When the first Lufia game was released, I was impressed. When Lufia 2: Rise of the Sinistrals was released, I was completely blown away.
Lufia 2: Rise of the Sinistrals gives you control of a group of characters. Although there can only be four characters in the group at a time, there are seven playable characters in the game. With this team you travel around the world, do turn-based-battles, talk to people and solve puzzles.
The story to Lufia 2: Rise of the Sinistrals fits in with the first Lufia game perfectly! It's a prequel to the first Lufia game - i.e. you play as Maxim, Selan, Guy, and Artea. The game begins when Maxim receives a warning from a strange girl called Iris, and ends where the first Lufia game's introduction ends. The story is brilliant - it's hard to describe, but it has everything an RPG story should have - you start off doing people favours... and then you end up saving the world from the Sinistrals. The way that the characters develop is great too!
The graphics of Lufia 2: Rise of the Sinistrals are truly amazing for the SNES - everything is so detailed... you'll really feel like you are in Maxim's world. The battles look good too... just one problem with the enemies: generally they are very small, and don't look too threatening. But that doesn't affect the gameplay!
The battle system for Lufia 2: Rise of the Sinistrals has been improved since the first game. Not only are the old options back, but you can use special attacks based on what equipment you are wearing, you can see desciptions of the magic spells in battle before using them, and you can bring a Capsule Monster into battle. Capsule Monsters can't be controlled manually, but if you feed them the right stuff, they can be very useful in battle!
Graphics - 98%
Spectacular! Everything is very detailed!
Sounds - 94%
The background music fits in perfectly, in every location. Some of the music is very emotional. The sound effects fit in nicely too.
Gameplay - 94%
This is one of the most enjoyable games I've ever played. Battles don't become boring - you see enemies in the field, you don't get attacked randomly!
Story - 100%
The story has everything - emotion, twists, excitement... this game has the best RPG story ever.
Lifespan - 89%
When you finish the game, you'll get an option to play through it again. The only difference, is that you get four times more experience and gold from battles. The only thing that can put you off from playing it again, are some of the puzzles (very hard!).
Overall - 95%
Put simply, this is a must-have RPG. Find it!
Ranking in the Lufia series - 1st
Lufia 2: Rise of the Sinistrals (1st)
Lufia and the Fortress of Doom (2nd)
Lufia: The Legend Returns (3rd)
Lufia: The Ruins of Lore (4th)