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Lunar: The Silver Star (SEGA CD)

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All Game Guide
Probably one of the most memorable Sega CD experiences of my life is playing Lunar: The Silver Star. Released on a system that never took off, Lunar is one of those games that is reason enough to purchase a system.
So there you have it. One of the greatest RPGs ever made, for a system almost no one owns anymore. When you consider that WD wrapped all this goodness in a foil cover manual and insert with full-color CD art (seven in all), it's no surprise that this was the best-selling Sega CD game of all time (until the sequel hit) and makes it a no-brainer. Have the Playstation version, you say? Big deal. This is where it all started and it deserves more than just a nostalgic mention. If you can forgive the low difficulty level, there's a lot of great gaming to be had here. I know my copy is safe on my shelf.
Video Games
Obwohl die japanische Originalversion schon vor über einem Jahr erschienen ist, wirkt LUNAR nicht veraltet. Gut, man hätte mehr Zwischensequenzen einfügen, oder die musikalische Untermalung mit mehr Vielfalt gestalten können. Das Kampfsystem und die Grafik kommen mir auch irgendwie bekannt vor. Aber eines ist unübertroffen: das Drehbuch. Zwar schleppt sich anfangs die Handlung recht träge dahin, aber nach einer gewissen Zeit ist die Motivation voll da (ich konnte nicht mehr aufhören!). Anders als bei vielen Fantasy-RPGs überwiegt in LUNAR die persönliche Note. Hier ist ein Bösewicht nicht gleich ein Bösewicht, ein Gott kein Heiliger. Vertrauen und Verrat, Haß und Liebe... jeder der einzelnen Charaktere lebt! Und das macht LUNAR zweifellos zu einem der besten Rollenspiele, die es zur Zeit gibt.
Power Play
Für Rollenspieler, die ein wenig Geduld mitbringen, um die ersten Hindernisse zu überwinden, gehört Lunar: The Silver Star zur allerersten Wahl und braucht sich hinter Kultserien wie Final Fantasy und Dragon Quest keinesfalls verbergen.
Defunct Games
Lunar is a must play because of its excellent story and audio ensemble. Its memorable characters and well-scripted verses make it a treat gathering info from townsfolk. Quick battles are more than sufficient because and those boss battles are fantastic. If you are looking for a top-tier old school role-playing game, then congratulations, because your search is officially over. You will not regret investing the 30 hours or so to see this one through.
I know I've expressed some gripes about Lunar in this review, but I don't want people to come away from this review thinking that Lunar Silver Star isn't a terrific game or that I don't like it. Lunar Silver Star is still one of the rpg greats out there and a game that any fan of the genre owes it to themsleves to play through. I think it's just that I was so blown away by this game years ago and now with some of the rpgs on the current systems, I think it's just lost some of that "wow" factor for me. That being said, it's still better than most rpgs of its time period and for those who owned it years ago, a nice peice of rpg nostalgia as well.
Game Arts signait ici un coup de maître, qui faisait honneur au Mega-CD. Beau, émouvant, prenant, Lunar the Silver Star est un titre culte, prolongé brillamment par ses adaptions sur la générations 32 bits.
Lunar is not an epic. There are no warring factions, political agendas, or corrupt religions. The game's not even long — it can be completed in a day. Lunar is a short story for children, full of knights, dragons, damsels in distress, and brave damsels in dress. This pleased me, for I was a child myself. This game speaks to a younger audience than its sequel, as the developers themselves admit . . . but it speaks with a rare sincerity that's likely to bring a smile to child and curmudgeon alike.
Consoles Plus
Intégrant avec intelligence des séquences dessinées (à la manière d'un jeu PCE CD) à un jeu d'aventure assez classique (avec les labyrinthes, les combats, les armes et les sortilèges), ce Lunar est au premier abord fort sympathique. Malheureusement, à l'usage, on constate que les graphismes sont ternes et les déplacements litigieux. On se lasse pour finir par l'oublier. Dommage.
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
Just love that title song! RPG fans will definitely want to check out this adventure game that has some absolutely beautiful music (courtesy of the CD) absent in some RPGs. The fighting sequences are a bit dull, though.
Game Players
This may be the first "guilty pleasure" RPG. Its gameplay is good, but its goofy humor gives it that special something.