.....A story forgotten.
Heyo TAY! Welcome to the first proper retro edition of Unboxing Tay (and also Unboxing Tay in general if you don't count my prototype test article). If I get some time I'll try to make a title graphic for both, or if any of you want to give it a go, that'd be cool too.
Anyway on with the show!
Today's article will be showing off a classic PS1 game as hinted at by the header title and pic: Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete! This game is probably one of my favorite PS1 games, despite me not having actually finished it yet for reasons I'll discuss in a possible later article. So let's get....
Back to The Basics:
- Was released December 15, 2000
- If memory serves the game was $60 at retail
- It is a JRPG
- Is actually a remake of the Saturn version: Lunar 2
With that brief intro to the game out of the way, lets get to showing off this thing.
As you can see the packaging is fairly minimal, letting the artwork take full stage, even on the back of the box, with just the needed ESRB info and barcode. "But Kcet! If I was to see this in stores, how would I learn about the game if I never heard of it before?" you ask. Simple: the front cover is a flap that is sealed with velcro which opens to the usual text description as well as company logos and data info.
Fancy eh? With that out of the way lets look at the game box itself. Being that the game spans 3 discs, It comes in one of those double cd cases from back in the day that held 2-4 discs. You know, before they made regular cd cases that could hold 2 discs.
This is the back and front of the case, and once again a mostly minimal design, in this case the lack of the game description normally found on game cases. Also yes, that is a crack on the back. I think that happened when I let a friend borrow the game back in middle school, not entirely sure. Anyway lets get on to the discs and liner art.
Here, we have disc one and two featuring two of you party members, and of course behind that is some liner art:
Here are the other discs. Now I know what you are saying " Why are there 4 if you said the game was 3 discs?" As you may have noticed, the last one says "The making of" yup that's right they included a making of disc for your viewing pleasure, which covers things like remaking the game, voicing the game, and a plethora of other things.
Now you may also have asked (probably not) "Where is the manual?" Well the manual for this game is so epic, I had to photograph it separately. Seriously. Peep this thing:
For those of you keeping track at home, that is a hardbound, blue foil edged, built it ribbon bookmarked, 120 page, full color tome of awesomeness. This thing is chock full of all kinds of stuff. The usual how to play, story and all that, character bios, interviews with the developers, composers, lyrics, artwork, and even a mini strategy for the early beginning of the game.
Next up is the Soundtrack composed by Noriyuki Iwadare, whom you may know from such games as: The Grandia series, and the Ace Attorney series from 3 onward.
You may notice that right side of the case. That is a space designated for the Lunar 2 demo disc that they included with another game Working Designs put out: Vanguard Bandits. One day I'd like to get that disc to put in there =P
Now that thats out of the way, let us get to the omake box:
This box of treasure contains some neat things as well. Considering this was the first game I had that came with so much bonus stuff, I may well think this was what started my like of special editions of games. First off, is a mini map/poster:
As well as some character standees of the main cast:
and lastly a replica of one of the main characters, Lucia's pendant:
So all in all pretty sweet game package eh? Especially for a playstation game.
As a side note, I picked the game up well after it had been out, BUT if you pre ordered the game you actually got a preorder bonus. Yeah. A bonus on top of the already included bonuses. The likes of which was this punching puppet of one of the characters from the first game. As I do not have said item, here is a pic I pulled off of image search:
Anyway, thats it for todays Retro Unboxing TAY. Be on the lookout for a few regular editions of Unboxing TAY in the coming days. Until then, keep gaming.