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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,(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
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  1. A unique concept, stunning graphics, inspiring audio and enjoyable gameplay comes together to create a fantastic RPG experience that rivals close competition.
  2. X-ONE Magazine UK
    90
    Lovingly crafted, musical, involving, delightful, beautiful, addictive and crammed with anime cheese. [Issue#25, p.92]
  3. Eternal Sonata's superb art direction will dazzle you, but a dreamy story and exciting battles make it sing.
  4. Eternal Sonata is an RPG filled with charm and style, but lacking in content. Those uninitiated with the RPG genre will get a lot more out of this than regular RPG gamers, but even the most hardcore will love Chopin.
  5. If Oblivion is the equivalent of a month-long trek across the Serengeti, then Sonata's like being chauffer-driven through Tuscany on a Sunday afternoon.
  6. Not exactly Chopin's story, and not exactly like any other fantasy role-playing game.
  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 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29
  1. PabloR.
    Jul 10, 2008
    10
    One of the best games for the 360. Who ever complains about the dialog is an idiot.. Put the voices on Japanese and subtitles. Way different, One of the best games for the 360. Who ever complains about the dialog is an idiot.. Put the voices on Japanese and subtitles. Way different, and it's not just the awesome graphics that make this game what it is.. It's the unique 4 player fighting, and awesome story with Twists everywhere. Expand
  2. 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
    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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  3. KDep
    Sep 24, 2007
    9
    This game is absolutely excellent. The story is wonderful, the visuals are good, the music is spectacular and the gameplay is solid and This game is absolutely excellent. The story is wonderful, the visuals are good, the music is spectacular and the gameplay is solid and changes throughout the game to make things more interesting. This game is engrossing and probably the best way to describe it is "charming". The characters are extremely likable (or dislikable for the villians). Definitely pick this one up. Expand
  4. SanosukeG.
    Oct 18, 2007
    9
    Amazing sound and graphics are this games strong point. The dungeon music, especially near the end, had me standing still just to listen to Amazing sound and graphics are this games strong point. The dungeon music, especially near the end, had me standing still just to listen to it for a while. The battle system is great, and progresses with you through the game, keeping the experience fresh! This is the first game I've ever power leveled for the fun of it. The story is gripping and keeps you interested, but it is a little preachy. Now for the downsides. It's linear. Very linear. Also, the cut-scenes are in excess of fifteen minutes long, so that could be good or bad, depending if you have the time. Definitely the best RPG on the 360 right now! Expand
  5. 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 aGood 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
  6. 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 reallyi 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
  7. Goodtimes
    Oct 8, 2007
    2
    The visuals and perhaps the battle system are the only things this game has going for it. The dialogue was the worst self-indulgent tripe I The visuals and perhaps the battle system are the only things this game has going for it. The dialogue was the worst self-indulgent tripe I have ever had to endure in a game. I'll give the creators the benefit of the doubt that something was lost in translation. The characters were horrible, the creatures and fights were repetitive, and the game was painfully linear. I just finished the game and all I have are 110 gamer points to show for it with (11 achievements not found)...so it's cheap on points too. If you are looking for a game for your pre-teen child then this might not be a bad selection but otherwise it's a colosal waste of money and time. Expand

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