Firstly allow me to say that I have never played any other version of Lunar, or Lunar: Eternal Blue, this review is literally from a unbiased perspective. With that said lets begin the review.
Lunar: Silver Star Harmony (From here on just Lunar) Starts out by letting you play/watch the final events of Dragonmaster Dynes adventure, Dragonmasters are people who have passed the trials of 4 legendary dragons to protect the goddess Althena from danger. After this scene the game focuses on Alex, Alex is a 15 year boy who idolizes Dyne and one day dreams of becoming a Dragonmaster himself, due to Dynes death 15 years prior. Alex is soon able to start this quest to become a Dragonmaster when his best friend Ramus tells him the white dragon cave can now be explored due to some ice surrounding the cave melting, although the adventure initially starts out with them looking for a very rare dragon diamond. Before Alex and Ramus go on their adventure, Alex has to find a way to tell Luna, a girl who has been living with Alex since she was a baby that he wants to go on this adventure, eventually Luna agrees to let Alex go on the condition that she is able to come along, due to her being worried sick if she lets Ramus and Alex go alone. This ultimately sets in motion a tale of, love, friendship, and betrayal.
That's really just the tip of the story in Lunar, the story told here is an enjoyable one and I found myself liking each and every character introduced, the story never does stray and it does not blur the initial purpose of the game, it just keeps getting more and more interesting the further you get in Lunar. The graphics in Lunar have been completely redone, if you look at some screen shots/videos from the first Lunar, to the Saturn and the Playstation remake, you will see that everything has been updated, this was not just a quick port, and it shows here, towns/sprites are all hand drawn and very detailed. From my understanding the combat has not changed at all in this version of Lunar, and that's a good thing. Lunar mixes up the traditional turn based combat by actually making you make sure your character has enough distance to attack a foe and vice versa, if you are on the other side of the screen from an enemy your 3 hit attack my dwindle down to a 1 hitter, although this does not apply to most special attacks/magic. Music in Lunar is really good, I found myself humming most tunes and I still have a few of the voiced songs stuck in my head XD. Loading time on my PSP-1000 is really good, there is a 2 second loading interval when your going into just about anything (except the menu) but I was un-bothered by it. When your going into different towns or a long cut-scene is coming up you will get hit with a loading screen but it is not overly long (its about 10-15 seconds.)
Lunar does have quite a few anime cut-scenes (done in a really nice style I might add), and most of them are well over a minute long (there are around 20 or so if I recall correctly, although you do have to do certain things to get the ones that are unrelated to the main story). One thing I found strange with Lunar would be that when you first start playing you are treated to a healthy number of cut-scenes near the beginning, within the first 4 hours of gameplay I had at least seen 7 anime cut scenes most of them being generous in length, then Lunar tripped up and you only got a few bones thrown to you once in a while in terms of some anime. Near the end of the game however Lunar rewards you with at least 5 cut scenes all being well over 3 minutes long, I think in total there is around 30 minutes of anime to be seen here, I'm not complaining, I just wish there would have been more cut scenes in the middle portion of the game. It should be noted however that the cut-scenes are all in their original 4:3 presentation, they do not take advantage of the PSP's wide screen, however I do believe that this was done so that all the cut scenes could be added in, due to the video files taking up less space (and you can also compress the videos more without noticing). The voice acting in Lunar is spot on with the exception of Nall who is spotty at best, although I have read/heard that Nall's voice has always been spotty and that this Nall is an improvement!
The thing I really enjoyed about Lunar was that it was not too hard, but it did kind of border on easy, I read that the difficulty was actually lowered from the PS remake, and that the characters got somewhat overpowered with the addition of special abilities (especially Mia's ice wall she casts on the party which make them invincible for 3 turns, even on the final boss!) If I wanted a hard, level grinding RPG I would play my home consoles, but for the PSP the difficulty was perfect for me. Overall this is a must have in your PSP collection.