• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Sep 27, 2005
Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 30
  2. Negative: 6 out of 30
  1. 80
    Aside from these minor quibbles and instances of tedium, the story progresses at a respectable clip, with plenty of twists and surprises to keep things interesting.
  2. It’s a fun game, but some of the flaws such as the weird battle system and HP loss while running could ruin the experience for you.
  3. The learning curve is gentle enough for first time RPGers while the scale of the story should appease RPG veterans.
  4. It does tragically little to expand the saga or enrich our understanding of the Lunar universe. Instead, the story feels like merely a means of shepherding the player from one monster-filled dungeon to the next. [Nov 2005, p.114]
  5. 68
    Even though this game was trash, if it gets enough support, then there may be hope for a real Lunar 3 in the future.
  6. Combing an area twice (once for experience, again for items) becomes tedious and aggravating. [Nov p.100]
  7. 65
    Lunar DS isn't really up to the thrilling and dramatic heights the series was synonymous. Worse, the changes and tweaks the developers made, trying to bring Lunar into the 21st century, are irrelevant at best and annoying at worst. That said, this is a better-than-average handheld RPG with a likable cast, a charming story, and appealing graphics.
  8. The battles are a bit boring and run for too long, and the game doesn’t utilize the Nintendo DS hardware much.
  9. Taken on its own, the game is not all that inspiring, and when compared with other RPGs, it is somewhat boring and tends to wear out its welcome long before the final confrontation.
  10. If you really need a DS RPG, you could check this out. Just be warned that the combat system is very frustrating.
  11. A noble attempt to bring the Lunar universe back to the fore, but the lack of features that made the series popular and the dated, old-school visual style take too much away from the game.
  12. Dragon Song doesn't completely suck. It has flaws. It has numerous crushing issues. It's an RPG you shouldn't probably be even wasting your time on if you care for RPGs at all.
  13. 63
    The nuts and bolts of combat are decent, although the pacing drags in this area as well.
  14. Your characters move like drunken sailors while they explore. The game is surprisingly lengthy in a good way.
  15. Everything except the combat is needlessly confusing and frustrating, as if they were purposefully trying to make gamers mad. In comparison, the combat is too simple and almost dumbed down to make this an RPG For Dummies, DS Edition.
  16. Obviously, your choices for RPG’s on the DS aren’t overwhelming, so if you can’t wait for something better to come along, give this a shot. It’s not terrible, but one can only imagine how good this could have been.
  17. Unfortunately, the end result is a game that's convoluted where you want it to be simple, and shallow where you wish it had some depth. Even the most devout Lunar loyalists will have a hard time enjoying this game.
  18. This RPG exudes some of the series' old school charm, but its dated combat and uninspired visuals fails to impress modern gamers.
  19. Graphics and sound for the game are merely competent; not too bad, not too great. The combat sequences have an extremely blurry, pixilated look to them, owing to the pseudo-3D used to move the camera around.
  20. The story is cute and simple, like all the Lunar games, but is held back by a questionable localization.
  21. Combat is key in any good RPG and in Dragon Song the combat is very plain and in at least one area very bad.
  22. If you are utterly starved for an RPG to play on your DS, rejoice my pitiful friend, because Lunar: Dragon Song is a traditional, predictable take on the genre that will last forty or fifty hours. If, however, you have anything less than the patience of a statue, this game will bore you to tears long before the anticlimactic ending sequence.
  23. Only a true fan will find those few wonderful things in this title replete with fallacies and gaming atrocities.
  24. Anyone expecting the DS's first role-playing game to be anything more than average is in for a bitter disappointment. [Dec 2005, p.126]
  25. I don't use this example lightly, but think back to "Grabbed by the Ghoulies," a similarly good-looking, but unfun and almost unplayable nightmare of gameplay design missteps. [Nov 2005, p.178]
  26. When its fundamentals are botched this badly, not even Dragon Song's semidecent story can save it. [Nov 2005, p.162]
  27. 40
    Between graphics, story, and gameplay, we want at least two out of three to drive us to complete the large undertaking that is playing an RPG. Lunar excels at none of the above.
  28. And what little new has been added fails to measure up in the implementation department.
  29. 30
    Lunar: DS really is held back by its design. Parts that should be kept simple have been made frustratingly complicated, whilst others that could use a little elaboration have been left far too basic, all these decisions seemingly being made for the sake of producing a game that’s a little different.
  30. A wasted opportunity; one that turns your anger to frustration then to plain, empty sadness.
User Score
6.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. Aug 19, 2011
    7
    Although I am rating this pretty high, I have to admit it deserves most of it's poor/mediocre ratings and reviews. If it didn't have the Lunar name and art style, I would've never bought it nor played it without swiftly returning it. However, the huge fan that I am ever since the original on Sega CD is loving this addition to the series. I can enjoy it primarily because it's obviously set in the same world with similar looking characters, so I suppose a lot of it's appeal is nostalgia with me. So if you are that serious of a die-hard fan that you buy games in a series just because of a brand name or relation to your favorite RPG of all time, this is worth the purchase. Oh, I should also mention I got it for $5 lol If it had been $10 or more, I probably could've lived without it. Full Review »