Ganelon wrote:Or compared to the Mega CD originals, SSS changes TSS from a brown/green pigmented fetch quest to a much more complete game IMO (although the music is actually worse in pretty much every way compared to the MCD original). There are really too many extras and changes to name here. On the other hand, EB has changed slightly for the worse in many Lunar fans' minds despite the graphics overhaul since cool elements were replaced.
Anyway, I recall seeing the Lunar SSS beta screenshots somewhere as well, but don't recall that anything was significantly different. Any reasoning behind that (possibly a screenshot or two)?
EDIT: fixed up my grammar
I unfrotunately lost all my Saturn Fan magazines in a fire in 2004 so I no longer have the old screen shots from that poster. I do have the issue of Game Fan that had 3 shots of the game in the "Japan Now" section when it was first announced but they are very small and not the best quality. Those screens look like recoloured Mega-CD screens basically, 2 of the 3 screens were battles. The screen of Burg is not the one from the poster in the Aug 95 issue of Saturn Fan though, which I thought looked MUCH better than the final game and much closer in concept to the original game (the one that sticks in my mind as looking much better was a shot of the characters walking over a bridge which I asume ws the bridge leading to Arhles' house), just bigger and better in every way. I also thought the sprites looked better in the original screens compared to the final game. As for the music, WTF happened there!?! It sucked!!! After the incredible music in Eternal Blue, I don't know what Iwadare was thinking....
I can agree that the game was made more complete and fleshed out (I loved the fact that Luna played a much bigger role in the game) but the magic of the original game was lost for me. The magic was pathetic IMO and each character was reduced to having 1 or 2 decent attacks only compared to the huge list they had in the original. I also hated that the end of the game, when you searched for the Black Dragon was all but cut from the Saturn game. I didn't like the added female baddies and thought they were rather pointless and didn't make up for having so much cut from the original. Seeing as the game was delayed multiple times, I think the end was rushed and they never bothered to complete it because it needed to be released.
The original will always be the true masterpiece for me. I can only hope and pray that one day, they will finally make Lunar 3, as long as fucking Square-Enix keep thier filthy fucking hands off the project! After what they did to Grandia 3, grrrrr!