Lunar: Silver Star Harmony Hands-On

Lunar gets another remake, but at least it's coming to North America later this year.

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The first Lunar game by Game Arts has gone through several remakes already, but this hard-to-find game will soon be available on the PlayStation Portable with revamped graphics. It was originally supposed to be shown at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, but we were able to get a quick hands-on of the Japanese version at the 2009 Tokyo Game Show.

Who's Making This Game: The game is being developed by Game Arts and will be published in North America by Xseed Games.

What the Game Looks Like: As charming as 16-bit and 32-bit games are, Lunar: Silver Star Harmony will have updated new graphics, making it look similar to the Star Ocean PSP remakes. The backgrounds and characters have been redrawn and look great while still staying true to the original designs. The cutscenes and character portraits retain the anime look, but the background and new in-game character designs stand out the most because of all the detail and shading.

What There Is to Do: You play as the character Alex, who is a young boy that idolizes the legendary dragonmaster Dyne and hopes to become a well-respected adventurer one day. Early in the game, you'll wander to a nearby cave with your friends, Ramus and Luna, as well as your catlike companion Nall. There, you'll be face to face with a wise old dragon named Quark, who sees the potential in Alex and urges him to venture out into the world to become the new dragonmaster.

How the Game Is Played: Our demo at TGS gave us a quick run-through of the cave scene, which gave us an idea of how the game is going to look and play. The game looks similar to the PlayStation version, where enemies can be seen onscreen and battles will start once you've come in contact with them. Like the traditional role-playing games of the past, you'll level, upgrade your gear as you go through the story, and watch sporadic cutscenes.

What They Say: The classic masterpiece has now been reborn on the PSP as Lunar: Silver Star Harmony with all new graphics, added gameplay features, and a remastered soundtrack. A whole new generation of fans can experience this legendary first entry of the Lunar universe while returning fans will be intrigued by the added story elements.

What We Say: We're extremely excited to get our hands on the English version, which is expected to be released later this year. The game looks fantastic from what we've seen. For those who have not played the original Lunar, it was a very special game when it came out in the early '90s. If you're into old-school RPGs, this is definitely one that you shouldn't miss.

Discussion

23 comments
Drunkenboxer07
Drunkenboxer07

lunar 2 was horrible compaired to the first one the story was nowhere near as great. i mean just think about the first one there were all the legendary heros and their deep tale that you get involved in, i mean it was amazing, thats the most i can say without any spoilers. Lunar 2 just tried to live off of the greatness of the first game.

Drunkenboxer07
Drunkenboxer07

yeah this game is going to be great i am so excited that they are remaking this with updated graphics and staying true to the story and gameplay, if only they would do the same for a few other great old school rpg's. and fluffebunny they never remade lunar for the ps2 that was for the original playstation and i thought they did a great job on the music seeing as it was the exact same musical score from the sega cd game just re-released so i have no idea what you are talking about.

mr_squibble
mr_squibble

The regular version will retail for $29.99 and there will be a deluxe version for $39.99 that will also include a game soundtrack and some "bromide" cards of the women in the game. Not sure it's worth the extra $10, but I may check it out since I'm a big fan of the game. Still have the original version on the Sega CD. Good times!

hitgro
hitgro

I played Lunar legend(GBA) and i am very eager to play this game

jason231
jason231

I played the PSX BTW , sadly I never owned a sega of any kind except the game gear (I think thats what it was called).

jason231
jason231

They better not f**k it up like they did when they remade it for the gba. P.S. The one for the DS was pure garbage , OK story , but still crap.

fluffebunnie
fluffebunnie

I still have an extra copy of the original Lunar the Silver Star for Sega CD unopened. The PS2 remake was not as good due to the music and story changes. Sorry if you did not play the original, but it's a fact. Yes it had shiny anime cutscenes but the music was simply not as good as the original (unfortunately they had to make changes) and some of the story changes were unnecessary. In its day, Lunar 1 had a certain "feel" to it that was unfortunately lost in the remake. The remake of Lunar 2 however was very faithful to the original.

Camboy_89
Camboy_89

I hope it comes with all the sweet extra stuff we all know and love. I know Working Designs isn't doing the game, but still it's tradition with Lunar Games to come with extras. That's why I was kind of pissed when I bought the DS Lunar, and got nothing.

ninja_where
ninja_where

Oh..sweet! Man, I remember those good old days with Lunar on my PSX...good times, good times. And now on my PSP? Even better. Can't wait.

chrono_wind
chrono_wind

"lokey013 Posted Sep 26, 2009 12:45 am GMT I wish Working Designs would publish it over here....the dialogue might get lost in translation and not be as fun as I remember...=/" If only they were still around. I still remember going to the website once to see the news of them going out of business. Regardless I'm really excited about this, maybe now I'll finally decide to beat Ghaleon. . . .I feel like I really suck because when he told me it's time to die..I always did. =(

MalakTawus
MalakTawus

Good game,but Lunar 2 was WAY better imo.....

chyng85
chyng85

I plan to play the PS version next year.:P

FF_fan2004
FF_fan2004

It never got into Britain, and I have heard that this game was really good. It's far more rarer to get on PS1 nowadays. I definitely want to get this game. I did buy a GBA version which wasn't good in that sort of way.

edant79
edant79

Sweet!!! *pats sega cd on the head "that'll do"*

hazuki
hazuki

I just wonder how they'll leave the difficulty. The first game became a classic because it didn't have the USELESS level grind most rpgs have. Though, the 2nd game required you to level grind in many spots. Exactly why most people turned it down so early on.

BlackWaltz_No_3
BlackWaltz_No_3

OMG Lunar remake!!! Hands down, this was one of the best RPG's i've played on PSone.

lokey013
lokey013

I wish Working Designs would publish it over here....the dialogue might get lost in translation and not be as fun as I remember...=/

score89
score89

Man this is my favorite RPG game, to bad I got mugged and my PSP was stolen T-T =(

Null7
Null7

I played the one on PSX, and I will get this =D One of the best games I've ever played!

lutomboy
lutomboy

but will they re-do Lunar 2 ... i liked that one more :) ... and will they do a Lunar 3 ??

FallenAngel
FallenAngel

I guess this is great for newcomers who have never played any of the classic goodness that were the two Lunar games. But for people like me who played the first two to death on the PS1, I say, can we please get a proper sequel/prequel or something? I know Dragon Song for the DS was a new instalment, but boy that game was awful. Come on Game Arts, give us a quality new chapter in the Lunar franchise, enough with the remakes of the originals already...

pooyanh
pooyanh

Hell yeah, can't wait for this. Hopefully, it won't disappoint like Crimson Gem Saga. I loved that game at first but as I went further in, it started to disappoint. I'm in dire need of a quality old-school RPG at the moment.