A worthy sequel.
Lunar 2: Eternal Blue was actually the first game in the series I played. It takes place a thousand years after the events of the first game. Bt whereas Silver Star Story featured some major changes from its Sega incarnation when it was ported to the Playstation, Lunar 2's Playstation port is actually much closer to its Sega incarnation, which resulted in some inconsistencies between its story and gameplay and those of its prequel. The story opens as a young lad named Hiro is exploring a set of ancient ruins with his constant companion, the flying cat Ruby. After retrieving a strange jewel called a Dragon's Eye, the two are forced to flee a series of traps in order to escape the ruins. They then have an unsettling encounter with a stern, haughty man calling himself White Knight Leo, who warns them that the world of Lunar is approaching an era of darkness and chaos. He then leaves, headed for Hiro's grandfather's research outpost. When Hiro and Ruby return home to said outpost, they witness a brief conversation between Gwynn and Leo, during which the stern Leo demands to know what Gwynn knows about the nearby, mysterious Blue Spire. After Leo departs, Hiro and company enters the Spire with the Dragon's Eye that Hiro found and another that Gwynn had discovered earlier. During their exploration, the party discovers Lucia, a mysterious and seemingly cold-hearted young woman with astonishing powers, who warns that Lunar may be in grave danger. This is the same young woman who during the game's opening FMV was standing naked in a snowstorm. Soon afterward they're confronted by Zophar, god of destruction and chaos, whose plotting forced Althena to populate the then new world of lunar with people from the now-desolate Blue Star. Zophar, banished long ago by Althena, has returned and now strips Lucia of much of her power. The party is then saved from the Blue Spire's awakened stone guardians by the chance arrival of Leo and his men. But Leo seems to believe that Lucia is the evil that threatens Lunar and will stop at nothing to destroy her. Can Hiro discover the truth about Lucia? And is there a much darker purpose behind Althena's Guard? Lunar 2 features a soundtrack every bit as excellent as that of its predecessor. It even includes similar souvenirs. There's even a full-size, completely wearable (albeit bulky) pendant like the one Lucia wears. My copy unfortunately did not include said pendannt, as it was a used one and its prior owner either lost or didn't feel like trading it with the game. But it also includes a making of disk and a music disk. And yes, if you complete the game (there are actually two endings and you must get them both to do this), you get to listen to bloopers from the voice actors' recording sessions. And as with the first game, many of these outtakes are laugh out loud, almost pee your pants funny. So if you haven't given this game a try yet I heartily recommend you do so. It's one of the major reasons why I'm thinking of getting a PS1 or other console compatible with PS1 games. It and its prequel are reasons why it's a shame Working Designs is now defunct.
Reviewed by: Bryan Peterson from Twin Falls, Idaho on 4/12/2013