MAJOR SPOILERS REGARDING THE LUNAR SERIES, READ ON AT YOUR OWN RISK
Reflecting back on the many iterations of the Silver Star story, I really got to thinking about the why it’s generally better received than Eternal Blue among fans of the series. If you’re interested, here are some of my thoughts and opinions on how the two games compare.
While they’re both classics in the mind of fans, I personally like to think Silver Star is a little more relatable because it portrays many of the more common childhood fantasies that many young boys share.
I think that many players feel more fulfilled playing as Alex on his quest because growing up a lot of us daydreamed about the types of things he experienced throughout the game. Be it going on adventures, becoming a powerful hero, saving a damsel in distress, and perhaps even the world in the process. I for one know that I personally felt an immense sense of satisfaction the moment Alex transformed into a Dragonmaster for the first time. It felt like “I” did it, and all of "my" hard work had finally paid off.
The irony in this though is that out of the two of them Hiro is more of an everyday man than Alex is, and by that logic, should be much easier to connect with. The truth is however that most of us didn’t grow up dreaming about being an everyday man, we wanted to be something extraordinary, and through Alex we can be an everyday boy from a small village that grows up to be a legendary hero, savior of the world, and the last of Althena's Dragonmasters.
In the Alex vs. Hiro debate there will always be fans on either side, but I think it’s easy to see why Alex will always be considered the fan favorite of the two.
Advantage: Silver Star
This is a topic that you will see fans more evenly divided on.
With Silver Star you get a very classic JRPG love story centered on childhood friends and unspoken love. It’s a bit clich?© but there’s not much to complain about here. It becomes clear very early on that that there is something between Alex and Luna and the game does a great job early on highlighting the way they feel. However, up until the very end of the game when they are reunited, save for a few small scenes here and there, I feel that the love story takes a bit of a back seat the moment Luna is captured. Therefore, despite being as much of a Luna fan as I am, I can’t give the point to Silver Star on this one.
While the love story in Eternal Blue is a bit slow on the uptake, I feel that once Hiro and Lucia’s relationship starts to develop, it’s given more and more of the spotlight as the game progresses. In addition, I found that while the Silver Star had a few touching scenes, Eternal Blue was so much more emotionally charged when it needed to be. I remember feeling so distraught at the heart wrenching standard ending of Eternal Blue.
Thankfully there was an epilogue that tied it all together in a nice little happy ending, but the realization that the standard ending effected me so seriously made me understand that Eternal Blue made me care more about how things turned out between Hiro and Lucia. Therefore:
Advantage: Eternal Blue
That's all for now, I plan to carry on and add more to this over time, feel free to share your thoughts and feelings about the subject.
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