonated by one of the witches. They taunt the group about the coming of the
Magic Emperor’s rule over the world. Ghaleon asks Alex to take him to Quark under the pretense
that Ghaleon would become a Dragonmaster himself in order to combat the Vile tribe….However,
once they arrive, Ghaleon asks Quark a question about Luna’s past, and things go a little
crazy once more. This betrayal, from Alex’s idol’s best friend,
and a man Alex had just seen fight by his side, shocked me as a kid playing this game.
Ghaleon reveals himself to be the magic emporer, kidnaps Quark and Luna, and sends fiends from
the Vile Tribe to Meribia and Vane, and proceeds to have his witches, Xenobia, Royce, and Phacia,
kidnap other singers like Luna. Jessica’s father is turned to stone, and Vane’s leadership
is in shambles. Knowing just how powerful Ghaleon is, the party needs to try and stay
one step ahead of him by finding the other dragons passing their trials, therefore allowing
Alex to become a dragonmaster himself. Becoming a dragonmaster stops being Alex’s lifelong
dream, and instead a hurdle he has to overcome to save the woman he loves. The way Alex fights
for Luna is heartwarming, because at its core, Lunar is a love story. Lunar’s presentation, as you can no doubt
tell, is interesting. With animated cutscenes inserted into a 16-bit style game, Lunar is
a title that still looks good to this day. The original Sega Cd version, though considered
by many to be the real definitive version of the game, does suffer from a, in my mind,
not so good color palette and..i don’t know, there’s something about all the text being
in uppercase the whole time that I don’t care for. It’s hard to think Luna is this sweet
charming character when reading her text is like reading an email from my grandmother.
And yeah, even the playstation version gets a little bit of criticism for its cutesy,
16 bit graphics. But it’s aged much better than some other games of the era, and it’s
an art style I’ve always enjoyed…but it isn’t for everyone, I’m sure. And even though
Sega Cd games like Snatcher have TONS of voice acted scenes, The original Silver Star only
has about 10 minutes of voice acted scene. The same actors came back to reprise their
roles for the english Playstation version and the voice cast was expanded to allow for
even more cutscenes and voice acting. That’s amazing, because it’s pretty decent voice
acting. I mean, who doesn’t love Ghaleon savoring every letter that comes out
of his mouth? The Saturn version of the Lunar Silver Star
Story was released twice, one adding support for the saturns video card addon, which allowed
mpeg versions of full motion video to play in certain games. Saturn games could play
video files before this addon, but they were typically in more compressed formats like
Cinapak instead. The Saturn version was then ported to the Playstation, and that version
was localized by the same team who localized the Sega Cd original. To talk about Lunar’s english release and
not mention the localization job by Working Designs would be a criminal act. Working Designs
handled the Sega Cd originals of both Silver Star and Eternal Blue, as well as the Playstation
“Complete” versions that were released in the west. Working Designs was well known for
their elaborate packing for games like the Lunar remakes. Sadly, though I’ve owned Silver
Star Story Complete since I was 11 in 2001, and got Eternal Blue for my birthday the following
year….I only still have the game, the special “making of discs” and the hardback manual.
I don’t have the cool map or the soundtrack, or even the cool box it all came in anymore.
But as a kid this was all neat stuff to get. I used to listen to the soundtrack on the
bus to band trips back in 6th and 7th grade. Getting all this extra stuff was never something
that made me want the game, in fact I had no idea the games came with all this extra
stuff when I decided I wanted to buy them, but for a collector, these things are great
extras…and honestly, I’m not really a collector….. Working Designs is also known for their translations
and localizations of the games they brought over. Since CD games were cheaper to produce,
plus having more room than their cartridge contemporaries, Working Designs was able include
things like voice acting, almost unheard of at the time in the west, into games. They
also enjoyed changing things around with the script, adding pop culture references, hamming
up the jokes a little bit more than the source material, etc. While the localization is pretty
funny for the most part, some of the references are lost even to me,but it’s not like the
games script is required reading for a pop culture class. There’s enough there to help
make players laugh without taking them out of the world. Almost every NPC has something to say, and
