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  • Summary: (Also known as "Trusty Bell: Chopin's Dream") The story of Eternal Sonata begins as a famous composer, on his deathbed, drifts between this life and the next. In his reverie, a happenstance encounter of a young girl who accepts her terrible destiny and a young boy fighting to save her, changes the destiny of the world. Uncover the light that shines in each of us in this enduring tale of good and evil. Features a host of next generation features such as a unique monster morphing system, a hybrid of a turn-based and action battle system with a special attack feature dependent on light and shadow. [Namco Bandai Games] Expand
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  1. Positive: 43 out of 56
  2. Negative: 0 out of 56
  1. A unique concept, stunning graphics, inspiring audio and enjoyable gameplay comes together to create a fantastic RPG experience that rivals close competition.
  2. 90
    While the balance issues are irritating, to say the least, Eternal Sonata's artistic appeal more than makes up for what the gameplay is lacking. With an excellent story, interesting characters, impressive music, and quite frankly the most beautiful graphics ever produced in a video game, Eternal Sonata is without question the first must-play RPG of the new console generation.
  3. 85
    Eternal Sonata offers a unique blend of beautiful scenery and surprisingly tactical combat to create one of the better RPG's that we've seen over the past few years. This is definitely worth a crack for hardcore and casual RPG fans alike.
  4. A stunningly exquisite looking RPG, Eternal Sonata also manages to create a fluid alternative to the standard plod of Japanese RPGs. It does hold onto some cliches of the genre however, with dodgy dialogue (at times) and of course, the overly fantastical setting - but this is one example of the genre that even those repelled by Eternal Sonata's brethren should try. It will surprise you.
  5. It is not the sweeping epic we were hoping for but it's still a real delight to play. [Dec 2007, p.74]
  6. Eternal Sonata isn’t a deep RPG by any means. There are few customizable options and very little in the way of exploration or even choice, but it is elegant and pretty.
  7. 60
    Is it too much to ask that JRPG’s grow up? That we stop letting “aww, pretty!” moments excuse cornball ones? There’s no reason an RPG like Eternal Sonata couldn’t be twice as well written and half as morally blunt.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26
  1. Sep 5, 2013
    10
    The first game I owned on the Xbox360 and still the one I consider my favourite.

    The story, whilst difficult at times to understand, is
    lovely. The characters are like able and the voice acting on them especially Polka is fitting. Even if a player does not enjoy the voiceovers the game offers the ability to change the voiceovers to Japanese which are just as equally well voiced.

    The combat is difficult and punishing at times but as you play more and more it will become more familiar. A clever thing to note is with the theme of music in the game. Blocking in combat especiallly bosses is about rhythm.

    The game is quite lengthy even if the path is linear.

    It's really difficult to review this game as it's something that really should just be experienced rather than described.
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  2. Jul 18, 2012
    9
    Eternal Sonata is a very very unique game. It blends the history of Chopin's life with a fantasy world that is based on music. The game play is for the most part fun and the battle system is pretty great. Also there is a large cast of interesting characters that back up the story very well. The main reason Eternal Sonata is so good is that it is just so different from any other game. It's story is a perfect blend of Chopin, music and fantasy. Also the game even teaches you a bit about Chopin's life which is cool. Also the music is great and you can listen to it at any time during the game. Also the game is pretty and filled with levels that seam surreal. Expand
  3. Oct 29, 2013
    9
    The classiest and most artistic RPG I've ever witnessed, the battle system was unique and very entertaining with the ability to team up with your party members to deliver devastating attacks. It was visually stunning and the soundtrack matched it's elegance, the story was interesting and at times educational, nothing out there like this one. The enemies were sometimes recycled and lacked in variety, but that is more of a microscopic problem. Money comes easy in this game and you'll battle bosses and rare monsters with an eagerness, due to the photography opportunities that rake in the cash by simply snapping a great shot. My truly strong complaint is the lack of duration, this was an insanely SHORT game (20+ Hrs.) by today's RPG standards, so it was difficult to realize the game was done. I would have wanted a lengthier game to keep using it's addictive battle system, this game was very enjoyable. Expand
  4. Mar 22, 2012
    8
    Good title, Eternal Sonata is beautiful, the music is amazing, and have much elements of a great RPG, but some of this elements fail, and in a terrible mode. Eternal Sonata can be better, have beautiful graphics, amazing music, great controls, but the gameplay is regular. Expand
  5. Jan 13, 2014
    7
    i love the art and the music in this game (and god bless the language option !!!),the story was complicated in some points but really original,the battle system can be difficult at times,but i bought this game in summer,so i had plenty of time to spend on this game,the only thing that bothered me were the cutscene,sometimes they were too long and slow....but overall i don't regret to have played it. Expand
  6. Oct 7, 2013
    6
    Eternal Sonata is a hit or miss game for me. I don't dislike the game, but at some points it annoys me. Let's start off easily. Eternal Sonata is centered around composer Frédéric Chopin, who died due to tuberculosis at an young age of 39. But the story of this game is just so confusing. I did watch all the cutscenes but at some point during the game I just didn't have the concentration to completely focus on them. And besides, this game got a ridiculous amount of cutscenes. Figuratively, they are almost as long as the gameplay itself. Not that it's a bad thing, but at some times they take so long that I have to reconnect my controller all the time. Oh, and without spoiling anything, I hate the villain of this game. But that's just personal

    The game is created by the developer of the Tales of Franchise, Tri-Crescendo. Obviously, they would take notes from the battle mechanics and put them into this game. And while I love this battle mechanic, it just seems kinda off in this game, basically because it is getting pretty repetitive after some time. It does have some nice additions added to it though, including a meter with later allows you to do a combo with the party members on the field which can bring up a lot of damage to the opponent!

    The characters aren't the greatest either, and sometimes I want to pull my hair out because of Polka's voice. I like how this game uses different sorts of weapons throughout the games though, including an umbrella (acts as a melee weapon), Rapiers and some of my favourite weapons, Chakrams.

    Unfortunately, this game doesn't give you much free space. And while you do have it, there isn't much to find that will help you on your journey. It may be possible to find some things in the second playthroughs you haven't found in the first, but those are mainly needed for Achievements.

    Now, this game does have 2 positive points that makes up for the earlier parts. The graphics and the music. Both of them are amazing and fit the game very well.

    This is not my favourite game of the genre, and it wouldn't be the first game that I would advise either. Still, this games has a certain charm to it which can't be ignored. Though I might advise you to check out the Playstation 3 version (If you do have a Playstation 3 that is) because it comes with a huge amount of differences which are for the better, including costumes and an additional storyline.
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  7. Aug 14, 2010
    4
    Beautifully drawn characters in a lush, colorful landscape. Movie-class camera work and lifelike animations. The story is cute but overly simplistic and somewhat eccentric. Extremely linear plot. The Chopin/sonata concept is original but unfortunately just serves as a wrapper around a very average game. The combat system is a frustrating button masher better suited for a beat-em-up. The system "levels up" and degrades even further throughout the game. Combat encounters can easily be avoided but this will leave the party too weak for the bosses. Progressing the story thus necessitates countless repetitive encounters in order to reach sufficient character levels. This shallow arcade-style combat system is a poor match for the peaceful and philosophical pacing of the story. With a better system this game could have been a gem. Expand

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