7 years ago
Story wise Lunar Dragon Song is a mess because it fails to elaborate on the plot effectively during the cut scenes. In fact the game oftern forces you to converse with the party in order to find out where you need to go and why. This sort of failure in terms of plot point delivery reminds me of the debacle that was Final Fantasy 13, and it was frustrating in both games.
It also doesn't help that the game constantly throws the same moral messages in our face constantly. The biggest one being about how you need to rely on your friends instead of running of on your own to deal with your problems. In fact, the main character constantly gets himself in deep trouble because of this tendency and it becomes so frequently used that I wanted to scream at the game out of frustration. I think in total Jian runs off on his own or tries to ditch his comrades at least three times if not more.
And, even if you get over those issues the game has a terrible ending. I'll avoid discussing in order to prevent spoilers, but it will leave you empty on the inside and make you wonder what the point of the entire game was.
Gameplay wise the game is also a mess because of several factors. The first of these issues is that you lose HP while running. While, I understand the goal of this system was to limit the player's ability to avoid battles it only serves to irritate the player since it still affects you in town and in areas that you've cleared of monsters.
Another set of issues is the combat itself. While the game utilizes a turn-based combat system it prevents you from selecting the target of your attack. And, combine this with the fact that the AI is poorly programmed and will waste your strongest character's attack and you have a highly frustrating system. Sadly, this system also suffers from the fact that you'll frequently run across normal enemies that can break your enemies which is highly frustrating because of how the game limits you in terms of earning money. About the only positive I can offer about the combat is the card system which allows you to cast spells that can be used to regenerate MP, recover HP, strengthen the party, or weaken the enemy.
Sadly, the final feature that hurts the game is that you can't earn experience and grind for items at the same time. This is problem because it doubles the amount of grinding that you need to do in this game and adds a lot of padding to the overall experience. I'd honestly suggest just grinding for experience, but you can only obtain money through completing Gad Express jobs and you are required to find the items for your deliveries. About the only positive to grinding for items is that you can't get cards that can be used in combat. Albeit the game makes a mistake here as well by only allowing you to carry a single copy of any given card at a time.
Note: If you are playing on a 3DS you will be unable to retreat from battle without using a card because the in-game retreat function utilizes the microphone.
Graphically speaking the game looks alright for the most part, but there are a few little issues that I wish to bring up. One of the biggest problems is that character models are designed as if the DS only has a single display so enemies that don't fit on the lower screen are finished on the top screen. This makes it look like the character model is being stretched over the gap in the screen and feels at odds with how most people design games on the DS. On the smaller end of things the game frequently reuses character models for the NPCs. This tends to come across as rather lazy in my opinion since you'll find two or three copies of the same NPC in almost every town.
This game lacks any voice acting and only utilizes background music to convey emotions. On the plus side this means the character voices have to come from the player which tends to improve the situation in most games in my experience. On the other hand the background music tends to just feel like it exists rather then complimenting the game.
Sadly, this game doesn't offer you any reason to replay it and it offers zero post game content. So, the only thing you can do after beating the final boss is starting a new file or leaving the final dungeon and grind out levels until your characters at the maximum and equipped with the most powerful equipment in the game.
Lasting Appeal: 1
No: I don’t recommend this product