Working Design’s unique presentation of the script helps make the villages and events
feel just that more fleshed out and original. It’s charm I’ve really yet to see replicated
in another series. From silly little quips to hidden jokes, references and some crazy
sexual comments for the time, Lunar gives the player a reason to WANT to talk to everyone
they come across. In 2005, Working Designs closed their doors,
and a discussion about that would be a video on it’s own. But prior to that, in 2002, the
company turned down the rights to localize the Game Boy Advance retelling of The Silver
Star in the game Lunar Legend, instead letting Ubisoft have at it.
This version is one of the better, light hearted games on the GBA, but it is pretty different
than it’s Sega Cd or Playstation older brothers. For example, in the Playstation version, you
find nash trapped in a silly doohicky outside the Old Hag’s house. In Lunar Legend, Nash
visits Burg to pass the trial of the White Dragon himself and Alex provides his escort.
Since full motion video is a little hard on the GBA, stills from Silver Star Story are
used, and bigger scenes are presented with large, well detailed and animated sprites.
I actually really like how they went with this and some of these changes. It’s the same
story, but told just different enough to be interesting. The battle system is much more
traditional, as it ditches the range based style of the Sega CD and playstation version,
and frankly, this version is amazingly easy. The latest release of the game comes in the
form of Silver Star Harmony on the PSP. A really modern upgrade with a different camera
perspective, a new scenario that tells part of Dyne’s story with the other characters,
including Ghaleon, and a other new scenario elements. This version was handled by Xseed
Games, who did a good job of keeping “the funny” parts of the script around with their
own little twist on it while remaining true to the source material and without encroaching
on working design’s jokes. The battle system returns to the range based system from the
original and Playstion versions, which is awesome, and the sprite work and backgrounds
are just gorgeous. This is an excellent version of the game and worth looking into. My main
gripe with it is that the game uses the exact same cutscenes from the Saturn and Playstation
versions, with new voice actors. These scenes are 4×3, and while gorgeous, it does feel
like a bit of a copout. Granted, animation is expensive to produce, and the extra content
makes up for this, such as extra voice acted scenes not present in the other versions,
but I would love to see some new, modern animation. I think the voice acting is pretty good, too,
but John Truitt not being there as Ghaleon makes me a sad Duke. His replacement doesn’t
feel right. There’s not too many secrets to find in the
game, other than a collection of saucy pictures and a few hidden events, but you’ll easily
discover everything because Lunar does such a good job of inviting you into its world
and making you want to explore every nook and cranny. Like I said before, this game makes you care
about the characters. When you realize what Ghaleon’s plans are and what he intends to
do with Luna, how he, Luna, and Dragon Master Dyne were all connected, and see Alex’s resolve
for saving the woman he loves, it’s hard not to care…. You can’t help but cheer Alex
on as he gets closer to Luna, only to have her snatched away by the bad guy once again…..
Ghaleon is a vile man, sure, but when you see his reasons for his actions, it’s hard
not to feel sorry for the man who’s best friend took a different path than he wanted, and
stripped the world of something Ghaleon held dear. With a main and supporting cast as strong
as this, Lunar is more than a video game; it’s a story telling experience that simply
needs to be beheld by more people. Lunar is an amazing title for it’s time, and
I honestly believe it holds up well today. The Sega CD original game can be a little
hard to look at in places, but the charm and joy is still there, and many, many players
claim it to be the best version. The Playstation remake was my first visit to the enchanting
world of Lunar, and will probably always remain my favorite. But there’s a lot of ways to
get into this game, though they can be very, very pricey. But I would honestly tell you
that if you have the means, you need to experience this game. While I think I enjoy the sequals
gameplay and story a little bit more, Lunar: Silver Star Story, will always have a place
in my heart as the game that made me experience true emotional ups and downs with a fantastic
plot and the perfect characters to help flesh it all out. This is simply the most important
game I have ever played, and if nothing else, I hope more people get to experience it soon.

