DescriptionLunar: Silver Star Story Complete is an enhanced remake of Lunar: The Silver Star.
The remake features 32-bit graphics (as opposed to the 16-bit of the original); many of the locations and characters have been re-designed. The anime-style cutscenes from the original have turned into full-motion animated movies. Some scenes were added and/or prolonged.
While the main storyline remains the same in the remade version, changes were made to some of the quests, dialogue, and motivations of some of the characters. A few characters that play a role in the plot development were added. Some of these changes affect the gameplay as well: for example, a certain character accompanies the party during a major quest in the remake, while in the original that character remained at home.
Gameplay system also underwent significant changes. The most notable difference is the elimination of random battles; in the remake, enemies are visibly walking on the screen and can be avoided. Also, enemies no longer appear on the world map. The magic system of the game was altered to resemble the one from the original's sequel. New items have been introduced, and the properties of some others changed. The protagonist Alex's side-kick Nall has now an active role in the battles: he would revive fallen characters, restoring them to 1 HP.
- "Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete Fan Art Edition" -- US re-release title
- "Lunar: Silver Star Story" -- Saturn title
- "ルナ ザ・シルバースターストリ" -- Japanese spelling
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|Sweetness of the old school||PlayStation||Cor 13 (173954)|
|The Legend Begins....||PlayStation||MasterMegid (897)|
|Joypad||SEGA Saturn||Dec, 1996||5 out of 5||100|
|RPGFan||PlayStation||Jul 24, 1998||95 out of 100||95|
|RPGFan||PlayStation||May 28, 1999||95 out of 100||95|
|RPGamer||PlayStation||1999||9 out of 10||90|
|Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine (OPM)||PlayStation||Jul, 1999||90|
|SegaFan.com||SEGA Saturn||Apr 30, 2003||8.6 out of 10||86|
|PSX Extreme||PlayStation||Jul 12, 1999||8.5 out of 10||85|
|Game Informer Magazine||PlayStation||Aug, 2005||8.5 out of 10||85|
|GameSpot||PlayStation||May 28, 1999||7.6 out of 10||76|
|IGN||PlayStation||Jun 14, 1999||7.5 out of 10||75|
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DevelopmentIn the US, the game was originally to be released for the Saturn, but recognizing the rapid decline of the platform's market in the United States, Working Designs reluctantly cancels the Saturn version and transfers the project to the Sony PlayStation. The title is also changed to Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete, as the PlayStation version contains exclusive features not found in the Sega CD or Saturn versions of Lunar.
Media artWorking Designs released four different sets of game CDs each with different art on the CDs and one set with fan art submitted to Working Designs by a frequent contributor. You can see them all at the Working Designs online museum.
ExtrasThe game was released as Collector's Edition with a hardbound instruction manual, a cotton cloth map, and four CDs: two game CDs, one soundtrack CD, and one 'Making of Lunar' CD.
ReferencesIf you visit the library in Vane, take a close look at the bookshelves. One of the books is an erotic novel. When Alex attempts to read it, Nall interferes and makes a comment about this book being out of place in the library.
ReleaseOn December 31, 1999, US publisher Working Designs pulls off a revolutionary marketing move by voluntarily ceasing shipments of the game, thereby turning the game into an instant collector's item. The advertising campaign announcing the decision stirs up controversy with its light-hearted mockery of game collectors who spend their time and money on the eBay auction web site, but the ads also spur a renewed interest in Lunar.
Version differencesThere are some differences between this PlayStation remake and the original Lunar: The Silver Star (beside the obvious change in graphics and added animé movies). Certain characters join your party or leave it at different times. Several scenes were added, such as Luna's impressive "singing scene" on the ship. During the final battle, the boss mutated into a demon in the original game, but this was thought to be too cliché and removed from this PlayStation release.
Voice actingAshley Angel, voice of Alex, also voiced Alex in the original Sega CD release of Lunar: The Silver Star in North America.
Information also contributed by DarkBubble, Sciere, Stillman and Unicorn Lynx
Related Web Sites
- Wikipedia: Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete (Information about Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete at Wikipedia)