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80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
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  1. 90
    If you've never played Lunar before and you own a PSP, this is your chance to play a classic.
  2. At the end of my adventure into my childhood, I came out loving Lunar even more than I already did. Lunar: Silver Star Harmony is a testament to how great stories transcend time and keeps getting better as time wears one.
  3. If you were ever a fan of the series, then I'd suggest an instant purchase of this particular title, but if you've never played Lunar before, you might be better off with a rental before diving in, just to see if some of the dated mechanics of classic RPGs are your cup of tea.
  4. Getting back to planet Lunar ten years later is almost poignant. XSeed's remake is likely a tender fan's work, such it is faithful to the source. Gameplay and technical improvements barely alter the feeling of a ol' story, more a tale than a drama. Lunar: Silver Star Harmony is a ol' game as well. Fans of Japanese rpgs and Lunar series will absolute love this piece of art.
  5. The game is surprisingly lengthy, clocking in at almost 30 hours, though it is also still quite easy.
  6. 83
    Lunar is something you can sit back and relax with, a game that almost takes place in the background -- in a good way. In some ways, it feels a little too old and set in its ways, but this version is a slice of gaming history that's been wonderfully reworked for the PSP.
  7. Lunar: Silver Star Harmony is one of the best RPGs available on the PSP. The added content and reworked presentation are more than enough to warrant a playthrough or two for even the most dedicated fans.
  8. 82
    As a long time fan of Lunar I couldn't be happier with the remake on PSP. The ability to save your game in the character menu paired with the sleep function of Sony's handheld makes this long role-playing experience very approachable.
  9. Fans of the genre, old or new, should have little trouble getting into this old classic that should belong in any RPG lover’s PSP library.
  10. Game Informer
    80
    Follows an old blueprint of the genre, but maintains a level of charm and humor that still works in 2010. [Issue#203, p.96]
  11. Lunar: Silver Star Harmony’s engrossing story, lovable characters, and newly redrawn visuals make it a great on-the-go RPG for fans and newcomers alike, but the long load times and grind-heavy combat system keep it from being unbeatable.
  12. This great remake gives a timeless role-playing classic the luxury treatment.
  13. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    80
    An epic adventure. [Apr 2010, p.79]
  14. Lunar: Silver Star Harmony is a great remake of a classic RPG game. With updated graphics and audio, fans of the series will flock to this PSP version, while those new to the series will enjoy is cheerful and humorous take on the RPG traditions.
  15. Not the definitive Lunar update, but the timelessness of the gameplay, story, and music wrapped up in a shiny new package make it easy to see why Lunar is widely regarded as one of the greatest RPG's of all time.
  16. Lunar is the videogame equivalent of a summer vacation. It's free of complication, full of careless fun, over before you know it, and easily lends itself to nostalgia.
  17. 80
    With greatness often comes great load times, and Lunar is no exception to that rule.
  18. 80
    Lunar: Silver Star Harmony is a bold remake of a classic RPG that fans shouldn't miss. Its visuals are among the best we've seen on a portable system in some time, and the audio is so high quality, you'll want to keep your headphones plugged in every minute.
  19. The fundamentals are solid but the game also shows its age with repetitive battles linear character progression. But despite these shortcomings, Silver Star Harmony is a quintessential RPG experience.
  20. Overall, the best descriptor I can use for Lunar SSH is “charming”. While many things may feel antiquated or cliché, the entire package has this old-school familiarity that can’t help but bring a smile to your face.
  21. Charming, and magic in some way. Sadly the core hasn't changed in the last seventeen years, except for the graphics, and this can be a pain for all the new-generation players. The old aficionados will still enjoy it, despite the wiping of a higher difficulty level.
  22. A great remake for an immortal classic. This version is seriously simplified, but old fans and new RPG lovers can enjoy a splendid story and a brilliant gameplay.
  23. 75
    Rather than just rushing a port to the market, Game Arts really did good by their fan base by modernizing the game one more time.
  24. 70
    Although Silver Star Harmony is not a perfect remake, it's one that definitely received a lot of tender love and care.
  25. 70
    The core game is a classic, time-tested RPG, and the visual overhaul is excellent, but technical caveats and arguable matters of personal preference prevent me from saying that Silver Star Harmony is now the definitive edition of Lunar to play.
  26. Lunar: Silver Star Harmony's core mechanics may be more than a decade old, but thanks to redone graphics, voice acting, and dialogue, this one still has plenty of spring in its step. And while frequent load times and some pacing issues mar the overall experience, it's still an enjoyable RPG that never takes itself too seriously.

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User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 50
  2. Negative: 5 out of 50
  1. PeterC.
    Mar 10, 2010
    9
    No, it's not groundbreaking. Yes, its a remastered port of a rather old JRPG. Who cares? This is a charming, light, almost "innocent" No, it's not groundbreaking. Yes, its a remastered port of a rather old JRPG. Who cares? This is a charming, light, almost "innocent" RPG that made me realize just how dense, exhausting and mean spirited the RPG market has become. Who knows, maybe its my age but I found the almost Disney like (or possibly Miyazaki) tone of this game utterly captivating. The voice acting does take something away but this is a beautifully presented quality game which focuses on the charm of the character. Finally, the music is absolutely brilliant. If you're looking for a old school JRPG with hand drawn animation for the PSP I think this is a much better option than Phantasy Star Portable or either of the Star Ocean ports. Full Review »
  2. Feb 19, 2014
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Story: 10/10.. The story was one of the best I have seen. It was a combination of romance and desire.
    Graphics: 6/10.. The graphics of the game were more of the GBA level (except for the Pokémon-like cutscenes).
    Gameplay: 10/10.. Just great..

    The difficulty of this game is really low. I finished the game with my whole crew of level 40. And I didn't have many special items either.. The only thing that disappointed me in the whole game was the ending. The ending wasn't as good as the whole story. The story was romantic and sometimes heartbreaking. But the ending was too... easy.. By easy I mean that the ending wasn't the special type. And worse, they let us "walk" at the end. Meaning, they gave us the controls, to navigate. Which just made everything worse :/ They should have ended it with a pokémon-like cutscene..
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  3. Nov 10, 2019
    10
    A remake of a remake, but still such a good RPG that we needed it again! I played all the way through and was very satisfied with the game. ItA remake of a remake, but still such a good RPG that we needed it again! I played all the way through and was very satisfied with the game. It has fun and quirky characters, wonderful animated cutscenes, and a lighthearted story that kept me engaged. For a game that was released near the end of the Sega CD's life, it still holds up. Full Review »