What caused the bitterness feeling? I think you should give it another shot honestly. It added just enough new content to feel fresh, but also kept it straightforward enough to feel like the original.
It's coming up to 20 years since the last proper game in the Lunar series
Fuck man. Working Designs had the best game boxes and extra stuff. I still have my Pendant from Lunar 2.
That's an understatement. I honestly miss these type of collectors editions. They felt natural somehow.
The songs made me bang my head against a wall when I first heard them. What I heard from the voice acting I felt was pretty bad too. For example...
Also, I'm not a fan of the sprites and field graphics, and that they took out the overworld. I felt it was bad enough to remove battles from the overworld in SSSC, but completely removing it felt just plain wrong. But like I said, I'm not as mad anymore, so I may give it a try.
Their foil stamped manuals on Sega CD were the bomb too. I'm never giving up mine.
I see what you mean, but personally don't think it's enough to deterrent a playthrough. Who knows it may even end up surprising you once it's over.
Looks awesome user. Never owned a Sega CD, but always loved the case for the games.
I really like Shining Force and I've played a fair bit of JRPGs since then. What are the games actually like?
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It's a pretty typical turn based JRPG, closest comparison would be Grandia and Trails in the Sky, where a fair deal of your character's positioning on the battle grid matters. Battles are very challenging (since Working Designs cranked up the difficulty so people couldn't beat the games in a rental period), but the toughest bosses are immensely satisfying. The story is simple, but the execution and worldbuilding is amazing. If you're not much of a storyfag, it probably won't impress you much.
Sounds good, I've enjoyed JRPGs that were carried entirely on the story and ones that had almost no story at all, like Legend of Legacy.
Play it then. I would recommend playing the Sega CD versions first and the Playstation versions second, but just playing the Playstation versions is fine too.
Ok I'll try and get an emulator working on this shitty busted laptop. Been having a LOT of issues with Retroarch.
Use Bizhawk. Bizhawk's PS1 emulator uses Mednafen's and is a lot more user friendly for desktops.