100 Comments

  1. Started playing the GBA version but it felt a little "meh" to me, I went along and ordered the PSP version instead, look a lot better. I never had a problem with the story or chars, the GBA version was just not very good imo.

  2. lunar 1&2 are pretty much on my list at #1 fav rpg series well ever because everything about the games just feel so perfect the story the visuals the battle systeam the stand out memreble charectors even the voice acting is pretty dam good i still wish the should have made a 3rd game

  3. This video was cool until you dissed Lunar: Walking School. :/ It's a quality, charming game in terms of gameplay and story–especially considering it's a damn Game Gear game. Meanwhile, Dragon Song is indeed a steaming pile of Quark's "smelly, priceless [rocks]". Don't put them in the same Boat Song. Thanks.

  4. Like most, I'm surprised that not a lot of gaming channels ever talked about this game, considering it has a solid story and presentation on the same level if not better than the Final Fantasy games at that time. I guess it's because it is not a Nintendo product and only received a port for the GBA, when most US 90s kids that I know grew up Nintendo (I grew up with the PS1 and PS2)
    I've only remembered playing and actually completing the PS1 version waaaay back then when I saw this review. Fun times, but man, the battles can be hard as balls at times. To those who've started playing, follow Duke's advice for the first boss. I as a kid cried a lot in frustration losing out to that blob so many times.

  5. I enjoyed your video man, This was one of my absolute favourite games as a youngster along with Xenogears, Final Fantasy Tactics, Vandal Hearts, FF7 and the Suikoden series!

    🙂

  6. Oh man, it looks like the both of us revisited this game and made videos at approximately the same time.  I found you via TOVG and only now have I had a chance to watch this video as a whole.  Its great, I found myself nodding in agreement the whole time.  The PS1 version was my first experience with Lunar, John Truitt is a favorite voice actor of mine (the enunciation is fantastic) and I totally agree you don't play Lunar for the gameplay (which is by no means bad) but for the story/characters.  Every time that intro and Blue Dragon Cave.  Ahhh!  I wish this version was on Playstation Network.  Been saying it for years now, it would give everyone the chance they deserve.  I would love to one day buy the rights to Lunar and make a sequel and put the original (or rather PS1 port) bundled in.  I got Lunar: SSC new from Sam's Club but it was just the game.  No box, map, trinkets, soundtrack, etc.  My version has limited edition fanart on the discs.  I haven't seen it anywhere else.  Still I would have preferred getting the soundtrack.  The feels this game has, not only that but my name is Alex and I first played this game at 15.  Completely relate-able!  Sorry to ramble but this made me gush.  Love your channel, you earned my sub to both my Youtube accounts.

  7. Well damn . . . now I feel silly. I released my review of the EXACT SAME GAME two months after this one, we both practically have the same thumbnail, and we're both Hidden Block affiliated . . . You are way better though, Duke XP I sorry mine kinda looks like a rip-off of yours XD, I didn't even realize you had this one haha.

  8. As a big fan of the Lunar series it's wonderful to hear other people's enthusiasm about the series! Maybe 1 day we will be talking about Lunar 3 and how great it is instead of wondering if the series really ended on Dragon Song. The remake gives us hope though! GameArts hasn't forgotten Lunar.

  9. I've done a guitar cover of Intrigue from the Playstation version of Lunar the Silver Star Story Complete.  If you're interested, the link is http://youtu.be/Sp6DcSRWtmk

  10. This is THE best gaming video I've seen on YouTube. I'm sure it took many hours to complete it and I want to say thank you for bring me back to my childhood. Lunar 1 PSX is my fav game off all time!!! and I absolutely adore it just as you do. Thank you for making this video. I'd love to see more of your work!
    Nick

  11. nice review man and useful info about the remakes. thanks for that. but try to give less about story and gameplay.
     i can see why u got 2 dislikes.

  12. haha i'm a year older then you and picked up the GBA version not knowing what the lunar series was. All i knew is it sounded larger then life and very badass like many rpg titles. It turned out one of my most favorite and memorable JRPG's of all time. It was a very majestical game, with the singing luna plot under the twilight, the dragon creature that followed you around, the conversations with the dragons, and the erie music/plot and themes in general. I beat the game in the darkness of a car ride home from the lake cottage my great grandparents built in Connecticut, and the thrill of that last dungeon and plot was very epic, majestical, and satisfying. It was wierd trying to revistit it recently, none of the other lunar games, though apparently the same game, seemed anywhere close or similar to the GBA version. Its apparent as you mentioned they changed the plot around, not to mentioned completely redid the music, sound effects, graphics, and battle mechanics (probably to one i was more used to anyway; i enjoyed it and do not see it as bad lol). I tried playing the playstation and psp version for the fun of replaying but it just did not seem the same; they seem like entirely differnt games all together. If you havnt played through the entire GBA version I recommend it, due to how memorable it was as a fairly experienced JRPG player (if thats something to even boast haha; the plotlines are dumb) . The effect they captured doesnt seem to be apparent in the other versions, even though they were original versions of the same plotline

  13. I was sad to see Truitt go as he was one of my favorite parts of the originals, but I have to admit that Ghaleon's new voice was a lot easier to take seriously.

