Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic 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. The battle system is still addictively fun, the multifaceted story is riveting, and the graphics are amazing... we couldn't ask for much more.
  3. Despite the flaws that it has, Eternal Sonata is still a visually stunning game with a charming story.
  4. 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.
  5. The PS3 finally has a solid RPG and despite the fact that it is one that has been ported over from the 360 it's worth checking out.
  6. 89
    Quite simply, while Eternal Sonata may be overlooked as a broken title, it is truly no such thing. Instead, it is a world that I was happy to play in, and may even dream about from time to time.
  7. For an RPG, Eternal Sonata isn't particularly long -- it clocks in at around 30 hours -- but it's a deep, rewarding, and completely entertaining experience while it lasts.
  8. 87
    Although sometimes awkwardly paced and linear, Eternal Sonata is an RPG that everyone should consider checking out, especially for the unique premise and touching music.
  9. 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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 95 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Sep 22, 2011
    I can't believe i'm the only one who thinks this game is crap. Visuals are mediocre at best and the artistic design is so boring and generic it hurts. Towns and dungeons especially suffer from poor design, making you lose all the excitement about discovering new places (they all look pretty much the same). Only character design makes the cut. For a game based on a musical theme, music is surprisingly disappointing. The story and writing are so dull and clichéd it is ridiculous, and they will make you want to smash Polka's head against a wall in no time. There is absolutely NO customization for your character development except choosing the skills you want to bring to battle (wow) and your equipment. The battle system is boring, with little strategy involved: it basically consists in button-mashing most of the time and normal battles provide no excitement or challenge at all. Boss battles really do, but the biggest impact on the outcome of those will be pressing a button in time to defend against attacks, suddenly turning this JRPG in some kind of ridiculous rythm/reflexes minigame. The light and dark system makes very little impact on the battles, except when it comes to healing. The controls in battle are clunky, the camera is awful (often hiding where the f**k enemies are), and this combined will make absolutely no guarantee that the game does what you want it to do (especially if you want to play Viola, who loves to miss arrow shots for apparently no reason). The only positive feature I can think about is the inclusion of japanese voices (kudos for that).
    Being a JRPG fan, I was extremely disappointed by this game and i would recommend to avoid it unless you are that type of jrpg fan that plays every genre game even if it is crap. If that's the case, good luck.
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  2. SethB
    Jan 6, 2010
    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. Full Review »
  3. TylerS.
    Oct 24, 2008
    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. Full Review »