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Generally favorable reviews- based on 110 Ratings

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  • Summary: On his deathbed, the famous composer, Chopin, drifts between this life and the next. In his final hours, he experiences a fantastical dream where he encounters a young girl facing a terrible destiny and the boy who will fight to save her. On the border between dreams and reality, ChopinOn his deathbed, the famous composer, Chopin, drifts between this life and the next. In his final hours, he experiences a fantastical dream where he encounters a young girl facing a terrible destiny and the boy who will fight to save her. On the border between dreams and reality, Chopin discovers the light that shines in all of us in this enduring tale of good and evil, love and betrayal. [Namco Bandai Games] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. 95
    While some of the battles can get tedious and take a couple of times to complete, Eternal Sonata keeps players hooked from beginning to end...and then beginning to end again.
  2. Its about time the PS3 had a decent RPG, though this is a long way from Final Fantasy in terms of story and presentation, it is original enough for people to give a try.
  3. 87
    Eternal Sonata really is amazing to look at and incredible fun to play. The characters endear themselves to you and the story isn’t as clichéd as most JRPGs. The only downside is that it’s a little bit shorter than other roleplaying games.
  4. Eternal Sonata is a recommended action RPG. Nevertheless, its structure is highly linear and the fighting system may not appeal everyone, but its impressive visuals are something that can easily delight everyone.
  5. 80
    The additions to the PS3 version of Eternal Sonata add some length and substance to an already satisfying game. A tempting and beautiful dream world, the game design is truly captivating.
  6. Just like the symphonies that inspired its musical score, Eternal Sonata starts out slowly, making breach in the hearts and soul of the players. On the other side, fast paced battles keep the gameplay alive. Indeed, an interesting diversion from the well known themes of this next-gen. Love it or hate it, there’s no compromise; give it a good try, it could be the best JRPG experience you’ve ever had.
  7. 58
    You don't have to settle for mediocrity as a fan of the genre -- and you sure as hell don't have to support it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. SethB
    Jan 6, 2010
    10
    This is a prime example of what an turn-based RPG should be. Very interesting storyline, dark life-related themes, and many, many hours of This is a prime example of what an turn-based RPG should be. Very interesting storyline, dark life-related themes, and many, many hours of gameplay. The visual effects are stunning, Anime fan or otherwise, and Tri-Crescendo did a spectacular job with music. Every so often they have Stanislav Bunin perform a musical piece by written Chopin, and gives the real-life story on what influenced the game. This is a very unique feature I've never seen in a game, and for this JRPG it works and actually makes the game more interesting. If I was to cut that feature out it would still be a must play. This game needs to be played, and as you see from the user ratings it was very underrated. Go down to your game store and get it. Play it. Love it. Expand
  2. TraceM.
    Oct 23, 2008
    10
    This game is beautifully put together. It has a gripping story which also teaches you about one of music's most famous composers. The This game is beautifully put together. It has a gripping story which also teaches you about one of music's most famous composers. The combat system is easy yet enjoyable and the voice overs are perfect. This game has stunning music as well. Expand
  3. TylerS.
    Oct 24, 2008
    10
    This game is one of the best RPG's I've ever played. Great music, fun combat system, and interesting characters. It's also a This game is one of the best RPG's I've ever played. Great music, fun combat system, and interesting characters. It's also a good history lesson on Chopin. I hope they make another game like this one. Expand
  4. EdwardJH
    Feb 22, 2009
    9
    A little too linear for some - and perhaps too steep a difficulty for others - but the stunning visuals, the brilliant soundtrack and fairly A little too linear for some - and perhaps too steep a difficulty for others - but the stunning visuals, the brilliant soundtrack and fairly original take on the turn-based combat system makes this a must-buy for any JRPG fan. Even if you are not a JRPG aficionado, it's still worth a try: you might just like it. Expand
  5. EricC.
    Aug 9, 2009
    9
    Great RPG for the PS3. Fun and challenging at times. Playing second time around for more than 60 hours now.
  6. Oct 6, 2012
    8
    Much of what I played of this game was cool. The combat system is a little too hard for my seven year old, and requires enough experienceMuch of what I played of this game was cool. The combat system is a little too hard for my seven year old, and requires enough experience with it that I forgot how to play after putting it down for a month, which is nice; the genre needed some originality in the combat mechanics department. The story, the writing, and the monologues are a bit heavy handed. I'm glad to see writers go in to philosophy and art in a video game, but their handling of it was a hauntingly familiar throw back to hot boxing in high school.
    There are a few visual elements that don't fit together well, such as the main male character's top hat not fitting on his head; these elements show that certain pieces were created independently, a common fact, but one you shouldn't be aware of. All that said, it's a good game that would have been a perfect fit for me twenty years ago. I would recommend it to anyone interested in philosophy and history who doesn't have much education in either.
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  7. Apr 15, 2014
    0
    I like JRPGS I love video games but this game ooohhhhh my god.
    I start it up it shows some opening cut scenes with terrible dialogue. So far
    I like JRPGS I love video games but this game ooohhhhh my god.
    I start it up it shows some opening cut scenes with terrible dialogue. So far so good. I get to fight some beginning enemies. Usual button mash. Then soon I get to the first boss. The fight takes 5 minutes and during any turn I am at risk at unfair death because boss could/would take multiple turns to my 1 and unless I pressed every single split second guard prompt I am dead. This is with my reaction time being above average. Ok. lets continue. Same thing repeats terrible cutscenes more button mashing and now next boss. This one I find out I can not beat at my character level .... So I spend 15 minutes running back and forth leveling by killing that same poor single design enemy. Come back and impossible battle is now total push over. 10 hours into the game same patern repeats. The difficulty is either below easy or impossible. Every boss fight is a chore. Every dungeon has a single enemy design and is a straight path. Also did I mention that there is no retry option so on death you have to load the game and loose whatever progress you have made ...
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