  14. Sega CD version is just the best to me. I didn't like how they changed Nash's story on the PSX. Lunar 2 is awesome on PSX though.

  15. Awesome synopsis and I was merely looking for a vid to compare ios and psp versions, which psp looks a lot better. I know people didn't like the movement taken away in gba lunar legend but I liked the limit breaks though there was a dungeon with a high encounter rate

  16. I'm playing Lunar Silver Star Harmony on my Playstation Vita Slim right now and I am enjoying it as I did my first run through of it. I really love the series I just wished that Game Arts would make more games from the Lunar series and give it to XSeed Games to localize the game being Working Designs is no longer around. I think a new Lunar game would be cool and if they got Gonzo to do the anime cut scenes again that would be awesome.

  17. This was an awesome game that I played on the PS1.  Just watching this video made me pull it out just to gaze upon it once more.  One of the first RPGs that had characters that I genuinely cared about.

  18. My favorite RPG of all time!  The PSX version was the only one I played, so I might be biased to it, but the PSP version looks very interesting! Might play that one when I revisit the world of Lunar.  Also played Lunar 2, but I liked Silver Star better.  I did love seeing the legacy that Dragonmaster Alex left behind for Hiro and company, though.  Great video!

  19. When I played the first version of this game on the Sega Cd version I practically fell in love with it! It was one of my favorite games of all time!! I played through it many times… and don't get tired at all… I still love to play it. 

  20. icky… I hated the psx remix. her stupid little musical ditty drove me insane! and she can't sing better than any stranger off the street! . …… that being said, eternal blue was fantastic. the sega cd version, of course.

  21. I'm so glad to hear there is someone who REALLY loves this game. I had a MegaCD and this and Snatcher were (and still are) 2 of my favourite games ever.
    I had played som JRPGs by then on both Master System and Mega Drive, but Lunar, given its length and characters was really something bigger: it felt like watching an episode from a long fantasy anime series each time I loaded my save and went on with the game.

    I'm a fan of the SegaCD version but still, the PSOne port was very well done imho, and holds a bit better today thanks to the improved graphics.
    But I'm still more "in love" with the soundtrack of the original: it had some tunes i still find myself humming from time to time, and the lyrics from the rock/metal opening are still carved into my mind. m/

    The game is also available on iOS and is just as great (except for navigation, which is a bit clunky).

    The only 3 JRPGs that I can think of loving as much as Lunar are Phantasy Star IV on the Mega Drive, Final Fantasy VI and Chrono Trigger on the SNES.
    They all share the same feeling and details on character development in terms of story and not level-up/skills.

  22. I loved this. Thank you. I remember renting it from Blockbuster when I was a kid, actually. And finishing it. My mom couldn't understand why I kept choosing the same game over and over and over again, every time we went to rent something, but if you're fan, you'll find the answer obvious. Such a great hit. I eventually tracked down my own copy in my late teens, and I've still got it AND play it on my PS3 1st gen. And, as luck would have it, I went to a convention a few years back, and managed to flirt(yeah, flirt, I'm not ashamed) my way into obtaining the faux lather bound companion book for WAY less than its selling price. It helped that they had the book, but didn't actually have the GAME to sell with it!

    Thanks for this video, bro. It brought back a lot of fond memories.

  23. Ghaleon, no!
    GHALEON, YES!

    The dialogue in this game is priceless. I love how your video perfectly captures how awesome this game is! It's one of my favs from childhood and still a favorite to this day.

  24. I just finished the game a few minutes ago I loved it over all, the animated scenes I thought were cheesy and the voice acting was terrible too. Onto Lunar II Eternal Blue.

  25. Love this game series. No one game has ever changed my life as much. Well, Eternal Blue, but Silver Star is a close second.

