Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
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  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 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.
  3. The battle system is still addictively fun, the multifaceted story is riveting, and the graphics are amazing... we couldn't ask for much more.
  4. Despite the flaws that it has, Eternal Sonata is still a visually stunning game with a charming story.
  5. 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.
  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.
  10. A year later, this captivating role-playing game is still gorgeous to look at and fun to play.
  11. Eternal Sonata is one of the sure bets in the RPG portfolio of PlaStation 3, a genre that unfortunately doesn't have many good components in the console, so this port from the Xbox 360 presented by Tri-Cescendo is one of the current best.
  12. This game offers a fairy tale-like scenario, which will appeal to fans of realistic RPGs not very much. But there aren’t many RPG-titles for the PS3 and if you like the genre, you should definitely take a look.
  13. Eternal Sonata partially compensates for the lack of Jrpg titles on PlayStation 3. It’s not a hard game, but still full of style, exquisite from a technical point of view and different from the other games of the genre. If you didn't buy it already on Xbox 360, it’s your chance not to miss this sturdy game.
  14. PSM3 Magazine UK
    Waffly, but this inventive musical RPG strikes few bum notes. [Mar 2009, p.56]
  15. Things are smooth and fast, and it does encourage you to think strategically.
  16. Eternal Sonata is a wonderful ensemble of fascinating characters and a remarkable story about the life of Frederic Chopin. One of the best Japanese RPG on the PlayStation 3.
  17. Same game, different console – for the most part, anyway. You should definitely give Eternal Sonata a spin, if only to escape the all-too-common bleakness of next-gen titles.
  18. 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.
  19. Eternal Sonata is a good RPG, not great, but good and worth the play.
  20. Overall, there really isn’t anything to terrible to say about Eternal Sonata. The first hours are definitely the slowest part of the game and are very “Japanese,” but any RPG fan will enjoy the balanced combat system and haunting musical score.
  21. Eternal Sonata's very much the same game that we saw two years ago with a bunch of new goodies and an improved engine system that allowed tri-Crescendo to use once more its colourful world, loaded with strange characters and defying monsters. Its a worth-buying game if you don't have the X360 edition.
  22. 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.
  23. AceGamez
    The difficulty and overall design of the game could have been altered slightly for the better but when compared to most RPGs of this generation, Eternal Sonata is well worth it.
  24. The PlayStation 3 version of Eternal SOnata is in fact a delayed Xbox 360 version. But, because of the more clarified story, the four month waiting period only made the game better. Besides that, the game offers extra features, making the PS3 version slightly better that the Xbox 360 version.
  25. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Strange, but somehow comforting. [Mar 2009, p.94]
  26. 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.
  27. It shines and moves like few other games have so far, and provides a solid 20-30 hours for any RPG-starved PS3 owner who hasn't given the game a go on the Xbox 360.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 117 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  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 genericI 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 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 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 »