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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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Score distribution:
  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. 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: 22 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32
  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
    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. ChrisC.
    Nov 5, 2007
    10
    This game has very uniqe game play and with a strong story it build my intension of rating it to a 10.Eternal sonata is one of the best JRPG This game has very uniqe game play and with a strong story it build my intension of rating it to a 10.Eternal sonata is one of the best JRPG for xbox360 so far to and has really brang my hopes up for more JRPGS. Eternal sonata has very different things from other rpgs and is a game to buy! Expand
  3. Apr 13, 2016
    9
    Bellisima obra de arte, juego de rol por turnos que es una delicia, y como es de esperar la banda sonora es espectacular, la historia es muyBellisima obra de arte, juego de rol por turnos que es una delicia, y como es de esperar la banda sonora es espectacular, la historia es muy buena y te dan ganas de jugar y jugar 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 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
  5. Dec 5, 2013
    8
    Beautiful visuals, fun combat and well done voice acting. I really enjoyed the underlying message from the story, which I hope isn't lost onBeautiful visuals, fun combat and well done voice acting. I really enjoyed the underlying message from the story, which I hope isn't lost on most players. All in all it was a fun game but something about the whole thing felt lacking. I can't put my finger on it, so instead of a 9 or 10, i gave it an 8. Expand
  6. JohnV.
    Aug 31, 2007
    7
    The graphics are simple, but solid. Anyway, they're not ugly, though they hardly take advantage of the 360's power. That said, the The graphics are simple, but solid. Anyway, they're not ugly, though they hardly take advantage of the 360's power. That said, the gameplay is active and fun, for what it's worth. Not a AAA, but a grounded title that does what it sets out to do. I was personally surprised by how much I enjoyed myself. Few RPGs have that effect on me. 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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