  26. Great review and thanks for putting this together.  I had the exact same experience when I first played the Sega CD version, so long ago.  Still my favorite game of all time.  I'm currently playing through the PSP retelling and that's been a fun revisit of the world of Lunar that I fell in love with, so long ago.

  27. When I first found your channel, this thumbnail jumped out at me right away. I love the Lunar series. I remember playing the Silver Star Story Complete when I was younger. This game means a lot to me. As you said, it really makes you feel invested in the characters and in their struggles. Such a great story and probably my favorite love story in gaming. I also like the way the battle system works. Just allowing characters to move around the screen and having a set range helps change things up from the typical turn-based style. And the effort Working Designs put into their localization is definitely to be applauded. An excellent game all around. And an excellent video discussing it! 🙂 I hope that you'll do a video on Lunar 2 at some point as well.

  28. first game I beat except maybe crash bandicoot 3. I cried man I was only like level 47 vs ghaleon and it took a couple days

  29. When I first heard about Lunar, I was skeptical. I first played Silver Star Story Complete when all the other games at the video store were rented out. I'm glad I swallowed my pride to play this masterpiece. Excellent work on the video, btw. Keep up the awesomeness.

  30. I really enjoyed this video. I was going though a bad brake up at the time I was playing this game as a teenager. It renewed my faith in love. Amazing soundtrack. You didn't mention the medalion that came in the box or the Galion puppet you get with the pre-order tho.

  31. I'm just waiting on my copy to be delivered to me! I grew up playing Eternal Blue so I definitely prefer it (although it may just be because of nostalgia) however this whole series was so magical 😭 i really wish turn-based rpgs like this were still a thing

  32. 13:19 It's hard to think of Luna as this sweet, charming character I know she is when reading her text is a lot like READING AN EMAIL FROM MY GRANDMOTHER
    Word! Haha, dying here. XD

  33. You guys are lucky to get this game, while here in the PAL regions have to suffer of shitty mobile version. Fuck mobile.

  34. Honestly…..I've played the remake for PSP and can honestly say while it's fun, it's not the same as the original SSSC. The remake edits out many parts

  35. Play the original Working Designs version on Sega CD if you want the full experience in the spirit of this video. This was the one I started on and it is still my favorite RPG to this day.

  36. 6:25 I wish you made mention of the fact that although Jessica may be brash and short-tempered, she truly cares about her friends and family and she really does have a loving relationship with her father. She's also good at piloting flying ships, which I thought was pretty cool.

    Did she ever return the favor to Kyle at any point in the game for protecting her?

  37. Great review! I loved this title and it was a stroke of luck that I got to experience it (Picked up a complete copy from a local pawn shop that had no idea what it was for $5 in 2013). The only thing I did not like was the way the bosses scaled to Alex's level. I'm the kind that level grinds in this genre (I've a LV 30 Cecil on Mt. Ordeals in Final Fantasy IV) and it felt punishing.

  38. That's such a cool idea having the enemies telegraph what sort of attack they're going to do the turn before, meaning you'll pay a lot more attention to the fighting and as you said it adds tactical aspects too. It's such a clever way to keep the gamer involved, avoiding that blind cycle battling found in other old JRPGS.
    Thanks for doing this video, I'm gonna get it.

  39. I looove this game , kind of reminds me of Final Fantasy 4. Lovable characters, going to the moon in ff4 and going to the frontier on lunar, some other things reminded me when I was playing I dunno felt like they were influenced a little. Thats puting no shade on Lunar as a game by itself at all tho cause its got its own story and battle system is great. One of the best Rpg's

  40. I first discovered and fell in love with Lunar when I saw my brother show the cutscenes on the Complete version on our old PSX. I sadly just recently got to rediscover the series on my PC via emulator. My first real experience with the series was Dragon Song. Which in my opinion is not bad it just suffers from being a part of the lunar series. its disappointing at worst. a few years ago I got to play through SSS the first time via an iOS port. To this day it is probably my favorite JRPG series.

  41. [Some SPOILERS discussed below]

    As awesome as the PS1 remake was, nothing was more powerful than Ghaleon's betrayal in the Sega CD version, when he outright kills Quark and simultaneously has the villagers of Burg captured. He is still one of my favorite villains to this day (second only to Kefka, really, in terms of true villainy) because of his ruthlessness and ambition… which then leads to his incredible redemption in Eternal Blue (his return in the second game had me fanboying like you wouldn't believe back when I played it in '95).

