Lunar: The Silver Star (Sega CD)
Been wanting to play this game since it originally came out. XD
I've been curious about the Lunar games, but they're always on the pricy side. Weren't they remade for Saturn? Any word on whether the Saturn or Sega CD versions are preferred--or if indeed there is any notable difference?
From what I read on the net, there seems to be quite a bit of mixed feelings on the matter. The Sega CD version is best for those wanting to experience the original. The Saturn and PS1 versions had quite a few changes, such as an entirely new soundtrack (Saturn version being superior because it had much better sound quality then the PS1 version, but was only released in Japan). The GBA Lunar is like a more basic version of the PS1/Sat ones. And then there's the PSP version, which has superior graphics and exclusive content, but lacking the free roam world map.
I believe most people who don't prefer the Sega CD version tend to prefer the PS1/Sat versions. Some people also think the story of the PS1/Sat versions makes more sense due to the changes or "enhancements" made.
Having played pretty much all of the versions of Lunar: The Silver Star, I can say that the Sega CD version is indeed the best of them.
There are actually two versions of the game available for the Saturn, both of which came out only in Japan. The first, and most common of them, is simply called Lunar Silver Star Story. The second one is Lunar Silver Star Story Complete, and it features better video sequences (but it requires the VideoCD/MPEG card for the Saturn to play).
My opinion on the matter is that the story made the most sense in the original version, and the changes made in the story detract from the game.
And now, I really want to play all of the Lunar games again...