This Lunar: The Silver Star Ad Is Breaking My Heart

Not too long ago, I stumbled upon an ad for Lunar: Eternal Blue in an old gaming magazine. It was an emotional overload, reminding me how great the Lunar series was and how much I wanted to track down copies so I could play through both games again.

Well, it happened again. I was digging through Electronics Gaming Monthly Issue 62 when I spotted this beauty:

Lunar: The Silver Star

My heart stopped. Sure, Eternal Blue brings back memories, but The Silver Star? Oof, this one stings.

See, I never actually played Lunar: The Silver Star on the Sega CD, even though I did have Sega’s ridiculous CD-based console add-on. I did pick it up, however, when the expanded version, Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete, came out for the Sony PlayStation. It actually might be the first video game I ever pre-ordered (it’s certainly the first one I have memories of pre-ordering).

I was instantly smitten. The characters instantly felt like friends, the game world was exciting, and the music is some of the best of its era. Having played this thing several times since then, I can say for certain that it’s quite an endearing JRPG. One of the best — maybe even the best.

Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete

The problem is, if you want to play a legitimate copy of this game, you’re going to drop hundreds of dollars — especially if you can find a version that contains everything that came with the initial launch. In North America, this was a Working Designs release, which means it came packed with a ton of stuff. Off the top of my head, here’s what came in the PSOne release:

  • Four discs (the game disc, a soundtrack CD, a making-of documentary, and I can’t even remember what was on the fourth disc)
  • A hardback instruction manual/artbook
  • A cloth map of the game world
  • A chunky cardboard box to fit all this stuff (that was still beautiful)

Seriously, I can’t recommend this game enough — if you can find a copy, that is. It’s one of my all-time favorite games, and I’m glad to have gotten to experience it while I could.

It just breaks my heart that I probably won’t ever get to return to it.

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