    Additionally, Quark's death and, later, Alex's battle with the crazed (and now undead) Black Dragon led to a great twist later in Silver Star, when Alex realizes that he couldn't get the final Dragon blessing he needed to become a true Dragonmaster.

    The PS1 remake did well to add a lot of content, characters, and depth, but there were a few things that it just didn't do as well as the original.

    The Caves of Trial come to mind, where Alex must venture alone with Nall, armed with only his newly-acquired magic, to get into Vane as Nash explains that those who have already passed the trial automatically warp to Vane (in the PS1 version, Nash joins him for the trial, which lessens the challenge and tension). The fake Dragonmaster was also far more challenging, though a much much shorter quest in the Sega CD version (one of the most difficult boss fights if you weren't prepared with enough levels and resources). I also much preferred the soundtrack of the original, but I understand that that was a whole debacle in itself, so…. eh.

    Huh. I almost feel like I wrote this all before…

    EDIT: Oh yeah, and while Ghaleon betrays Quark, he doesn't outright proclaim himself the Magic Emperor. One thing I liked about the Sega CD is that rumors of the Magic Emperor arise throughout the game, but it isn't until much later that the player (and characters) discover that Ghaleon and the Magic Emperor are one and the same.

  42. Working Designs was an awesome company that really gave you some nice gifts when you bought the game including a soundtrack and a cloth map in the first SSSC. The second one gave you a pendant necklace the same as Lucia's in the game and that necklace was no joke, it was heavy. Also had some other cool things that came along with it. On top of that the strategy guides were both very informative and hysterical. They gave the writer(s) a lot of freedom when it came to the writing so he was allowed to give his own opinion and satire to what was happening, especially with the cinematics. The strategy guides themselves were nice. The strategy guide for Lunar Eternal Blue was hard back and had a reversible dusk jacket and included a comic strip that was written with along with the game. Working designs was ahead of it's time sadly. They brought over the Arc the Lad series which was another amazing series and released it in a box set. Sadly I think that was the last game they were able to do. Yet again it came with plenty of goodies. As a gamer I felt so valued as a customer and didn't mind paying the extra for all the other things that came along with the box set or the strategy guide because so much came with it. It sure beats buying a game now and then buying the DLC that should have been released with the original game.

  43. Does anyone have a Lunar 2 English Rom for PS1?
    I've been wanting to play the squeal for ages but not able to.
    & I don't wanna look at a Let's Play cause I feel it will ruin the experience.
    I want to have a one on one interaction with it. Perhaps light some candles to set the mood. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
    (this is a serious request don't mind the joking near the end lol)

  44. heyya n.n, i just discovered this channel and i was wondering if you'll be doing a video on this about Lunar EB? hopefully you will n.n

  45. Cool game i still have this im only missing the map what sad i bought this game 2x BC i brok the disk once. then i lost me game save

  46. Ah, Lunar. My no. 1 favorite RPG series. Silver Star Story was the game that made me an RPG fan for nearly the same reasons as you, Duke!

    I will say this when it comes to the original vs. PS1: They're both awesome versions & I like to treat them both as separate games since they both do something different with the core story. Which one is better? Tough call, I like both just as much. I do think that TSS has a stronger narrative though, especially when you look at Alex's spells. Could you imagine a Dragonmaster with that much power going rogue??

  47. I first played this, and Eternal Blue on Sega CD, and it was the first JRPG I'd played that had animated scenes, voice acting, and a fully orchestrated soundtrack that wasn't MIDI. When I got the PS1 version, I bought the special edition that had the cool box, and cloth map you mentioned, and also had a really cool Ghaleon hand puppet with punching fists.

    While the graphics update was a welcome addition on the PS1 version, the one thing I missed was the original soundtrack. They kept some of the original songs, but replaced most of them. I had no idea where was a PSP version! I'll have to check that out. It looks pretty cool even if the original voice cast isn't on it.

