Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. A great refreshing change in pace from your other run of the mill rpgs. It truly is a classic one of the best I strongly urge anyone who doesn't mind less than stellar game play graphics to go out and find a copy.
  2. 96
    Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete is a classic for every reason good games become classics. It's a brilliant answer for those who insist that nothing will ever be as good as Final Fantasy. Unfortunately, it's also out of print and exceptionally rare, so you'll end up paying top dollar for it. But hey, the way I see it, Lunar's rarity is just another finger pointing at its greatness. If you're lucky enough to find it, buy it then and there and I guarantee you won't want to part with it either.
  3. With a tale as classic and expertly told as Lunar's, and packed in with enough goodies to make even the most stingy fanboy weak in the knees, Lunar: SSSC comes highly recommended for fans and newbies alike. [July 1999]
  4. And finally, the main item which has caused the most commotion over is the cloth world map. Die hard Lunar fans have purchased the game solely for this. Again, Working Designs has out done them selves with another first in the Video Game industry.
  5. A remake of the original RPG on Sega CD with a metric ton of bonus material.
  6. Don't mistake this for some nostalgia-warped vision of how all the "real" RPGs ended with the death of the 16-bit machines - Lunar deserves to be played based on its own merits. What little it lacks in visual punch, it more than makes up for in style, story and wholly engrossing gameplay. [July 1999]
  7. It is an adventure that can be enjoyed by just about anyone looking for a great story and cast of characters, beautiful artwork, Japanese animation and a unique world that's actually worth exploring. Oh yeah, and there's a ton of good laughs to be had.
  8. You really start to care to what happens to the characters, and although the story is really predictable, there are a couple neat twists. Don't let the 32 bit graphics fool you, the anime scenes are stupendous.
  9. It is a really pleasurable blend of classic RPG and anime - two things that really do what games do best: Wrap you up in a new world and help you forget the real one for a few hours.
  10. While Lunar is certainly dated (the Genesis-esque) graphics are archaic, and the simple animations get a tad annoying at times), it more than delivers with a big quest, a great story, beautiful music, and lots of full-motion video. [July 1999]
  11. Lunar may not have modern aesthetics, but its gameplay and story are among the best of any RPG of any era.
  12. 75
    Is the game good? Absolutely. The story's great, the acting's nice...the video in some places isn't necessary, and the game has a very "musical" feel throughout (yes, Luna breaks out into song a couple times in the game), but Lunar Silver Star Story is a fun game that will last you at least a week of hardcore playing.
  13. RPGs live and die on factors other than graphics and while LUNAR is weak in the graphic department (other than the first class anime sequences), it makes it up in spades in the more important areas such as plot, characterization and game system.
  14. So Lunar Silver Star Story may possess all the weakness of most Japanese RPGs - sub-standard graphics, linearity and a sickening level of morality, but the younger generation will love the friendly interface and unfolding story.
  15. 50
    There's a list of other games that surpass Lunar in quality, style and substance. Even if you're a fan of the Sega CD version, you will find Lunar Silver Star Story Complete only worth a nostalgic rental spin..and nothing more.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Sep 10, 2013
    10
    I'm rating this in combination of both this game and the original game on the Sega CD since there is no Sega CD version available to be rated. First of all, make no mistake that LUNAR, is one of the greatest JRPGs of all time. Working Designs' translation goes a long way to ensure that. The quality of their writing is far FAR superior to other highly rated JRPG's of that time, and the competition doesn't even come close in all honesty. The gameplay and combat is pretty typical for it's time, but is superior to games like Final Fantasy 6 due to the strategic element of having distance that is actually traversed during battle, as well as your entire party in combat at all times. The music is also characteristically fantastic, due to the quality of the original Sega CDs capability. What really makes the game though, is the strength of the characters and their likability. Virtually everyone in the game has an amusing and memorable personality, and the villain is the greatest of all time.

    It really is too bad that the original game came out for Sega CD because it had such a small base, but it could not have been done on another system at that time. By the time it was reworked for PSX, LUNAR was graphically dated and unfortunately never got the praise that it highly deserved as one of the best RPG's of all time.
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  2. Apr 17, 2013
    10
    Lunar is a 16 bit RPG classic that was originally made for the Sega-CD. The story and dialogue in this game are brilliantly hilarious at times. The presentation is top notch with anime cutscenes, great voice acting, better than SNES 2-D graphics, and Disgaea style emotion displays. The battle system is a bit slow due to enemies having to reposition themselves before every attack, but I soon got used to it. Also the ability to program macros like in Phantasy Star IV does a lot to speed up the battles. There are no random encounters in this rpg. Instead there are enemies wandering dungeons that you must touch to begin a battle. This Sega-CD game was ahead of it's time in many ways, and the PSX version is the ultimate edition. If you see this in a used game shop pick it up for sure. **Normally this would get a 9/10, but I need to offset the two low reviews on this site that have zero explaination.** Full Review »