  48. Wonderful! It's rare that I find someone else who seems to love this game as much as I do. But every time it happens it's like reliving the game again. So thanks for that! – Bryan

  49. When he was a kid, my older brother saw the original complete Working Designs boxset of Lunar on PS1 in a glass case at I think Wal-Mart. He begged our mother to get it for him for his birthday – even grandpa got fed up and was like, "Buy him the damn game!" So she did, and it became one of THE family games. My two older sisters and I used to watch our older brother play video games all the time, and our collective favorite to watch was undoubtedly Lunar 1 and 2 (more so 1 – we all agree Eternal Blue is not as good). He played it several times, then one of my sisters played it several times. Myself, I watched every playthrough, though I remember my sister's more as they came a little later. It was important bonding time for all of us. Funnily enough, and I know this is blasphemous, but I never beat it or Eternal Blue myself! I remember playing EB as a kid and then Silver Star Story a few years ago, but for whatever reason never finishing them. I regret that now. It's never too late, though – I will definitely beat them both myself some day, as Lunar really is one of my most important nostalgia video gaming experiences and franchises. It is utterly, absurdly tragic that Lunar is as underrated and unknown as it is, so, 8-Bit Duke, I sincerely thank you for shining a light on this gem of a game and series.

    "Silver Star Story Complete" is definitely my version. I look at the Sega CD and Saturn ports and just don't get the appeal. You say many fans consider the Sega CD version the definitive version? I researched it and the plot is much less fleshed out in that version! I cannot imagine playing Lunar without every wonderful moment I know and love! Especially that NPC dialogue. People often laud Earthbound's NPC dialogue is one of the best examples in gaming. It kills me nobody talks about Lunar's, when, as you said, almost every character interaction results in a comical, memorable exchange between the characters, aided by those character profiles.

    Last thing, I accidentally ruined my childhood the other day when I looked up the voice actor for Alex in the Sega CD and PS1 versions. I always liked the voice acting in the games and still do, even if they have not aged as well as I would like (just in that the standard for anime dubs is WAY higher nowadays). He went on to star in the boy band O-Town, then he became a live-action actor. His latest big role was as the main guy in fucking "Wild Things: Foursome." WOW.

  50. I just bought the ps1 version again, I have fallen in love with it all over. This is One of my all time favorite games. It’s hard to explain how great this game is without playing it, everyone should shell out the $50 or so for whatever version is accessible to them and experience the best JRPG of all time.

  51. OH man, are you playing the most recent release with the updated script? Hurts bro. Quark gets killed, not enslaved, and its his dying speech thats the most emotional part of the game.

  52. It's pronounced Lunar. As in identical to how one would say Lunar Eclipse. You wouldn't say "lunaahr" eclipse. Why the affectation for the title of this game? It's the same word, whether it's a title or not. Silly, considering you say Luna for the name of the character, then proceed to say it the other way a sentence later.

  53. I remember the day I downloaded its demo on the PSP and fell in love with it.I replayed it for so many times…I managed to get a copy of it,used, and absolutely loved it.
    Needs a hard remaster for modern consoles imo,3D sprites,HD textures, turning it into something like Zelda or FF.

  54. I pre-ordered this game for the PS1 at Gamestop years ago. With the pre-order they gave our Ghaleon punching puppets. The dude at the register said they had more than the pre-orders so he gave me two. Sadly, I don't have any of the additional items that came with the game or the puppets. I really wish I hadn't opened the second one.This was one of my favorite RPGs ever.

  55. I'm 38 years old. My wife got me the PlayStation version just a few years ago, and it my first time playing through the whole game. I can say it's pretty amazing. The game play is great, but the story, characters, and sound track are what made the experience for me. Definitely one of my favorite games of all time.

  56. The lunar games on the psx hold a special place for me. They were the first "collectors" anything I ever bought and I even got the guides which were awesome as well. I had the Ghaleon punching doll but got lost somehow. Anyways, thanks for the memories.

  57. A guy who likes the lunar series is forever my bro. I know the feeling and the review u made was so accurate to what I have felt playing it. Thank you.

  58. I watched one of my best friends play this through twice on PS1 and the only thing I got out of it was Lunas boat song. He just made me feel like I missed out. Maybe it was the weed and bacardi but I chose games like final fantasy tactics, Nocturne, breath of fire 3 over Lunar. #2019regrets

  59. I'm so happy the YouTube algorithm brought me here. I love Lunar, and just seeing all this footage and hearing the sounds again brought joyful tears to my eyes. I probably haven't thought about this series in 15+ years.

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